The cathedral of St Nicholas, dedicated to the patron of sailors, was built in the thirteenth century. The contemporary church, built according to plans by architect Andrea Pozzo and decorated with frescoes by Giulio Quaglio, began to be built in 1701. The dome was added in 1841 by Slovenian architect Gregor Macek, and painted by Langus Matevž between 1843 and 1844. You can still see some remains of the former church which once stood here. The Slovenian sculptor Mirsad Begic sculpted a contemporary history of the Diocese of Ljubljana in the side door of the cathedral bronze in honor of the Pope's visit to Ljubljana in 1996. The front door, made of bronze, represents the 1,250 years of Christianity in the country. (Daily 6:00 to 12:00 and 15:00 to 18:00)
Leaving from the Plecnik market building, you go down some stairs toward the river, and take a riverboat on the Ljubljana River. A ride that you shouldn't miss to really appreciate the city's rhythm, that is an enviable peace and tranquility. You pass under Three Bridges, Cobblers Bridge, bars and riverside terraces, the Embassy of Spain, and you see vegetation, ducks and an excellent view of the castle on the mountain. The boat trip lasted an hour and cost €8 for adults and €3 for children, an essential activity on a city tour.
Located near the city of Divaca, next to the highway to Piran on the Adriatic coast, this was declared a World Heritage Site in 1986. It contains three spectacular rooms: The gallery of Silence, Whisper gallery Reka River and the Great White Cave, the latter which is more than 30 meters high. It contains the largest cave in Europe, a gorge that is 146 meters high, 123 meters wide and 300 meters long, which is crossed by a small, illuminated bridge that is high above the river Reka. A visit involves a 90 minute walk through 11 interconnected chambers that are nearly 6 km long.
The oldest Slovenian town and city has the reputation of being a city-museum. It dates from the Stone Age, but the city was the most prosperous city of the Roman period. Its castle, dating from the ninth century, has collections of musical instruments, tapestries, weapons, and other historical treasures. One of the most beautiful monuments of the city center is that of Orpheus, a Roman lapidary stone of the second century, as well as the Dominican Monastery and the Meronite Monastery. Also, don't miss the Church of St. George and the Plaza Sowenian. The town is also known for its surrounding vineyards, and for having an interesting cave from the thirteenth century which houses the oldest wine in Slovenia.
If you are on a budget and choose not to visit the caves, do not leave without visiting the small, free animal museum found within the 20 km of tunnels and galleries. In the caves you will see the human fish, Proteus Anguinus, a very rare species of dragon eel. There are other creatures in the caves, namely 83 species of animals such as spiders, grasshoppers, butterflies, water snails, bats, mice, etc. of which we saw nothing but the proteolytic and some bats. In the museum and visitor center, you can see them for free at your own ease as they are located outside of the caves. We saw them alone. It is located next to the ticket office. The Visitor Center is open daily from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm from 1st May to 30th September. Tel 386 5 7000 163 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're not really into doing a lot of walking on your visit to Ljubljana because you're only going to be there for a limited time, it is reasonable up to the castle by the funicular and save yourself rising 20 minutes walk, although desembolsarás 3 euros return. If you want to climb by cable car and walk down will cost € 1.5. If there is time I think that the latter option is the best for the city views from the funicular you must not lose.
This castle is located in the upper part of the city, and I am not sure of exactly when it was constructed, though I do know it was the XIII century. It was the administrative center of the Loka territory, and the grocery store also served as a lodging to the bishops during their stays. In 1511 an earthquake almost completely destroyed it but it was rebuilt by Bishop Filip. Today there is a museum inside (archeology, ethnography, history, natural sciences)
This is the focal point of the beautiful village of on the peninsula of Istria, Slovenia. This wonderful 12th century church is of Italian influence. In fact its bell tower was inspired by the Campanile of St. Mark's Church in Venice. It's also located on a hill, so the views you have from it are fabulous. If you're more adventurous than me, you can climb up the bell tower.
The main square of is named after the violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini, who was born in this city. In the middle of the square is a statue of the violinist and the surrounding buildings with beautiful balconies are in Venetian style and date from the fifteenth century.
Driving along the highway from Bled to Ljubljana Kranj we walked in to see the city and closer to the medieval town of Skofja Loca, 10 kilometers away from the last place. We got caught in the middle of an accident between two different areas that cut the road and after a while we decided to wait and continue to the highway Zagreb as between one thing and another it was getting late. But before returning to the highway we took some pictures of Kranj from the side of the road.
Loka Skofja is the main square in this pretty medieval Slovenian village. It's striking because instead of being square and Spain, the tendency there is to have a lot of elongated spaces, almost like a slightly wider street. In the center of this square is a statue of Mary (Marijino ZNAMENJE) that was built to give thanks for prevention against plague and fire. You can also go see the Town Hall that dates back to the 16th century and was restored in 1972, leaving bare Baroque frescoes.
The main square here is called Prešeren or Prešernov. It's named after the great Slovenian poet, France Preseren ve lived from 1800 until 1849. One of his poems called "Zdravljica / Toast" became the national anthem. And why in the square stands a statue of the poet Prešeren, 1905, and is the work of the architect and sculptor Fabian Maks Dane Zajc.
To spend the rest of the afternoon, we went to Bohinj Lake or Bohinsko Jezero, situated about 28 kilometers from Bled. It's nice to see the roads of Slovenia, gutters without paper or plastic, transparent and clean rivers. We swam in a beach on the lake, the Beach of the Goat, in N 46 16.626. 13 53077-530 E m. had a car park that fit motorhomes (1 hour one euro, euro and half the motorhome, in this country everything is paid for). The water was icy but not as much as the river was that morning.
It is in the town square of Ljubljana (where the magnificent Baroque Robba fountain stands), in the historic center of this pretty town. Built in the early eighteenth century and what is most striking is its bell tower, which also houses colorful clocks in each of their faces.
Grad Ptujski by name, it is situated on a small hill (great views of the village) by the river Drava. The first castle built in the tenth or eleventh century (one tower remains). In the first half of the twelfth century it was rebuilt (the Leslijev wing still exists today). Subsequent modifications left a Renaissance and Baroque feel. Today, Ptuj Castle is a museum where you can see musical instruments used in the past. It also has some of the most beautiful examples of Gothic and Baroque art in Slovenia and traditional Carnival costumes. On the outside its beautiful, arcaded courtyard with Roman arches and Renaissance decor.
It must be very interesting to arrive in this city by boat, but for now my social status only allows me to take a walk on the pier. And it's worth walking through this port, since the village is on a hill, the views you get from here are spectacular.
We have stayed in lots of campsite with no pool, so Ljubljana Resort was good because there is a sort of water park next to the campsite, with jacuzzis, water jets and several relaxation areas. If you are staying at the campsite, entrance is half price. It costs 22 euros for 4 people, with 50% off (6.5 E adults and 4.5 E children). Slovenia has very cold water in the lakes and rivers.