Welcome to Ljubljana
Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is a central European city lying between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, in a basin where the Ljubljanica river flows into the Sava. It has all the facilities of a modern capital, and yet it has preserved its small-town friendliness and relaxed atmosphere. It is a vibrant city full of surprises. Its surrounding areas, packed with natural beauty and cultural sights bearing witness to the city's dynamic history, are renowned for their walking, hiking and cycle trails and a wide variety of culinary delights.
Ljubljana Castle, the city's most striking landmark, adds a special touch to the city's cultural vibrancy. It is an attractive tourist sight and a picturesque venue for concerts, theatre performances, exhibitions, conferences and official functions.
Bridges of Ljubljanica River
The central of the three bridges forming the Triple Bridge has stood in its place since 1842, when it replaced an old, strategically important medieval wooden bridge connecting the north-western European lands with south-eastern Europe and the Balkans. Between 1929 and 1932, the side bridges, intended for pedestrians, were added to the original stone bridge to a design by the architect Jože Ple?nik, who thus created a unique architectural gem of Ljubljana.
Cathedral / Church of St. Nicholas
The site of the Cathedral was originally occupied by a three-nave Romanic church whose earliest mentiondates back to 1262. After the fire of 1361 it was re-vaulted in the Gothic style. When the Ljubljana Diocesewas established in 1461, the church underwent several alterations and additions. In 1469 it was burntdown, presumably by the Turks. Between 1701 and 1706, a new Baroque hall church with side chapels shaped in the form of the Latin cross was built to a design by the Jesuit architect Andrea Pozzo.
Mestini Square and the Town Hall
From the 12th century, the Mestni trg square was one of the centres of medieval Ljubljana. A large amount of its medieval architecture was destroyed in the earthquake of 1511 and later replaced by Renaissance and Baroque buildings, which have survived until the present day. The best known is the Town Hall (Magistrat) with the famous Robba Fountain (Robbov vodnjak), sculpted by Francesco Robba between 1743 and 1751, in front of it.
National and University Library - www.nuk.uni-lj.si
The National and University Library, whose archives contain, among other things, a rich collection of medieval manuscripts, incunabula and Renaissance prints, was built between 1936 and 1941 to designs by Jože Ple?nik. It is considered to be the architect's most important work in Slovenia. It stands on the site of the former Ducal Court (Knežji dvorec), a 17th century Baroque palace destroyed in the earthquake of 1895.
Krizanke - www.ljubljanafestival.si/en/krizanke
The site of the Križanke Summer Theatre was originally occupied by a large monastery complex, the seat of the Order of Teutonic Knights, who settled in Ljubljana early in the second half of the 13th century. The redesign of the monastery complex, inspired by the work of Renaissance architects, was entrusted to the then 80-year-old architect Jože Ple?nik. The rebuilding took place from 1952 to 1956.
Visits & Excursions
Worth to do and visit:
… take a short walk through the old town and visit the Ljubljana Castle by funicular.
… stroll along Ljubljanica river and old part of Ljubljana.
… enjoy a pleasant evening stroll and a romantic boat ride along the Ljubljanica river
… take a walk through the old town and taste delicious Slovene wines
… visit the Brewery museum - the first museum of brewing in the territory of Slovenia and one of the largest on the European continent.
… to truly feel the city's atmosphere and its people, visit the open market.
… go to the House of Experiments, the only place of its kind in Slovenia, where you can explore some 46 experiments, each accompanied with detailed instructions.
… visit to the historical city of Škofja Loka, renowned for a picturesque old city centre and fine examples of medieval architecture
… feel the nature: take the cable car and chair lift and explore Velika Planina plateau located in the heart of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, not far from the medieval town of Kamnik
… discover the biggest and worldwide known Slovenian cave system - the Postojna caves
… make a trip to Triglav National Park: Bled and Bohinj
… explore Slovenian coast: Piran and Portoroz
… enjoy Lipica and Skocjan Caves – Unesco Treasures
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