Ljubljana is yet another small European capital with a lovely Old Town center, and not many checklist attractions beyond that. Slovenia itself is known mostly as a nature destination, with Lake Bled, the original Karst rocks, and some famous caves. So the fact that it’s modest capital city is cheap and pleasant is just a bonus.
This is one of those cities that many visitors fantasize about moving to someday because it has a storybook center, friendly locals who speak English well, and low prices on most things. That also makes it an ideal place to chill out for those on longer trips because it’s lovely and yet you won’t feel like you are missing out on things if you just hang around for awhile.
Hotels in Ljubljana are predictably affordable by European standards, yet quality is generally high. Hostels are also quite cheap, although the cheapest ones are a bit away from the city center so it’s probably worth paying a bit more for a central location.
Ljubljana is also known for its cuisine, as an enjoyable blend of Italian, Austrian, and Slavic influences. Bosnian food is a highlight here, and a good bargain. Local beer and wine are also very affordable by European standards, and you won’t have to search far to find a cheap pint.