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Amazing, incredible, romantic and unforgettable Ljubljana

To begin with I must explain that living in Hungary which has a rather flat landscape, I was overwhelmed by the most scenic landscapes. So, what an incredible first impression I have Slovenia! And then to my further delight, just as incredible was my visit to Ljubljana!

We drove from Hungary to Ljubljana and shortly after crossing the border the landscapes changed considerably. I grew up around the winelands of South Africa’s Western Cape Province. When I caught the first glimpse of Slovenia’s countryside it almost felt like a blend between Tuscany in Italy, and South Africa’s winelands.

That said, the city itself is just as beautiful with the mountains in the background.

Ljubljana city view
Hotel Cubo

Hotel Cubo (Booked via Booking.com)

We stayed at Hotel Cubo and received superb service. Our room was super comfortable, and the staff were warm and friendly. The breakfast was delish and again the service was excellent in the breakfast room – very attentive. And if that’s not enough, the hotel is well situated and in short walking distance to the river and all its relevant attractions.

To the left, photo from Booking.com

Da Bu Da Asian and Fusion Bar

By the way, we made a point of eating in a different restaurant each night. There is no shortage of quality restaurants scattered around the hotel. One such restaurant that stood out was Da Bu Da Asian and Fusion Bar, 1000, Šubičeva ulica 1a, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Strelec Restaurant

Gastronomic Strelec is at the castle’s entrance, immediately to your right. It’s a perfect blend of luxury style and super culinary delights. Being at the highest point in Ljubljana, you are also feasted with an unspoilt view over the city.

Ljubljanica River

I recommend the boat cruise, albeit over a very short distance. There are some beautiful scenes on the tree-lined riverside.

Ljubljana Central Market

The market is an absolute must for travelers who want to experience Ljubljana like the locals. This is where the locals come buy their fresh produce and many other niceties. For instance, honey galore – flavoured or unflavoured, with or without alcohol (honey liqueur)! With plenty of the city’s nice restaurants represented at the market, it’s worth spending an hour to meander at the market, buy a little reminder of your trip, and relax for a bite to eat or something to drink.

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Dragon Bridge
Butcher's Bridge Ljubljana Slovenia
Butcher's Bridge Ljubljana Slovenia
Adam and Eve sculpture in Ljubljana Slovenia
Adam and Eve sculpture in Ljubljana Slovenia

Beautiful bridges

There are some famously photogenic bridges such as the Dragon Bridge with two dragons on either side of the bridge.

Butchers’ Bridge got its name from the butchers who used to throw the water in which they washed and cleaned meat, into the river.

In contrast, this is the bridge of romance with sculptures of frogs and shellfish on the top of the bridge’s fence. Butchers’ bridge is quite a romantic spot with its love padlocks attached to the parapet. The story behind the padlocks is that lovers used to drop their keys into the river below, as a symbol of their love!

I found the statue of Adam and Eve (walking towards the Ljubljana Cathedral), shamed and banished from Paradise, to be an interesting choice of artwork for the bridge of romance!

Padlocks symbolizing eternal love can be found across the world. For instance,

Pont Des Arts Love Pont de lArcheveche in Paris
Pont Des Arts Love Pont de lArcheveche in Paris

Sculptures

There is no shortage either of sculptures in Ljubljana, such from Ancient Greek, Christian and Jewish mythology. One that was particularly intimidating was the Satyr sculpture (facing the castle), startled by the Serpent.

Satyr Sculpture
Satyr Sculpture

Magnificent architecture

Ljubljana Castle

The castle has a rich history which you almost sense just by looking at the ancient walls surrounding the castle. It is situated on Castle Hill in the middle of the city and in close distance from Hotel Cubo where we stayed. 

The walk up Castle Hill can be taxing if you’re not fit. However, it is worth every step of the way and food for the soul.

One of the attractions once inside, is a time machine for those who’d like to explore the distant past. 

In addition, there are regular events such as shows and exhibitions.

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In conclusion, it was an incredible experience to visit captivating Ljubljana. Will go again, and again. There is much to see and do! Not a moment of boredom.

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Nearest airport

Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, also known by its previous name Brnik Airport, is the international airport serving Ljubljana and the largest airport in Slovenia. It is 24 km northwest of Ljubljana.

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