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This former Austro-Hungarian army barracks near the train station was squatted in 1993 and declared an 'Autonomous Cultural Zone.' Consisting of 7 buildings occupying 12,500m2, the site became a communal space for artists, vagrants, junkies, musicians, outcasts and backpackers to exercise their free will and creativity. More power to them. Despite constant challenges from local authorities, Metelkova's organisers successfully turned the area into an alternative culture centre with an incredibly busy schedule of unique and diverse exhibitions, concerts and speaking engagements. By far the liveliest after-dark destination in Ljubljana, Metelkova's venues include the prison-turned-hostel Celica, Galerija Alkatraz (contemporary art), and about 7 nightclubs, including two gay venues. Intrepid travellers should see what's happening on any given night by simply going to find out.
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We where in Lubjana last week an got a tip to go to this place. We did and it was well worth it. If I ever go back to Ljubljana, Metelkova will be one of ht first things i wanna visit again!
Best place to spend the evening in Ljubljana (well maybe KMS). I recommend Jalla Jalla with the Metelcova complex, or even just a nice little beer/hooka session at Celica.
Surprisingly not dodgy, Metelkova has a really laidback, comfortable atmosphere. Sure, it's a non-stop party/hangover with people getting obscenely drunk (etc.), but the vibe stays friendly. Definitely, worth checking out. We met some really cool people.