Ljubliana is the cultural and commercial capital of Slovenia. Bordering on Austria and Italy it is the most westerly of the ex-Jugoslavian countries and the smallest which gives it a particularly friendly, small-town feeling. Theres not too much choice of hotels in the centre and they tend to be either expensive or of dubious cleanliness. Our favourite is the BIT Center Hotel we never did discover what BIT signifies! Its clean, modern, very nicely priced(!), it has a sports centre next door with discount for guests, all situated in a pleasant suburb a couple of miles from the city centre in rural surroundings. Many of the rooms look out onto cultivated fields.
A 3-to-4 minute walk at the back of the hotel and youre on the river walk, with benches for the travel-weary, trees and flowers. Close by on the river theres a housing estate from the socialist days, and the fun thing is, that its now almost ahead of its time. Walkways, (cars parked off the estate), trees, play areas for children, the old Provdia supermarket, a neighbourhood café, all close at hand within the peace and quite of a traffic-free environment. A playing field and the river are adjacent. An interesting wander around! There are restaurants close by, with a large and well-stocked Lidl supermarket right opposite the hotel.
A couple of minutes from the hotel youll find frequent buses into the city centre. Buy tickets, out and return, from the hotel desk, and remember to validate them when you get on the bus by inserting them into the small orange box mounted on the handrail so that the bell dings! And get a city map from the hotel desk before you go.
As in most European towns and cities theres an open market for flowers, fruit and veg. Buy some fresh strawberries or fruit in season (check the competing offerings first!), wash them at the communal tap then sit and enjoy!
The Main Attraction is the river, bordered by totally pedestrian walks with many restaurants or casual cafés and on a nice day you can easily spend most of it just slowly walking the banks enjoying the relaxed atmosphere. There are boat trips too, but the river is quite a bit lower than the embankment so you may not see that much.
See the castle on the top of the hill? Thats where were going now. The castle interior at the top of the funicular is like a town square, with cafés, restaurants and art galleries. You can take a walk around part of the ancient walls, or along the wooded pathway which surrounds the castle walls. Altogether a very pleasant and worthwhile visit, with a magnificent view over the city.