Ljubljana and the country of Slovenia left me inspired and speechless. Of all the countries in the Balkans that I had visited, and I have visited all of them, Slovenia is one that stands out. The capital city of Ljubljana was magnificent and beyond charming. There was something about the energy of the place- its neighborhoods, the cuisine, the wine, and its people. It left me wanting for more.
Slovenia is part of the Balkans in Eastern Europe, and was once absorbed into communist Yugoslavia. The country has come a long way in the last 30 years, which I found inspiring. From 1945 to 1992 Slovenia was the only European country that lived through three 20th century extreme totalitarian regimes- Fascisms, Nazism, and Communism. The last being Communism, and Slovenia had succeeded from Yugoslavia on May 8, 1991.
Today, Slovenia is the wealthiest Slavic country and has a well developed economy. It is also amongst the top global economies in terms of human capital, with Ljubljana as its center for economy, politics, education, and culture. The city is vibrant and full of energy, it truly has come a long way in the past three decades.
While exploring Ljubljana by foot, I discovered many lovely things about the city. I took a free walking tour first, which I do recommend. Once I got the lay of the city, and its history that is when I explored it on my own.
I also took a day trip to Lake Bled by hopping a bus to the lake, and walking it full circle. I learned about the region’s cuisine, and ate a lot traditional dishes. I sat in a wine bar tasting Slovenian orange wines, and spoke one on one to the sommelier about their wines. I even took a river cruise which gave me a different glimpse of the city from its water ways. To say that Ljubljana was one of my favorite Balkan cities, would be an understatement.
If you are considering a visit to Ljubljana, I have listed recommendations of my favorites in this lovely city. As well as additional food and wine blogs, and information on taking a day trip to Lake Bled – Enjoy!
Walking the Banks of the Ljubljanica River
Central Farmers Market
Prešeren Square with Tripple Bridge
Columns of the Central Market Arcade
Café and Restaurant scene
Traditional Slovenian Dishes at Zlata Ribica
⭐ Zlata Ribica | One of Ljubljana, Slovenia’s Oldest Restaurants
Butchers Bridge (glass floor) & Love Locks
Cruising the Ljubljanica River
Ljubljanica River Cruise Views
The Milk Machine
Ljubljana’s Baroque Cathedral
Neighborhoods Along the Banks of the Ljubljanica River
Ljubljana Castle on the Hill
MOVIA Wine Bar & Orange Wine
⭐ MOVIA Wine Bar and the Orange Wines of Ljubljana, Slovenia
My Slovenia Food Blog
⭐ What I ate in SLOVENIA – A Food Journal
Day Trip to Lake Bled
⭐ Café Belvedere | Cream Cake + Views of Lake Bled, Slovenia
⭐ Lovely Lake Bled | Discovering Slovenia
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