Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia. Owing to its location on the river, anciently it was a stop along the trade route between the Mediterranean and Black seas. With a fortress towering from above, it feels very much like Salzburg, only a little less crowded. It's downtown center is pleasantly pedestrian friendly, but that makes parking a bear!  

Not only is parking is in short supply, it is very expensive!  We always manage to find free or inexpensive parking, but that's because my husband is willing to drop us off and walk (run) the distance back.  The lot our hotel recommended cost €30/day.  We found .50/hour parking about a 20 minute walk from the hotel.  

Speaking of hotels...we really liked ours.  We stayed at the Kollmann Apartments right along the river.  The staff was great and helped us lug our baggage up three flights of stairs. The rooms were recently remodeled and perfectly clean. It is centrally located to restaurants and shops, but beware, you can not drive up to it.  We had to walk in about two blocks from the street.
This was the view standing in front of the hotel.  Ljubljana is great for people watching and enjoying a bite to eat river side.  
If you are interested in a little hike, the Ljubljana Castle offers great views of the city.  You can ride the funicular to the top, but if you don't mind a steep walk there is a trail you can take for free.  One street to the right of the funicular, Studentovska, will lead you to a gravel path up to the castle.  The hike only takes about 10 minutes.

The castle grounds are free to walk around and open until 9pm.   If you want to climb the tower or have a guided tour, combo tickets are available.  We arrived late in the day and so we just wandered around the ramparts, but it was a simple walk for the family to enjoy.  
Ljubljana is a nice stopping point if you are traveling through to Croatia.  There isn't a ton to do here which actually means you can recharge and rest up for your next destination.