One of Europe's most picturesque capitals, Ljubljana moves alfresco almost in its entirety. The capital is dotted with urban green spaces such as the Labyrinth of Art, a tree-lined path with a “reading island” of books to sample. If the city wasn't green enough, you'll also find the Botanical Garden and Tivoli Park, which includes the Museum of Contemporary History in the Cekin Mansion and the City Zoo. The Tivoli Park is less than a 10 minutes walk from the center.
Ljubljana Old Town
Walk down the cobbled streets of Ljubljana Old Town, nestled between the river and the hilltop castle. The historical center features local designer shops, cafe's, and restaurants, a farmer's market, several historical bridges, and the only row of 19th century buildings that survived the 1895 earthquake. The charming narrow lanes lead to two squares. The city square with the city hall and a copy of the 18th-century "three rivers" fountain, and the upper square. Taste local specialties, enjoy watching street artists, and take in the architectural details, such as wall carvings, sculptural decoration, or elaborate metalwork on fences and balustrades. The nearby castle and tower provide panoramic views of the city.
Triple Bridge (Tromostovje)
The central of the three bridges forming the Triple Bridge (Tromostovje) has stood in its place since 1842, when it replaced an old, strategically important medieval wooden bridge connecting the north-western European lands with south-eastern Europe and the Balkans. Between 1929 and 1932, the side bridges, intended for pedestrians, were added to the original stone bridge to a design by the architect Jože Plečnik, who thus created a unique architectural gem of Ljubljana. Plečnik removed the metal railings from the old stone bridge and furnished all the three bridges with massive stone balustrades and lamps. From each of the side bridges, two stairways lead to terraces situated just above the river, where poplar trees were planted to contribute to the overall appearance of the Bridge. On the right bank of the river, the Bridge is enhanced by a small flower shop connected to the Ljubljana Central Market colonnade, and on the left bank by a kiosk. It has a key place on the crossing of Plečnik's two urban axes, the river axis and the axis running between the Rožnik and castle hills. In 1992, the Triple Bridge was thoroughly renovated.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Prešeren Square is not only the center of Ljubljana, but truly the spiritual center of the Slovene nation – and more practically the defacto meeting point in the city. It's part of the old town’s pedestrian zone and a major meeting point, where festivals, Ljubljana carnival, concerts, sports, political, and protest events take place. It was renovated in 2007. At the eastern side of the square, a bronze statue of the Slovene national poet France Prešeren with a muse was placed in front of the Central Pharmacy. One of his poem, “A Toast”/ “Zdravljica” became the national anthem. The poet’s statue is symbolically faced by the statue of Julija Primic, his great love, mounted on the facade of a building located across the square, in the Wolfova ulica. From the square you can walk up or down river on either side. You have numerous cafes & restaurants downriver, with outdoor seating in summer. You have the town hall square (Mestni trg), the open air market and St Nicholas Cathedral just 50 meters away. The castle is up above you.
University of Ljubljana
The University of Ljubljana is the oldest and largest higher education and scientific research institution in Slovenia. The university, with its rich tradition was founded in 1919. It has more than 40.000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and employs about 5.600 higher education teachers, researchers, assistants and administrative staff in 23 faculties and three arts academies. The central building, all three academies and faculties are in the center. Some of the most recent and modern buildings were constructed on the outskirts of Ljubljana, giving the university and its students a ubiquitous presence in the city. The University of Ljubljana is renowned for its quality social and natural sciences and technical study programmes, structured in accordance with the Bologna Declaration. Our projects keep pace with the latest developments in the areas of arts, sciences and technology at home and abroad.