A re-take on capital cities

Seb and I have never been big fans of capital cities and therefore have always tried to avoid them as much as possible on all our previous trips. Our overall impression used to be that they were too crowded and expensive and that the second biggest city of a country was usually much nicer than the capital (why do you think we love Antwerp so much…)

However, we have to adjust our view on things since we arrived in the Balkan countries. Seb had already visited all of the Balkan countries on a previous trip but for me it would be the first time here, so we decided to go to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. From the moment we started driving through the city looking for a place to park, until the moment we left, we both felt a special vibe. The city itself is old, but very beautifully maintained and it offers a soothing, hip and trendy atmosphere. In the end I think it even counts as the most relaxed city we have seen so far. Not only the capital was to our liking in Slovenia, but also the country itself is very modern and trendy and the people are very friendly.

After our great experience in Slovenia, we were eager to see if the next capital would also be able to prove us wrong, so we decided to visit Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, as well. Since we are in the midst of high summer we decided to skip the coastline because it would be way too busy, so city sightseeing was next on the agenda. Although Zagreb feels bigger and more modern, it also had a hip and trendy vibe.

So overall it seems that our take on capital cities was very wrong, and therefore we were willing to do a re-take on this subject. For those of you who normally stop in Austria or Italy for your vacation, just drive a little bit further east and let the capitals of Slovenia and Croatia blow your mind!  


Jul 11 2017

  1. You are right, Ljubljana is wonderful and so is all Slovenia, a hidden gem. Personally, I loooove Robanov knot, in the Slovenien alp. You should go climb mount Vogel near Bohinj lake, it is an amazing experience .

    Have a nice trip


    07-11-2017, 11:29 am Reply
    • SEB

      Hi Pascale, thank you for the great tips! We’ll think about it on our way back, when there’s less heat and tourists… 😉

      07-13-2017, 4:39 pm Reply
  2. Dikke knuffel xxx

    07-11-2017, 4:18 pm Reply
  3. mam

    very intresting to know …
    thx for sharing !

    07-11-2017, 5:01 pm Reply
  4. New places to put on my list! Yay! 🙂

    07-11-2017, 7:48 pm Reply
  5. What a beautiful city. I’ve been to Bled a couple of times but haven’t been to the city.
    Keep it up you two.

    07-11-2017, 8:33 pm Reply
    • SEB

      Hi Dave, yes lake Bled is stunning but it was waaaaay to busy when we were there, so we had a quick peak and off we went…

      07-13-2017, 4:40 pm Reply
  6. Waar schattie. Heel mooie foto’s, schitterende locatie. Dikke knuffel van mij en nonkel frats ????

    07-12-2017, 8:21 am Reply
  7. Was great to meet both of you on our way back to Sarajevo to getback home.

    07-12-2017, 4:00 pm Reply
    • SEB

      Hi Brian, all the pleasure was ours! Good luck in China!!! 😉

      07-13-2017, 4:42 pm Reply

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