Ljubljana is for Ljubbers

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Ljubljana City Center

LJUBLJANA is the capital and largest city of Slovenia.  This is where Eastern Europe meets Western, and Northern Europe meets Southern.  It is documented from the 12th century and was part of the Habsburg Empire by 1335, where it would remain until 1797.  It was briefly a Napoleonic city before returning to Austria, all of which crumbled down in WWI.  After that it joined the Yugoslavian confederation until independence in 1991.  But that’s politics, not culture(s).  Located at the transit point between Romance, Germanic and Slavic cultures, it has always been something of a crossroads.   There have always been multiple languages, German and Italian in addition to the Slavic.

There is a castle in both Germanic and Roman styles, from both classic and Renaissance periods.  The Town Hall, Cathedral, and others are also noted for their architecture, though after an earthquake in 1895 much of Ljubljana has a modern, yet tasteful, appearance.  Museums include the National Museum of Slovenia, the Slovenian Museum of Natural History, the National Gallery, and the Gallery of Modern Art.  The city has a thriving scene for arts and culture, including a subculture.  Sidewalk cafes line the river.  It’s a little peach of a city, almost reminds me of Tallinn.

There are five hostels here, at least, and good ones, too, with details and specs all written up in the book.  I was last here in 2009.  Have you been here?  Tell us about it!