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Known as the city of dragons, Ljubljana is gaining in popularity amongst travellers. With cheap flights to the Slovenian capital tourism is expected to continue to grow with visitors from all around the world realising what this relatively young country has to offer.

For those seeking a short city break or backpackers exploring the newer capitals of Europe Ljubljana’s popularity is on the rise.

Where is Ljubljana?

Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia which is bordered by Croatia, Austria, Hungary and Italy.

Slovenia, with a population of just over 2 million is one of the youngest countries in Europe. It gained independence in 1991 following the collapse of the Yugoslav federation. 

Slovenia joined the European Union in 2004 and the currency is the Euro. The dragon is the city emblem of Ljubljana.

There are 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Slovenia.

THINGS TO SEE WHEN VISITING LJUBLJANA

There are lots of things to do and see in Ljubljana and these are the things we managed to fit into our weekend itinerary to Ljubljana.

We also included some great day trips from Ljubljana into our itinerary. I would encourage you to explore Slovenia as there are lots of places to visit from the capital.

If you are visiting Ljubljana whether for a few days or longer there is plenty to see and do. With a great cafe culture if you visit in summer I would recommend spending some time simply relaxing by the river and people watching.

Boat sailing up a river in a city (Ljubljana in Slovenia)

THE OLD TOWN

The Old Town is quite small. It is centred around the river and there are beautiful buildings, bridges and squares to see.

We were there in summer and I can imagine just how magical this place would be at Christmas!

The centre of Ljubljana is pedestrianised and the atmosphere when sitting by the river enjoying a drink and a meal in the evenings is really good.

We had some tasty meals and some lovely milkshakes. I cannot pass up the chance to try new flavours and a coffee shop called Cacao made terrific ones from a vast array of ice cream flavours. Go and try them – tell me what you think!

A pedestrianised street in the Old City Ljubljana with the castle in the background

There are loads of restaurants and bars so you really are spoilt for choice. We ate at Pop’s Place which, if you like burgers or ribs, I highly recommend!

They also had a fantastic array of craft beers to choose from. The service was  excellent everywhere we ate/drank. We also ate at The Wok for some fast food noodles – the food was made to order, was delicious and not expensive.

The tourist advice is also based in the Old Town and is on the left after you cross the Tromostovje or Triple Bridge.

A view of the Old Town in Ljubljana

THE TRIPLE BRIDGE – TROMOSTOVJE

Well I have never seen anything like this bridge. It is absolutely fantastic and you can cross a different bridge each time. The name does give it away so yes ‘the’ bridge consists of 3 bridges!

Triple bridge in the centre of Ljubljana

You will find numerous bridges along the river to cross.

Bridge in pedestrianised centre which you see when visiting Ljubljana

DRAGON BRIDGE – ZMAJSKI MOST

The dragon is the symbol of the city of Ljubljana and this bridge with its four guardian dragons is a must-see. And they are very photogenic little dragons too!

LJUBLJANA CASTLE

There is a funicular to the castle or if you are feeling energetic you can walk up for some spectacular views of the city.

Not my best shot but the castle is also lit up at night!

Ljubljana castle lit up at night with a green glow

PRESEREN SQUARE

The 3 main bridges to the Old City can be found off Peresen Square.

You can’t miss the large pink Franciscan Church in the square so you will know you are in the right place.

Pink Franciscan Church in Ljubljana

WHERE TO STAY WHEN VISITING LJUBLJANA

We stayed at the Best Western Premier Hotel Slon which is in the centre (Old Town) and within walkable distance from the train station (even with bags/rucksacks).

Click this link to make a booking at the Best Western or search for another hotel.

Beautifully decorated buildings in Ljubljana

NEED TO KNOW – FAST FACTS ABOUT SLOVENIA

Enjoy your trip to Ljubljana

Our visit to Slovenia was part of a train trip around Europe starting in Croatia and ending in Switzerland.

As well as visiting Ljubljana we took a day trip to Lake Bled. Highly recommend this and you can read all about it in my ‘Things to do at Lake Bled” post.

If you want to read more about that trip check out out recommended itinerary for Croatia as well as my many posts about Switzerland (where I used to live)

Happy travel planning!

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32 thoughts on “Visiting Ljubljana: City of Dragons

  1. Arianne says:

    Culture, castles and DRAGONS! What else could a girl want? Loved reading this article! I’m inspired to travel there, even if I’ll never be able to pronounce it’s name โœจ?

    • Tracy Collins says:

      Hi it is weird but then I realised that they have very fine wires across the square that sprinkle rain! It was brilliant and a great way to cool down and as it was a fine mist you didn’t get soaked! Yes I loved that building – so beautiful!

  2. eileen g says:

    I have to admit I’ve never heard of this city, But the buldings and the river and the ped zones all look quite lovely! And i can always go for a good milkshake!

  3. Erin Gustafson says:

    Love that Dragon Bridge! I didn’t know much about Slovenia either before moving to Europe, but it is definitely creeping up my travel wish list. Anywhere that you bike to a cafe by the river is a bonus! Thanks for sharing, cheers from Copenhagen, Erin #CityTripping

  4. Elizabeth (Wander Mum) says:

    I’ve heard so many great things about Ljubljana and you’ve given me a few more trains to visit. Love the rain sprinklers and the fantastic terracotta coloured buildings! Can’t beat a pretty old town. I’d enjoy having a wander and coffee. #citytripping

  5. Ruth says:

    Wow! I have been wanting to visit Ljubljana for a long time. Thanks for discussing the possibilities to move along the area on trains. I would go crazy taking pictures around the city. There is so much to see! #citytripping

  6. Cathy (Mummytravels) says:

    I loved Ljubljana when I visited – just for a few days so we did manage to get to the castle too but it’s wonderful to wander round the Old Town and sit by the river. We did a great bike tour and food tour too. Would love to go back and hopefully see Lake Bled next time. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  7. A Slovenian says:

    Just stumbled upon your page and read through the comments. Since some of you are wondering how the tripple bridge came to – no dramatic story ๐Ÿ™‚ . Originally it was one bridge, but after the second world war somewhere, they planned to renew it. It was open for traffic back then, but instead of renewing it (it was still in good condition) they decided to build two pedestrian bridges along side it. It was renovated later on and gained the look of the tripple bridge and it later closed for traffic so the entire old city center is now for pedestrians only.

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