Ljubliana is the capital of Slovenia and is one of Europe's hidden gems, the gateway city to a region of forests, high mountains, looming castles and a vibrant local culture. Most visitors arrive via Ljubliana Jože Pucnik Airport (LJU), which is located 19 km north of the city. Hiring a car to get about Ljubliana and its surrounding regions is really the only way to ensure that a traveller sees everything.
The city is well known for its architecture and its Art Nouveau structures, which date from the early 20th century and include the Dragon Bridge. The city's buildings were also significantly shaped by Jože Pucnik, an architect whose work in the 1920s is still seen as an innovative and groundbreaking example of urban planning.
Anyone taking advantage of Ljubliana car hire deals may want to explore the castle and Old Town. The castle dates from the Middle Ages and there is a fine exhibition there exploring the history of Slovenia. A number of events relating to local history and traditions also take place throughout the year here. The architecture in the Old Town reflects a number of different eras, with the fascinating monuments and unique facades of many buildings making any visit a stimulating experience.
Ljubliana car hire is also useful if you want to head into the mountains for the adventure sports on offer. Kranjska Gora provides plenty of opportunity for mountain-based activities, whether hiking or something more extreme, while heading out for some rafting on the Soca Rover will get anyone's blood flowing.
After all those activities, it is nice to head back into Ljubliana itself in order to relax with a bite to eat and something local to drink. The Old Town has a great range of venues to choose from and is particularly noted for its exciting nightlife.
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