A university city best known for its lush, green spaces and myriad museums, Ljubljana is conveniently nestled in otahe very center of Slovenia, offering breathtaking alpine scenery a short drive north — and a stunning seaside oasis an hour drive south. Lined with outdoor cafes and shops, the curving Ljubljanica River flows through the city, dividing the old town and the commercial hub. Though it has a humble population, it is Slovenia’s capital and largest city which — according to today’s city guide writer, photographer Ivana Krešić — remains an “old soul” and one of Europe’s hidden gems.
Having been born and raised in Ljubljana, Ivana spent years living away, mostly in Basel, Switzerland, but seeing her hometown from a distance only made her appreciate it more. If you ever find yourself in Slovenia’s capital, enjoy today’s guide for an ideal 24 hours in beautiful Ljubljana (which has me itching to make the trip myself)! –Sabrina