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A May 2003 trip to Ljubljana by SaraP

A fine specimen on Dragon Bridge Photo, Ljubljana, Slovenia More Photos
Quote: Charming little Ljubljana - big enough to comprise everything that a capital should be but still small enough to preserve the individuality and cultural history of its inhabitants. It's like a compact version of Prague before tour parties discovered and ruined Prague, so get there while it's still our secret.

Beloved Ljubljana

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Robba Fountain outside the Townhall Photo, Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Ljubljana sits in a green bowls of hills, capital of the attractive, peaceful independent state of Slovenia since it judiciously broke from Yugoslavia in 1991 just as the Balkans were imploding, a good-looking town of 330,000 without an apparent care in the world, gearing up (in its own quiet way) for EU entry in Jan 2003. As you''d expect given its Roman heritage, there are decent enough artefacts in the museums (Municipal and National), and the Modern Art Museum is worth a trip in rain. Foremost though this is an outdoors town and, when the sun is shining, that''s all you need. Watch the world (cyclists and roller-bladers - it seems virtually pedestrianised) go by sitting by the Ljubl...Read More

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Hotel

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This is by and large a coach party hotel (primarily Austrian and German visitors who stay one night and check out very early -- try not to check out at the same time or you''ll be queuing for a while). The decor is a bit bland but pretty clean and tidy (with good sherbets lemons in a bowl by reception) and the rooms are comfortable and warm, with adequate bathrooms (some with bath, some shower), TV, etc. Breakfast is very good indeed (range of cereals, toast and jams and types of bread, cold cuts, yoghurt and fruit, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausages -- they will bring you further, generous portions if you ask a waitress) -- the only black mark is for the tea and coffee which is machine-dispensed ra...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 3, 2003

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Dalmatinova 15
Ljubljana, Slovenia 1000
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Ribca

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Restaurant

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This was such a good find for a confirmed piscivore like me that barely anywhere else got a look in (though I did vary intake for reasons of research). The entrance is actually on the triple bridge (left-hand side as you cross towards the townhall), leading you down a spiral staircase past, on the left, a wet-fish shop which supplies the raw product for the restaurant, and, on the right, into the restaurant where apparently tireless waiters bring food to your riverside table on a roofed balcony. It’s not particularly grand (white painted wrought iron tables and plastic chairs, paper napkins etc) but the view can’t be faulted – along the Ljubljanica river or across to the Preseren Trg. to the pi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2003

Ribca
Triple Bridge
Ljubljana, Slovenia

The castle on the hill

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St Nicholas cathedral  Photo, Ljubljana, Slovenia
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The Castle (Ljubljanski grad) is visible from almost everywhere within the town which bodes well for the view from the top and means it's a must-visit. It was apparently built on a prehistoric site on top of the hill in the Middle Ages; the info within the virtual reality museum in the tower (included in the price for climbing the tower itself) will tell you that the earliest reference to it dates from 1144 -- the Odalreich of Ljubljana -- and that records show that it was first used as a fortress, later as barracks and that the present, quintagonal, irregular layout is of later origin. In the 13th century, the castle was the defence core of the town and protected the local peasants until 1797, the ye...Read More

A wander to admire the outdoors

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A fine specimen on Dragon Bridge Photo, Ljubljana, Slovenia
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As I've said, one of the best ways to spend a good, full day in Ljubljana is to wander around, admiring the architecture. The Slovenes themselves clearly recognise this as one of their main assets since the buildings are almost all pristine, with fresh paint, little graffiti, and windowboxes full of colourful flowers displayed on the many window-sills. The many interesting plaques and curiosities such as the little dragons etched into or attached onto the walls or over doors are sure to catch the eye... A good place to start your mooch is Preseren "Square" (more of a roundabout-cum-mini-carpark really) where you can sit on the steps of France Preseren's impressive statue and admir...Read More