Metelkova (full name in Slovene: Avtonomni kulturni center Metelkova mesto, "Metelkova City Autonomous Cultural Centre", referred to by the acronym AKC) is an autonomous social and cultural centre in the city centre of Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital city. Formerly, the site was the military headquarters of the Army of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, then it became the Slovenian headquarter of the Yugoslav National Army. It consists of seven buildings (military barracks) extended over a total area of 12,500 m², which have been squatted since September 1993. The squat is named after nearby Metelko Street (Slovene: Metelkova ulica), which is named after the 19th-century Slovenian Roman Catholic priest, philologist, and unsuccessful language reformer Fran Metelko.
The contested history of Metelkova as a squat begins on June 25, 1991 with the Slovenian and Croatian declaration of independence. This date is considered one of many that mark the end of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. After the dissolution of Yugoslavia in that year, the Yugoslavian Army left Metelkova, which shortly became a military brownfield with its leftover barracks.
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Francesco Xodo | Jan 4, 2018
Very colourful neighborhood just outside the centre of Ljubljana. The buildings are crumbling but covered in murales and strange decorations. I didn't expect to find something so weird but was positively impressed: it reminds a little bit of Camden Town.
Aladin Zeric | Feb 18, 2018
Very nice hotel in the very center of Ljubljana city. Clean, warm, good beds, everything you would expect of the decent hotel or place to stay.
Sveta Shantalova | Jan 19, 2018
Underground / alternative culture, place of creativity and freedom. Explore it while it still exists (there are talks about town selling the land to investors, so future of this area is questionable at the moment)
David Berkowitz | Jan 3, 2018
A very colorful, independent artist scene, it’s a fun area to check out and a bizarre jaunt from downtown Ljubljana
Homo Kreator | Jan 9, 2018
One of the rare alternative places. Lots of clubs and various cultural events.
Jesus DeLeon | Apr 1, 2018
Like Christiana in Copenhagen but drug free? Lol... This is more of a bar/hangout place than it is a city. Both place were previously military barracks turned alternative 'freedom' grounds
Agnes Pingkan Lumowa | Mar 23, 2018
Super amazing experience! This is the place of freedom. You will meet all people from any social class here ❤️ drinks are super cheap. During the day, i’d call this place as the best art gallery in Europe
Taxi Driver Vienna | Mar 27, 2018
This area is amazing it was long time ago a old Yugoslav military base camp then the city wanted to build some new building and a free artist from the city just occupied the area. Today you find lots of small galleries and bars inside that area - free parking around the place not far away from downtown and bear the train station - check it out if you have the time to visit it
Vincent Oliver | Mar 21, 2018
We visited mid morning so places closed and deserted. Good time to wander around and see the wall art. Fascinating. Certainly some alternative minds hangout here ....
stephen flint | Mar 8, 2018
I doubt there is a cooler place on the planet. Such a great atmosphere and really nice people. Cheap beer also.
Jennifer Jarvis | Apr 24, 2018
A little run down area, I wouldn’t feel safe at night to be honest. Never the less fantastic art work adorning the walls.
Ernest Alilovic | Jul 16, 2018
Really a must-see for any tourist visiting Ljubljana, even if just for a day. What used to be run-down army barracks is now an autonomous district, functioning as a social and alternative arts center with concerts, DJ sets, exhibitions etc. happening all year round. Bizarre statues along with vivid graffiti and cracked mosaics adorning façades give the place a charmingly eerie look and once you start mingling with the crowd, you're bound to make a friend or two as well.
krishna Mohan | May 29, 2018
Quite an interesting place... its quite a centre of alternative culture scene, the buildings are covered with very interesting graffiti all over the walls... we were surprised to see that this shabby looking strange place actually had inhabitants and when we went there they were busy preparing for an event that evening..we didn't manage to go there in the evening , but my Slovenian friend said its a must visit during the evenings there are great music events - you only have to be a bit careful of your surroundings ...-may be next time..
Kavi Vyas | Jun 2, 2018
It's an outdoor art installation. It is kind of cool to see but in a run down part of town. This is where young alternative or counter culture people hang out. Soy ds like they have parties and music at night.
Bogdan Dochia | May 24, 2018
The urban maifesto of the young people of Ljubljana is a place like no other in the city. The street has lots of personality and is a great place to fell the pulse of the city. Try to blend in and not make photos.
Kylie Fagan | Aug 12, 2018
Really cool concept of using old buildings and turning them into artwork. Cool place to go and see some beautiful art in different styles, not only graffiti, but also sculpture work and more. The area itself is a great place to relax, many people are hanging out playing musics, eating lunch, and drinking.
Sharmila Poppe | Aug 3, 2018
A great place to visit to see creative art work and use of different materials to create standing peices of inventions. Enjoyed walking around and looking at the art on the walls, made out of metal. The colours used are magical and really make you think about art in a new light. Worth a good walk around.
Pälle Syrén Mandelkonvalj | Jul 14, 2018
It’s a nice place, even for a rainy day. Stopped by for a short visit and was astonished by the magnificently creative works of crafts and art. I would probably place it in the somewhat same category as Christiania in Copenhagen. There are parking areas nearby which makes access easy even for carborne tourists.
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