9.11.14

Ljubljana Snapshots - Europe's Coolest City

The most common response we got from friends was, “Loo... what?” And we weren’t surprised. After all, Ljubljana is one of those lesser known European cities that hold magic enough for some of the most “Tourist-Worthy” cities across the continent. It’s a small city, in a relatively new country – Slovenia. And once you go to Ljubljana, your heart stays there. Btw, it's [lyoo-BLYAH-nah]. 

Being the young Capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana has all the amenities of a modern European city, yet, it has somehow managed to retain its small city charm. This picturesque city, with a relaxed vibe is all about musicians on the streets, quirky graffiti on its walls, cafes alongside the river, ice-cream bars in every corner, and loved-up couples walking down the city’s many bridges. You will admire its architecture, a visually delightful mix of styles, as you gorge on roasted chestnuts, sandwiches made from exotic meats, Turkish Durum, local desserts, or the ubiquitous Borek, a stuffed pastry made from phyllo dough. The lanes around the central square in Ljubljana, the Preseren Square, are lined with cafes, restaurants and bars, serving almost throughout the day, and never really found completely empty.



The city takes its dining seriously, and the tables are nearly always full of people doing justice to their massive glasses of wine, dark Slovenian beers, or plentiful plates of local and International cuisine. If you want to dine at a specific place, it wouldn't hurt to ask if they accept reservations, and if they don’t, to turn up a bit early to ensure that you get place.




The city square is alive throughout the day. If you have limited time in Ljubljana, I’d suggest a guided walking tour of the centre. This will help you give names to all the beautiful structures around the centre, and the guide will regale you with some fun and engrossing stories behind some of the statues and the buildings. The walk lasts some two hours, and you will be done just in time for a filling lunch at one of the many places around the central square. A river cruise is also recommended, especially if you want to savour the dreamy view of the city during night time. The night-time cruises are only available during weekend, and can be very steep: you can take the same cruise during daytime for a quarter of the ticket price. The night-time cruise was being sold as the “Romantic Cruise”. There is no dearth of romance in this city, so we just went for a regular cruise, and loved watching the leaves turning colour, and seeing the cafes and restaurants we had loved, from the boat.

Bicycles are another way to get around in the city with many thoughtfully laid-out bicycle lanes. You will find it to be an extremely popular transport with people of all ages. You can register for a bike sharing program called Bicikelj, with 32 stations located across the city. The bike stations are approximately 500 meters apart, and it’s really easy to hire and return the bikes, making it an ideal arrangement for short trips. You can register for the service on their site. We skipped this service because one of our hosts had two bikes that she said her guests could use. Unfortunately however, when we did reach her place, we realized that the bikes were in really poor shape, and could not be used.


Ljubljana is also a great base city for making day trips to other places of interest in Slovenia. We went off on a two nights’ trip to Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, and made a day trip to the coastal city of Piran. We had wanted to do so much more, but had limited time, and did not wash to rush things either. All in all, we’d rush back to Slovenia at the very first chance, for sure. Because every time I sit alone, my heart and my mind run back to those music and love adorned streets of Ljubljana. 

I do hope that you plan a trip to Ljubljana soon. You can optimize your trip and know more about the city at the Visit Ljubljana site. You will find a lot of information about the accommodation, food and events in the city. 

For a quick overview of the coolest things to do in Ljubljana, visit Travels Of Adam for some quick, fruitful tips. 

To experience Ljubljana like a local, check out some cool spots on Spotted By Locals

16 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Ljubljana is on my radar, and yes, I have learnt to pronounce it too! :D

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    1. The pronunciation causes some hilarious moments, for sure!

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  2. Ljubljana sounds like a beautiful place to visit. Thank you for sharing the photos :)

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    1. It indeed is a very beautiful place. Thanks!

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  3. How totally cool - the dragon is ferociously guarding the city, isn't he?

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    1. It apparently also wags its tail when a virgin crosses that bridge, Rooth. When I crossed, it just rolled its eyes, and looked embarrassed.

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  4. wow, your photos are amazing! I will have to add this onto my list of places to visit :)

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    1. You must! It's such a beautiful country!

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  5. I love any city that takes it's dining seriously. These photos are just lovely. I hope I can visit soon!

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    1. They sure do! And are so generous with their food!

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  6. Very interesting and amazing pics!

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  7. I was there in September and October and loved it!
    Did you see this amazing promo for Bled?
    http://player.vimeo.com/video/69827062?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0

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