A Brief Quick Guide To Ljubljana - Slovenia
The city of Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia. It is the largest city within the country and has a population of about 270,000. Its culture is a mixture of influence by the German, Slavic and Latin cultures. If you are travelling with a Eurail pass be sure to make your way to this little visited corner of Europe to experience Ljubljana, especially because it is the center for culture, economy, politics and education in Slovenia.
History Of Ljubljana
Ljubljana's recorded history dates back to 3600 BC when stilt houses or Seebehausungen were common. On the 1st Century, the Roman military made several camps as settlement sites. When Ljubljana was ruled by the Franks in 800, several market laws and city walls were made. In 1809, Napoleon made Ljubljana the capital of his Illyrian Provinces, paving a way for Austria to gain access to Habsburg and Adriatic. In 1849, Ljubljana connected with Trieste and Vienna through the establishment of railways igniting economic progress. Because of this development, 2,500 people were given jobs when the Ljubljana Tobacco Factory was built, pushing the city to become Slovenia's economic center under the rulings of the Austrians. During World War II, however, the city became a concentration camp when the Germans and Italians occupied it. Today, it is considered to be the most vibrant and largest city within Slovenia and remains to be its capital after Slovenia gained independence in 1991.
Things to Do In Ljubljana
So, what is there to enjoy in Ljubljana? The city's greatest advantage is that it has no world-famous tourist sites which would mean that a tourist will enjoy the normalcy of the society and the city's everyday life instead of flocking to just one site. Despite being one of the smallest capital cities in Europe, there is still much to enjoy here, including art showcased by several galleries and museums. While strolling around the city, stop by the Zmajski Most or the Dragon bridge, which boasts of the city's beauty as well as its history. The National Museum is worth the visit where exhibits on the pre-World War I era are displayed showing how life had been during that time. In the Museum of Natural History, one would be delighted to see the approximately 20,000-year-old skeleton of a mammoth which was taken near Kamnik.
Getting to Ljubljana
Ljubljana can be reached by air through its Joze Pucnik Airport. A tourist with Eurail Pass will find it convenient to get to via Graz and Klagenfurt to the north in Austria, and from Italy via Trieste to the west.