The architectural style of Art Nouveau or Jugendstil had its heyday around 1900 and faded away until WW I. It was the last bloom of the bourgeois styles of Europe in the last decades before the war. Decorative elements played an important role and there were a lot of floral and figurative elements in the layout of the facades and the interiors. Later architecture became much more pragmatic and frugal.

Ljubljana, albeit a relatively small town, became one of the centers of Art Nouveau in Europe and you will find a lot of interesting examples built by famous Austro-Hungarian architects in the city. The buildings are well cared for and seem like they have been built just yesterday.