Visiting Ljubljana: City of Dragons

Visiting Ljubljana: City of Dragons

Visiting Ljubljana…I knew very little about it until I started planning our summer holiday and realised that we could get a train from Zagreb to Ljubljana and then a sleeper train onto Zurich. That clinched it and after talking to a friend (and seeing pictures) about his trip to Lake Bled (a short drive from Ljubljana)earlier this year I started planning!

  • Where is Ljubljana?

In Slovenia!! 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. The capital is Ljubljana with a population of approximately 270,000. Slovenia joined the European Union in 2004 and the currency is the Euro. The dragon is the city emblem of Ljubljana which I think is amazing!!! The home perhaps of Daenerys Targaryen!!

There are 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Slovenia though we didn’t get to any this trip. I am a bit surprised Lake Bled isn’t on the list or even the tentative list but hey what do I know!! I will be writing soon about our trip to Lake Bled which is one of the most beautiful spots I have visited in Europe!

  • Our hotel when we were visiting Ljubljana?

We stayed at the Best Western Premier Hotel Slon which is in the centre (Old Town)and was walkable distance from the train station. (Well with a rest because I was carrying a backpack that seemed to get heavier every day of the holiday!)

river-view

The centre of Ljubljana is pedestrianized and there was a great atmosphere sitting by the river enjoying a drink and a meal in the evenings. There were buskers (really good ones) which we really enjoyed too. Have a listen!

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

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  • What to see when visiting Ljubljana?

Well this is what we saw…I am sure there is a lot more but we were only in the city for one night so this is what we managed to do in a short period of time in Ljubljana itself.

cruising-along-the-river

  • The Old Town

Well we stayed in it so could hardly miss it…seriously though Ljubljana isn’t a huge place and 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!

river-cruise

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.

tourist-information

tourist information on the left!

  • 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. It is truly amazing. The name does give it away so yes ‘the’ bridge consists of 3 bridges!

triple-bridge

triple-bridge

View of Preseren Square

  • 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!

bridge-view

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dragon-with-a-wasp-bombing-the-picture

Photo bombed by a wasp!

  • Ljubljana Castle

Ok we didn’t go to it but you can’t miss it from the Old Town. It would be something I would do next time so if you go can you let me know what you thought and send me some pictures! There is a funicular to the top if you would rather do that then walk (like me!) I believe the views are beautiful from the top. We did have rather a beautiful view of it from our hotel room.

old-town

furnicular

castle-at-night

  • Preseren Square

I probably should have started with this but you can’t miss the square – it has the ‘three bridges bridge’ off it and a big pink Franciscan Church in it. And it has its own climate!! Yes its own climate – it rains! So even on sunny hot days you can get a cool down under the rain!

raining

welcome-rain

It really is a pretty city! There are bicycles everywhere as it is pretty flat. Sit by the river, relax and enjoy the view!

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lots-of-bicycles-everywhere

Cafe by the river

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beautifully-decorated-buildings

beautiful-buildings

and see if you can find where I took this picture of the love locks!!

love-locks

love locks – but where?


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Have you been to Ljubljana? Did you find the love locks? I am sure I didn’t get to see everything – are there other things you would recommend to see/do in Ljubljana – leave your feedback/comments below!


32 Comments

  1. September 30, 2016 / 8:15 am

    Looks like a nice place for a short city break. Thanks for sharing, Tracy.

    • September 30, 2016 / 3:15 pm

      Yes definitely Jurga though I think I may want to stay longer around Lake Bled – post coming soon!

  2. Arianne
    September 30, 2016 / 9:42 am

    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 ✨?

    • September 30, 2016 / 3:16 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it Arianne – it is a lovely city and I find spelling it as difficult as saying it! And the dragons…what can I say!

  3. September 30, 2016 / 4:17 pm

    What do you mean : it rains?? Like a fountain or something?
    And isn’t the paintwork on those building just gorgeous!

    • September 30, 2016 / 6:38 pm

      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!

    • January 15, 2017 / 2:29 pm

      Thanks Rhonda for commenting – yes its a lovely country and Ljubljana a great city to visit

    • January 15, 2017 / 2:25 pm

      It is a lovey city Michele – we really like it and Slovenia

  4. January 19, 2017 / 3:41 am

    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!

    • January 23, 2017 / 7:14 pm

      Thanks Eileen – it is becoming very popular city to visit.

  5. January 31, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    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

  6. January 31, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    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
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  7. February 1, 2017 / 4:14 am

    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
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  8. February 1, 2017 / 4:56 am

    What a wonderful place to explore! The architecture of the bridges is amazing. I especially love the dragon statues, they seem to come alive the more you look at them. Definitely want to see Ljubljana someday!
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  9. February 1, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    Thanks Allison it is a beautiful city 🙂

  10. February 1, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    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
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    • February 1, 2017 / 9:48 pm

      It is a super little city – Lake Bled is well worth a stay as it is stunning!

    • February 2, 2017 / 7:11 pm

      To be honest I don’t know! It is pretty special though!

  11. A Slovenian
    February 11, 2017 / 8:30 am

    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 🙂 . 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.

    • February 12, 2017 / 7:26 am

      Thanks so much for this information! I had wondered too how it came about!

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