Ljubljana is a capital and the biggest city in Slovenia. It’s one of the best European cities if you’re looking for a one day trip.
I was looking for something new capital city of Croatia – Zagreb to escape for one day and that’s not so far that I have enough time to explore it in one day. So, I looked at the map, I wanted to go out of my homeland Croatia, I have been so many times in Italy, so I needed the change. My decision was Ljubljana, it was the closest one and one of those that I didn’t visit in that time.
Of course one day is enough to explore the city and around, if you want to check out the museums you need at least 2 or 3 days.
Perfect for one day trip!
When you mention Slovenia to someone, the most recognized there are Ljubljana and lakes Bled and Bohinj. So, this time I decided to give a chance to Ljubljana. Bled and Bohinj will wait for better days! 🙂
So, I told my best friend about my idea and it didn’t took so long to her to say YES – exactly it took her only 2 minutes – the best travel buddies are just that ones like she is! We decided to go alone, just to catch a bus and explore the city on our own. I dare to say it was some kind unplanned.
The city centre
The city’s streets are centralised by the Ljubljana River, they remind me a little bit on Zagreb, and surprisingly accessible for a capital city. There you can’t be lost. Like you always go in a circle – you find yourself in the centre again. We set off to reach the triple bridge (Tromostovje) designed by Joze Plecnik, the unusually built Tromostovje consists of three separate bridges linking Preseren square to the other side of the river and it’s also the tourist centre.
The Triple bridge, as the name suggests, is a group of three bridges across the Ljubljanica River. This pedestrian bridge is an idea of an architect who didn’t want to destroy the old bridge, but needed to enlarge it. The area around it is the heart of the city.
The Dragon bridge
The most popular attraction there is the Dragon bridge (Zmajski most), you pass it and find yourself in the Open Market, side streets and love look bridge.
Ljubljana has a lot of legends talking about dragons. One of my favourite attractions there. They said the dragons represent strength and courage.
After a few hours of walk around the centre we decided to reach the rooftop bar at Restavracija Neboticnik and secure ourselves a wonderful overlooking Ljubljana castle with a cup of coffee.
There you can take a look on a Ljubljana castle has a lovely view on the whole city. Walking around the castle is free, the price to enter the museum is 7,5€. But you can save 10% if you buy your ticket online – here.
The castle is located on the hill, you can go up there by walking about 30 minutes or take a funicular.
It’s time to move on. We had a great view, even better coffee but it’s time to move on. We wanted to take another walk through center before we left.
The center has something, it keeps you in his arms and you feel so good there.
We found our spot near the river, just enjoying in the nature around us.
Where to eat?
My recommendation is a restaurant looking on St. Stjepan church – Sokol. There you’ll have the best onion soup in Ljubljana – for sure.
Trust me, Ljubljana is one of those cities – must see!
Just magical. 🙂