Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana is capital city of Slovenia and is it known as the largest city too. Slovenia is part of European Union since 1st May 2004. Currency is Euro and it is one of the expenses cities in Europe but still worth to see. There is public transportation in Ljubljana but you can explore city by walking like I did. Do not look for subway, Ljubljana never has it. Public transportation’s are buses only but you do not need them at all. City center is relatively small and the main square is called Prešern. It is small city but as Slovenian say small by surface area but large by quality of life. Seriously, quality of life in Ljubljana is stunning. You can easily fall in love in beauty of this city. Population mostly go by bike on work because of healthy reason and because they want to be in good condition. There are more parking spaces for bike than parking spaces for a car. Interesting fact is no charge for bike parking but fee for parking a car is very high.

I traveled in Slovenia by airplane in April from Belgrade, Serbia, because I have always been attracted to see this country since separation from ex Yugoslavia 1991. Airport is very small and public transportation to the city is about 20 minutes driving and it cost five Euros per person but you have to book on line one day before because limited spaces. I stayed three days and enjoy walking this clean and interesting city. Where ever you book you apartment or hotel you absolutely do not need a car, everything is reachable by walking.

My apartment was very close to Tivoli Park, the largest and the most beautiful park in Ljubljana. Park was actually designed by the French engineer and has interesting trees and numerous statues and fountains. Moreover, Tivoli Park has well known outdoor venue of largest format photography too, open through the year. There is very nice restaurant Pen Club ( https://restavracija-penklub.si/ ) inside Park with large garden where you can sit and enjoy your coffee or nice delicious lunch. I have not heard a music coming from the restaurant, just sound of fountains or beards. I spend one whole day just in this park. Nearby park you can visit outdoor pool open during summer, Museum of modern art, National gallery and concert hall Diorama Tivoli, a hall for sports events and largest concert.

Other place you can visit in Ljubljana, like I already mentioned is Prešern Square. Prešern square is part of old town, walking zone only, a major meeting point , taking place for concerts, sports, political and protest events too. City has small River Ljubljanica and flows through the city few steps from Prešern Square. There are few interesting bridges to see here. There are Trnovo Bridge, Dragon Bridge and Triple Bridge. Cruising by boat is ten Euros per person. The dragon is symbol of Ljubljana and all souvenirs you can buy are made with dragon symbol. There is huge magnificent and terrible sculpture at the same time of Dragon next to the Dragon Bridge.

Around the river are plenty restaurant and coffee shops with national dishes or Italian, Chinese, Mexican cuisine. You can sit inside or outside but my advice is to sit outside next to the river. Finding available place to sit, it will take more than half hour especially at recommended restaurant.

The other place you can visit is Ljubljana castle built in 15th century. You can climb the hill for the cities best view from the castle. There are a lot of coffee shops next to the castle and only two restaurants “Strelac” ( http://www.kaval-group.si/STRELEC,,.htm ) and “Gostilna na Gradu” ( http://www.nagradu.si/en/ ). Those restaurants provide events, family entertainment, and dance evenings with local music. Wi-Fi internet is available here with a password.

Walking on one side next to river and passing on the other side you can explore small streets with a nice store. I found open market too; place where you can buy organic food and fruit but at the same time meet and social with people.  Interesting fact, every Friday from March until the end of October, chefs of Slovenia prepare various dishes from all over the world.

The most Baroque church in Ljubljana is the Cathedral, Church of St. Nicholas. You can visit National Gallery of Slovenia too.  People are very friendly and mostly all speak English, Serbian or Croatian , German and Italian. Daily, a lot of tourists visit this beautiful city.

In conclusion, travel to Ljubljana is more than impressive and worth of every euro because this city will give you more than you expected.

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