Ljubljana is Slovenia’s capital, its largest city and the political and cultural
heart of the Slovenian nation. Besides being the congressional, business,
commercial and expo center of Europe, its centralized location within the
country has also allowed it to become the center of science, education and transport for the Slovenian people. Ljubljana
(maintaining a status of a mid-sized
European city) has succeeded in keeping
its small-town atmosphere preserved whilst providing all amenities of a modern
capital. Its geographical location during
summers allows you to bask in relaxing Mediterranean
feel while in winters it lets you enjoy the dreamy European characteristic.
Visitors initially assume the city to be
quite 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 if
history has been preparing and polishing it for millennia to become the
country’s capital. It is quite evident from the historical smudges of all
periods depicting its rich and diverse
history; Roman Emona’s legacy, influences
of Rennisance and portrayal of Baroque and Arts Nouveau
by the beautiful house fronts with decorated doorways. This is where Italian art concepts met European sculpture aesthetics
of cathedrals, and the eastern and western cultures came together to become one.
The culture is embedded deep in the way
people of Ljubljana live and think in their daily lives as the numerous theaters, museums and galleries make Ljubljana a culturally
enriched city. Ljubljana boasts one of
the world’s oldest philharmonic orchestras. Slovenia’s first music society Academia Philharmonicorum
(established in 1701) promoted baroque music and paved way for the development
of musical production in the region. Many renowned composers such as Ludwig van
Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Joseph Haydn and violinist Nicolo Paganini were
its honorary members.
Ljubljana’s offers a diverse range of deliciousness as its central
location within the country allows it to
benefit from local tastes of all four sides.
The city also offers fantastic wines because it has been center of
wine trading in the past and the inhabitant of the Roman Emona had planted
grapevines on the slopes leading up to the present-day castle thus giving this
city the name “The city of wine and vine”.
Today, Ljubljana attracts people from all
walks 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 financial
experts interested in attending congressional meetings, trade fairs and exhibitions.
Ljubljana is quite easy as it offers a variety of travel options including
train, 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 for
work or due to pleasant memories of past visits. The city has certain
similarities to other beautiful European cities
yet it is unique, special and lovely in its own
way. As the meaning of its name suggests, it is truly “beloved” by its people
and visitors alike.