We loved Ljubljana, the city has a laid-back vibe, and is perfect to stroll around in. That’s just what we did one afternoon in Ljubljana. We stood on a campsite on the edge of Ljubljana and took a bus to the center of town. It stopped right in front of our campsite and went all the way to the center of town, very easy. Here’s what is perfect to do when you stroll around Ljubljana one afternoon.
Stroll around the center
The city center with it’s broad, low traffic avenues is perfect for wandering around. Watch and enjoy the buildings still there from the Baroque and Jugendstil periods. We had nice weather and didn’t feel the need to go inside the buildings, seeing the buildings from the outside was a treat in itself. The buildings have grand designs and are colorfull. I just love to stroll around a city or town that still has lots of old buildings preserved. It’s a feast for the eyes and I just can’t get enough of it.
But it’s not just the buildings that are beautiful, the canals are also well worth your time. Tromostovje, the triple bridge is beautifully adorned, perfect to walk over and stare at from a distance. Just to see all the people walking over the bridge, people going in all directions. Some people admiring the bridge or trying to find the perfect picture others clearly having seen the bridge all to often and having a clear direction.
Since there are traffic-free areas, we didn’t need to worry that we would bump into a car. This helped contribute to the laid-back atmosphere we felt in Ljubljana.
When strolling around it’s hard to miss the big castle towering over the city. You can drive or walk up to the castle, but there’s also a funicolare, a glass cogwheel, going up to the castle from the center. Since the sides are made from glass, you have a perfect view on the city going up with the cogwheel. The views don’t stop when stepping off the funicolare. You can walk around the castle and enjoy the beautiful views of the city.
The courtyard and walking around the castle is free of charge. We walked around enjoying the views on Ljubljana. We opted out on seeing the castle from the inside and climbing the tower for budget reasons, we already had other castles on our itinerary and Yuri likes to have a bit of circulation in what we do. The castle is still on our list for next time. We had lunch in the restaurant and drinks on the terrace in the courtyard, was fabulous. After a few hours we went down again with the cogwheel.
Funicolare: Open year round, goes every 10 minutes. Adults return ticket 4.00, one way 2.20, 7-18 years return ticket 3.00, one way 1.50. They have a website: https://www.ljubljanskigrad.si/it/visitateci/curiosita/la-funicolare/ .
Castle: Same opening hours as the funicolare. Adults 7.50, 7-18 years 5.20. You can visit their website: https://www.ljubljanskigrad.si/sl/ljubljanski-grad/ .
What else to do on an afternoon in Ljubljana
Besides the castle, what else can you do while wandering around? There was a market on the day we visited Ljubljana, it was fun to check out the produce from the market stalls and buy some fresh fruit.
We were in Slovenia after the Pokemon Go hunt rage had just started. Lucky for Yuri you get one hour free wifi from Ljubljana and we used it to catch a lot of Pokemons while walking through the city. Yuri loved this the most. Because of the free wifi for one hour, Ljubljana ranked high on Yuri’s list.
We also enjoyed sitting on a terrace and watching the business of the city, on the water as well as on the streets. It was hot that day, so it was perfect for Yuri that on a square there was waterspray coming down. He had some fun running around here.
In short Ljubljana is perfect for an entertaining afternoon or longer if you have the time and perfect to include on road trips, like we did. It’s also the perfect start to the ultimate Balkan road trip.
For more information on a neighbouring country, check out the blog about campsites in Croatia.
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