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If Tivoli Park is taken into account to be the town’s lungs than the Ljubljanica River is our essential blood vessel, bringing life straight to the center of the picturesque previous metropolis middle.
Ljubljana and its many bridges will not be as grand as ones on the river Sena in Paris or Danube in Vienna or Budapest, nevertheless it positively boasts a powerful assortment of distinctive and charming bridges, every with a special story to inform.
Many international guests say that Ljubljana’s vibe is surprisingly Mediterranean when roaming via metropolis having fun with the sounds of avenue musicians and observing the native customized of ‘coffee’ consuming, particularly in summer season when the bars and eating places on the river banks are jam-packed.
Ljubljanica River with its bridges is one among Slovenia’s well-known and recognizable postcard options but additionally a historic place the place all cultural and social life for all generations occurs.
There are greater than 20 bridges crossing the River Ljubljanica. Many serve primarily pedestrians and cyclists whereas others are used for motorized visitors. A complete day could be spent exploring simply a few of Ljubljana’s enchanting bridges and there are numerous methods to take an up-close look.
You can take pleasure in a pleasant romantic stroll alongside the riverside whereas deciding between loads of eating and consuming decisions. And it is vitally romantic even for those who’re single.
If you don’t a number of days to discover all of them on foot, however don’t wish to miss spectacular views from all of Ljubljana’s bridges you possibly can at all times lease a motorcycle (rent your personal bicycle via this bicycle-sharing system).
The most nice and enjoyable option to see the bridges and really feel the river from one other perspective is by taking a ship journey. Alternatively, get to know the river at your personal tempo with stand-up paddle boarding, among the finest methods to chill off on scorching summer time days.
Of course, we begin with probably the most well-known bridge: Dragon Bridge.
Zmajski Most – Dragon Bridge
Our favourite, most tasty picture and a logo of Ljubljana metropolis is the Dragon Bridge.
Four, nearly actual trying dragons sit at every nook of the bridge, defending the city entrance. Built in 1901, Dragon Bridge is taken into account to be one of many best examples of Art Nouveau structure on this planet.
Designed by the Dalmatian architect Jurij Zaninović, it was Ljubljana’s first bolstered concrete construction and one among largest bridges of its type in Europe at the moment. Dragon Bridge was devoted as a tribute to 40 years of the reign of the Viennese emperor Franc Josef (1848 – 1888)
Tromostovje – Triple Bridge
We will start the tour from Ljubljana’s essential gathering place – Prešern Square, with probably the most lovely and most Instagrammed of all of them – Tromostovje or Triple Bridge.
This architectural gem and rarity acquired its title in 1932 when our world-renowned architect Jože Plečnik added two facet bridges, supposed for pedestrians. Here stood an previous medieval wood bridge till 1842 (which makes it the oldest one in Ljubljana), when it was changed by a single stone one, with a dedication to Archduke Franc Karl.
Ribja Brv – Fishmarket Footbridge
Upstream from Tromostovje sits the renovated, trendy, see-through footbridge with underfloor heating.
This bridge connects Ribji Trg/ Fishmarket sq. below the Ljubljana fortress to the Gerber stairway on the left river financial institution, proper above Makalonca harbor.
Čevljarski Most – Cobblers’ or Shoemakers Bridge
This subsequent Plečnik masterpiece (like Triple Bridge) designed in Neo-Renaissance type, acquired its title by the numerous shoemakers, who, within the 19th century made their residing by promoting and repairing handmade sneakers and whose cubicles as soon as occupied the bridge.
Different sized pillars topped with stone balls or lamps offers the bridge a uniquely dynamic look. On Sundays the riverbank beginning on the Cobbler’s Bridge, flip right into a flea market, the place you may discover a piece of historical past.
Šentjakobski Most – Saint Jacob’s Bridge
Named by the church of St. Jacob close by, this bridge is the primary which was upgraded with bolstered concrete for army functions again in 1915. Nowadays it’s used for motorized visitors. Continuing upstream by the riverside takes you to the Hradecky Bridge.
Hradeckega Most – Hradecky Bridge
This forged iron bridge from the 19th century (made in Dvor Ironworks close to Žužemberk) is the second oldest surviving bridge in Ljubljana and named after Ljubljana’s Mayor, Johann Nepomuk Hradecky.
Another attention-grabbing reality – the bridge was moved twice and renamed as soon as. If you wish to discover out why, be certain that to study extra about its colourful historical past subsequent time when on the town.
Not removed from right here, persevering with upstream from the Gradaščica river (the Hradecky bridge sits close to the confluence of Ljubljanica with Gradaščica) one can find two extra of Plečnik’s bridges.
First slightly Rooster footbridge (Petelinja Brv) and proper throughout Trnovo Church the Trnovo Bridge (Trnovski most), one of many few with rising bushes.
Prulski Most – Prule Bridge
The peculiarity of this bridge is the crimson brick pavement with a semicircular viewpoint, paved in reminiscence of the time when bricks had been made at this spot. Good to know: the bridge has a public rest room with all the usual tools and a child altering desk, additionally tailored for individuals with bodily impairments.
Hladnikova Brv na Špici – Hladnik Footbridge
Crossing the Gruber canal is Hladnik footbridge, named after Franc Hladnik – botanist, priest and founding father of the close by Botanical Garden. Intended for pedestrians and cyclists, this bridge is positioned on the fashionable leisure metropolis seaside, Špica. It additionally serves as a beginning and ending level for boat journeys.
Mesarski Most – Butchers’ Bridge
First bridge downstream from Tromostovje/ Triple Bridge is Mesarski most/ Butchers’ Bridge, named after former butchers’ cubicles on the Central Market shut by. But actually it may very well be known as Lovers’ Bridge because it grew to become a spot the place numerous lovers symbolically lock their love for eternity with padlocks after which throw the keys into the river. It can be adorned with see-through ground panels and with statues by Slovenian sculptor Jakov Brdar.
Žitna Brv – Wheat Footbridge
Pedestrian bridge was named after wheat buying and selling gala’s which occurred within the neighborhood within the 19th century. It is designed as a viewing platform with a bench on either side of the bridge, providing slightly escape from hustle and bustle of the interior metropolis.
Continuing downstream and crossing the St. Peter’s Bridge (Šempetrski most), you’ll be rewarded with one other monumental structure product of Jože Plečnik – River Gates, a technological component for water regulation. It’s a degree the place Ljubljanica slowly glides away from the town centre, saying its final farewell.