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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  • When you are in Ljubljana the castle is a must see. Enjoy the wonderful view over the city and to the Alps in the distance.  more »
  • There are two ways to get to the castle through the panoramic lift or on foot. The hotel kept very well and are being exploited the potential of the place. We did the tour inside and we even enjoyed the projection inside the Castle, the history of Ljubljana. Possibility to have a drink or even eat in the forecourt of the Castle.
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  • The Castle corona city and is visible from any point of the same. The ascent is relatively easy walk and the views above are worth. The Castle houses a cafeteria-restaurant as well as shops. It is a must-see in Ljubliana.
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  • 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.
  • Visited there on a rainy Saturday night! But it was nice to see the castle specially that most galleries are indoors! There was sort of a small praying room and some prisons inside! However we didn’t have time to roam around the entire castle! In addition sometimes they have galleries and exhibitions which are cool and change all year long! (I have attached a few pictures from it) We used the cable car to go from the castle to the bottom! Indeed it was a very short ride but a cute experience! At the bottom there was a nice duck restaurant! However, in the castle there is apparently one of Ljubljana’s finest restaurants but you need to book in advance! All in all, definitely worth visiting if you happen to be around!
  • Castle is really good compared to other European cities. You get a really good view from it, you can go there by funicular, so you don't need to use your feet. One of the towers is free - this is really cool. They also have a permanent exhibition which cost at reasonable price.
  • Very good value, amazing views of Ljubljana from the tower. Either choose the funicular for an easier route or walk up the hill to get those pedometer steps up. Audio headsets available and an interesting video of the history of the castle.
  • If you are used to the grandeur of UK castles, Ljubljana castle may disappoint. Don't let its lack of capaciousness put you off. It's a great walk through the narrow street corridors just to it. Beautiful views can be taken in from the top. Afterwards, relax in the cafe or have a taste of traditional influenced food at one of the many high quality restaurants located within the grounds.
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