The capital of Slovenia is on the River Ljubljanica. The famous Trmonstovje - Triple Bridge - connects the river banks. But there are more sights in Ljubljana that are not to be missed!
Ljubljana Castle is one of the most popular sights in Ljubljana. You can’t really miss it, it stands high on a hill in the middle of the city. Ljubljanski Grad was built in the 15th century and has had various functions since then. For example, it was a provincial prison for a time. You can walk to the castle, but if you have already done a lot of walking you can also take the cable car. The castle also houses the archaeological museum of Slovenia. So you kill two birds with one stone with a visit to Ljubljanski Grad.
Tromostovje - three bridges in Slovak, hence the name Triple Bridge - consists of three bridges that connect the banks of the River Ljubljanica. The Tromostovje was designed by Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik. A stone bridge stood here and Plečnik added another two. Cars can drive over the middle bridge, the other two are only for pedestrians. Dragon Bridge is the best known of the three bridges. The dragons on the bridge are considered to be the symbol of Ljubljana.
Prešeren Square is the most important square in the city. Many of Ljubljana’s sights are adjacent to this square, making it a great starting point from which to explore the city. The Prešeren Square was named after the poet France Prešeren, Ljubljana’s most famous poet. And there is a statue of him in the middle of the square. Prešeren Square is largely car-free and in nice weather you can sit on one of the many terraces and watch people go by. The square also regularly hosts festivals and events.
The Frančiškanska cerkev is best known for the fact it is almost entirely salmon pink in colour. You cannot miss this church. The church - also called the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation - was built in the 17th century. But it didn’t get its pink colour until the 19th century when it was taken over by the Franciscans. The interior of the Frančiškanska cerkev is also worth viewing. The church has a monumental main altar, designed by the sculptor Francesco Robba. Unfortunately, the church isn’t always open to the public so you can’t be sure you will get to admire the church from the inside.
If you would like to step into the shoes of a resident of Ljublana, then visit the city’s central market. You can buy everything there. From vegetables to fruit and herbs and Slovenian specialities. Just like the Tromostovje, the central market was designed by Jože Plečnik. He also designed a flower shop inspired by classical antiquity. Do make sure you take a look at it when you are walking through the market.