Dragon Bridge (Zmajski most) is a fairytale-like bridge that crosses the Ljubljanica River to the Old Town of Ljubljana. As you enter Ljubljana, the Dragon Bridge with a pair of striking green dragons welcomes you. Their fire breathing tongues dangling out and their sculpted wings poised over the bridge makes the dragons more prominent from a distance. Some local legends believes the dragons wag their tail when a virgin crosses the bridge. Other than this legendary story, the bridge is important as it connects the Old Town with the modern city. The bridge opened to the public in 1901 and was originally known as the Jubilee Bridge of Emperor Franz Joseph I. It replaced an old wooden bridge and is one of Europe’s earliest examples of a reinforced concrete bridge. The dragon is part of the city’s coat of arms and symbolizes bravery and strength. Follow a path from Vodnik Square that leads up a hillside to Ljubljana Castle. Browse exhibits about the history of the castle, the city and Slovenia. Be amazed by the sweeping views and have your camera poised to snap envy-inducing shots of the pretty cityscape, including the Dragon Bridge.
The Dragon Bridge, adorned with famous dragon statues, appears in the most recognizable images of Ljubljana. If you haven't been photographed next to a Dragon Bridge dragon, you can hardly claim that you have visited Ljubljana. All technical marvels aside, obviously the main attraction is the fine example of Vienna Succession style and the four dragons guarding the bridge, two at each end, with sixteen smaller ones decorating its span. Stroll across the bridge, appreciate its craftsmanship and admire its decorative statues. Stand in the centre of the bridge and enjoy views in both directions along the peacefully flowing river. Dragon Bridge is east of Ljubljana’s city centre, just a 10-minute walk from Congress Square via a picturesque riverfront pathway. Public buses stop at the bridge’s northern entrance. Walk to the city’s central train station in less than 15 minutes. Combine your time here with a visit to major attractions located in the city’s medieval Old Town. Shop at fresh produce, organic food and handicraft stalls at the riverfront Central Market. Gaze in awe at the lavish interior of the Cathedral of St. Nicholas. Dragon Bridge also provides an easy gateway across the river to busy Resljeva Cesta Street where you’ll find lots of shops and restaurants
Dragon Bridge is east of Ljubljana’s city center, just a 10-minute walk from Congress Square via a picturesque riverfront pathway. Public buses stop at the bridge’s northern entrance.
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