Ljubljana, the small yet vibrant capital of Slovenia counting 295,000 residents, is a stylish city of art, culture, history and gastronomy, offering a blend of old charm and new cool. While respecting the tradition, where authenticity and genuine hospitality play an important role, its society is knowledge-based, dynamic, open and future-oriented.
Ljubljana is an easily manageable, compact walking city with vast pedestrian zones, distinguished by its relaxed atmosphere that is both Central European and Mediterranean, that is often depicted as a welcoming lounge by conference delegates. It was named European Green Capital 2016 for achieving, over the years, excellence in its sustainable development – now a live legacy embedded in its DNA.
Visitors like exploring the scenic cobbled streets in the Old Town – at the foot of the Ljubljana Castle, one of the city landmarks – which is closed for traffic. The central area, dotted with bridges along the riverbanks, is marked by elegant Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture, luscious urban parks and gardens, and other attractions that harmoniously blend into the city's unique image. This also carries a unique aesthetic accent and strong personal print of the famous architect and urban planner Jože Plečnik (1872-1957), whose selected works in his native Ljubljana were recently included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Ljubljana also happens to be one of Europe’s greenest and most liveable capitals where, on top of sustainability, the quality of life, health & safety are regarded a top priority. The clean drinking water, which is chemically untreated, is one of its invaluable assets, and it also ranks among the world’s most bicycle-friendly cities.
Slovenia, with Ljubljana, is also becoming a culinary hotspot – featuring its own Michelin guide since 2020. Many caterers and restaurants take pride in using seasonal, fresh, locally sourced produce to create a genuine taste in their cuisine, and several gastronomy-related happenings are featured in the city’s rich and diverse events agenda.
Since the capital is within one and a half hour’s drive to many of Slovenia’s natural and cultural attractions, a business stay there can be topped by exploring at least some of the country’s “icons” on one’s own or by joining one of the scheduled seasonal tours and trips.
And how do we nickname Ljubljana? By changing just one letter in the city’s name, you get the word “Ljubljena”, meaning “The Beloved”. It is only right that the capital of the only country in the world holding LOVE in its name has a romantic flair that you will hopefully feel.