10 Facts That You Didn't Know About Ljubljana
Ljubljana is the capital and the largest city of Slovenia. The city is located in central Slovenia in a natural depression surrounded by high peaks of the Julian Alps. As of April 2019, the population of Ljubljana is about 300,000 people. The city covers a total area of 164 square kilometers.
1. LJUBLJANA DRAGON
The dragon is the city’s most recognizable sign. With teeth bared and wings spread, he’s basically on every flag, bridge, coat of arms. The Ljubljana dragon is the symbol of the city and you’ll find dragons on Dragon Bridge and on the coat of arms in the castle. It represents power, courage and greatness.
2. SECOND BEST PLACE TO VISIT
Lonely Planet has named Ljubljana the second best place in Europe to visit in 2014. We cannot argue with that. It's definitly worth visiting.
3. STUDENT'S CITY
With one tenth of the city’s population studying in the capital it really is a city of students. It’ll be no surprise to here that Ljubljana is such a student friendly city with almost everywhere offering discount. Starting from restaurant, public transport, entrance fees in museums, students can really enjoy the benefit of being students in Ljubljana.
4. GREEN CAPITAL FOR 2016
Ljubljana has 542 m2 of public green space per resident and the city features 80 hectares of newly maintained green spaces. Ljubljana was announced for #EuropeanGreenCapital2016.
This is down to Ljubljana significantly raising environmental awareness among its citizens.
The judges were also impressed by the efforts Ljubljana’s transport associations had made to provide citizens with eco-friendly alternatives to cars.
5. DRINKING WATER
Tap water in Ljubljana is one of the safest in Europe. You can find drinkable water on every corner in the inner city center.
6. RED CHURCH ON PRESEREN SQUARE
The Franciscan Church of the Annunciation in Prešeren Square is red because this is the colour of the Franciscan Order. The trees in front of the church are said to have been placed there to shield church-goers’ eyes from the bare breasts of the muse above Prešeren on his monument. Meanwhile, Prešeren looks on at Julija Primic, shown in a plaque on a wall on Wolfova ulica. They met in 1833, when the poet was 29 and the girl was 16.
7. THE 7 NAMES RIVER
Ljubljanica river has 7 names, due to the fact that it vanishes into the ground and comes to the surface many times along its course. People from different regions named it every time, under the belief they have discovered a new river over and over.
From its source in the foothills of Mount Snežnik it is known as the Trbuhovca, later as the Obrh, then the Stržen, Rak, Pivka and Unica rivers, until it rises to the surface for the final time as the Ljubljanica.
8. SAFE CITY
You can walk around the city at 4 a.m. and worry about nothing! There are no stray dogs and criminal in Ljubljana is on a very low level.
9. RIDE BIKE FOR (ALMOST) FREE
In Ljubljana you can rent city bike for 1 euro per week. Or simply pay 3 euros and you can ride bike whole year for free. There is a rule that after 60 minute, they will charge you additional cost, but if you leave the bike for 2 minutes then rent it again 60 minutes reset.
10. PEDESTRIAN ZONE
The city center of Ljubljana is closed for any motor vehicles. This gives Ljubljana even more charm, because on the busiest streets in the inner center you cans till walk peacefully. oday, pedestrians and cyclists can enjoy more than 10 hectares of surfaces in the city centre dedicated especially to them, which also results in less emissions and noise caused by traffic.