Do You Know Melania Trump?
After spending some time in Serbia, I decided it was time to go up north to discover what the former Yugoslav cousins of the Serbs, the Slovene’s were about.
On my first day in Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital, i was sitting at a coffee shop, when a lady who over heard my conversation with a local comparing the United States with Slovenia leaned in and asked me pointedly if I personally knew Melania Trump.
I was caught halfway between being surprised and amused, but I laughed it off and let the lady know that while I was aware of the fact that Melania was indeed Slovenian, I did not know Mrs Trump personally. My short interaction with that lady would somewhat define my trip to Slovenia. A small city with an open-hearted vibe to it.
I spent a total of two weeks in Ljubljana, a city the locals like to call the “green capital” of Europe. Green because of all the environmentally conscious initiatives the country has put in place to do it’s part in aggresively combating global warming. I ended having a great time in Ljubljana and met some incredibly amazing locals.
My time there involved crazy Erasmus parties to more culturally attuned exploits like a visit to the statue of a dragon overlooking the bridge entering the city and visiting some of the city’s museums and galleries. I found Ljubljana to be the most romantic city I had visited in Europe since Paris, if you ever decide to visit Ljubljana I have compiled a list of things to do in Ljubljana that would make your trip as amazing as mine was. Enjoy!!
8 Awesome Things To Do In Ljubljana, Slovenia.
1. Visit The Ljubljana Castle
The Ljubljana Castle is a major tourist attraction in Ljubljana and on visiting the castle, it was easy to understand why. The Ljubljana castle was initially built to be a medieval fortress to ward off foreign invaders but in recent times has been turned into a museum of sorts. An added bonus is that one can see the entire city skyline from the top of the castle.
2. Pay Homage At The Ljubljana Dragon Bridge
The dragon bridge crosses the Ljubljana river and legend has it that the founder of Ljubljana, and his Argonauts killed a dragon and that when a virgin crosses the bridge, the dragons on the bridge will wag their tails in response to the virgin passing on the bridge.
3. Visit Metelkova in Ljubljana.
The Metelkova is located at the site of a former military barracks in Ljubljana. It is an autonomous social center that is characterized by really trippy and graffiti painted houses and structures. At the Metelkova, one would find an array of bars, art galleries, designer studios, offices of cultural organisations and concerts featuring different genres of music ranging from Jazz, to Techno music and everything in between. In all, a visit to Metelkova will leave you feeling like Alice in Wonderland.
4. Spend At Least One Night In Hostel Celica
Hostel Celica is a former Slovenian prison that has now been renovated and turned into a hostel. Before you get alarmed, most of the renovation was done by a collective of various artists from around the world. There is also a restaurant and an art gallery on the Hostel grounds.
5. Take A Walk Along The Ljubljana River.
One nice surprise that was in store for me when I visited Ljubljana was how romantic a city it was. A visitor to the city can take walks along the river and still get a view of the Ljubljana castle. The walkways along the rivers are also lined with shops and restaurants where you can stop to eat and drink if you get famished during your walk.
6. Indulge In Some of Ljubljana’s Amazing Nightlife.
Ljubljana has an amazing nightlife circuit. There are tons of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and pubs that would keep the average partier going on any given weekend. If you are new to the city and want a quick injection into the pulse of the Ljubljana’s nightlife, joining one of the city’s many pub crawls might not be a bad idea.
7. Spend A Day At One Of Ljubljana’s Many Markets
If you are a fan of organic vegetables, fresh fruits, and flowers, then a visit to the Ljubljana market will be pure Nirvana for you. Most of the markets are open everyday but Sunday till 6:00 pm in summer and 4:00pm in the winter. The best time to go to reap the full bounty of the Central Market is probably in the morning on Saturdays.
8. Visit The City’s Museum’s And Galleries
Ljubljana has several museums and galleries for all you culturephiles. If you are even remotely interested in any, below you will find a list of some of the city’s best museums and galleries.
- Museum Of Contemporary Art.
- National Museum Of Contemporary History.
- City Museum.
- Exhibition Of Slovenian History.
- Museum of Architecture and Design Ljubljana
- The Slovene Ethnographic Museum
- The Gallery of Modern Art
- The National Gallery