The tongue twisting capital of Slovenia is the figurative and (almost) literal centre of the country, with nearly three times more inhabitants than any other Slovene city and an even larger share of its commercial, administrative, cultural and educational activity.
It's been less than a decade since Ljubljana notably celebrated the 2000th anniversary of the founding of the Roman settlement of Emona, whose ruins lie underneath the present day city. However, according to the local legend the origins of Ljubljana go back even further, namely, to the turn of the first millennium BC, when Jason and Argonauts stopped for a time. Regardless of the legend’s historical accuracy, it continues to live on through the dragons adorning its bridges, flags and more.
Nowadays, Ljubljana combines a quaint and well-kept mediaeval old town at its centre with more modern districts radiating out in all directions. While some 293,000 residents officially call the city home, it is said that its size swells to well over half a million on any given weekday, with large numbers of workers and students making daily migrations. Thanks in part to this massive influx, Ljubljana has a vibrancy and youthful air that would be the envy of much larger cities, with countless cultural events taking place on a daily basis. And at the same time it manages to be one of the safest and cleanest cities of its size anywhere in Europe, even being named the European Green Capital back in 2016.
Visitors and residents alike are spoilt for choice by the city’s diverse culinary scene, where Slovenian delights sit alongside international favourites and influences from neighbouring countries, most notably Italy. A stroll around town will place you within sniffing distance of a pizzeria. Look out for Parma, who have been spinning dough for five decades! Yep, this wonderful old pizzeria will celebrate their 50th anniversary this year.
Add all this to the fact that the city is only a 20-minute drive from ski resorts in the Alps, 45 minutes from Mediterranean beaches and more or less surrounded by idyllic countryside, and it’s easy to see why Ljubljana has garnered such high praise in recent years. So without any further ado, we'd like to welcome you to our fair city, thank you for using our guide and wish you the most pleasant of stays!
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