Ljubljana, the small fairytale town of Central Europe that charms with its picturesqueness
Built around the green banks of the Ljubljana River and against the backdrop of the Julian Alps, the Slovenian capital is a small enchanting town, gracefully balancing between old and new elements, combining bohemian charm with an air of authentic elegance and nobility. With one foot in the Balkans and the other in Central Europe, Ljubljana has architectural diamonds, green consciousness, abundant natural beauty, cosmopolitan and youthful atmosphere, interesting artistic cultural and nightlife and rich gastronomy.
The historic city center stretches on both sides of the Ljubljana River, which is occasionally interrupted by small, beautiful Art Nouveau bridges. Above the old town, on the hill in the heart of Ljubljana, stands its Castle, in a green background, at which ends the triple bridge Tromostovje, under which the waters of Ljubljana pass, where you can have the best view of the city- In fact, if the weather is good, the visibility reaches as far as the Slovenian Alps!
But it is neither the river nor the green of nature that puts the signature on the character of the city: It is its architecture, which transforms it into perhaps one of the most elegant capitals of Central Europe and beyond. This is mainly due to Jože Plečnik, the great architect of 20th century modernism who undertook to give Ljubljana its Art Nouveau look. He is even considered as Gaudi of Ljubljana. The "dragon bridge" is also famous, the ends of which are adorned by the statues of four dragons, which look like sleepless "guards" of stone construction! The dragon is the preeminent symbol of the city. Take a boat or paddle board ride in the green waters of the river, tour the pedestrian historic center with Kavalirs electric vehicles, explore the enchanting Tivoli Park with Segway and admire the city that by no means emerged as the "Green European Capital 2016".
Food and local cuisine
Ljubljana cuisine consists of an amalgam of cultural influences from the Mediterranean, the Alps and the Balkans. In the local traditional taverns (gostilna) you will taste Slovenian specialties and delicacies: the jota soup (with beans and smoked pork), the spicy sausage kranjska klobasa, the kraski prsut (prosciutto) and the struklji (salty or sweet). In addition to local specialties, it is worth trying the beers as well as the famous Slovenian wines, which you can enjoy in one of the many wine bars in the city. Do not miss the opportunity to try delicious street food in various places, with a favorite snack burek (stuffed with cottage cheese, cabbage and sausage). In addition, what you should definitely taste is the dessert of Ljubljana: a chocolate cake, the so-called "kiss of Ljubljana" that is very reminiscent of the Viennese "sachertorte".
Best time to visit Ljubljana
As a city in Central Europe, Ljubljana has cold winters and cool summers. Every season is ideal to visit it. In winter with snow, in spring when everything is green and blooming, in summer, when its very rich art festival is organized but also in autumn, where the landscape will be equally impressive, with the alternation of colors on the leaves of the trees.
How to use transportation in Ljubljana
Transfer from/to Ljubljana
Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU) is located 26 km north of the capital Ljubljana. Getting to and from Ljubljana Airport is easy, as there are continuous bus services (Alpetour), which will take you to Ljubljana Central Station (Železniška postaja Ljubljana), in about 50 minutes.
At Ljubljana Airport you will also find shuttle buses that can take you to the city a little faster (but at twice the fare of the bus). Of course you can choose the solution of taxi or car rental.
Ljubljana is a city that you can easily explore on foot, as the city center is relatively small and ideal for walking and there are places everywhere to rent bikes if you wish.
If you want to use the means of transport you should choose the city buses or a taxi since due to its size Ljubljana does not have a metro.
If you need local transport, then depending on your days of stay, it is worth issuing the "Urbana", an unlimited travel card and the Ljubljana Card valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours and have a discount at museums and attractions.