Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia

With 280,000 residents, Ljubljana (Wikipedia) ranks among the smaller European capitals; nonetheless, it has a wealth of history, tradition, style, arts & culture, and a flair that is both Central European and Mediterranean. Those who know it better would also define it as safe, green, compact, cosy, multilingual, affordable and hospitable destination. 

Although Ljubljana has preserved its small-town friendliness and relaxed atmosphere it provides all the facilities of a modern capital, which was built to the human scale. Its compact layout therefore makes it an ideal walking and cycling city. It furthermore offers a vast choice of pleasant dining, shopping and entertainment options. Most of its accommodation facilities in diverse price ranges are centrally located, just a nice stroll to many points of interest.

Ljubljana’s image features a harmonic blend of Baroque, Art Nouveau and newer styles - most notably the architectural opus of Jože Plečnik, who has left a strong personal mark on his native city between the two world wars. This is complemented by its landmark - the medieval hilltop castle and a river slowly meandering across the Old Town. Leisure and business visitors can easily meet and network in this pedestrian area, which functions as an elegant urban lounge for the locals alike. 
A wide array of events, a lively café society and an active youth scene fuelled by 60,000 university students also contribute to Ljubljana's vibrancy and cultural creativity.  

Ljubljana is positioned in the centre of the country and lies in a natural basin between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea. It therefore represents an ideal departure point to explore many of Slovenia’s nearby attractions within an hour’s drive. The diversity of authentic experiences close to the capital can definitely enhance and bring an added value when planning a visit there. 

Ljubljana is a city whose name means »the Beloved« and is the capital of a country bearing love in its name (SLOVENIA). 

More information: www.visitljubljana.com

Ljubljana: Ljubljena/The Beloved

Getting to know Slovenia

Slovenia (Wikipedia) is the only country in Europe that combines the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain and the Karst. The changing landscape is constantly surprising, time and again. You can have one eye on the sea, then look in the other direction and be surrounded by high mountains. Heading up into the forests, you can see the green plains below you. From upland meadows your view stretches into river gorges. This proximity of opposites and contrasts is a hallmark of the country.

In Slovenia you can still walk through virgin forest, or watch the grapes ripen on the oldest vine in the world. You can hear tales of bears, and eat forest fruits that you have foraged yourself on a brief walk out of town. Here you can uncover the secrets of the land, and what lies beneath it. Here you are part of nature. 

Slovenia has numerous sites of special natural interest, with features of all four main areas: the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Karst and the Pannonian Plain. It also has a wealth of diverse architecture and urban design. You can truly feel at home in Slovenia’s towns. 

Slovenia is a land of greenery, which offers great opportunities for activity holidays. Its high-quality accommodation guarantees a comfortable stay. It is perfect for a summer holiday, a winter break or a weekend away. 

Slovenia is famed for its excellent food, accompanied by one of its fine wines. 

The friendly, hospitable and attentive locals will guarantee you a pleasant stay. You can feel Slovenia.

Facts About Slovenia

This small green country measures 20,273 km2 in area, and is home to sincere, hospitable people of great diligence. It has an exceptional number of top athletes, and a wealth of cultural creativity. In Slovenia it is not difficult to compare the value of goods and services, as they are priced in one of the world’s major currencies, the euro. 

Slovenia has a population of two million, of whom the vast majority are ethnic Slovenes. People hailing from the other former Yugoslav republics make up a significant minority, albeit less than 10% of the total population. The Italian and Hungarian ethnic communities have protected minority status, despite their small size. 

The majority of people live in towns and cities, but a significant number live in the countryside. Agriculture accounts for only a small proportion of the workforce, while the majority work in services and manufacturing. 

Slovenes are renowned as a diligent, hard-working nation, part of the reason that Slovenia is the wealthiest of the new EU members. They constantly aim to prove themselves and to progress. Their toil and persistence has allowed many Slovenes to achieve at the global level. A very good example is the country’s athletes, particularly those involved in extreme sports, from mountaineering and extreme skiing to ultramarathon biking and swimming exploits. 

Slovenes are also very thorough in learning foreign languages to make themselves understood. Even primary school students can speak foreign languages. The majority of people can speak good English, while most have a good grasp of German. A large share of the population can communicate in the languages of the old Yugoslavia, while there are many fluent Italian speakers in the areas bordering Italy.

The collision of four major European geographical units has created a very invigorating landscape, much of it thickly forested. More than a third of the country’s area is protected. 

The most mountainous region is the north, where the Alps begin. The Julian Alps and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps have many stunning sharp peaks. The peaks of the Karavanke, the mountains bordering Austria, are more gentle. 

Much of the east of the country between Ljubljana and Maribor is uplands, as are the areas west and south of the capital. 

There are gentler hills in the south-east and east, where the vine flourishes, while plains and basins populate the areas between the hills. The Ljubljana region lies in the largest basin. 

Slovenia also has a large plains area, as the east of the country is part of the Pannonian Plain. 

Not only is the land surface very invigorating, there are also wonders underground: some of the country’s 9,000 karstic caves are among the most beautiful in the world.

More information: www.slovenia.info