Ljubljana is one of the coolest capital cities I’ve been to in Europe. It is green, charming and has such a fun name! 😉 It is not a world-famous city and doesn’t have any must-visit attractions, but maybe that’s exactly why I loved the city! Our stop in Ljubljana was a part of the motorcycle tour last summer. We only had about a day in Slovenia which we spent visiting Ljubljana, nearby Lake Bled and driving by the rest of the country leading to Austria.
This small Slovenian capital that still seems to be off tourist radars, took me by surprise as I found it to be more charming than I had expected. Today I am sharing some of the sights we visited in Ljubljana in a day.
Dragon Bridge is one of the more famous bridges above Ljubljanica river. You’ll find the concrete bridge near Ljubljana old town. The main attraction of the bridge are the four dragon statues at its four corners.
The bridge was built on 20th century when the city was a part of Austro-Hungarian empire. Dragon Bridge is a well-known landmark of Ljubljana and you’ll see many souvenirs portraying dragons in gift/souvenir shops. In fact I bought a wooden fridge magnet in the shape of a dragon as a souvenir from Slovenia. 😀
These three bridges are other well-known landmarks of Ljubljana. It’s a group of three cute bridges located next to one another that stand above green Ljubljanica river.They are in a very central location of Ljubljana and hard to miss.
The group of bridges connect the historical part of Ljubljana on one bank and the more modern part of city on the other. The beautiful Franciscan church, another important old town landmark, stands proudly on one side of the bridges. I really liked how cool the bridges looked, and I’ve heard that it looks even better at night due to glowing lights. 🙂
Another pretty bridge in Ljubljana, this bridge got its name as it provided space for cobblers’ workshops a long while ago. It’s one of the oldest bridges in Ljubljana that first was a wooden bridge and now has transformed to the concrete structure featuring tall, different sized pillars. It is located in a relatively quieter part of Ljubljana from where you can enjoy beautiful views of the surroundings. You can consider an hour-long boat tour to enjoy all the iconic bridges as well as other views of Ljubljana.
The old town of Ljubljana when we visited was very lively. It was a hot summer day and the city was buzzing with visitors and locals. The old town is located between Ljubljana castle and Ljubljanca river and has two main squares. We also visited an open market on the area and enjoyed checking it out.
The old town is lined with well preserved historical buildings where you will find many restaurants and shops. Main points of interest in the area are Ljubljana cathedral (one of the most colorful interiors I’ve seen in a church), Robba fountain, Town Hall and Ljubljana castle.
Located atop a hill like in most European cities, this castle is possibly the most well-known tourist attraction in Ljubljana. There is a funicular you can use to go to the top – which we used. This historic structure has evolved from a medieval fortress to a residential complex to a cultural venue it is today.
The castle complex features a courtyard, chapel and a notable tower from which you can enjoy spectacular views of Ljubljana. Due to the lack of time, we unfortunately didn’t go inside the castle but enjoyed panoramic views of the city from a roof top near the entrance to the castle.
Drinking/eating at one of the riverside restaurants
The riversides in Ljubljanca are vibrant and there are plenty of eating/drinking/shopping options. Ljubljanca’s banks near old town are lined with trees and the city overall is compact and very clean, making it ideal for visitors to explore on foot. We chose a bar near Butcher’s Bridge that connects the central market and Petvosek embankment. Enjoying cold Slovenian beers outdoors on a hot day like that (with motorcycle gear!) was just the perfect way to end our fun sightseeing trip in Ljubljana.
Ljublljana is a beautiful city that is lively and unique. Our short time in this city full of interesting bridges was unforgettable and I hope I can go back one day to explore more of the city and country.