Prešeren Square (Prešernov trg)

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Considered one of the top places to visit in the Ljubljana Old Town neighborhood, Prešeren Square sits on a plot of land that once featured a set of medieval gates. Although the gates were removed in the 19th century, the square continues to draw visitors thanks to its proximity to the Triple Bridge and its recognizable sights. At the center of the square lies the Prešeren Monument, a tribute to Slovenian poet France Prešeren. It faces another statue depicting the poet's love, Julija Primic. And next to the Prešeren Monument lies one of Ljubljana's most well-known buildings, the 17th-century Franciscan Church of the Annunciation.

Many past visitors enjoyed checking out Prešeren Square, saying it's an ideal spot to snap a selfie and people-watch. Others suggest exploring the shops and restaurants situated nearby. To make the most of your visit, previous travelers recommend coming around Christmas when the square is decked out in an array of holiday lights.

Like other central attractions, Prešeren Square is easy to reach on foot, by bike or via Kavalir. Though driving to this crowded area is not encouraged, a parking lot is also available by the Prešeren Monument. There is no entrance fee for the square, but charges apply for items purchased at its boutiques and eateries. The square is accessible 24 hours a day. Head to Ljubljana Tourism's Prešeren Square page to learn more.

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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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