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Ljubljana Castle, Ljubljana

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Walk the steep climb or take a funicular to reach Ljubljana Castle on the top of the hill, offering panoramic views of the Old Town. Visible from every corner of the city, the castle was built in the middle of the 15th century and served as a military hospital and arsenal in the 17th and 18th centuries. Walk over the remains of the fortifications turned into a promenade and join a guided tour, where costumed characters representing different historical periods will take you back to the time of wars, Ottoman invasions, and Habsburg rulers. The castle houses restaurants serving traditional Slovene food, and hosts art exhibitions, concerts, theatre shows and an open-air cinema. Shop for traditional handcraft at the gallery by the entrance. Make Ljubljana Castle a part of your Ljubljana vacation plans using our Ljubljana travel itinerary planner.
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  • Castle grounds are amazing and the view is beautiful on a sunny day. The castle itself was not the most interesting however. I would go again, but not pay to see the castle, only look around the groun...  more »
  • Honestly I thought it was more interesting. Is a small castle and has nothing special. The panoramic view is nothing to brag about. A few shops inside. To see if you stay a few days in the city because there is not much else to see.
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  • Are you going up with the cable car, you experience with a wonderful landscape. Winter snow in the mountains because it is good for people like arouses emotions.
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  • The castle itself isn't as impressive as many in Europe. What really makes the visit to the castle special is the"Time Machine" tour. We added it on to the normal tour costs on a whim due to the low price and the times matching up and greatly enjoyed it. The guides spoke fluent English. Lots of information, lots of humor, really a great time.
  • The most beautiful place in Ljubljana, great view, a lot of historical and cultural stuff, great museum about Slovenian history. Well preserved, you can do many things, also inside the castle are cafes and restaurants so you can stay for an entire day enjoying the place.
  • My boyfriend had to drag me to the castle because I am neither interested in history or places that tourists frequent but I am so glad he did because the castle turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip! The view of Ljubljana from the tower was amazing of course but I was also impressed with their exhibit about beekeeping culture in Slovenia and their puppet museum was engaging and playful! The Ljubljana castle is not a gaudy tourist attraction, it is elegant and laid back just like the rest of the city.
  • Definitely go up to the castle if you spend any time in Ljubljana at all. You can pay for the train but it is not a difficult walk at all to get to the top. Came by just before sunset and you'll get the 360 views of Ljubljana. Pretty great to see. There's also a fortress wall that you can go into. Definitely worthwhile to visit!
  • The architectural renovation intervention is interesting and really not invasive with modern elements that fits the old structure without disturbing it. The original architecture is obviously interesting also. A crowded bar inside