• Ljubljana – One of Europe’s Lesser Known Capitals

    by  • October 16, 2014 • Architecture, City Breaks, Food & Drink, Ljubljana

    The Slovenian Capital has plenty to offer tourists of every age

     

    Ljubljana is a picturesque and very vibrant city which, partly due to its small size, has a very relaxed feel which is very appealing to the city break tourist. Car traffic is restricted in the city centre, leaving the banks of the Ljubljanica River, which flows through the heart of the city, free for pedestrians and cyclists. In summer, outdoor cafés set up tables along the river, increasing the feeling of partying and relaxation. The city is lacking in world-famous attractions but thee is no shortage of sights to see. The best way to see them is to stroll around and just enjoy the city..

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    The city of Ljubljana has proudly preserved a large amount of evidence of its 5,000 year history, including the remains of the Roman city of Emona and the old city centre with its medieval castle. Ljubljana’s present appearance is partly due to the Italian Baroque and partly to Art Nouveau, which found expression in numerous buildings constructed after the earthquake of 1895. In the second half of the 20th century, it was the world famous architect Jože Plečnik who shaped the appearance of his native city by designing a number of buildings. He also designed the Triple Bridge (Tromostovje) over the River Ljubljanica. This much photographed bridge consists of three separate picturesque bridges located next to one another.

     

    Ljubljana Castle is the city’s most prominent sight and it offers some of the most beautiful views of the city. The castle houses several exhibitions such as Slovenian History and The Prison. The castle can be reached by funicular railway or by a tourist train from the Triple Bridge.

     

    The charming old town is squeezed between the castle hill and Ljubljanica River. Well preserved medieval buildings now house local designer shops, and several popular cafes and restaurants.

     

    If you’re visiting Ljubljana this weekend (18th October) then beer and burgers will probably be on the agenda. The city’s first Beer and Burger Fest is being organised by the Open Kitchen food market The choice of quality Slovenian beers has widened considerably over recent years thanks to a growing number of Slovenian microbreweries. The burger scene in Slovenia has also been flourishing, with numerous new burger varieties being prepared, often in innovative or even ‘green’ ways

     

    This weekend will also be one of the last opportunities to see the Open Air Photographic Exhibition “The Remains of a City” in Tivoli Park This exhibition brings together works by both established photographers and the winners of a public photography contest on the theme of ruins, the remains of our past. As a number of exhibited photographs depict Roman remains, the exhibition also marks 2,000 years of the Roman city of Emona.