Congress Square

Address: Kongresni trg, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Just a street over from the central area of the old town lies the city’s renowned Congress Square. This Baroque square houses some of Ljubljana’s remarkable attractions and buildings, such as the University of Ljubljana and the Slovenian Philharmonic Hall. It is not only a prominent historic core, but also the centre of life for locals.

Constructed at the ruins of a medieval monastery, the square was used for ceremonial purposes during the famous Congress of Ljubljana, after which it was named. It means a lot to the Slovenes, as it is the place of original of numerous fights and revolutions that marked the history of the country, including the proclamation of independence from Austrian-Hungarian rule in 1918, and the demonstration that marked the beginning of the “Slovene Spring”. The latter even triggered off the struggle of the nation’s independence, and the dissolution of Yugoslavia afterwards.

Citizens and tourists love spending time on the square chilling, reading and soaking in enchanting city views. Raise your head and you can have your eyes rested on the hilltop Ljubljana Castle. In summer, the square becomes an open-air cinema where people gather for free movies in the park that lies in the square’s centre. After the screening, why not grab a coffee at the cafés nearby, and shar with friends your movie review in this relaxing afternoon?