Ljubljana: The Capital Of Slovenia by:Gabriela Rupp
The capital of Slovenia is the historic city of Ljubljana, where visitors can enjoy both the modern city and the lovely rural countryside. It's an ideal vacation spot that would suit any traveler without breaking your budget. Whether you enjoy the old European architecture, or the unspoiled natural surroundings, you will find something to see in Ljubljana.
Ljubljana sits between the mountainous Alps and the coast of the Adriatic Sea, in the central Slovenia. It's the largest city in Slovenia and provides the perfect opportunity to explore the rest of this European country. A leisurely 2-hour drive can take you from Ljubljana's city center to nearly any place in Slovenia that you might want to visit. You can choose to see the towering mountains, rolling hillsides, or the sea coast. Or just stay within the city to walk through the old city and take a step back in time.
The origins of the name "Ljubljana" isn't clear, though many locals think the name comes from the word "luba" which is a Slavic word for beloved. There is 5,000 years of history for this city, starting with an ancient wooden wheel discovered in 2002. This artifact is thought to date back to 3,100 BCE. Historically, this region was an important trade route between the Europe and lands to the East.
Full of History and Culture
For tourists interested in history, a visit to the medieval Ljubljana castle is a must. It overlooks the city, and will provide an amazing view both inside and out. The castle was built in the 12th century, and is a masterpiece of the Italian Baroque style. It is complete with drawbridge, towers, courtyard and a chapel. A cable car can comfortably take visitors up the steep hill.
Apart from its history, Ljubljana is also a center for culture and art. Each year, there are thousands of events held to celebrate the arts including 14 international cultural festivals. Musical concerts, art exhibits and theatre performances are a regular part of Ljubljana life. One of the oldest philharmonic concert halls in the world has its home in Ljubljana.
Other sights in Ljubljana are the many museums, art galleries and cathedrals. There are also a number of wine groves in the nearby countryside.
Successful and Modern
There is more than just history in Ljubljana, as it is also a modern city. The local university has a student body of more than 50,000 and all of Slovenia's government offices are here. As a nation, Slovenia is thriving and became part of the European Union in 2004.
The people of Ljubljana are adaptive, flexible and extremely diverse. They can be credited with successfully bringing this ancient city into the 21st century. A vacation to Ljubljana will reward you with memories you won't soon forget.
About the author
Gabriela Rupp is the editor of http://www.all-slovenia-holidays.com the comprehensive travel guide to Slovenia. More information about Ljubljana, Slovenia is at http://www.all-slovenia-holidays.com/ljubljana-slovenia.html - Copyright: You may freely redistribute this article, provided the whole text, the active links and this copyright notice remain intact.