Sparkling Slovenia: Ljubljana and Bled’s Christmas Markets
Get into the festive spirit with a trip to the Christmas Markets in Ljubljana and Lake Bled! Slovenia is a simply beautiful country blessed with enchanting countryside, fascinating caves and glorious lakes. Visit at Christmas-time for the chance to see this irresistible country dusted in white. The tiny Slovenian capital is a delight to behold. An elegant city, graceful bridges span over the emerald Ljubljanica river and an impressive castle overlooks the cobbled town.
During the day, why not cross the Dragon Bridge and on a visit to the castle, discover why the dragon is the symbol of the city. Enjoy a funicular ride up to the castle which perches above the city, protectively watching over it. Explore this charming historical landmark and discover its history in the free cinema which takes you on a journey to the past. As the sky darkens, the streets emanate a warm glow and the Christmas markets begin to glow. There’s no better way to build your festive spirit as Christmas approaches than by wandering among twinkling Christmas markets. Buy handmade crafts and artisanal treats for wonderful and authentic gifts. Sample the culinary delights of Slovenia and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.
If Ljubljana’s beautiful bridges, fountains and cobbled streets weren’t charming enough, you can also visit Lake Bled. Lake Bled is picture perfection. Soak up festive cheer in this dreamy fairytale location. A hilly but manageable walk takes you up to the rocky outcrop where another castle perches, offering a spectacular vantage point. View the majestic lake and surrender to the scenic lure. In the centre of the lake is a church, painstakingly built upon an island, providing yet more storybook charm.
Also, Bled hosts a Winter Village and a festive promenade beside the lake. Nestled in the mountains these Christmas stands are an unusual way to capture some festive spirit. Furthermore, visit the largest permanent Nativity Scene in Slovenia. On display at the public lido, lights illuminate the Christmas crib to a background of music. The full-sized nativity scene is a delightful addition to your trip.
If you love Christmas markets but would like a bit of variety, Slovenia is perfect for you. During advent, take the chance to explore this wonderful destination with added festive sparkle.
Arrive in Slovenia
Upon arrival in Slovenia, transfer to your hotel in the charming capital city of Ljubljana. If time permits, begin exploring. Perhaps settle in with a hot drink at one of the riverside cafes or sample the local wine? Slovenia’s viticulture predates Roman influence – unlike many other European countries so they know what they’re doing! Very little is exported so take this opportunity to try their delicious produce.
Why not start your day with a stroll around this gorgeous city. Be sure to pass over the iconic Dragon Bridge! Awarded the title of European Green Capital in 2016, this is a peaceful city with a myriad of history to explore. Head up the funicular to view the castle. Explore the exhibits and perhaps enjoy a tour to unearth local tales and the city’s fascinating history. Climb the stairs to the top in order to enjoy a breathtaking panorama of Ljubljana.
A truly beautiful city, be sure to stroll past the many stunning buildings. Stop in to admire the St Nicholas Cathedral – a vision a pink marble and white stucco. Admire its bronze doors which are masterpieces, one featuring portraits of Slovenia’s bishops and another depicting the country’s history. If you like Rome, you’ll love the Robba Fountain, also known as the Fountain of the Three Carniolan Rivers inspired by Bernini’s masterpiece (La Fontana dei Quattri Fiumi). Though a small city, Ljubljana is packed with fascinating elements such as these.
Why not save the markets until the sky begins to dim and the stalls glow. Wander among the twinkling stands and shop for authentic and unusual Christmas gifts. Treat yourself to delicious food and drink and embrace the festive merriment and cheer!
There’s a reason Lake Bled is so popular – it is absolute perfection. Few places in the world conjure this dreamy serenity and fairytale enchantment. In winter, the lake is tranquil and the lake may be a sheet of frozen glass dusted with snow – what could be better?
Take the time to simply enjoy this wonderful place. Stroll around the lake, or perhaps climb a short way up one of the paths in the hills to take in the whole view at once. Potter around the Winter Village in Bled, where the stands offer festive gifts and typical food and drinks from the Gorenjska region. There is also an ice rink and a full-sized nativity scene to enjoy. Throughout the season there are special events and performances to thrill and delight visitors.
While you’re here, don’t forget try Bled cream cake, which is undeniable deserving of its popularity!
The time has come to bid farewell to the spectacular land of Slovenia. Pack up all your presents and perfect memories and perhaps take a final stroll across the triple bridge before beginning your homeward journey.
Why not add an extra day in order to explore the magical Postojna Caves. This jaw-dropping series of caverns, halls and passages was hollowed out by the Pivka River, which enters a subterranean tunnel near the cave’s entrance. Enjoy a train journey through parts of the cave then a guide will escort you through this underground world on foot. Wander through caverns decorated with stalactites in varying shapes and sizes.
The caves are so large there is even a concert hall, which can accommodate 10,000 people for performances. For a truly unique Christmas experience, visit during the week before Christmas when a mimed nativity is performed in the cave!
City Hotel Ljubljana
Located in the heart of Ljubljana, the main bus and rail station is only 400 meters away. This hotel boasts a private terrace and a gorgeous view of the Ljubljana Castle, a fitness centre, a restaurant and bar. What’s more, it was an internet corner, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and even a bookcase and comfy reading area. The rooms feature: shower/tub, toilet, hair dryer, phone, cable TV, safe and air conditioning.
Best Western Premier Hotel Slon – Elephant
This hotel is only a few steps away from the old city core, Ljubljana castle and all the main city sights. After a day explore Ljubljana, you can relax at the spa and fitness centre or dine in the hotel restaurant. The bedrooms feature flat screen TV, air conditioning and heating, mini bar, kettle and safe. The en suite bathrooms are equipped with bathrobes, toiletries and hairdryers.
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