10 reasons to love Ljubljana TheTravelHack July 15 Slovenia 17 Comments Tweet TweetI’m pretty sure you’ve already guessed that I loved Ljubljana. This list could go on into the 100’s but here are 10 reasons why.. The castle Each time you look up in Ljubljana you’re greeted by the castle, a medieval fortress with a modern twist. You can walk up to the castle or take the funicular railway and once you’re at the top you’ll have a magnificent view over the city. If you’re wondering where the modern twist comes in, it’s with the two stylish restaurants and coffee bar you’ll find within the castle. I love it when we’re able to use ancient buildings in everyday life and we can enjoy them away from the confines of a museum tour. Photo taken when I visited Ljubljana last November. The food From what I found, there doesn’t seem to be one type of food that is typically Slovenian, it’s more like Slovenia has taken the best food from the surrounding countries and made it their own. We’re talking stone baked pizzas and delicious pasta from Italy, meats from Austria and fish from Croatia among many other tasty treats. Ljubljana is alive with tasty dishes every Friday at Open Kitchen Food Market. Slovenian chefs create delicious street food for the crowds and there’s a great atmosphere as everyone shares in their love for good food. The wine You may be surprised to find that Slovenia has some really delicious, locally produced wine. They also have orange wine which isn’t quite so delicious but worth a try. You can read more about it here from my foodie tour: Cool tours to take in Ljubljana Heaps Good Wine Company The people Slovenians are kind, funny, welcoming and incredibly proud of their beautiful country. Get them chatting about Slovenia and the conversation will flow all night. Almost everyone speaks English too which definitely makes travelling here easier. Hanging out with Adam from Travels of Adam, Jai from Savoir There and Mojca Mavec, a Slovenian TV presenter with a travel show so she’s a very interesting lady. The bridges It’s not surprising that a city located along the Ljubljanica River has a few pretty bridges but Ljubljana’s bridges are really beautiful. There’s the iconic Triple Bridge designed by Plecnik, Cobbler’s Bridge and Dragon Bridge where the famous dragons sit and overlook the city. Then there’s the Butcher’s Bridge which is now filled with lovelocks. What’s not to love about a bridge filled with lovelocks? The alfresco, riverside dining Café culture is thriving in Ljubljana and there are endless places to eat, drink and be merry next to the river. Listen to the buskers and enjoy the happy chatter of locals and visitors as they soak up the sun. The street art There’s also a thriving street art scene in the Metelkova Mesto District as well as quirky pieces of art around the city. Keep your eyes peeled and look up because it’s usually in the places you’d least expect it. The bicycles Is there any better way to get around a city than by bicycle, particularly a city that is pedestrianised in the center and mostly flat? Bikes are available to hire outside the tourist office. The events calendar Ljubljana may be a small city but it has an events calendar to rival a much bigger place. You can also check out FlightJumpr, a good site to find events and deals and see what events people are sharing on social media. All of this isn’t far away… Castles, lakes, countryside and the sea. I travelled to Ljubljana with Visit Ljubljana and a travel blogger collective, The Travel Mob. 17 Responses Ryan @Treksplorer July 15 Not sure I’m as disgusted by the “human fish” as you are, Monica, but it’s certainly a strange looking beast! Amazing photos! I visited Ljubljana about 8 years ago with a crappy point-and-shoot that makes my iPhone look like a full-frame. These pictures are really inspiring me to return and re-capture the place! Maybe soon. Thanks for sharing, Monica Ryan @Treksplorer recently posted..Quirkiest Museum in Russia? The Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines in Saint Petersburg Reply TheTravelHack July 16 I should probably have mentioned that I have this ridiculous fear of fish so a human fish is pretty much my worst nightmare. Reply Josh Frink July 15 I don’t know the amount of good things you list and the pics make that little fish not seem so bad. I’ll just stay of the dark caves while I’m there. Josh Frink recently posted..The Rocky Mountain Arsenal Reply TheTravelHack July 16 Haha, yes, one little fish is definitely worth risking to see the rest of Ljubljana. Reply shannon July 15 what a beautiful city! i’ve never heard of ljubljana, but i’ll have to add it to my ever growing list of places to see Reply TheTravelHack July 16 It’s gorgeous, definitely worth adding to the list. Reply Bridget @ A Traveling B July 16 Beautiful photos! Ljubljana was not on my radar until recently, but is increasingly looking more and more interesting. I cannot imagine not liking a bike friendly city with a cafe culture! Bridget @ A Traveling B recently posted..In Photos: Normandy Reply TheTravelHack July 16 What’s not to love about bikes and cafes Reply Elle Croft July 16 Haha, that fish looks nasty. Gross creatures aside, Ljubljana has been on my list for some time now, but seeing your photos and reading about it has just made me want to travel there right now! It sounds like an incredible city! Elle Croft recently posted..Brendan’s guide: stylish travel for men Reply TheTravelHack July 16 You’d definitely love it Elle. Such an easy place for a quick weekend away too. Reply How to plan a holiday to Ljubljana, Slovenia | The Travel Hack July 17 […] I’ve spent the last few weeks telling everyone that they just HAVE to take a weekend away or a short holiday to Ljubljana. If you’re not convinced, take a look at my post 10 reasons to love Ljubljana. […] Reply Mercury Grail, tour operator July 23 Thank you for visiting my home country. Ljubljana is cute city but it is worth to visit also other tourist atractions and town there. My plan is to organize trip through all or most former Yugoslavian countries. It will be great. Reply TheTravelHack July 23 Wow, that sounds like quite a trip! Christine @ Taste of Divine July 17 I love your photos Monica! And I’m loving all these posts about Ljubljana even more. I will be there in less than two weeks! Reply Anton Zammit July 18 Why is it that Slovenes rarely advertise the eastern side of Slovenia? Although the western part is beautiful, the east is like another Toscana. Reply Mercury Grail, tour operator July 24 Anton, Some person invited me to Vienna few years ago. I said rather go to eastern Slovenia on farm holiday for a few days. We made it very well, also because people there is easy going. Eastern Slovenia is a little back of central picture, area is not high developed but spirit right there is very good. Reply Weekend Reads #6 | The Travel Hack July 19 […] 10 reasons to love Ljubljana […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website four + 8 = Comment Sign me up for the newsletter!