Only a stone-throw away from Union Hotel stand numerous architectural monuments that give an insight to the city’s past and history. Explore Ljubljana and visit:
PLEČNIK’S ARCADES, Jože Plečnik
Plečnik arcades are an important part of the cities markets and stretch all the way from the Triple Bridge to the Dragon Bridge. Markets are a great place for shopping and socializing. They especially come alive on weekends when many restaurants under the arcades offer a diverse culinary experience.
TRIPLE BRIDGE, Jože Plečnik
The central stone bridge from the Triple Bridge in 1842 stands on the site of a former wooden strategically important medieval bridge that linked the land of North-West Europe and South Eastern Europe. Between 1929 and 1932, Plečnik added to the central bridge two bridges for pedestrians and thus create a unique architectural peculiarity of Ljubljana.
NATIONAL AND UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, Jože Plečnik
National and University Library that stores a rich collection of medieval manuscripts, incunabula and Renaissance prints, was built between 1936 and 1941 and is the most important work of Plečnik in Slovenia.
PEOPLE’S LOAN BANK BUILDING, Josip Vancaš
Built in 1907, the People’s Loan Bank building communicates its purpose with its front decoration – the woman statue to the crown of the building with small pouch, hive, bee and ant represent a symbol of prosperity, prudence and diligence.
COOPERATIVE BANK BUILDING, Ivan Vurnik
Cooperative Bank Building on Miklošičeva street is undoubtedly one of the most famous buildings in Ljubljana and is considered to be one of the finest examples of national style of architecture. The richly decorated and vivid facade is impressing passers-by ever since 1921.
THE DRAGON BRIDGE, Jurij Zaninović
The Dragon Bridge, adorned with the famous dragon statues, represents a famous image of Ljubljana. It is an exceptional technical monument and a superb creation of Art Nouveau architecture. It was built in the years 1900 and 1901 and was the first still reinforced and concrete construction in the city as well as one of the first and the largest bridges in contemporary Europe.
URBANC HOUSE, Friedrich Sigmund
Urbanc house was built in 1903 and is considered one of the oldest and most beautiful historic buildings in Ljubljana. Initially the city savings bank suppose to stand on its location, but the land was bought by dealer Felix Urbanc and the first modern department store in Ljubljana was built. Today Galerija Emporium, luxury department store occupies the premises.
THE SKYSCRAPER, Vladimir Šubic
Built in 1933, the Skyscraper was the tallest building on the Balkans and the ninth tallest building in Europe at the time of its construction. Now guests can enjoy the most beautiful views of Ljubljana in Cafe and Restaurant on the upper deck.
HAUPTMANN HOUSE, Ciril Method Koch
Hauptmann’s House was one of the city’s few buildings to survive the great earthquake of 1895 almost unharmed. The house was rebuilt in 1904 by Koch in the Viennese Secession style, fashionable at the time.
PLEČNIK’S MARKETS, Jože Plečnik
The present market, built by the architect Jože Plečnik between 1940 and 1944, was conceived as a two-storey range of riverside market halls following the curve of the river. The market offers fresh produce from local providers and is considered to be the heart of the city.