If you are looking for amazing European cities off the beaten path go to the Balkans. That’s the rule we are following now. And after discovering how lovely and underrated city Zagreb (capital of Croatia) is, our next destination was Ljubljana. So get prepared to be introduced to the most charming European capital in this post. And for a small surprise at the end!
A small but beautiful jewel box
Ljubljana is one of the smallest capitals in Europe. And it’s like your favorite cozy cafe. The cafe that is not nearly as famous nor as majestic as those fancy and elegant restaurants in the city but it’s much more loveable and it’s just good to be there. It’s your happy place. Ljubljana felt just like that to us.
The perfectly green Ljubljanica River runs through its lovely center and all the cute outdoor cafes and restaurants lined by the river make the impression that there’s a never ending street festival. It’s such a liveable and beautiful city as a whole! No wonder it was the winner of the title for the Green Capital of Europe for 2016. Not just because most part of the Old Town is a pedestrian zone but the entire city has nice streets with lots of green and lots of parks.
Walking along Ljubljanica River
Once you find and follow Ljubljanica River you can’t miss the nicest sights. There’s several tiny and pretty bridges across Ljubljanica – the most famous ones are the Dragon Bridge and the Triple Bridge. Of course, there should be a spot for lovelocks in Ljubljana, too, so pay attention to Buthers’ Bridge if that’s your thing.
The Baroque, Renaissance and Art Nouveau buildings of the Old Town are nicely renovated and it’s so easy to get lost in the countless colorful narrow walking streets. Ruins of the medieval Ljubljana Castle watches over the Old Town. This castle offers exhibitions and great views of the city.
Prešernov trg is the main square with the Town Hall. This square was transformed into a waterpark at the time of our visit. Not a bad idea because July can be really hot in the city.
Interiors and inner courtyards are also worth paying attention to while you are wandering in the Old Town. One of our favorites is St. Nicholas’s Church, the cathedral of Ljubljana that has an amazing colorful interior!
Hanging out in Tivoli Park
When you are getting full of the happy and busy vibe of the center head to Tivoli Park, the largest park in Ljubljana. We found several lakes, fountains and sculptures hidden in the park. But the best place was an open library right at the rose garden. Isn’t it cool to just grab a book, pick a bench and enjoy the sunshine?
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So which city do you want to visit next?