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The first thing that people notice in Ljubljana is dragons – large, small, ceramic, bronze, plastic, plush, in the form of a souvenir or as decoration for streets and buildings. Together, they add to the charm and mystery of the capital, which is why they have become its official symbol. The main green dragons that squat on the Dragon Bridge are objects of constant admiration from tourists.

A medieval castle looms over Ljubljana’s Old Town atop a high hill on the right shore of the River Ljubljanica, offering an excellent overview of the whole city.

Myriads of tourists come here every year to enjoy the Old Town streets of Ljubljana, its expertly restored ancient houses, fountains, sculptures, bridges and little churches. Many visitors, thirsty for exotic experiences, do their best to get a room in a guest house that operates on the premises of a former prison. Its rooms have doors with metal bars, and some of the cells have been preserved as exhibits.

Old Town street of Ljubljana
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Old Town street of Ljubljana

The main square of the city has an ancient town hall and the 18th-century Fountain of Three Rivers. Nearby you’ll also find the Triple Bridge (Tromostovje) – a group of three bridges across the Ljubljanica River.

The Forbes Magazine has hailed Ljubljana – home to not even 300,000 people – as the world’s best city for bachelors. The decision was mostly influenced by the massive amounts of entertainment offered to both tourists and locals.

Lively Ljubljana city center
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Lively Ljubljana city center

At first, all of the city’s visitors rush to the central square – Prešeren. The streets that branch off of the square entice people to dive right into Ljubljana‘s night life. Thanks to Slovenia‘s climate, various inns here are never empty. The capital city offers a great variety of cafés, bars, restaurants and night clubs, from the plainest kind, to the elite. Everyone will find something to his or her taste and wallet. As soon as the day drifts towards dusk, the candles and gas lamps on the tables light up. An atmosphere of celebration also envelops the visitors right on the street where hordes of musicians, street actors and singers typically perform.

Ljubljana is a city of young people – more than 56,000 students take classes in Ljubljana University’s 20 faculties, three art academies and three university colleges. The city also has a large centre of alternative culture – around twenty per cent of Ljubljana’s inhabitants consider themselves to be independent artists, which explains why the city has so many art galleries and exhibition halls.

Freshly prepared meal at a local food market
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Freshly prepared meal at a local food market

Here you can try all sorts of dishes. The country’s cuisine is very rich in meals cantered around dumplings, and the ones with cheese and nut fillings are especially tasty. Desserts here are simply divine: potica (nut roll), gibanica (hot apple and cheese cake), palačinka (pancakes with nut paste and whipped cream). Coffee here is mostly of the Turkish variety – strong and sweet, although black and creamy coffee is also popular. If you want black tea, order ruski čaj, otherwise you will be served herbal tea. As regards alcoholic beverages, the most popular ones are the pear liquor Viljamovka and the liqueur Pleterška hruška, which comes with a mandatory pear in the bottle. These drinks are served with ice and a slice of pear.

The best brands of beer are Gambrinus and Union. The Slovenians also make excellent wines.

Buckwheat porridge is a traditional dish that can be found on the menu of any restaurant. Another two popular dishes are goulash, slow-cooked in a copper pot, and layered cakes with meat and cheese.

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