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Living in Ljubljana

Updated on January 28, 2014

Why I Fell In Love With This Lovely City

I have been living in Ljubljana for about 10 years now and I can say it is the greatest little place in the world. And every tourist that I meet here agree with me.

I came here for college ten years ago and I immediately fell in love with this city, so I decided to stay here. As you probably know, Slovenia is a small country and therefore it is not far away from my hometown, just about 1 hour by car.

I especially love the atmosphere of the city and nice people you meet every day on the streets, parks and markets. It's a lively city, full of great places to take a walk, hang out, eat, drink and have fun. During the school year Ljubljana is full of students (there is the biggest University in Slovenia), that are replaced by tourists during the summer.

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Ljubljana is the capital and the largest city of Slovenia. It is situated in central Slovenia and from there it takes you only one hour or less to everywhere you wanna go (sea, mountains, lakes or all the neighboring counties).

Preseren square
Preseren square

So, what is so great about Ljubljana?

Let me tell you...

Ljubljana is small city with relaxed atmosphere, situated by lovely river Ljubljanica. It's lovely just to take a walk there or drink a coffee. Of course, there is also a lot of sightseeing for tourists. Allow me to point out some of them quickly.

The centre of Ljubljana is Preseren Square, a lovely old town square at the end of the Triple bridge, which is another historical sight. It is surrounded by lots of shops, restaurant and bars where you can drink coffee or beer. It is meeting point for locals and tourists as well or just a place to hang out.

Very charming is also The old town (you find it just a minute from Preseren square) which consist of three old squares (Old square, Town square and Upper square), lot of beautiful historical buildings and bridges over the Ljubljanica. It's just lovely!

If you want to see a spectacular city view, you go to Ljubljana Castle. It about 15 minutes walk from the old town or you can take funicular which takes you right to castle. It is a fun ride :).

From up there you can catch a great view of Alps as well.

And if you wanna some relaxation in nature, it takes you only 10 minutes walk and you come to beautiful Tivoli Park. It is quite huge green area with many walkways, small heels for hikes, flowers, children playgrounds and of course, cafes. A little further you come to ZOO. And from my own experiences I can say that during the summer it is the best place to relax and to hang out there with your friend in the shadow of the trees.

The city is lively also at evenings. There are a lot of bars, clubs, concerts, festivals (especially during the summer), cultural and sport events. You can never get bored, if you live in Ljubljana!

River Ljubljanica - "the heart of the city"

Festive December in Ljubljana

December in Ljubljana
December in Ljubljana

Every December Ljubljana turns into a magical place with thousand of shining lights. It is so beautiful that takes your breath away! There is Ljubljana's Festive Fair with many stalls offering different products, Christmas presents, typical Slovenian food, other snacks and drinks (most of mulled wine and mead). Nearby squares host free concerts and other events every night, so it is very lively.

Trnovo "beach"

Another place that I love in Ljubljana (and it is my favorite) is the so-called Trnovo "beach", which is located about a kilometer from the old town. This is the place where young people hang out at nights, while it is also wonderful for some sunbathing in summer. Nice memories :).

Ljubljana in pictures

Travel guides - That will help you to get know Ljubljana better

If you want to know more about Ljubljana, I recommend you to read any of the following guide books.

Lonely Planet Slovenia (Country Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Slovenia (Country Travel Guide)

This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip.

 
Ljubljana (Bradt Mini Guide)
Ljubljana (Bradt Mini Guide)

Book provides updated listings on a range of accommodation, from five-star luxury to family-run guesthouses that retain their typical Slovenian charm.

 
Ljubljana Pocket Guide, 3rd: Compact and practical pocket guides for sun seekers and city breakers (Thomas Cook Pocket Guides)
Ljubljana Pocket Guide, 3rd: Compact and practical pocket guides for sun seekers and city breakers (Thomas Cook Pocket Guides)

This is another practical pocket guide to help you to make the most of your trip in Ljubljana.

 
Walks in Old Ljubljana: A Guide to its Culture and History
Walks in Old Ljubljana: A Guide to its Culture and History

A guide to old Ljubljana culture and history.

 

A great song about Ljubljana that I love!

Have you ever been to Ljubljana? What did you like the most?

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I had never heard about Ljubljana but it looks like a very beautiful city.

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      yania227 4 years ago

      @TanoCalvenoa: Thank you!

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      What a neat lens. Glad to learn more about the capital of Slovenia.

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      golfspice 4 years ago

      Yes, it was a long time ago though when part of Yugoslavia. I remember travelling there from Lake Bled, and having a great pizza in the main square.

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      AdrianaZoder LM 4 years ago

      I would love to visit someday. You made me homesick for Eastern Europe... :)

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      crstnblue 4 years ago

      Yes, it's a lovely, friendly and also peaceful place. Would love to visit it again one day! : )

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      obiscem ljubljano kadar mozno; danes zjutraj sem se vrnil iz slovenije (v Belgijo); in sem ravno med tednom obiskal ljubljano...lepo predstavo si napisala...p

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      dudokdudok 4 years ago

      No, but as I come from Slovakia, it's pretty intriguing! Hope I'll get there one day. Nice presentation.

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      malena10 4 years ago

      Yes, I have been in Ljubljana and drive in boat in Ljubljanica :)

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      yania227 4 years ago

      @hmommers: Yes, those places are beautiful as well!

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      hmommers 4 years ago

      Not to Ljubljana yet. I did visit Piran and Bled last year. That was beautiful!

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      Not yet, I recently worked with a Slovenian guy and he told me what a beautiful country Slovenia was (he was so fed up with people thinking he was from Slovakia!).

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      yania227 4 years ago

      @Elaine Chen: Thank you! :)

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      Elaine Chen 4 years ago

      I like the large photos you share here; beautiful place :-)

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      Elaine Chen 4 years ago

      I like the large photos you share here; beautiful place :-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You are quite the enthusiastic tour guide for Ljubljana and your love for it is catchy from your intro on....I can certainly see why no one would ever get board there! I had to look up to see what a "funicular"is and learned that its a cable railway on an incline....maybe ride up and walk down. :)

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      deforst 4 years ago

      I love Ljubljana...thank you for reminding why I love it so much! I must return again soon...

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      Magda2012 4 years ago

      Great pictures! I hope I can go there in the future :)

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      Interesting article and great pictures.

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      AdriatiX 4 years ago

      Nice to see an article about our Slovenian capitol city.

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      yania227 4 years ago

      Thanks for the comment and the compliment. And, of course, I highly recommend you to visit Ljubljana.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I have never been to Ljubljana but your lens has made me want to go there the next time I go to Europe. It sounds so charming. I love your photos, too. I am so happy to give this lens my blessing!

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      yania227 4 years ago

      Have you ever been to Ljubljana? What did you like the most about it?