Of all the places I’ve seen on my Interrail tour, I enjoyed Ljubljana the most. We arrived there in the afternoon, and everything just worked out: The tourist info guy sent us to a hostel (H2Ostel) which was actually full but arranged that a friend of theirs who was also in charge of a hostel picked us up. The place was amazing: we had a 7-bed room for ourselves, including a kitchen, bathroom, fridge… The house itself was newly constructed, the furniture also brand new… Supermarket just across the street. Perfect.
We were really looking forward to self-made dinner, but actually we screwed up and it didn’t taste exciting at all. Anyway, we checked out a student’s festival that lasted over one month: Free entry and live acts every evening. The band that evening was some kind of rock’n’roll/world-music, ok but not our taste. I was really disappointed when I found out that just the day before we arrived, the festival had featured a skateboarding contest and A Wilhelm Scream. Bad timing.
We went further into the city centre and were overwhelmed by the beauty of the old town. The river Ljubljanica ran across the illuminated city; restaurants and bars on each riverside. Street musicians and traders of jewellery. We were walking along the river and suddenly saw familiar faces in the crowd: Two friends of ours from our hometown Röhrnbach also went on an interrail tour (we knew about that) and were leaving Ljubljana the next day. What are the odds with all our route changing that the two girls would be in Ljubljana at the same day as we were? Well, we went to a pub garden, exchanged stories from our tours and had a really good time…
The next day, three of us participated in a free city tour: Prešeren Square, the market (constructed by the architect Plečnik who was quite productive in Ljubljana), the Dragon Bridge, St. Nicholas Cathedral and the university. The guide was really friendly and naturally everyone tipped her for the informative tour. Later on, we walked around the inner city, went up to the Castle, lost our third companion and found him again one hour later. The basement of the castle was renovated and redesigned with modern architecture – very impressive.
Then we went to the train station, reserved seats for the train to Venezia and spent the rest of the day in the old town listening to street musicians, checking out the shops and stores and relaxing in the city. After nightfall, we had Asian dinner and then tried to sleep in a park near the station (not very comfortable) until our train left at 2:30 in the morning.
Here are the photos of Ljubljana (August 24, 2009 – August 25, 2009).