The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana is a growing city and home to many museums, galleries and newly built shopping centers. What mainly draws visitors to the city are its red-tiled roofs, narrow cobblestoned streets and historic buildings. Ljubljana has its own distinctive character, and every nook and cranny seems to be filled with delightful surprises.
The heart of the city lies on both sides of the Ljubljanica River, which over the years, has given architects the opportunity to build a handful of tasteful bridges. Our favorites are the Tromostovje, known locally as Three Bridges, and the Zmajski, or the Dragon Bridge.
On one side of the river are the narrow cobblestoned streets of the old town, which is nestled underneath the Ljubljana Castle. Its melting pot of styles seems to gel nicely, and guests can enjoy a hike to the top. Also on that side of the river is the town market, selling meats and local produce and other items. It is a great place to try a local flaky meat or cheese pastry known as burek.
On the other side of the river visitors will find the graphic-arts center known as Tivoli Mansion, as well the main shopping streets, lined by graceful art-nouveau buildings. The contemporary cultural and congress center Cankarjev dom, not far from the neo-rococo opera house, is the setting for many cultural performances. Especially worth seeing are the Franciscan Church and the baroque town hall with its monumental fountain.
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