Ljubljana is Slovenia's capital city, where anything of national importance happens. It is a small, green and pleasant city, which was European Green Capital of 2016. Its name means 'beloved' in Slovene.
The city feels young, with 56,000 students attending the City University's 20 faculties and 3 art academies. But the narrow streets of the Old Town and the little bridges spanning the Ljubjanica River reveal its cultural heritage.
In Spring and Summer when cafés spill onto the streets, musicians and actors entertain locals and visitors and the city transforms into a little sister of Prague and Budapest.
In Ljubljana you can do as little or as much as your mood dictates. Stroll up to Ljubljana Castle for spectacular views over the city, and visit the high-tech Virtual Museum which is housed there. Or visit the collections of Slovenian art at the National Gallery and Museum of Modern Art.
For walkers, there is a WWII legacy trail which completely encircles the city. You can amble through Park Tivoli, or follow the willow-lined walkways along the Ljubljanica River bank and its canals.
Ljubljana nightlife's cool too, as are the Old Town pubs and wine bars