Ljubljana, Slovenia Travel Guide | Best Things to Do in Ljubljana

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I can sense that the first thing that comes to your mind after reading the title must be “how to pronounce the name of this city?” Let me make it easier for you, in the Slovene language it is pronounced as ‘loo-blee-aa-nuh’, however, in British English, the ‘j’ is pronounced as ‘i’ and it’s ‘lioo-bli-aa-nuh’.  You can choose the one that sounds nice to your ears. So hodophiles, are you ready to embark on this new journey? Let’s wait no more.

History of Ljubljana

If we talk about human settlement, it was initially discovered in Hell’s Cave in Slovenia. The cave was located in Looza Woods somewhere near Orehek. Neanderthals were the primary inhabitants of the country. However, the Slovene ethnicity dates back to the 16th century. That was the first time books were written and published in the Slovene language. 

A large number of Slovenians lost their lives In World War I as they were a part of the Austro-Hungarian Army. After the war ended, the country declared itself an independent nation. However, in 1918, Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, and Montenegro came together to form a new nation called A Kingdon of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, whose name changed to Yogoslavia. Notably, Slovenia was the richest region in Yugoslavia. However, some decades later even Yugoslavia broke up and it was in 1992 that Slovenia was recognized as an independent nation by the European Community. Today, Slovenia is not only a great vacation spot but only a fruitful country to invest in. 

Places to visit in Ljubljana

Let’s explore the marvels of this city:

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Triple Bridge:

Adorned with balustrades and lanterns, it is a group of three bridges. Among the three, the central bridge is the oldest one and dates back to 1842. Do you know why Slovenia went for the idea of three bridges? To manage the traffic. The other two bridges were constructed in 1930 and were particularly meant for pedestrians. The idea for these bridges came from the capital’s most revered architect Jože Plečnik.

Postojna Caves:

If you are a person who loves exploring caves and castles, then you cannot skip on this. The diverse formations in this cave are so magnificent and captivating. Interestingly, the world’s first railway in an underground cave was opened in Postojna Cave in 1872. This underground train can take you for a ride, a journey you will cherish for life. Moreover, this cave is a natural marvel.  You can also meet the baby dragons (Olms) here.

Ljubljana Cathedral:

The first mention of this castle dates back to 1262. However, the building caught fire in 1361, after which it was developed again in the gothic style of architecture. Thereafter, the establishment of the Ljubljana Diocese resulted in several alterations and additions. Again it was burnt down in 1469. It was presumed that the Turks had done this. It was built again between 1701-1706 by architect Jesuit. Apart from its history, another fascinating thing about the cathedral is its dome. Beneath the beams of the dome, you will find some beautifully crafted statues.

Ljubljana Castle:

This castle is daunting high. This masterpiece first came together 900 years back. No, I am not exaggerating. Behind the huge walls of the castle is hidden rich history and culture. This castle has been the city’s symbol for a long time. You can enter the time machine of the castle and discover the past. The castle has a vineyard too, where you can have an unforgettable culinary experience. The best of all is the Escape Room game where you have to rescue the dragon. 

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National Gallery of Slovenia:

Members of the Slovenian Armed Forces wait for President of the Republic of Slovenia to depart following the opening ceremony of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Military Committee Conference at the National Gallery in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Sept. 13, 2019. (DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro)

If you visit a place to know its history, art, and culture then this should be a must-go place on your list. The premium historical art museum displays works from medieval times to the 1900s. The Museum is home to more than 600 pieces of art. From the extraordinary Gothic liturgical art to the mesmerizing Italian baroque paintings and sculptures. The painters and craftsmen who created these were paid many commissions in the 18th century.

Ljubljanica River trip:

The 45-minute ferry journey along the river Ljubljanica can give you a beautiful view of the city. During your journey, you will pass through three bridges, some beautiful buildings, Ljubljana castle, and the other masterpieces of Jože Plečnik. For this tour, you can just visit Ljubljana’s website and register for the boat ride along the river Ljubljanica.

Wait! How can your trip be complete without trying some delicious food? Following are the place where you can not only relish authentic Slovenian food but different cuisines from all over the world.

Central Market:

Besides the triple bridge, Jože Plečnik designed this market. This open-air market is situated just across the triple bridge. Traditionally, the central market was the place where the locals met and had fun together.

Several shops sell fresh fruits and vegetables that are grown by local farmers. From wild mushrooms to dry-cured meat products, you will find everything there. Interestingly, the market hosts a very unique food market every Friday from March to October. On this day, cuisines from across the globe are prepared by chefs from Slovenian restaurants. Isn’t this amazing you can try a variety of authentic dishes in one place?

Try Best Traditional Foods

Lake bled is a famous place in Slovenia where you enjoy campaigning along the riverside. The scenic beauty of the place is beyond the words can justify. Besides the soothing views, you can also enjoy some regional treats here.

Kremna rezina

Kremna rezina, an irresistible Slovenian dessert made out of custard, pastry puff, and cream. You can find this delicious sweet at various cafes in the city. However, the dish sold by Hotel Park in Bled is the best. It is also evident from the fact that the hotel sells over 3000 slices of dessert every weekend. So, grab your slice, find a place to sit near the lake, and have fun.

Bograč

Are visiting the city in winter? If yes, then a bowl of Bograč is all you need. The stomach-filling stew can warm you up in no time. This dish is not the creation of Slovenia, it is one of the borrowed blends. Originally, it is Hungarian cuisine. It is the combination of pork, game, beef, wine, seasonal paprika, seasonal mushrooms, and onions. All are served together in a pot. When Hungary ruled over Slovenia, the dish used to be a toasty treat, especially for the shepherds. 

Štruklji:

This is a uniquely Slovenian dish, even though it looks like an Austrian strudel. Filled with cottage cheese, this dish can be made from scratch at your home. Filo pastry, sour cream, and cottage cheese are all you need to make this side dish. It is also served as a dessert with cream and sweet breadcrumbs.

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So, this is all about Ljubljana, Slovenia. I hope this article helps you while making your itinerary. We’ll be back with more such content. Enjoy your trip!

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