Prior to booking it, I’d never heard of Ljubljana. I just saw it on a map one day and was nearby so decided to check it out. The capital of Slovenia, and the Eco capital of Europe 2016, Ljubljana makes for a nice 2 night break.
Before going, I purchased a Ljubljana card, which I believe was worth it for a 2 night stay. It included everything I mention in this article (apart from Lake Bled), as well as much more, such as bus travel and a guided tour. A 48 hour card currently costs €30.60.
Being the Eco capital of Europe, there are very few cars in the city centre, as well as being fairly flat, making it the perfect place to cycle. A funicular can take you up to Ljubljana castle, on the hill in the city centre.The 900 year old castle offers interesting history, as well as great views of the city.
Running through the heart of the city is the river. A short boat trip shows you loads of interesting sights around the city, and along the river is a high concentration of bars and restaurants, making it a great place to spend an evening.
Ljubljana also offers some great museums. The Museum of Illusions is a must for an hour or so, with multiple floors of interactive illusions (some work better with a group), and is the perfect photo opportunity! The Museum of Puppetry (part of the castle), is worth a visit if you have the Ljubljana card. The old puppets were interesting, if not a little creepy, and I enjoyed the interactive parts of the museum.
For a trip out of the city, check out Lake Bled, only a 30 minute drive from the city centre. It’s absolutely gorgeous, with an island in the middle of the lake, housing the iconic gothic church, which you can get a boat to, or rent a boat and row to yourself. If you’re feeling up to a little walk, you can climb the 130 metres to Bled Castle, another 1000 year old castle, offering great views of the lake.
Overall, for a place I knew very little about, Ljubljana was a great little break, with a lot to offer for 2 days away.