Despite its vibrant nature, for us Ljubljana was a nice break. The first of a few cities in quick succession after the lengthy time spent in Germany, and the madness that was Budapest.
With a large University population the Slovenian capital is known as a busy one, but oddly seemed a lot busier in the week than at the weekend. But as commuters returned in their droves you could see what the city had to offer.
Miles of greenery is broken up by the Ljubljanica River meaning the city is very easy on the eye.
Another thing that was rather easy on the eye was our hostel. Hostel Celica is an art hostel, with a special design and a brilliant past. Hostel Celica was once a prison and still has the remnants of its past throughout. You can choose to sleep in one of the 20 cells on offer, or if you prefer one of the eight shared rooms.
The cells have been transformed, but still keep their original design and some even have bars on the doors.
The hostel likes to portray the message of openness and acceptance and that is felt throughout. They have a Point of Peace, where you can relax, an art gallery hosted by different exhibitionists once a month and even a Museum of Solitary Confinement symbolising the tough times prisoners had when the hostel was a prison.
Rooms are clean, and dorms are very well set out with beds giving privacy from top to bottom. The bathrooms are wetrooms, but have good facilities. Be careful of the shower though, as the floor can sometimes get a little wet. Lockers are also provided in all rooms.
Quick Tip: Hostel Celica is the first Hostel we’ve ever come across with road signs from the station directing you to its door. Keep an eye out for them!
The bar has an array of drinks at very reasonable prices, with a large screen that shows sports all weekend. Celica also offers breakfast and a lunch service, which is extremely popular with locals. businessman and women can be seen throughout the day meeting and eating in the hostel restaurant.
As mentioned previously, Ljubljana is a vibrant city, with events going on throughout the week. But the best thing we found to do, and is a definite must do for anyone visiting Slovenia is Lake Bled. The breathtaking beauty is just over an hour long bus ride away from the capital. Buses run every hour and cost around six euros.
Once there, you can hike, run, cycle or even hire a boat to take in the views. And believe me, it’s worth it.
Other than Lake Bled, Ljubljana has museums, nice rivers, buildings, Tivoli Park and a castle. The castle is a nice walk and the views once you reach the summit are spectacular.
Overall, the hostel and Lake Bled were Slovenia’s highlights, and we’re glad we made the trip.