A Festive Trip to Ljubljana

I mentioned in my post looking back at 2017 that I had a blast of a time in Slovenia. Having zero expectations when visiting a new place is always a good thing in my opinion. It usually means I end up being pleasantly surprised by it and that is exactly what happened in Slovenia. I knew very little about the country other than having seen a million photos of Lake Bled so I figured it would be a nice place to spend over Christmas. In fact, I had one of the best holidays I have had in a long time and Slovenia is highly underrated as a destination and the capital city of Ljubljana is one of the prettiest citiest I have been too!

I spent most of my time in Lake Bled but I started and finished my trip in the city of Ljubljana. If you are looking for a city to make you feel ridiculously festive over Christmas then Ljubljana is the place for you. When I arrive the town was cover in a heavy layer of frost and there was also a thick fog, which – along with the twinkling Christmas lights and Christmas markets – made the place feel magical. I fell in love with this beautiful city almost straight away and after checking into my hostel I took a walk through the festive streets and up to the castle which provides a lovely backdrop to the city and also fantastic views of Ljubljana.

The streets themselves were full of Christmas huts selling mulled wine and other festive treats. I only had a day and a half in Ljubljana and although it’s a small city I do wish I had maybe just had an extra day to experience it fully. Night time in the city was pretty special, Ljubljana certainly know how to do Christmas lights. There are Christmas trees dotted around everywhere and the main square is simply beauitful when all lit up.

Some recommendations:

For a decent coffee head to Crno Zrno, it’s very small but wasn’t busy at all.

If tea is more your thing then head to Cajna Hisa, has a vast selection of lovely teas. Get there early though as this place does get busy.

Food wise I mainly just ate food from the Christmas stalls so I can’t really make any recommendations.

I stayed in Zeppelin Hostel for my first night there which was really nice and friendly and I would stay there again in a heartbeat. My last night I stayed in Vrba which was also lovely but not quite as sociable.

Have you been to Ljubljana before? Did you like it as much as I did? Let me know in the comments below!