Marko Orel has studied abroad in Poland, Italy, and the Czech Republic, but his heart will always belong to Slovenia and its small-but-beautiful capital city, Ljubljana. A freelance writer and a local expert for Spotted By Locals, Marko says that despite his hometown’s size, Ljubljana has everything you need — from cafés to clubs to cultural exhibitions (and all within an hour’s drive to the mountains or the sea). Check out his guide to making the most of Ljubljana, then add your two cents in the comments section below.
Ljubljana is My City
The first place I take a visitor from out of town is Metelkova mesto.
My city’s best museum is the City Museum because it showcases Ljubljana’s rich history — both the good and the bad.
Antique Flea Market is the place to buy authentic, local souvenirs.
You can see my city best from Ljubljana Castle.
Locals know to skip the fancy clubs in the city center and check out hidden jazz clubs instead.
Spring time is the best time to visit my city because of the beautiful parks around the city.
My city really knows how to celebrate the arrival of spring because this is when Ljubljana is reborn.
For a fancy night out, I go to one of the numerous slow food restaurants in the Ljubljana’s old town.
Just outside my city, you can visit nice lakes and mountains.
My city is known for being widely unknown, but it’s becoming more and more popular as a tourist destination.
The best outdoor market in my city is Central Market.
To find out what’s going on at night and on the weekends, read www.napovednik.com.
When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I go for a nice (and free) walk around Ljubljana.
If my city were a celebrity it’d be Marilyn Monroe because it can charm you easily and in a second.
Kino Šiška is my favorite building in town because of its cultural impact on the city.
The most random thing about my city is its numerous bridges, which can be found every few meters.
Eating pizza Burek could only happen in my city.
- Nat Geo Expeditions
In the spring you should check out Ljubljana’s parks.
In the summer you should go to one of the surrounding lakes.
In the fall you should walk around the dimly lit (and very romantic) streets.
In the winter you should try your luck at one of the ski slopes near Ljubljana.
If you have kids (or are a kid at heart), you won’t want to miss Tivoli playground.
If there’s one thing you should know about getting around my city, it’s that a bicycle is your best friend.
The best book about my city is Images of Valvasor’s Ljubljana.
In 140 characters or less, the world should heart my city because it’s truly a hidden gem. Once a small city in Yugoslavia, Ljubljana is now the biggest city in Slovenia, and well worth a visit.