LJUBLJANA

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LJUBLJANA

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Although just a small city, Ljubljana has a lot to offer photographers. This is a lively city and its old town is always full of locals and tourists alike, which makes street photography very rewarding. Beautiful architecture, influenced by Italian baroque, Austrian Art Nouveau and local architect Jože Plečnik makes for a variety of subjects, classic city views and intriguing details. Visit in Summer (May to September) for vibrant scenes of the old town. There are so many open air events that even locals cannot keep up. Street artists come from all over the world and riverside cafes are always full. Even on the hottest day you will find many subjects around the Ljubljanica river and city fountains. Another great time to visit is in December. Ljubljana’s festive decorations make low light photography a joy and the city at night looks stunning. You can warm up with a glass of mulled wine or a hot chocolate from one of numerous stands around the old town. Ljubljana has few restrictions for photographers, other than respecting the usual limitations re tripods and flash photography in most museums and galleries. In most churches tripods are allowed, but be respectful when people are praying. Most of the venues do not require a property release and you can photograph freely at all public places.

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Take at least two nights to get a good feel for the city. Pick one of the small hotels or private apartments in the old town, within the pedestrian zone. This is worthwhile as you can cover the whole old town on foot. There are many events and festivals throughout the year. Photographers will especially appreciate Summer in the old town – many street performances take place in the squares such as Prešernov trg, Mestni trg or Kongresni trg. If you stay in the city for at least three nights, you’ll have time to cover some locations outside of the old town – Žale cemetery, Metelkova street are two good suggestions for some “alternative” city photography. Use Ljubljana as a base to explore nearby places, such as Škofja Loka, Kamnik and the Postojna caves.

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Slovenia is a safe destination for travel in general with Ljubljana said to be the safest capital in Europe. You can photograph everywhere with confidence, by day and night, but apply usual common sense when out with your camera gear. Slovenia uses standard European two-pin plugs at 220V. The two major mobile network providers are Telekom and Simobil, 4G is common. Most of the places offer free wifi and there is also free public wifi – you need to register.

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