Ljubljana

Ljubljana - Slovenia

Of all the Baltic States, Slovenia has the arguably the widest range of cultural influences, having felt the touch of Germanic, Slavic and Latin life over the years. Capital city Ljubljana, with a population of around 275,000, is the largest urban area in the country and the focal point of Slovenian culture and business.

The city is an ideal destination for anyone looking to get away from the beaten track and discover a unique part of Europe where east meets west. It is a young city, with almost one in five residents being a student, and a relaxed spot to visit in the summertime, when cafes spill out onto the cobbled streets.

 

Ljubljana Castle

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the city is Ljubljana Castle (Ljubljanski grad); a mediaeval fort sitting on top of the hill that dominates the city centre. The location has likely been a fortification of some sort since Roman times, but is first mentioned in 1144 as the seat of the Duchy of Carinthia.

The castle as it stands now was finished in 1495, having been razed under Habsburg rule. It suffered damage during the Napoleonic period and became a prison under Austro Hungarian rule, a role that it resumed again during World War II. Since 2007, a funicular has linked the city centre to the castle, making it more accessible for tourists.


St Nicholas Cathedral

Stolnica svetega Nikolaja, or St. Nicholas Cathedral of Ljubljana, is the city's cathedral. Famed for its striking green dome (constructed in 1841) and twin towers, it sits near the Triple Bridge on Vodnik square. The building has had an eventful life, suffering (as so much of the city did) under the Ottomans and rising from the ashes. The interior features Baroque frescos painted by Giulio Quaglio between 1703-1706 and 1721-1723.

 

Dragon Bridge

The Dragon Bridge (Zmajski most) was finished in 1901, when the city was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. It is considered an excellent example of the Vienna Secession Art Nouveau style and is best known for the striking dragon statues that patrol its four corners.

 

Culture

Ljubljana is home to numerous art galleries and museums, including a museum of modern art, a brewery museum, an architecture museum, a railway museum, a sports museum, the Slovenian Museum of Natural History and, for any tourists into Slovene Ethnography, the Slovene Ethnographic Museum.

A popular draw for tourists is the antique flea market that takes place every Sunday in the old city.
Sitting bang in the middle of the various Slovenian wine regions, Ljubljana is sometimes referred to as a "city of wine and vine". Grapevines have been planted in and around the city since Roman times.

 

 
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Climate

Ljubljana 's climate is variable, but the city is generally cold in the winter and pretty hot in the summer, with temperatures sometimes rising as high as 30°C on warmer July and August days.

It is not unusual to see frost from October through May.

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Ljubljana Weather (BBC)

Ljubljana Airport

Official Tourism Site