I didn’t know much about Ljubljana (Laibach, Emona), the capital city of Slovenia. It came onto my list when I was driving at night with a bus to Zagreb, Croatia. While looking through the windows at the dark but enlighted city I thought it would be a good stop for a weekend in the future.
Some month later I went to München, Germany and took a night train to Ljubljana – having a two person sleeper cabin on my own. In the early morning a Croatian railway employee woke me up, equipped me with a plastic cup of coffee and before 6 am I was standing in the dark in front of Ljubljana main station.
I must admit I didn’t plan this trip thoroughly. What to do while all coffee bars are closed, the hotel wasn’t ready for check-in and all sights still not open? I locked my luggage away at the railway station and found a bakery supplying me with some breakfast.
Wandering through the sleepy city was surprisingly great. I went to the main square and found it and the three bridges in mist. A beautiful view! When the sun came up I started to explore the sights all packed tightly in this small city. You don’t even need public transport here. I visited the castle of Ljubljana, checked out some museums, went to the cinema and even relaxed at a sauna.
Best of all is walking along river Ljubiljanica, drinking some coffee or a Lasko beer at one of the numerous bars or having some traditional Slovenian dishes. The touristic infrastructure is great – everywhere you can connect by WiFi and there is a tourist card offering cheap entrance to all sights. The city center is absolutely beautiful and perfectly made for a weekend. It is maybe the smallest capital city (and a very young one) in Europe – and absolutely worth a tour.