Ljubljana is Slovenia’s capital, its largest city and the political and culturalheart of the Slovenian nation. Besides being the congressional, business,commercial and expo center of Europe, its centralized location within thecountry has also allowed it to become the center of science, education and transport for the Slovenian people. Ljubljana(maintaining a status of a mid-sizedEuropean city) has succeeded in keepingits small-town atmosphere preserved whilst providing all amenities of a moderncapital. Its geographical location duringsummers allows you to bask in relaxing Mediterraneanfeel while in winters it lets you enjoy the dreamy European characteristic. Visitors initially assume the city to bequite young as its filled with around 50,000 students (giving this young vibe)and the city’s average age is about 30 but this city is the perfect example of old meeting the new and it appears as ifhistory has been preparing and polishing it for millennia to become thecountry’s capital. It is quite evident from the historical smudges of allperiods depicting its rich and diversehistory; Roman Emona’s legacy, influencesof Rennisance and portrayal of Baroque and Arts Nouveauby the beautiful house fronts with decorated doorways.
This is where Italian art concepts met European sculpture aestheticsof cathedrals, and the eastern and western cultures came together to become one. The culture is embedded deep in the waypeople of Ljubljana live and think in their daily lives as the numerous theaters, museums and galleries make Ljubljana a culturallyenriched city. Ljubljana boasts one ofthe world’s oldest philharmonic orchestras. Slovenia’s first music society Academia Philharmonicorum(established in 1701) promoted baroque music and paved way for the developmentof musical production in the region.
Many renowned composers such as Ludwig vanBeethoven, Johannes Brahms, Joseph Haydn and violinist Nicolo Paganini wereits honorary members. Ljubljana’s offers a diverse range of deliciousness as its centrallocation within the country allows it tobenefit from local tastes of all four sides. The city also offers fantastic wines because it has been center ofwine trading in the past and the inhabitant of the Roman Emona had plantedgrapevines on the slopes leading up to the present-day castle thus giving thiscity the name “The city of wine and vine”. Today, Ljubljana attracts people from allwalks of life, be it artists (coming for its renowned Biennial of Graphic Arts, numerous art galleries & Art Academy),Scientists (coming for its highly qualified universities and institutes ) or businessmen, economists and financialexperts interested in attending congressional meetings, trade fairs and exhibitions.
Getting aroundLjubljana is quite easy as it offers a variety of travel options includingtrain, buses, cycles, taxi and private cars. Some areas are so magical that you can’t resist but to walk through them. People either return to Ljubljana forwork or due to pleasant memories of past visits. The city has certainsimilarities to other beautiful European citiesyet it is unique, special and lovely in its ownway. As the meaning of its name suggests, it is truly “beloved” by its peopleand visitors alike.