These days Prešeren Square is the heart of the city, with routes leading off it in all directions: along busy Čopova with its shops and cafés, across the Triple Bridge and to the left, beneath the arcade of Plečnik’s market and on into the bustling food market, or to the right into the narrow streets of Ljubljana’s picturesque Old Town. Alternatively you could simply stop on the Triple Bridge and look at the river. Or make your way to nearby Congress Square in time to catch an aria sung by an opera diva or some other concert of the Ljubljana Festival.
Some people prefer to stay in the square itself – in Prešerc, as the locals call it. “Let’s meet at the statue” a shy young couple might say when arranging their first date. Do they know that the poet’s statue is gazing directly at the window of Prešeren’s own beloved, Julija Primic, who still waits for him in her house on Wolfova? Have you spotted her? Just follow the poet’s gaze. . .