I’m ready to share with you guys my post about what to see in Ljubljana in one day and, thinking about it, I realized that this city is simply adorable! Though small, Ljubljana is an elegant, tidy, lively city, with many shops, cafes and restaurants along the river, where you can stop after a nice walk across alleys and bridges. So, here’s what to see and do on a one-day trip to the capital of Slovenia. My trip consisted of a long weekend in Ljubljana plus one day at Lake Bled, which I talk about in this post Lake Bled: what to see, where to sleep, how to get there.
#1 Cross the Dragon Bridge
The Dragon Bridge is one of Ljubljana’s most famous pictures. It’s a magnificent example of architecture and it was built in 1900/1 to celebrate Emperor Joseph’s 40th year of reign. It has been the first concrete building in the whole city and also one of Europe’s biggest bridges of that time. The symbol of the dragon appears also in Ljubljana’s crest, as, according to the myth, the city was founded by the Greek hero Jason, who killed the dragon that lived in the marsh around the Ljubljanica river.
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#2 Eat at the Open Kitchen or go shopping at the Central Market
A walk through the city market is always a good way to get into the city’s flow. Ljubljana’s market has an indoor and an outdoor area. Several stalls are run by local farmers who sell their own grocery. If you are in Ljubljana on a Friday between the second half of March and October, you can’t miss the open kitchen: located in the square next to that of the market, it’s a cluster of stalls with food from all over the world!
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#3 Cross the triple bridge (Tromostovje)
Built in 1842, it first was just one stone arch over the Ljubljanica river. Because of the growing traffic, between 1929 and 1932 the architect Jože Plečnik added two other minor bridges, on on each side of the pre-existing bridge, which today connect Prešernov trg (the most popular and main square) and the historical centre of the city.
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#4 Go up to Ljubljana’s Castle
The Ljubljanski grad is a castle built in 1960 on pre-existent Medieval ruins. It’s located on the top of the hill right in the city centre. You can reach the castle either on foot or by funicular railway. Walking until the castle won’t take long and it’s totally doable. But on the way back I highly recommend to take the funicular and enjoy the view: it lasts around 1 minute and it costs € 4 (return) or € 2,2 (single). You can also consider visiting the castle for € 10. I personally decided to skip the visit inside the castle, even though it allows you to go up to the top of the tower, which I’m sure it’s worth the price.
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#5 Have a piece of cake at Lolita
Lolita is one of the most loved patisseries in Ljubljana. It’s a very nice spot, with many seats and well presented dishes. Not to mention the amazing choice! I had a Red Velvet that was delicious. Give it a go for a sweet break!
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#6 Have a walk through Mesti Trg
Considered the heart of the ancient city, this square is surrounded by elegant baroque buildings, built after the earthquake of 1511 (one of them is the town hall). Mestni trg is actually also the name of the lively street next to the square, where you can find many nice shops and restaurants. Not far from here there’s also the cathedral.
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#7 Aperitif along the river
I didn’t expect Ljubljana to be so lively. Along the river there are many bars with seats facing the river. The atmosphere is young and jolly. The right spot for an aperitif or a drink after dinner.
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Still some time left? Here are some more hints!
#8 Visit the Museum of Illusions
#9 Have a walk in Tivoli Park
#10 Graffiti-hunt in Metelkova
As you might have understood… I love Ljubljana! It’s a pretty small city and one day is enough to visit it; therefore, I suggest you to combine your visit to Ljubljana with a trip to the Lake Bled. Read more here: ….
Writing you soon again dear travelers,
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