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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.