LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA: THE CITY OF WINE AND VINE.

Ljubljana is Slovenia’s capital, its largest city and the political and cultural heart of the Slovenian nation. Besides being the congressional, business, commercial and expo center of Europe, its centralized location within the country has also allowed it to become the center of science, education and transport for the Slovenian people. Ljubljana (maintaining a status of a mid-

sized European city) has succeeded in keeping its small-town atmosphere preserved whilst providing all amenities available in any modern capital. Its geographical location during summers allows you to bask in relaxing Mediterranean feel while in winters it lets you enjoy the dreamy European characteristic.

Visitors initially assume the city to be quite young as its filled with around 50,000 students (giving this young vibe) and the city’s average age is about 30 but this city is a perfect example of old meeting the new because it appears as if history has been preparing and polishing it for millennia to become the country’s capital. This is quite evident from the historical smudges of all periods depicting its rich and diverse history; Roman Emona’s legacy, influences of Rennisance and portrayal of Baroque and Arts Nouveau by the beautiful house fronts with dec

orated doorways. This is where Italian art concepts met European sculpture aesthetics of cathedrals, and the eastern and western cultures came together to become one.

The culture is embedded deep in the way people of Ljubljana live and think in their daily lives as the numerous theaters, museums and galleries make Ljubljana a culturally enriched city. Ljubljana boasts one of the world’s oldest philharmonic orchestras. Slovenia’s first music so

ciety Academia Philharmonicorum (established in 1701) promoted baroque music and paved way for the development of musical production in the region. Many renowned composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Joseph Haydn and violinist Nicolo Paganini were its honorary members.

Ljubljana’s offers a diverse range of deliciousness as its central location within the country allows it to benefit from local tastes of all four sides.  The city also offers fantastic wines because it has been center of wine trading in the past and the inhabitants of the Roman Emona( old city upon which Ljubljana was built) had planted grapevines on the slopes leading up to the present-day castle thus giving this city the name “The city of wine and vine”.

Today, Ljubljana attracts people from all walks of life, be it artists (coming for its renowned Biennial of Graphic Arts, numerous art galleries & Art Academy), Scientists (coming for its highly qualified universities and institutes ) or businessmen, economists and financial experts interested in attending congressional meetings, trade fairs and exhibitions.

Getting around Ljubljana is quite easy as it offers a variety of travel options including train, buses, cycles, taxi and private cars. Some areas are so magical that they force you to walk through them.

People either return to Ljubljana for work or due to pleasant memories of past visits. The city has certain similarities to other beautiful European cities yet it is unique, special and lovely in its own way.

As the meaning of its name suggests, it is truly “beloved” by its people and visitors alike.

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