Dragon Bridge (Zmajski most)#9 in Best Things To Do in Ljubljana
Flanked by – you guessed it – four dragon statues, the Dragon Bridge is a photographer's dream. Located within walking distance of Ljubljana Cathedral and Ljubljana Castle in the Ljubljana Old Town neighborhood, this prime example of Slovenian art nouveau architecture is one of the largest concrete bridges in Europe. The bridge, which was designed by Dalmatian architect Jurij Zaninovi? and built in the early 1900s, was Slovenia's first structure to be paved with asphalt. In addition to featuring its iconic copper dragon statues, the bridge is adorned with balustrades and parapet lamps.
Visitors say the Dragon Bridge's namesake creatures are beautiful works of art, though some feel the bridge itself is a bit underwhelming. Nevertheless, most agree that coming here to snap photos of the statutes and the Ljubljanica river is a must. Couples who visit should also bring a lock to add to the adjacent Butchers' Bridge, Ljubljana's equivalent of Paris' Pont des Arts.
The bridge is easy to walk, bike or hail a Kavalir to from other central attractions. Like the Triple Bridge, it's open 24 hours a day and is free to cross. Nearby amenities include various shops and restaurants, as well as the Slovenian Tourist Information Centre and Ljubljana's Central Market, where the seasonal Open Kitchen market takes place every Friday. Check out Ljubljana Tourism's Dragon Bridge page for additional information.
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#1 Ljubljana Old Town (Staro mesto)
Ljubljana's past is hard to miss in its historical city center. Home to must-see sights like Prešeren Square, the Triple Bridge and Ljubljana Castle, the Ljubljana Old Town area features a mix of Gothic, Baroque and art nouveau architecture. Throughout the neighborhood, you'll find colorful buildings, pedestrian-only thoroughfares, ample shops and charming open-air cafes that overlook the Ljubljanica river. Plus, several of Slovenian architect Jože Plecnik's most iconic structures reside in this part of town. Don't miss the Plecnik-designed Central Market, which hosts a popular food market (Open Kitchen) every Friday from mid-March through October.
Travelers rave about the Ljubljana Old Town region, saying it offers a perfect blend of old and new. Though many suggest a summer visit so you can attend the weekly food market and people-watch while sipping a coffee outdoors, others highly recommend arriving in December to enjoy the city's festive Christmas decorations and holiday markets. No matter when you visit, vacationers say you'll discover well-maintained buildings, friendly locals and a great selection of eateries and watering holes.
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