I arrived in Slovenia’s capital city Ljubljana [lyoo-BLYAH-nah] by train which was a 8 hour journey from Budapest. I was welcomed by a lot of rain and although my hostel was walking distance from the station I had to get a taxi for £5 (major ripoff). Ljubljana isn’t a very well known city, I had only heard of it recently from researching Europe and following blog’s where people had gone but one thing all these blogs had in common is that they agreed it was a must visit and hugely underrated!
I woke up to grey skies but luckily no rain so I headed out into the city. Everything is in walking distance and the main city centre is infact all car free. The first thing I noticed was how green it was and I later found out it won this years greenest city in Europe award! The town is split by a river that is a beautiful emerald green colour rather than the brown you usually see. The buildings were all very quaint and there are cafes and ice cream places everywhere,alfresco dining eat your heart out!
At 11am i met in the main square to do a free walking tour. I could have walked around the city on my own very easily but I wanted to get some knowledge and history on both the city and country and this was the best thing to do as the guide gave us so much information!
Slovenia used to be part of Yugoslavia and only became its own country in the early 90’s, until then it had also been occupied by Austrian rule and German rule. The tour was really good and I learnt a lot so I would definitely recommend doing it and getting Jack who was my tour guide.
After having a nice lunch at a vegan cafe I happened to walk past I picked up my luggage and headed to the bus station. I would of loved to spend more time in the city had it been a nice day (I’ve seen amazing pictures of it in the sunshine) but I was keen to move onto my next stop- Lake Bled!
The bus from Ljubljana to Lake Bled took 90 minutes and cost £5. On arriving in the town of bled I walked up the hill to my hostel- Castle Hostel and luckily it wasn’t raining again! Just very cloudy.
As it was early evening and still light I took a walk down to the lake and took in the amazing view and the amazing smell of the countryside! The lake is the same beautiful emerald green that the river was in the city and a few people were out on boats on the lake.
Unfortunately the weather did as promise turn very wet for all of the next day and my last morning so I mainly stayed in the hostel with a little trip out to get a coffee and try Bleds famous cream cake in a nice cafe and to work the cake off I walked the 6km around the lake later on despite the rain which I’m glad I did as it was nice to see it from all the different points.
I’ve seen pictures from the lake in the sunshine and like Ljubljana it looks really nice but it did have a very mystical feel about it in the rain and with the low clouds and i can see why the Country is also named sLOVEnia.
My next stop was Bosnia & Herzegovina but to get there I decided to use Zagreb Croatia’s capital city in the north as a layover so I got the bus from the town in Bled to the train station just two stops away (close but not walkable) and then got a train straight from Bled to Zagreb which went via Ljubljana on the way, this cost about £18 in total and took about 4 hours.