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Ljubljana Castle

Located in the capital city of Slovenia, the medieval castle of Ljubljana was first mentioned in the early 12th century. It was an important fortification kept mainly to defend the city from Ottoman invasion.

Ljubljana Castle History

In the 15th century almost the whole castle was demolished and rebuilt and today the castle has little resemblance to its medieval origins.

After the 18th century, the castle gradually lost its importance and because it was not the residence of any ruler it started a process of decay. It deteriorated so much that at the beginning of the 20th century it was used as social housing by the poor of Ljubljana.

In the second half of the 20th century the castle was restored and is now one of the main architectural attractions of the capital city. Nowadays there are daily guided tours of the castle in four languages.

Getting there

In order to see Ljubljana castle you will either have to climb on top of a hill for about 15 minutes from Stari trg (Old square) or take a 3 minute funicular. The funicular runs every 10 minutes from Krekov trg.

Ljubljana Castle Map

Ljubljana Castle Photos

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Ljubljana Castle

Ljubljana Castle inside

Ljubljana Castle courtyard