Ljubljana is the capital and largest city in Slovenia but it only has a population of around a quarter of a million. Some would say it is more town than city but that is part of it charm. The Old Town with it narrow streets and cafes attracts a lot of tourists.
Places to visit in Ljubljana
Ljubljana Castle - is located on a small hill overlooking the city. It was built during the 15th century to defend the citizens against attacks by the Ottoman Empire. It provides a good vantage point to view the city.
City Centre - the centre of Ljubljana still has buildings dating from the 16th and 19th century. The city was rebuilt in the baroque style in 1511 after an earthquake; another earthquake occurred in 1895 and afterwards the city was rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style.
Ljubljana centre Ljubljana skyline
Saint Nicholas' Cathedral - is commonly referred to as the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas or Ljubljana Cathedral. The present building dates back to 1706 but there were other church built on the same site from earlier periods.
Preseren Square - is the main square in the city it is a meeting place for locals and location for meetings and concerts. Cop Street leads off of the square and is the main shopping street in the city.
The Triple Bridge - is in the centre of the city across the River Sava. The original road bridge dates from 1842 and two pedestrian bridges were added in 1932 to prevent congestion.
Dragon Bridge - is a road bridge in the Art Nouveau style - four dragons guard it. It is also know locally as 'the mother-in-law' bridge!
Tivoli Park - is the largest park in the city and dates from 1813.
Slovenia History Exhibition - is housed in a modern building and has many exhibits from the nations past.
The Slovenian Museum of Natural History - has many exhibits of the natural history of the area.
Ljubljana Museum of Modern Art - exhibits modern and contemporary art from across Europe.
Ljubljana Zoo - is in a natural setting on the edge of the city - it has around 600 animals on display.
The National Gallery - displays works by Slovenian artists and from around Europe.
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