On Saturday I set off on a roadtrip through Slovenia with stops in Ljubljana, Bled and Kranjska Gora. Since my hometown is pretty close to the Slovenian border I’ve spent my entire life going there for cheap and delicious food (especially those Calamari, duh amazing!) at least twice a year. However, I have never been to Ljubljana before.
I did a little research before and came to the conclusion that the Slovenian capital was well worth a visit. When I reached the city “border” I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I have never heard anyone say “you have to visit Ljubljana once in your lifetime, it’s gorgeous” but that’s exactly what I’m recommending you to do!
Dragons and more
First of all, the city has its own house dragon – a dragon YES. Do I need to say more or did that convince you? I guess not but I’m going to do anyway :P
Ljubljana definitely is one of the most charming and picturesque cities I’ve ever been to. It kind of reminded me of an Italian coast town with it’s gorgeous emerald green river Ljubljanica, which is actually one of the cleanest rivers I’ve ever seen run through a town center. When I strolled along the river bed I couldn’t help but wonder: why aren’t hundreds and hundreds of tourists visiting this city?
Ljubljana’s streets are lined with colorful historical buildings as well as alfresco cafes and restaurants. The people there are incredibly friendly and the atmosphere is one of a kind. Luckily we had 28 degrees and the weather made the city appear even more picturesque and stunning.
What’s to see in Ljubljana?
The Triple Bridge connects the Old Town of Ljubljana with its modern part. The area is buzzing with people, cute shops, cafes and restaurants and should be your first stop when arriving in the Slovenian capital. The Tivoli City Park is Ljubljanas largest park and is filled with students and the perfect spot for having a lunch picknick. Ljubljana castle is located on the castle hill above the downtown of the city. Sadly 30 degrees was way too hot to hike up to the castle but I’m sure it’s worth it. Last but not least the Ljubljana dragon bridge is located north to the lovely Town market. It was build when Ljubljana was still part of the Austo-Hungarian monarchy and one of the coolest things I have ever seen.
All in all I think it is safe to say that the Slovenian capital is one of Europe’s best kept secret and I’d definitely advice you to put it on your travel bucket list ;)