Drinking a coffee in the bank river is just the first step to start a real Slovenian tour. After the coffee, and it can take long, everything can happen in Ljubljana! It is a charming, dynamic and peaceful place to explore and experience. It can sound weird to read these three adjectives for the same city but for me Ljubljana is just it: a perfect combination of many styles and ways of living.
The old city center is closed to car traffic and during the day it is full of students, people going to the Central Market, tourists taking pictures and thousands of bikes! In Ljubljana you have a great variety of art and musical festivals during the whole year and also some interesting museums! You can find more than 15 museums and art galleries, also open-air. And don’t forget to explore Metelkova city. It used to be a military base but 20 years ago it became a self-sufficient and alternative place for artists, creative minds and social projects.
History of Ljubljana is also really exciting. The dragon is the city symbol and the citizens are very proud about their medieval legends and also about the stories for each bridge that crosses Ljubljanica river. Jože Plečnik is the most important architect and he designed most of the important buildings in the city. He perfectly pervaded Mediterrianan and Balcanic tastes for the Slovenian capital and created a city dedicated to the people!
Prešeren is the name of the main square but also France Prešeren was an important poet. He wrote Zdravljica, the national Slovenian anthem, and he made strong literary creations. To honor the peculiar poet, we can see his statue in the square with his muse and just a few feet away we can also see the love of his life peeping out from a window. A “must” for romantics.
Don’t lose the opportunity to go to The Ljubljana Castle with a funicular and enjoy the city views from the tower, free open-air activities and tasty traditional food and wine. From there you can also listen to music that is always animating the quiet streets…
When you will end your city tour, I suggest to finish how you started it, following the Slovenian way – start with a coffee in a charming terrace and let the things happen…you are at the right place.