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Slovenia Travel Guide

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Ljubljana

Slovenia’s small but exceedingly charming capital has enjoyed a tourism renaissance in recent years, with easier access from larger European countries bringing in a dramatic influx of visitors and helping the country earn its status as one of the top urban destinations in Central Europe.

The city center is immediately captivating, with one of the most beautiful small urban areas

in Europe. Part of the charm is doubtless the crystalline Ljubljanica River that winds its way through the Old Town, providing a focal point and the perfect backdrop to the cafés and restaurants that line the banks. Partly, too, it's the beautifully restored baroque and neoclassical houses that line the riverbanks, streets, and many squares of the old city. There are few modern additions and those that have been added are frequently the work of internationally recognized architects. Meticulously designed pillars, orbs, and obelisks lend the city an element of whimsy and a feeling of good cheer that's immediately infectious. And part of the credit goes to the Ljubljaners themselves. It is a young city, with an average age of just over 30, and despite the obvious attention Ljubljaners have given to restoring and preserving the historic center of the city, it has a youthful and forward-looking atmosphere.

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