Ljubljana is a lively college town that features an array of the most gorgeous buildings in Baroque and Art Deco style. Contrary to what one would expect from a capital city, Ljubljana is actually very small, providing us the added benefit of being able to explore the whole place on foot.
Not even the freezing winter temperatures could take away from the fun during our stay. And also during he winter months, this city is especially charming.
Apart from the architectural splendour and opulence, we were struck by how clean and well-organised this city appeared. A tremendous hospitality weaves through the city's culture like a common thread.
Flowing through the city with countless bars and restaurants rising from the banks, is the Ljubljanica river. We were happy to join the crowds on the cosy outdoor terraces to enjoy a glass of glühwein under the space heaters and a warm sheepskin blanket.
White glühwein is very popular in Ljubljana: it is delicious and at least as good as its red counterpart! Cheers to that - or na zdravje, as the locals would say ;-)
Triple bridgeOne of the top attractions is the Triple Bridge. Without a doubt the one most frequently crossed on foot in the country, this bridge connects the central square with the modern part of the city, the historic inner city and the marketplace, and is therefore the perfect spot to experience the city in all her glory.
The three-armed bridge was easy to find thanks to the gorgeous pink Franciscan church. We could see the church from quite a distance, as her beauty is hard to ignore!
Nearby, we also came across “Lolita”, the ultimate hotspot for guilty pleasures and sweet sins. It’s a beautiful store with splendid interior that offers the most delicious pastries. An experience not to be missed by any visitor!
Do not miss out on a visit to the art district of Metelkova!
A magnificent piece of street art in Metelkova
This lively art city within the city of Ljubljana is bursting with art galleries and bars, and is located at the site of a former military barrack that was demolished in the nineties.
It’s a surrealistic scene you have to see to believe and a far cry from the architectural Ljubljana where Renaissance and Classicism are the predominant styles.
Antiq Palace hotelWe spent the night at the Antiq Palace, a prestigious boutique hotel in the heart of the city.
This renovated 16th-century regal residence boasts 18 spacious suites and prides itself to feature among the small luxury hotels of the world. Believe me, the hotel does not disappoint!
Its interior features majestic barrel vaults and wooden floors in herringbone pattern. The ultimate authentic and homey experience!
When a hotel employee led us to our room, we were speechless for a moment. At the end of a covered outdoor walkway, we reached a large, double door. Once we passed it, we expected there to be another door to get to our room. Little did we know that we were already in our room, the residential suite!
Even the man that accompanied us could not hold his laugh when Inge and I asked in unison: “Where do we go now?” “You are already in the room, my ladies.”“Oh my god, is this our room??”
A kitchen, a giant living room, bathroom and bedroom, just for us! Considering the amount of luggage we always carry around, this was a welcome surprise. The standard “explosion” of clothes and accessories stayed completely under control this time.
Morning glory at the breakfast tableBreakfast was served in a super cosy room that featured a fireplace and a view of the picturesque courtyard. All ingredients were there to guarantee a magnificent start to the day.
Not even the absent pancakes (my weakness) could take away from this festive morning meal.
Dining at RobbaIt didn't matter that the hotel did not have its own restaurant, as there were plenty of restaurants in the area.
Robba, a trendy little restaurant at less than 10 minutes walking distance, is highly recommended. Not only does this place offer a variety of wonderful dishes and healthy juices, it also puts a heavy focus on wine.
The price was very reasonable, which was an added bonus. A shared plate of tapas, a chicken salad, a vegetarian pasta, a bottle of Slovenian white wine and some sodas came out to merely 36 euros.
In vino veritasRobba offers no less than 20 different Slovenian wines.
The server recommended a white wine that did not disappoint: another pleasant surprise and an enrichment of my limited knowledge of wine!
In fact, we found out that Slovenia is the only country in the world with a national anthem that contains an ode to wine. This may not be a coincidence, as the country boasts no less than 40,000 wine-growers producing a total of 125 million bottles per year. We may have been Slovenian in a previous life :-)
Getting ready for PortorozWe found Ljubljana a marvellous city that turned out to be a real discovery and an enriching experience.Now it is time to continue our trip to the Adriatic coast, of which we will report more in one of the next posts.Goodbye Ljubljana, you surprised us in every possible way.
xxx Inge & Marie