Official language: Slovene
Time zone: UTC+2 (summer), UTC+1 (winter)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
The most interesting, historic part of Ljubljana is so small, that you can walk it through. To get there, direct to the castle’s hill and the river Ljubljanica.
One of the smallest capital in the world. Ljubljana is inhabited by around 250-300 thousand people, each five of them is a student. Thanks to young people, the town is vibrant at nights.
The legend explains in quite intricated way Ljubljana’s connections with dragons. What you can observe in the city at the first sight, is that dragons are almost everywhere – in coat of arms, on monuments, bridges, decorations of buildings.
An underestimated, charming town with beautiful, though not spectacular architecture. Ljubljana during day is an oasis of peace – it is a perfect spot for leisurely walk without crowd of tourists. At nights it wakes up to life thanks to students.
To a castle on the hill, reigning over the city, you can walk or get a cableway, that goes every few minutes. The old town is located under the castle’s hill, on its western part. It was created by interlacing there narrows streets, connecting the castle with the river. From the newer part of the city, you can get there by one of the three, famous bridges. One of the most bizarre buildings of Ljubljana is the Triple Bridge. Its middle part is dated back to 1842. The Dragon Bridge is loved by visitors. Its name comes from four dragons, that sit on pedestals, observing pedestrians. According to the legend, when a virgin walks through the bridge, dragons waves their tails.
When you get hungry, step by one of the eateries between the Butchers’ Bridge and the Dragon Bridge. In arcades there is plenty of them, in nice weather tables are put outside. There are also many shops, in which you can get souvenirs from Ljubljana – best something with a dragon.
A low-key Congress Square is a spot that remembers the most important events from the country’s history – declaring independence in 1918 and losing it in 1945 due to Tito, demonstrations at the end of the 80’s and regaining independence. Nowadays, together with the capital’s citizens, you can drink there coffee and discuss the past and the future of the region.
If you want to see something more than the old town, Ljubljana offers a perfect system of bike rental. More than 30 stations, at which you can rent and give back bike, makes moving around the neighbourhood extremely easy and pleasantly. To rent bike, you need to register on the webpage of the city’s rental and paid a small charge. Charges for rental will be deducted from your credit card.