Sunday’s I Want To Go To There: Ljubljana, Slovenia

2010
06.20

So to keep up with the less known destinations theme, I am writing a post about the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. I’ve come to learn about the existence of this place reading this piece in Montreal’s newspaper, La Presse, where one of their reporter was last week.

What’s special about this city is that since Slovenia separated from Yugoslavia before the War, everything is still intact today, as opposed to Bosnia or Croatia, for example.

The overall architecture of the city is mostly Baroque, but due to two major earthquakes, it has some Renaissance and Art Nouveau touches.

Unsurprisingly, the main touristy sight is Ljubljana Castle, which was built during the 12th century.

The castle offers excellent views of not only of Ljubljana, but of about 1/3 of Slovenia by clear skies, including the Julian Alps. Very east European feel to be up there, overlooking thousands of red roofs (a bit like in Prague). Note that the outside visit of the Castle is free, but there is a small fee to visit inside. Also, as the castle is located on top of a rather big hill, a funicular is available to link the city to the summit.

Another emblem of the city is the Zmajski Most, or the Dragon Bridge. Four somewhat imposing dragons ornate each corner of the bridge and have inspired a funny nickname to the locals: Mother-in-law Bridge. Ever since the construction of the bridge, architects have been encouraged  to include dragons in their designs.

I found the most striking architectural feature to be the Tromostovje, which consists of three pedestrian bridges. Very cute and unique.

Something to be noticed is how the Ljubljanica river banks have been developed into cute restaurants and cafés, allowing both visitors and locals to enjoy the beauty of the banks and their surroundings. Plus, as most of the area is pedestrian only, there are no undesired car noises and smells nearby, creating a very relaxing soundtrack of laughter and tickling spoons. For another calm spot, try Tivoli Park.

Finally, on a cultural note: according to an interview in the newspaper mentioned earlier, Ljubljana’s administration have put a lot of efforts into trying to democratise some forms of art that have long been associated with aristocracy and elite. Keep an eye open in the town squares for ballet performances and such.

Okay, spell Ljubljana without looking now.

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3 Responses to “Sunday’s I Want To Go To There: Ljubljana, Slovenia”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I want to go to there too!!

  2. violette says:

    Love the nickname of the Dragon Bridge! And the view from the castle really looks amazing.

  3. Colleen says:

    GREAT site! I especially found your Ljubljana article interesting because it’s the one destination that I’ve held in my heart since visiting there three years ago. This was my experience: http://bit.ly/doGOD8 I encourage everyone to go there - now!

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