There are many reasons why Ljubljana should be on your traveling list. Honestly, I think one doesn’t need a reason to travel, only a keen mind for adventure. But in case you need to be convinced, here are some reasons on why you should give Ljubljana a go. Yours, Pollybert
1.) You can reach it by train: Six hours on the train will bring you from Vienna to Ljubljana. If you drive, it’s even shorter by two hours. The train though was quite welcome and I used my time to read up on what I wanted to see. Not that you really need it, it’s enough to keep your eyes open. There’s something to see on every corner.
2.) An old town and a castle: Not only has Ljubljana a really beautiful old town, with amazing buildings, it also has a castle on top as you can easily recognize in the picture on top. The walk to the top is not too hard, so make sure not to miss it.
3.) A river runs through: Take you time to stroll around the city and walk along the river channel Ljubljanica. Many bridges cross it, some in beautiful Art Noveau style with dragons, some a bit simpler but with stairs leading down to the water level.
I had booked a private room at Rooms Ambrozic right next to the Dragon Bridge. An ideal location to explore the city, but also within walking distance from the train station.
4.) It attracts a lot of attention: On this long weekend in August Ljubljana was full of tourist and I was more than happy that I had made reservations for a couple of restaurants in advance. Ljubljana is on the brink of becoming the next ‘hot place’ to be. So you maybe give it a go, before it becomes the next ‘Venice’.
5.) Excellent restaurants: Ljubljana certainly has a couple of really great restaurants. I was lucky enough to get to try two of them.
6.) Great basketball players: The Slovenian national basketball team has reached the knockout stage in every championship since 2005. It was fun watching the game on the streets.
7.) Open kitchen: Every sunny Friday from March to November has an ‘open kitchen‘ with many different food stalls right next to the channel Lubljanica. Top chefs occasionally man a stall, and DJs and other artists provide entertainment.