Ljubljana Travel Guide
Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia
Slovenia is one of the former Yugoslavian countries in Europe. It is located in central Europe, surrounded by Italy, Croatia, Hungary, and Austria. Slovenia got their independence in 1991 and became part of European Union in 2004. Despite a young country, Slovenia is very rich in culture because of its historical background. Ljubljana, the capital city, was the European green capital in 2016. With all the interesting fact and history, Ljubljana is worth a visit if you’re traveling Europe.
Long weekend in Ljubljana
It’s obvious that traveling from one city to another city in Europe is easy because of the integrated transportation. You can take either bus, train or flight, and you be in your destination place. For my trip to Ljubljana, I took flight from Amsterdam. After I landed in Ljubljana Airport, I took a bus to go to the city center. Then, I had some lists of spots that we wanted to visit. Of course before visiting a place I already did a little bit of research. After that, I figured out that we wanted to spare one night in Bled. To get to Bled, I just had to take one bus, and compared to the ticket price in the Netherlands, it is relatively cheaper. You can buy the ticket to the driver, so prepare small money and coins!
Visiting the Old Town
People said that European countries are rich in history and culture, especially because how old they are. Thus, visiting the old town of Ljubljana was also on my agenda. The first day I spent with strolling around the city. In the old town, a lot of people just walking around or riding a bicycle. No cars allowed. I went there in June, so the weather was nice for walking around. A lot of people walked with ice cream on their hands. I could also see ice cream parlor on different streets I walked by. I don’t know if it was the season or the city or the people, but among different cities that I visited, they celebrated ice cream more here.
Tips for visiting the Old Town:
- Bring Camera. Of course, it’s a no-brainer and you will bring your camera. But, it is just too pretty to miss through your lens, so a friendly reminder won’t hurt 😉
- Join the walking tour. Walking tour is free and tip based. If you’re satisfied, then you can give tips to the guide. It is also something that keeps their quality, though. Overall, I was satisfied with the information and stories that the tour guide shared. The guide spoke really good and clear English.
- Buy ice cream. If you come in sunny day or summer, you won’t need any tips to do this. slurpp!
See the Tivoli City Park
Tivoli city park is the largest park in Ljubljana. As the European green capital in 2016, the city park should be on your list when you visit Ljubljana. Inside the city, I didn’t use any public transportation, I walked. So, I can’t give you any recommendation of how to get there by public transportation. However, it was not a very long walk, and if you want to see opportunities for exercising while traveling, just walk around. Inside the city park, you will find indoor sports arenas and Cekin Mansion together with a large green grass area. People sat in the sun enjoying the weather and the view.
Tivoli City Park Ljubljana
Tips for visiting Tivoli City Park:
- Do picnic. The success of this tip will depend on the condition of the weather during the day. It will help more if you come during the summer.
- Wear bright colors. On a sunny day in the middle of huge park, come one, wear colorful clothes to boost your mood 😀
One of the fascinating destinations in visiting a European country is no other than castles! Luckily, you can find Ljubljana Castle in the city and you can reach the place by foot if you take the elevator. Of course, there is another way to reach it by walking up the hill, but I prefer taking the elevator. The ticket price was relatively affordable. Inside the castle, you can see exhibition and cafe. There is also tourism guide inside the castle. If you pay for the audio guide, you will get a recorder with an audio guide telling the history of the castle. You can also go up to the rooftop of the castle and see the city of Ljubljana from the higher perspective.
Aerial view of Ljubljana
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Tips for visiting Ljubljana Castle:
- Go on a clear sky day. Ljubljana Castle is standing on a hill, which is fair to say that it stands closer to the sky. Going on a clear sky day will help you see around the city from the top better. I came on a bit cloudy day. I bet it would have been better if it was clear.
- Forget the fear of height. To go to the top, you will take elevator made of glass. The transparent elevator helps you to see the surrounding while moving upstairs. However, it might be scary for some people. I suggest you not to worry about that because it is a short trip with many people. You can choose the spot in the middle so you don’t stand right next to the glass.
Ljubljana Castle from the inside
Ljubljana, the city of the Dragon. Wait, isn’t it only in the movie? Do you mean Game of Thrones? No, I’m talking about the symbol of the city and the first concrete bridge in Europe with dragons on its both ends. Dragon also appears on many kinds of souvenirs that you can bring from Ljubljana.
Visiting Ljubljana means that you will see many of Jože Plečnik’s works. Starting from the market, the triple bridge, the national library and so on. Joining the urban walk tour, I got information about the city without losing the sense of being adventurous and spontaneous. Enjoy exploring Ljubljana!