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WHY VISIT LJUBLJANA
Ljubljana is the small capital of Slovenia. Romantic and rich in history, lively and full of attractions, Ljubljana is a city that surprises and captivates visitors. With its magnificent landscapes, extraordinary architecture, rich cultural heritage (the result of exchanges and contaminations), a cheerful and relaxed atmosphere, it is very simple to fall in love with it.
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And it is not difficult to discover its treasures, all within reach, accessible a walk or by a ride. On the hill, the severe bulk of the castle dominates the city on the river Ljubljanica from above (worthy of a boat ride), the old town preserves the major monuments and the most interesting sites, the beautiful museums and galleries celebrate the art of highest levels, the city market is a concentration of history and traditions of the people of Ljubljana.
Each district retains its historical imprint: medieval, baroque or Art Nouveau even if, the whole city is “marked” by the incredible works of the brilliant architect and urban planner Jože Plečnik, who, from the Twenties to the beginning of the Second World War, was entrusted the task of redesigning the city adapting it according to his tastes.
Bridges are a characteristic element of the Slovenian capital. Numerous cross the Ljubljanica and offer striking views, beautiful to photograph, or simply admire. Pleasant cafes and clubs crowd the riverside where, especially at night, the atmosphere is filled with magic. So many reasons to visit Ljubljana, a tourist destination perhaps a little too neglected.
WHAT TO SEE IN LJUBLJANA
Top attractions not to be missed are:
- Old Town
- Preseren Square
- Old Square (Stari trg)
- Ljubljana Castle and Castle Funicular
- Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Stolnica Sv. Nikolaja)
- Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church
- Gornji Trg
- River Ljubljanica Kanal
- Triple Bridge (Tromostovje)
Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most)
- Shoemaker’s Bridge (Cevljarski Most)
- Town Hall (Magistrat)
- Cankarjevo Nabrezje
- Fountain of Three Carniolan Rivers (Vodnjak treh kranjskih rek)
- Franciscan Church (Franciskanska cerkev)
- National Museum of Slovenia
Following instead some hidden spots of the city that only locals know!
- enjoy a view of the city and the castle from the rooftop terrace of Nebotičnik (Štefanova ulica 1)
- Študentovska ulica
WHEN TO GO TO LJUBLJANA
The best period to visit Ljubljana is from April to October.
Following a list of main events and typical festivals and celebrations of Ljubljana.
- Ljubljana Festival
- Dragon Carnival (February)
- Gregorčki (11 March)
- Lighting Guerrilla (June)
HOW TO REACH AND MOVE IN LJUBLJANA
The main airport is the Ljubljana Airport
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WHAT TO DO IN LJUBLJANA
typical dishes of Ljubljana are:
- Ajdovi žganci (nation adish, buckwheat dumpling).
- Bujta Repa (national dish, sour turnip hot pot, or pork with pickled grated turnips).
- Potica (a circular cake with a variety of fillings, namely nuts, honey, cream, raisins, and cinnamon).
- Šelinka (a thick soup made from celeriac roots and leaves, potatoes, carrots, and spices. A pig’s trotter or some other piece of smoked or dried pork meat is often cooked in it).
- Goulash (a stew of meat and vegetables popular in the Hungarian influenced eastern Prekmurje region).
- Idrijski žlikrofi (dumpling with potato filling, often served either as a side dish to meat or on their own).
- Jota (soup with sauerkraut, kidney beans, flour, potatoes, dripping, pepper, and garlic).
- Gibanica (a popular layer cake made with pastry, cheese, and eggs).
- Žlikrofi (pasta pockets made with a filling that combines fatty spiced pork, onions, and herbs such as marjoram and chives).
- Kraški Pršut (air-dried ham)
- Ričet (a thick soup made of pearl barley, beans, potatoes, carrots, parsley, celery, leeks, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and dried meat).
- Nanos (a Slovenian hard cheese, it is one of many tasty varieties produced across the country).
- Seafood (popular along the coast of Slovenia).
- Kranjska Klobasa (small sausage made of pork and beef meat, lard, salt, pepper, and garlic).
- Kobariški štruklji (dumpling made of steamed dough with a rich filling, of which essential ingredient are domestic walnuts.).
- Bled cream cake (lashings of vanilla cream between two slices of pastry).
- Belokranjska Povitica (pastry, consisting of a round spiral of flaky, crispy dough with a sweet or savory filling).
- Potica (sweet dough is rolled thin and then wrapped up with a spread made from various nuts).
- Prekmurska Gibanica (kind of layered pastry cake containing apples, nuts, raisins, and ricotta).
- Žganje (strong brandy or schnapps distilled from a variety of fruits. Common types are slivovka (made with plums),sadjevec(with mixed fruit) and brinjevec (with juniper); a favourite ismedica, schnapps flavored with honey. An unusual type is Pleterska hruška, a pear brandy (also called viljamovka) made by the Carthusian monks).
typical souvenirs of Ljubljana are:
- Crystal and glassware
- Painted Beehives Panels
- Idrija Lace
- Felt slippers
- Wishing bell from Bled
- Hand-painted Easter eggs
- Plečnik candleholder
- Painted figurines made of dough
- Wine or Schnapps hot beverages, Pršut, Gorenjka chocolate, Prešeren chocolate-covered figs, salt (Sečovlje Salt Flower), honey
The main theatres of Ljubljana are the Ljubljana Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet the Slovenian National Theatre Drama Ljubljana.
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