Easy to pronounce, difficult to write, Ljubljana (Lubliana) capital of Slovenia, is a small green city. And a marvel of architecture both art nouveau, baroque and medieval.
IT IS CLASSIFIED "GREEN CITY"
The green capital of Europe 2016, Ljubljana stands out for its well-maintained parks and gardens, its passion for cycling and its eco-friendly culture. The region of the woods obliges, the bikes mix wood and scrap, adorn with garlands of flowers. If Ljubljana means "beloved," the charm of the city owes much to the Ljuljanica river and cobbled streets in which to walk, have a drink on the terrace or take photos from the deck dragons.
THE CATHEDRAL IS A BAROQUE STYLE JEWEL
In the heart of the old town, the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas can be seen from afar with its green bulbs, twin towers and the little dragon, the emblem of the city. The interior is at the height of the most beautiful religious buildings of Eastern Europe, in a rather Italian Baroque style. It is a symphony of chantilly, gilt, rose and pistachio nave, dome, as on frescoes or statues. Less eye-catching than the Russian baroque, more sentimental than the Baroque in Bohemia.
THE "OPEN KITCHEN" PROPOSES A 3 STAR PICNIC
On the Poga?arjev square square, every Friday morning, the restaurateurs propose an open-air kitchen with stalls devoted to gastronomy around the world. Odrpta Kuhna (open kitchen) gives the opportunity for an improvised lunch on the tables made available outside. Iranian cuisine, Asian, smoothies and vegetarian burgers, Slovenian flavors, etc., is the time to taste everything.
THE "HIGH RISE CASTLE" IS A CURIOSITY
You can walk to the castle or take the funicular. Overlooking the city and its dragons for nine hundred years, the castle of Ljubljana offers from its tower a panoramic view over the whole city. From this observation post, you can enjoy the fact that Ljubljana resembles a small Swiss town with its red roofs, bell towers, river and parks. Within the walls of the castle, the chapel of Saint-Georges, is a good reason to "climb" up to the top. Gothic style outside, baroque inside, it looks like a barley sugar. It is also at the castle that most of the concerts and cultural events of the city will be attended.
Getting there: the best is still to travel through Eastern Europe by train, to see the country, the local and not to empty its piggy bank. The Interrail Pass and its different formulas allow you to travel as much as you want in a time frame agreed in advance (fifteen days, one month). The Interrail network is made up of thirty countries with more than 10,000 cities served, twelve countries in Eastern, Southern and Central Europe. Price example: Global Pass Interrail, travel 7 days for a month, 215 €. View promotions on the site throughout the year.
Stay here: prepare your trip with Est Evasion, a travel agency (tailor-made tours) specialized in this region of the world. Annemarie Hoarau, from Romania, offers tours in Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia etc. From 3 to 12 days, in small group or free circuit, city trip or hiking to discover the local culture by the small door; to stay in the house of locals, in traditional houses, to discover the locals favorite small restaurants, to make eco-responsible tourism and original visits.
Article by Valérie Rodrigue