Boat cruising on the Ljubljanica river
River cruises are a great way to see the city. Note the pink Franciscan Church and Triple Bridge

Inspiring Destinations – Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of Slovenia. The Roman city of Emona was the starting of habitation in the area and Ljubljana was first mentioned in the 12th century.

Ljubljana Castle built on Castle Hill can be seen from most places in the city. It was said to have been built in the 11th century and then rebuilt in the 12th.

Castle on a hill of Ljubljana
Great views over the city to Ljubljana Castle from the Nebotičnik – Skyscraper

The city is built around the Ljubljanica river with the old medieval town centred on the river bank under the castle. With many bridges crossing over the curving river, it’s easy to do a loop to cover the main sights of this wonderful city.

Inspiring Destinations Ljubljana
The castle dominates from most locations

After the castle, Presernov Square is the main focal point of Ljubljana. Here you will find the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation. It is a popular place to meet and the distinctive pink coloured church always a draw card.

Pink church in a plaza
The pink Franciscan Church of the Annunciation in Presernov Square

Nearby is Triple Bridge, there has been a bridge here since the 1200’s. As the city grew concern grew for the structure of the middle bridge built 1842. So to protect the bridge, two pedestrian bridges were added (at angles) in 1929-32.

There are many bridges crossing the river, most notably Dragon Bridge built in 1900 with four fierce dragon statues guarding it.

A dragon statue in Ljubljana Slovenia
One of the scary dragons guarding Dragon Bridge

One of the best ways to see the city is by taking a cruise along the river. The 45 minute boat trip is informative and gives another perspective of Ljubljana’s medieval history with its Celt and Roman influence.

But because the city is so compact it is easy to explore on foot. There are many bars, cafes and restaurants to break your walk so you should never be thirsty or hungry.

A selection of drinks on a table
Enjoy a Lasko beer, coffee or a ginger beer in one of the many riverside cafes or bars

We have visited Ljubljana twice, the second time was a guests of locals who showed us around their home town. Read about our visits here – Best Things to See in the Friendly City of Ljubljana, Slovenia.