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.
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