Slovenia – Ljubljana
During a springtime visit to the capital of Slovenia i was finally able to take a few tours through the city. I´ve been to this city a few times before, but never had the chance to to take a closer look.
Ljubljana has about 280.000 inhabitants which makes it the biggest city in Slovenia. This time i arrived by train and left the city 5 days later by plane. I decided to fly back because i just wanted to be back home a few hours earlier.
Maximale Höhe: 395 m
Minimale Höhe: 276 m
Gesamtanstieg: 475 m
Gesamtabstieg: -434 m
My first evening took me right to Ljubljanski grad the prominent castle which is visible nearly from everywhere in the city. There are a few ways leading up that hill, but you can also take the funicular railway. Thats what i did, because it was late already and i wanted to enjoy the night skyline of the city on the first day. For a oneway ticket you have to pay 2€ and the ride takes only 2 minutes. On top you exit right into the castles wall and can start to explore it.
There are many places to visit and you´ll get a great view above the city. There is a museum of an old penitentiary which i decided to visit the next day. The entry included also a visit to the tower which added even more to the great view.
Those two images were shot directly from top of the tower during sunset on an other day. I was alone up there because there were some heavy winds and it wasn’t too inviting up there. But i enjoyed the wonderful sunset above the city scape.
The Ljubljanica is the river that runs straight through the city and this where a lot of the city life takes place. So it is a good idea to walk along this river, especially when you have nice weather.
Cafés and Bars, a market and many handicraft shops follow the canal on its way in the city.
The so called Tromostovje or Triple Bridge (second image below) is connecting the old town and the newer parts of the city. All those bridges give you many nice photo options during daytime as well when it is dark.
The Market itself and the Vodnik Square, which it is located at, are known as cultural monuments of national significance. It opens daily except on Sundays and includes all kind of food and flowers.
I only made it once to the market during its opening hours, but this was on my last day short before heading to the airport, so all my photography equipment was stored in my bags already and i wasn’t able to take any shots. This was the start of easter holiday, so the market was crowded and people were celebrating the beginning of this holiday.
The Urban Culture
Directly in the center you’ll find a lot of nice places and i’m sure i wan’t able to see all of them. The Metelkova is an autonomous social center within former military barracks and now includes galleries, studios, bars, night clubs and concert venues.
Ljubljana is a good place to visit. It seems to be a young aspiring city with a lot of culture, a beautiful old city part and its location in between the mountains is quite attractive. I’m looking forward to go there again…
If you´ve been there and if you have any recommendations for a future visit, leave a comment in the section below.
More images can be found in my Ljubljana Flickr Album.