So my doubt is the following:
I'll be driving from Budapest to Padova in a couple of weeks, and we'd like to stop somewhere along the way. We're between Zagreb and Ljubljana. We only have about 4 hours to spend in any of these cities, so with such a limited time and such a big ignorance on what to see in each of the cities, here I am, asking you people what would you do.
What's your opinion, where would you rather stop if you had as few time as i'll have?
One thing I know is that these 2 cities are not too big, so we should be okay in terms of time?
Personally i would choose Ljubljana. If you've only got a short time then you'll no doubt just be wandering round the town centre, and i thought the cafes/bars and castle round the river there were very quaint and pretty (almost like a small town - so it was quite relaxing), where as Zagreb felt a bit more like any other european capital, i.e. lots of shops, cars, trams, noise etc., though still not without its charms. Perhaps that's what you're looking for?
Which ever you choose, you'll be able to fill 4 hours, but as there's not lots of super famous monuments or museums in either you won't feel like you've missed anything by having such a short stop or by choosing one over the other.
I give my vote to Ljubljana for the same reasons as given by Captain Smoothie. Ljubljana is small, yet its old town is very nice with an attractive lively and laid-back atmosphere. I found Zagreb very disappointing; lack of attraction and especially the abundance of graffiti sprayed on pretty much every building.
So it looks like we'll go for Ljubljana, thanks for taking the time to read this
I liked Zagreb but mainly because it felt so non-touristy. I vote for Ljubljana, too. You'll love it.
Ljubljana has good night life. And it is a pretty little place too. Stay in the city centre, so u can get back, to where u are staying easily, at any time of the night.
I cant remember if I have even been to Zegreb.
If I have, it was before the war.
It's a characteristic little place...and the people are really nice. Reeally nice. And very kind. And then there are those two drunk old men...who were also very nice and very kind. I think one or both of them may have been trying to hit on me at one point (:S), but it all got cancelled out in the end, when the second one said in very halty english "Canada is a small nation. Slovenia is a great nation. But they are both great nations." Like I said, very nice.