Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and a really attractive city to visit with many places of interest including museums, galleries, baroque buildings and an ancient castle high on a hill. The city is the perfect size to discover on foot and to experience the life and culture of the people.
Staying in Ljubljana
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Things to do and see in Ljubljana
The Ljubljanica river flows through the centre of the city and the bridges that cross the river are well worth a visit on your journey by foot. The Triple Bridge (Tromostovje) designed by Jože Plečnik consists of three picturesque bridges crossing the river while the Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most) is a popular tourist destination being adorned with 4 dragon statues and designed in 1901.
The Ljubljana Castle offers great views of the whole city from its tower and throughout its history has served as a prison, a military stronghold, a home for poor families, a place for weddings, cultural events and now visitors. On the hill can also be found a statue dedicated to the Peasant Revolts between the 14th and 16th centuries. These were primarily as a result of the growing divide between the rich and the poor during this time.
The Old Town can be found between the castle and the river with two squares overlooked with medieval buildings now housed with shops, cafes and restaurants - a great place to people watch and enjoy the sights and sounds of Ljubljana. A short distance from the town can also be found the remains of Roman occupation including a Roman Wall with gate and pillars.
Eating out & nightlife in Ljubljana
Ljubljana centre is not short on choice of trendy cafes and restaurants serving local dishes and other European food served Ljubljana-style from budget to high-end. The popular squares are a good location to eat as are the many bars that run parallel to the river. One of the pleasures of experiencing a new city and culture is finding the bars in the backstreets
Getting around in Ljubljana
Grab a local map from the tourist information office or train station and start your adventure by foot. Most attractions are within easy reach and with a map you won’t go far wrong. Bikes are also available from the Tourist Information Centre as will be advice on the local buses that serve the city. To use the buses, first purchase an Urbana Card which is available from newsagents, the tourist office and various other places and charge the card with your required amount for travel.
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