Steph’s week in Slovenia (Part Two)
Published: 13 July 2017
Following on from the first instalment covering her trip to Slovenia, our Group Marketing Manager offers her lowdown on her family’s 24 hours in the capital, Ljubljana.
After spending six nights in Slovenia’s Julian Alps, staying one night in the capital was a great way to end our trip. It’s a pretty compact place which was perfect as we didn’t have a lot of time to explore.
Driving into the city was easy and I’d booked the newly opened Urban Hotel,
which was ideal for a quick stopover like ours due to it being located a couple of minutes’ walk from the Old Town. Plus it offered large family rooms, a great breakfast and amenities all at a reasonable price.
We arrived at our hotel Friday lunchtime (we parked in a local underground car park recommended by the hotel which cost 16 euros a day), received a very friendly welcome, dumped our bags and headed straight out to take in the sights. Here’s what we enjoyed:
Open Kitchen - if you can, make sure you visit on a Friday in the summer months so you can enjoy the city’s Open Kitchen (Odprata Kuhna)
This food market has numerous stalls offering food and drink, both local and from across the world, accompanied by music, giving it a funky, laid back atmosphere not to be missed. The main market, located nearby, is also a great to place pick up a bag of delicious local cherries.
Ljubljana Castle - take the funicular from Krekov trg up to the Castle, climb the tower for great views of the urban sprawl below and get interactive in its puppet museum (perfect for kids and big kids alike).
Ljubljana Old Town – take a leisurely stroll and immerse yourself in the elegant, atmospheric Old Town. Watch the world go by in one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants that line the river and walk over the numerous bridges, the most famous of which is the Triple Bridge. It’s a fun area to head to at night too, thanks to the buzzy but chilled vibe.
Ljubljana River – we had a few hours left after breakfast before heading to the airport to catch our flight home so we took to the river on the Ljubljanica, (the city’s only fully wooden boat operating river trips). The tour lasted 45 minutes and cost 8 euros per adult, with no charge for children. A lovely way to end our holiday.
With only 24 hours to see the city there’s lots that we didn’t managed to see or do – perfect, as it means we’ll have to go back!