In the heart of Slovenia there lies a city of Ljubljana, the largest city and the capital of the Republic. It is lying on the river Ljubljanica and it was built around the Roman settlement Emona. Its name was first mentioned in the Middle Age in the 12th century, but its importance is undeniable to this day. Situated in the middle of a trade route between the Adriatic and Danube region, it carried out the title of the capital of historical region of Carniola which was a part of Habsburg Monarchy. After the destructive earthquake in the 16th century, Ljubljana had to be built anew – in Renaissance style; and centuries later, after another massive earthquake, in neo-classical and art nouveau style. In the peaceful period between two world wars, Ljubljana once again changed its appearance by the touch of a well-known architect Joža Plečnik.
Staying in Zagreb for a while, the capital of Croatia, you might be interested in visiting its beautiful and charming Slovenian neighbour, only 2 hours driving distance away. Although it has been the biggest city in the country for centuries, Ljubljana still nurtures friendly and peaceful atmosphere of a small place. Discover a wonderful love story on the Triple Bridge (which is actually just one bridge!); find some interesting sites like Franciskanska cerkve and Hauptmann house on Prešeren square; visit its castle on the top of the hill and enjoy a splendid view on the city, Julian Alps and Karavanke; or you can take a peek inside National Museum and Opera House.
On the 45 minutes driving distance from Ljubljana, going North you will find Lake Bled, and turning South you will find Postojna Cave – both sights being equally marvellous and definitely worth visiting. So, if you want to prolong you Slovenian adventure for a little bit, consider one of these options as a great bonus. Pack your backpacks and find out why was such a peaceful city named Dragon city and enjoy your day in the southing atmosphere of Slovenia.