Ljubljana – Explore The Secrets Of The Dragon City In Slovenia

Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia, with a population of about 280,000 inhabitants as of 2016. It is situated between Austria and Croatia. Ljubljana is a charming small city that is definitely worth visiting. The entire city center is car-free. Therefore, it is the perfect place to walk around and discover the city. Most buildings are in Baroque style. In the city center, you will find the Cathedral of Ljubljana (Katedrala Ljubljana). Although it is a small cathedral, it has paintings and gold ornaments everywhere. The entry fee is 2€ (2022).

Church Ljubljana
Church Ljubljana
Inside the Cathedral

Discover Ljubljana’s city center

Next to the Cathedral, there is a small market where flowers are sold. At the market, you can also find a variety of vegetables and fruits, bread, milk products (including automat machines). Also, some clothes and shoes. Around this market, there are cozy restaurants and cafes.

No matter where you are in the city center, you will come across the Ljubljanica River. Two bridges over the river are worth noticing. One bridge is Mesarski Most, which has sculptures and love locks. The other bridge is Zmarjski Most, also known as the Dragon Bridge, where several dragon sculptures are positioned.

City view Ljubljana
View on the river and dragon bridge
Dragon Ljubljana
Dragon bridge

Go up to the castle of Ljubljana

From the city center, you can see the Ljubljanski Grad or Ljubljana Castle, which is a famous landmark of Ljubljana. There are different ways to reach the castle, including taking the Ljubljana Castle Funicular. However, you can also walk up for about 400 meters from around the Funicular station, which is definitely doable. At some point, you will come across stairs with gaps, so keep that in mind in case you are scared of heights. From the Castle hill, you will enjoy a lovely view of Ljubljana and the surrounding mountains.

Inside the Castle, you will find some museums, and outside, you’ll find restaurants and cafes. Even if you don’t want to visit the museums, which will cost 12€ (2023 – without Funicular ride), you should still make the trip up for the fantastic view of Ljubljana.

City view Ljubljana
View from the Castle over the city and mountains
City view Ljubljana
View of the city

Try Burek – a dough filled with different ingredients

Most common supermarkets in Ljubljana are the Austrian supermarket „Spar“ and the German supermarket „Hofer“ (Aldi). „Burek“, originally from Turkey but popular throughout the Balkans during the Ottoman Empire, is also widely available. Burek is a dough filled with minced meat, cheese, spinach, or the more modern version: Pizza Burek. You should definitely try one – it’s very tasty!

Zagreb Bakery products
Different type of Burek and Bakery products in a store (2023)

Discovering the dragon city of Slovenia is definitely worth it, from its car-free city center to a trip to the castle. Tasting some tasty Burek – Ljubljana covers every taste!

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