Ljubljana Travel Guide, Slovenia
Ljubljana Travel Guide – Location and Climate
This Ljubljana travel guide will inform you of the basic tourist facts concerning the capital city of the Eastern-Europe state of Slovenia. Ljubljana has 270.000 inhabitants, it is located in the centre of the country and it acts as the cultural, administrative and economical heart of the country. The fact that it lies at the crossroads of Latin, Slavic and Germanic cultures has strongly influenced its development and all these influences are still visible today. The city is located 140 kilometers west of Zagreb, 250 kilometers east of Venice and Graz is located just 140 kilometers away. The climate in Ljubljana is continental: the lowest ever recorded temperature was –28 degrees Celsius, while the highest reached 39 degrees. Most of the rainfall takes place in the autumn months (September and October), while frost can occur anytime between October and May.
Ljubljana Travel Guide – Architecture and Culture
Ljubljana takes pride in its historical centre which has remained unchanged and it perfectly conserves the Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture styles. These styles are mixed in this way due to an 1895 earthquake that severely damaged the city which was therefore rebuilt with a new architectural vision. Important buildings are the Town Hall, the Ursuline Church and the philharmonic society building, but the most impressive landmark in Ljubljana remains the castle that overlooks the banks of river Ljubljanica. This castle dates back to the 12th century and it is the main building of the city, mentioned in all Ljubljana travel guides. The city has only one cathedral, St. Nicholas, and it is visible from afar due to its green dome. For lovers of culture, there are more than 15 museums in the city, 11 theatres and 40 art galleries, out of which the most notable are the architecture museum, the sports museum, the museum of modern art and the brewery museum.
Ljubljana Travel Guide – Economy and Transportation
Ljubljana is known to be a rather safe city, as most of Slovenia is, so the police department in the capital alone covers more than 50% of all the crimes in the country. Most of the income of the city comes from the industrial sector, especially pharmaceutics, petrochemicals and food processing. The University of Ljubljana is highly prestigious and it attracts a very large number of students, turning the city into a very youthful and vivid destination. The public library boasts over 1.100.000 books accessed by over 64.000 students. Slovenia’s capital also has numerous sports teams, the main practiced sports being ice hockey, basketball and football. The main way of getting around in the city is through the public bus network service, but you can also rent a bike or take one of the numerous taxis.
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