City Guide: Ljubljana
On our recent family trip to Slovenia, we made a stop in its capital: Ljubljana. While it is relatively small for a European capital, with less than 300,000 inhabitants, it has a beautiful town centre and a nice castle overlooking the city and river to offer.
Due to its small size the city can be easily explored by walking.
While it was a little grey and rainy during our stay, I can imagine it must be nice to stroll around the river and old town during a sunny day!
Ljubljana Old Town and River Ljubljanica
The river Ljubljanica flows through the centre of Ljubljana and divides the city into two parts. The more modern city part with lots of shopping opportunities and the old city with baroque buildings and the castle on top of a hill. There are a couple of different bridges crossing the river.
One of the most prominent edifices in the old city is the Saint Nicholas Dome situated at the Ciril-Metodov Square. It is a roman-catholic cathedral built in a baroque style. The church, as it exists today, was designed by the architect Andrea Pozzoand was built in the early 18th century.
Ljubljana Dragon Bridge
Dragon bridge, as many other bridges, crosses the Ljublanica river and leads to Ljubljanas Central Market on one side.
It was originally built in the early 20th century during the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.
Franciscan Church of the Annunciation in Ljubljana
The Franciscan Church of the Annunciation is probably the most visible building in Ljubljana with its bright red colour.
It is a parish church and a symbol of the Franciscan monastic order. Since ten years it is protected as part of the cultural monument of national significance in Slovenia.
Ljubljana Castle is situated on a hill overlooking Ljubljana. It is one of the main highlights of Ljubljana.
When it was constructed in the 11th century it served as a fortress, later in the 15th century it was completely restructured and received most of its current design. From the top you can enjoy a nice view over the city of Ljubljana. Sadly it was quite cloudly and grey during our visit.
Our overall impression of Ljubljana
Ljubljana is a little town with many historical buildings. There are few major highlights such as the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation and the castle. It is easy to explore the city within a couple of hours – in summer one can easily enjoy a drink and some local food in one of the cafés and bars along the river.