Here are some of the highlights I've read about in Ljubljana. (I realize I'm including photographs that will later be duplicated by the photos I take when I'm actually there, but this is whetting my appetite, so I am okay with that.)
Old TownI suppose all European old towns are sort of similar, but I love them because they're older than pretty much anything in the United States. And they are always great places to just wander, with something new to charm the senses around every corner. They can be overrun with tourists, but since I'll be there in early May, the beginning of shoulder season, I'm hoping it won't be too bad.
Ljubljanski GradOn top of Grajska Planota (Castle Hill) is Ljubljana Castle, dating from the 1100s, almost 900 years ago. It was pretty much destroyed and rebuilt in the fifteenth century, but that's still really old. It was mostly in ruin until a major renovation took place over three decades in the late 20th century. There's also a funicular railway, built in 2006, that goes up to the hill. And there's a tower with spectacular views.
CathedralThe Cathedral, also called St. Nicholas Church, was built in Baroque style in the early eighteenth century.
Frančiškanski SamostanThe Franciscan Church of the Annunciation was built in the mid-seventeenth century.
BridgesSome pretty bridges cross the Ljubljanica River.
|Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most)|
|Triple Bridge (Tromostovje)|
I'll post again about some of the things I'm hoping to see outside the city. Time is always a challenge, though, so I'm sure I'll see less than I hope to. But I'm also sure I'll see more than I dream of.