Updated: 25th November 2014

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This year has been my year of Europe (before it became my year of Asia as well). I have been lucky enough to visit 15 of its wonderful capital cities. But my favourite is still the same as this time last year. The charming, quirky and cool capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana.

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Only a short train ride from the natural beauty of Lake Bled, which by now is making it onto the main stream Europe destination list you can easily visit both destinations in a long weekend.

So, why do I love it so much? What makes it my favourite capital city and why should you visit Ljubljana, Slovenia on your next trip?

Ljubljana Photography

WANDERING ON FOOT

I can happily while away my days in Europe wandering down little alleys, peering in shop windows and soaking up the coffee culture. This is one city totally suited for that! It is compact enough and centres around the river. Some people say its like a small relaxed Amsterdam, I say that’s a good thing.

SURROUNDED BY NATURE

Slovenia is a stunning country, both because of its hospitality and its incredible scenic surroundings. The view from the top of the castle overlooking the mountains is beyond impressive, especially if caught at sunset.

FOODIE HEAVEN

When you are done with your coffee culture for the day, or your sunset beers along the river Ljubljana packs a punch for dining options. The cobbled streets and outside tables make for a great surrounding to enjoy some of the local dishes including the famous Bled cake (that is, if you can’t make it to Bled for the real deal.) Head to the market for a lively way to feast your way through some of the local Slovenia sausage specialities.

Slovenia Sunset
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Slovenia Night Life

GET SHOPPING

This is my kind of city for having a little splurge. Sure, you have plenty of high streets names but down these small streets sit some pretty unique gems. From vintage vinyl stores to tiny boutiques and collectables stores you can spend a good few hours picking out stuff that might not be required but will make your house look that little bit cooler.

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SIMPLY ENJOY A LAID BACK CAPITAL

Capital cities can be brash, bold and beautiful at once however here in Ljubljana you can just chill out and go with the flow. With plenty of other spots nearby to explore use this as a base before getting out to enjoy Slovenia. It is certainly a country high on my list to get back to.

Slovenia has so much more to offer though and you could easily fill weeks exploring this beautiful country. Check out this incredible list of day trips from Ljubljana to see just how stunning this nation truly is.

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  1. Seema says:

    When we planned on visiting Ljubljana, I had never heard of the place. Still can’t pronounce the name correctly. But I fell in love with this vibrant town. Your blog conveys the essence of the city quite well.

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  2. Stojan Špegel says:

    The Coal mine museum of Slovenia, Velenje
    The underground adventure

    Prepare yourself for an adventure like never before.
    Visit the Coal mining museum of Slovenia in Velenje, which is one of the most popular museums in Slovenia.
    Put on the miners boots for a short time, descent 160 m beneath the surface of the earth and go on an interesting journey into the once active mine tunnels of the mine Škale, which are now a part of the museum.
    Come and convince yourself how mysterious the underground world is. In the company of our guides you will enter the coal mine exactly as the miners did last century. Dressed in mining clothes, overcoat, with a helmet on your head and with a snack in your hand, you will get into the coal mine, 160 meter deep, through the Old shaft from 1888. In the underground tunnels you’ll see in an hour and a half a vivid demonstration of how the miners work looked like in the past and how it does today.
    http://www.rlv.si/muzej
    Velenje
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0_CGH3ZxFw

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  3. Simon Svetlik says:

    … road trip definitely; you can “pick” amongst many themes: one is wine regions with “open” cellars (of course you’ll have to try lots of finest wine varieties which are also still “undiscovered”) and beautiful sceneries (you’ll need sober driver)…

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  4. Iva says:

    So nice to read. :) And speaking of foodie heaven, you are more than welcome next time you’re here to join my personal foodwalks. The tasty side of Ljubljana awaits you. :) I also second Soča river valley, wine region Goriška brda, Vipava valley, tiny Karst villages (think Coljava, hehe), and I also like to take a dip in Laško natural spa. Or any other spas. Welcome!

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  5. Kevin Casey says:

    Hey man.

    That’s a really cool article. I’m Irish and live in Dublin but I’ve also lived in Barcelona, London, Catania, Almeria, Trieste, Taipei, Ciudad Real, Limerick, Galway, Toronto, Reading, Daejeon (SK) and I have to say Ljubljana is one of my favs! Also come to Ireland and you’ll always be welcomed! Slainte!

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  6. Airtrail Slovenia says:

    Good post, I liked your way of writing. Personaly as a local I would say that the best places are outside the capital. On a very small place you can take a look at alps, karts, adriatic coast, vinecountry and even pannonian plain.

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