Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana is the largest city in Slovenia, with a population of just over 270,000. We only spent a few hours there, but I'd love to go back. It's a charming old town on the Ljubljanica River, overlooked by Ljubljana Castle (Ljubljanski grad).

The original medieval fortress Ljubljana Castle dates from the 11th century, but was rebuilt in the 15th century with additions in the 16th and 17th centuries. It's been an arsenal, a prison, a residential complex, and now a major tourist attraction and cultural centre. The outdoor stage in Congress Square is for the annual Ljubljana Summer Festival. 


The view from the top of the Outlook Tower over the medieval city. Up until just a few years ago, the treed space on the right was an ugly parking lot. The current mayor has moved the parking underground and created a pleasant central park area.
To get to the top of the Outlook Tower, there are two circular staircases, one up, and one down. Make sure you are going in the right direction, there is no room to pass on the stairs.
Love Locks on the Butcher's Bridge.... pledge your undying love with a padlock and then throw the key into the river. If the relationship fizzles out, do you have to dive into the river to find the key?


Part of the Triple Bridge (Tromostovje), and the statue of Slovenian national poet France PreŇ°eren in the Square of the Republic. That's his muse perched on the column behind him. Poets always have a muse!

We wandered through the old medieval streets and along the river, enjoying the atmosphere and the ambiance. I'd love to visit again, with a bit more time to explore.

More pictures to come.
If you have visited Ljubljana, please leave me a comment and tell me about it.

11 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

Touring Balkan castles would be so much fun. I love the varied history of this area of Europe.

ann @ studiohyde said...

We didn't get to visit this city, but wish we had, it looks lovely. You took some great photos :-)

troutbirder said...

Sorry I haven't been there but many summer visits to Winnipeg's "FOLK" taught me to love Slovenian culture & especially cuisine. Also thanks for visiting my book blog....:)

Birdman said...

Love that roof top look at the town below.

Suldog said...

Looks like a wonderful place to visit!

Anvilcloud said...

Looks like a charming place. I even read your next post on Feedly that hasn't appeared here yet.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

What a Charming Beautiful city. I can see why you would want to spend more time there.....

Revrunner said...

I wonder if bloggers have muses. :-)

Vagabonde said...

I have always wished to visit Slovenia but only went to Zagreb when it was Yugoslavia, and not too far from Slovenia. Your pictures show a very pretty place. I can see why you would like to return.

Sheila da Silva said...

I love the bird's eye view of all those red roof tops.

Barbara said...

They have done this for quite some time in Paris but have now started to cut the padlocks off as it was getting out of hand.

Again loved the photos as I have been scrolling through.