Zagreb or Ljubljana?

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1. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello :)

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?


2. Posted by Cpt_Smooth (Budding Member 34 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


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.

3. Posted by ReinierNL (Full Member 207 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

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.

4. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

So it looks like we'll go for Ljubljana, thanks for taking the time to read this :)

5. Posted by travel101 (Budding Member 40 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I liked Zagreb but mainly because it felt so non-touristy. I vote for Ljubljana, too. You'll love it.

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello S_Deisler:)

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.


7. Posted by Noseclump (Respected Member 301 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


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.