The European capital of rugged charm is also the 2 000 000 inhabitants strong capital of Serbia and a major urban center in the Balkans. Located at the confluence of Sava and Danube rivers at the crossroads of the Pannonian Plain and the Balkan Peninsula, it remains to this day a contact point between East and the West.
Sarajevo, the 300 000 inhabitants strong capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, came under the spotlight twice in the 20th century. The first occasion was the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie on June 28, 1914, the very trigger of the Great War. The second one was the destruction of the city endured during the recent Wars of Yugoslav Succession in the 90’s.
Ljubljana is without doubt one of the most charming cities in Europe. During antiquity, a Roman city called Emona stood in the area. Ljubljana itself was first mentioned in the first half of the 12th century. Situated at the middle of a trade route between the northern Adriatic Sea and the Danube region, it was the historical capital of Carniola, one of the Slovene-inhabited parts of the Habsburg Monarchy.
The most celebrated city in Croatia and one of the most recognizable walled cities in the world--Dubrovnik, hardly needs any introduction. Put simply, Dubrovnik is the crown jewel of the Medditterenean. Its 45, 000 citizens are joined each year by 1,2 million tourists (and counting) coming from all over the world to marvel at the enchanting architecture, breathtaking scenery and centuries old local traditions.
Split boasts itself with a rich and long-lasting Jewish presence. Archaeological findings from Salona, today displayed in the Archaeological Museum in Split, witnesses the presence of Jews in this area since the Roman Empire. A more adventurous tourist might try to find dozen menorahs carved in stones near the marble table in the eastern part of the Diocletian Palace's subterranean vaults.
Zagreb, the capital of Croatia is certainly a city of unforgettable charm and irresistible, easy-going way of life. This 1000 years old city with almost 1 000 000 residents, grew out of the medieval urban complex called Upper Town and Kaptol which are today packed with churches, palaces, museums, galleries, government buildings and, obviously, tourists.
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