The Republic Square, along with the building of the Slovenian Parliament, is the political center…
It’s no exaggeration to say that Prešeren Sqaure is not only the centre of Ljubljana, but truly the spiritual centre of the Slovene nation – and more practically the defacto meeting point in the city.
It is part of the old town’s pedestrian zone and a major meeting point, where festivals, Ljubljana carnival, concerts, sports, political, and protest events take place. It was renovated in 2007.
At the eastern side of the square, a bronze statue of the Slovene national poet France Prešeren with a muse was placed in front of the Central Pharmacy. One of his poem, “A Toast”/ “Zdravljica” became the national anthem. The poet’s statue is symbolically faced by the statue of Julija Primic, his great love, mounted on the facade of a building located across the square, in the Wolfova ulica.
From the square you can walk up or down river on either side. You have numerous cafes & restaurants downriver, with outdoor seating in summer. You have the town hall square (Mestni trg), the open air market and St Nicholas Cathedral just 50 meters away. The castle is up above you.