Ljubljana Castle and Panoramas, Travel Photo Mondays

 

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Gorgeous Ljubljana Castle and views

 

 

 

 

Delicious Ljubljana pastries

Delicious Ljubljana pastries

 

Instead of taking the cable car to the popular Ljubljana castle overlooking the entire city, I decided to walk up one of the main trails to the top which was actually quite pleasant for an autumn day. The fall colors were prevalent everywhere so it was a beautiful hike up to the castle and a good work out at the same time. Along the uphill walk are lots of spots to take a break or areas with wonderful peek-a-boo views to the city below. It’s nice to hike and do a rigorous workout to the top of the castle so you can celebrate by visiting the  stylish pastry shop inside the castle grounds and sample any of the delicious desserts like this colorful torte below. (layered blue berry and fruits with lavender, crème and a hazelnut cake.

 

Green spaces around Ljubjlana

It’s easy to find some green spaces around the capital city of Ljubjlana in Slovenia. Even in the historic district there are lots of green spaces, hiking trails along the river and the castle area with it’s natural parks and wild lands.

 

An invigorating hike up with Ljubljana castle with fall color

An invigorating hike up with Ljubljana castle with fall color

 

The climb is a good workout in itself but not that difficult or long, I think it probably took under 40 minutes with a few breaks for taking in the views and doing some photographs. The Ljubljana castle is an intact medieval fortress that is the iconic symbol of the city and has survived many

 History of Slovenia

when you finally get to the top of the hill and enter the castle, you will be rewarded with some amazing panoramas. Entrance to the castle grounds is free, but to visit the interiors and the city museum, you do have to pay an entrance fee. But it is worth the entry price,  just for the views alone. The museum has the permanent collection of the Slovenian history, artifacts, dioramas and interactive displays. Along with the entrance, you are given headsets for a free audio tour. If you have time, take the self-guided tour. It will give a comprehensive overview of Ljubljana’s  fascinating history of all the various historical timeframes from Roman rule to the Middle Ages and up to the 19th century and the socialist Yugoslavia to their independence.

 

First impression of Lubjlana, Slovenia -

First impression of Lubjlana, Slovenia –

Stunning views on the top

For those perfect panorama views, you need to climb up to the main viewing tower via these cool circular red stairs below. It very colorful and a fun photo ‘s a real interesting and colorful staircase! At the top, you’ll get 360 degree views of the entire city below and the surrounding hills and country side. When I made it to the top, it seems like autumn was in full force around the entire city and every section of the tower had magnificent views to the various parts of the city with their mostly red tile roofs and brightly painted exteriors.

 

 

Fall time color in Ljubljana

Fall time color in Ljubljana

If you go to the castle

You can easily take the cable car, a bus or hike up to the castle

The cable car starts from the historic district and opens at

Costs per person for return tram and castle entry is 8Eur, the tram which runs every ten minutes

Castle entry, museum and tower is 6 Eur

Tram fee is 2.20 Eur one way and 4.00 Eur round trip

For more information about the Ljubljana castle and the cable car ride, go and visit their website here

 

 

Playing with fallen leaves in Ljubljana

Playing with fallen leaves in Ljubljana

 

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