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. Add Ljubljana Castle and other attractions to your Ljubljana trip itinerary using our Ljubljana trip itinerary tool .
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  • Not much to see inside. Totally not worth the €7.50 to get it. The only saving grace of this place were with great views of the city from the viewing tower. Otherwise, don't bother.  more »
  • The castle has a very interesting history as the displays inside reveal. A funicular makes it easily accessible. The clock tower is an easy climb and affords great views of Ljubljana. There are also t...  more »
  • We enjoyed our walk up to the castle. Once inside, we were very pleased at the exhibits explaining the castle and history. The audio guide was most helpful.  more »
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  • I played the scale the castle game with my girlfriend, it took us some time. It was fun and sometimes challenging, good for young adults. The game also include an entrance to the castle, which took us about 4 hours to see everything (I must say we take our time reading and talking about what we see, enjoying the views and try to find out about the history and facts of the place). This castle is one of the most well used historical places I've seen in Europe, the rooms and not full of furniture from old times people don't really have the time to see anyway, but they offer different art exibitions,places to just explore, sometimes you would get lost on the stairs and stages. We could have easily spend around 8 hours to see everything. I want to go back.
  • Very beautiful castle that combines the past with the present. We took the tram up and down for a good price. On the hill you have a great view over the city. We don’t pay for entry but only the stay in the yard of the castle was a good experience.
  • Very picturesque castle in a great setting. A little bit of a maze to find your way around. During the summer (2018) they have/had an adventure game requiring you to find answers to a number of puzzles - dotted around the castle. A good hour of fun. Recommend a visit whilst in Ljubljana.
  • Beautiful walk up on tree-lined path - took us about 15 minutes with 2 kids. Great views of the city all around and can explore many parts of the castle (prisons, chapel, etc.). My kids' favorite was the puppet museum where they put on their own puppet shows with different types of puppets. The cafe in the center also has tasty marmalade croissants.
  • One of the main attractions in Ljubljana that cannot be missed, in my opinion. It had everything, from the prehistoric and historic past of Slovenia and the former Yugoslavia. Simple yet interesting exhibits in the little museum. The views from the top was worth every Euro paid for the tickets. The funicular was one of the most modern and well maintained I've seen. Nice effective technology to transport visitors up the hill. There is a viewing tower that involved some climbing up spiralling staircases. There was a part that had indicators of the alpine mountains surrounding the beautiful city (info included height and location; tip: to find the correct mountain name, align the peak to the metal wire). Further up the spiralling staircase and you will be greeted with a 360 degree views of the city and surrounds. You'll be able to see all key landmarks and the wonderful snow capped mountains nearby. Can get windy so be prepared. Only downside was the gift store. Maybe a good idea to have more castle related souvenirs instead of the generic stuff like liqueur, aprons and mugs etc. In summary, such a wonderful place with lots of potential for further improvement.
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