The tower was built in 1848, well after the rest of the castle (which dates back to the twelfth century). To access the tower, you have to climb about 150 steps up a spiral staircase. And if memory serves me, at the bottom was a frescoed chapel. The entry cost about 3 euros, but it's worth it; the views of the city are spectacular.
What you can do with ideas and enthusiasm. Here they would have to bring Mr. Azkuna to see that he thinks about this site where self-managed people of all tastes and disciplines live together. It's worth it. I was there in the afternoon, but at night must have been great.
This closed market is in Vodnik Square, opposite the fruit and vegetables that are located outdoors on the Plaza. This monumental building has a colonnade leading from the bridge of the Dragons to Three Bridges, drawing a gentle curve on the riverbank, because the whole building stands on the side of the river Ljubljanica. From the main stairs there's a boat where you can go for a ride on the river.
The Dragon Bridge is the symbol of the Slovenian capital. It is a beautiful stone bridge defended by four dragons on each corner. The city symbol is not just on that bridge, you will find this mythological animal all over the city.
Vodnik Square was created after the earthquake of 1895 to house the marketplace, after the secondary school for girls and the school library were demolished. This market sells fresh fruit, vegetables and other provisions and is the ideal place to buy fresh food at very good prices. The market is outdoors and in the heart of the Old Town. The square is named after the monument of Slovenian poet Valentin Vodnik. Opposite the monument, there is a road leading to the castle. On the side of the square where the river runs, is the Plecnik market and the bridge of dragons. It is well worth a visit.
In front of the city hall in the town square you'll find one of the most symbolic monuments of Ljubljana, the fountain with allegorical sculptures of the three rivers of Carniola: the Sava River (the most important of the old Yugoslavia, it starts in Slovenia at the Bled Lake and ends in Belgrade, on the Danube), the Krka and the Ljubljanica. It was built in 1751 by the most important sculptor of Ljubljana during the eighteenth century, Francesco Robba.
The church we saw today was built between 1646 and 1660 and is the third largest in the capital. It was built by the Augustinians, ve lived inside until the end of the 18th century. Due to financial instability, the facade wasn't completed until 1700. Today the front reminds us of the famous Il Gesu in Rome. Later, the church was taken over by the Franciscans, from whom it takes its name and colour. Its appearance continued to change until the 19th century. The typical baroque interior housed a chapel of Santa María Loreto until the mid-18th century, when it was removed to proved room for the great altar of Francesco Robba, the sculptor. The frescoes were painted by Matevz Langus in the middle of the 19th century and the vault was painted in 1936 by Matej Strnen. The present church underwent renovations after the 1895 earthquake. On the top of the exterior, there is a bronze Santa sculpture. It is open daily from 08:00 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 20:00, and admission is free.
The cathedral of St Nicholas, dedicated to the patron of sailors, was built in the thirteenth century. The contemporary church, built according to plans by architect Andrea Pozzo and decorated with frescoes by Giulio Quaglio, began to be built in 1701. The dome was added in 1841 by Slovenian architect Gregor Macek, and painted by Langus Matevž between 1843 and 1844. You can still see some remains of the former church which once stood here. The Slovenian sculptor Mirsad Begic sculpted a contemporary history of the Diocese of Ljubljana in the side door of the cathedral bronze in honor of the Pope's visit to Ljubljana in 1996. The front door, made of bronze, represents the 1,250 years of Christianity in the country. (Daily 6:00 to 12:00 and 15:00 to 18:00)
Leaving from the Plecnik market building, you go down some stairs toward the river, and take a riverboat on the Ljubljana River. A ride that you shouldn't miss to really appreciate the city's rhythm, that is an enviable peace and tranquility. You pass under Three Bridges, Cobblers Bridge, bars and riverside terraces, the Embassy of Spain, and you see vegetation, ducks and an excellent view of the castle on the mountain. The boat trip lasted an hour and cost €8 for adults and €3 for children, an essential activity on a city tour.
If you're not really into doing a lot of walking on your visit to Ljubljana because you're only going to be there for a limited time, it is reasonable up to the castle by the funicular and save yourself rising 20 minutes walk, although desembolsarás 3 euros return. If you want to climb by cable car and walk down will cost € 1.5. If there is time I think that the latter option is the best for the city views from the funicular you must not lose.
The main square here is called Prešeren or Prešernov. It's named after the great Slovenian poet, France Preseren ve lived from 1800 until 1849. One of his poems called "Zdravljica / Toast" became the national anthem. And why in the square stands a statue of the poet Prešeren, 1905, and is the work of the architect and sculptor Fabian Maks Dane Zajc.
It is in the town square of Ljubljana (where the magnificent Baroque Robba fountain stands), in the historic center of this pretty town. Built in the early eighteenth century and what is most striking is its bell tower, which also houses colorful clocks in each of their faces.
We have stayed in lots of campsite with no pool, so Ljubljana Resort was good because there is a sort of water park next to the campsite, with jacuzzis, water jets and several relaxation areas. If you are staying at the campsite, entrance is half price. It costs 22 euros for 4 people, with 50% off (6.5 E adults and 4.5 E children). Slovenia has very cold water in the lakes and rivers.
East of the Jurcic square you'll find the Cevijarski, or Cobblers' Bridge. Before there was an intervention by the people racing to get to Plecnik Vecchio bridge as it was covered and craft workshops lined. It is next to the Three Bridges and the Dragon the most important city and one of the main steps to the old town.
This is the central square of the city, where the modern city centre meets the old town. In this square there are many important buildings, as well as the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation: the central pharmacy, Urbanc palace, the Hauptman House. You can find the famous Triple Bridge, one of the symbols of Ljubljana, a bit further south.
Tromostovje Bridge was built from an old stone bridge from 1842 by the great architect Plecnik. Two pedestrian sides were added in 1931, so that has been a curious and elegant way to enter the old town. This architect did most of his work in this city, so we can almost talk of Ljubljana Joze Plecnik it literally transformed the city in the first third of the twentieth century. A part of this bridge built three other two, that of the Shoemakers and Trnovo (Trnovski most), unique concrete bridge where trees. The three bridges were part of its project to restore the river Ljubljanica for the city.
A bar-like crypt is waiting for you inside, where you can enjoy over 180 cocktails. In addition to the extensive range of drinks, the decor is very impressive, with skeletons and otherworldly elements everywhere you look. To access the bathroom you have to push a femur embedded in a bookshelf, like something from a horror movie!
There are so many things to see in Ljubljana that you will need several days to cover it all. The Ljubljana Castle dominates the center of the city, and is one of the most important places to visit in Ljubljana. It is a medieval castle perched on a hill on the remains of an earlier Roman fort. Other essential attractions in Ljubljana include the Cathedral of St. Nicholas and the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation in Prešeren Square along the Ljubljanica River, also known as the River of Seven Names. In fact, the bridges that cross the river are among the most popular Ljubljana attractions. The most popular are the Dragon Bridge, Šempeter Bridge and the Shoemaker's Bridge. One of the most culturally-enriching things to do in Ljubljana is exploring the different architectural styles that the city brings together. The Old Town Square (Stari trg) and Gornji trg are good examples of medieval and baroque period architecture while the Slovenian Square (Slovenski trg) highlights the best of the modernist period. After a day full of fun Ljubljana activities, you'll want to rest and recharge in one of its many parks and gardens. Don't miss the Tivoli Park and Miklošič park, created in 1902 and an example of the city's Art Nouveau period in town. Check out all the recommendations and tips from real travelers and find out the best stuff to do in Ljubljana so your trip will be an unforgettable one. The Petkovškovo Lookout, the Slovene Ethnographic Museum, the Hauptmann house or Gruber Palace are just a few examples of what to do in Ljubljana that you'll find recommended by our community of travelers.