Ljubljana Castle, Ljubljana

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    by pure1942 Updated Apr 1, 2008

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    I wasn't expecting much from Ljubljana Castle but was pleasantly surprised by it. I had heard bad things about the castle but I found it quite interesting and if nothing else offers great views over the city from the tower. Don't get me wrong, the castle is nothing amazing but is definitely worth a look if visiting the city. I took the funicular up once but walked up at night the second time. The walk up and down is fine but steep in places. The main areas of interest are the castle courtyard, Outlook Tower (which offers the best views and Chapel of St. George with beautiful fescos. There is also a 3D audio visual presentation on the history of the castle and city.

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    Ljubljana Castle

    by tim07 Updated Jan 10, 2008

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    It's quite a walk from behind the town square up the wooded hill to the castle. A tourist train is available at certain times. Once up here the castle & the views of the city are worth it. These can be seen from the castle walls or even better the castle tower.

    When you have finished admiring the view, there is a chapel & castle exhbitions to look around. There is also a cafe here where you can sit in the castle courtyard & take refreshment under a parasol.

    Castle View from the castle

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    Ljubljanski Grad

    by vesna04 Updated Aug 28, 2007

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    Ljubljana Castle (Ljubljanski grad) was built at the top of the hill. It had various purposes over the time. . The oldest part of the castle are outer walls of the Chapel of St. George built 1489. All other buildings are rebuilt or built later, mostly in the 16th and 17th centuries. It served as a fortification, as a seat of the provincial rulers and even a regional prison. Nowdays it hostes numerous events, cultural and other, like the official receptions and congresses .
    The castle is surely major attraction of the city, so it is not to be missed.
    The guided tours are available.

    The Castle

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  • WALK UP TO THE CASTLE

    by sabsi Updated Jun 27, 2007

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    There's two options to get to Ljubljana Castle. To walk up or to take the funicular. Luckily we chose the 1st option because the sun was out when we wanted to go. We would have missed a nice walk otherwise. It's not as bad as it looks so don't be worried. At the beginning there's a few stairs (less than to my appartment tho ;) and then it's uphill paths which aren't very steep.

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    Ljubljana Castle

    by Dabs Updated Jun 24, 2007

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    "If there's a hill, I must climb it" seems to be my travel motto, but wait, what's that I see on the hillside? It's a funicular, not listed on any VT tips, not listed in my Rough Guide but indeed it is working so my feet and calves, tired from crawling around in caves, climbing waterfalls and traipsing around fairytale lakes, get a much needed rest as we plop down our 1.50E for the ride to the top, I figured I could handle the down part under my own power but it's an additional .50E for a round trip. You can also walk up or take the tourist train.

    There's not really much to tour in terms of the castle itself, I don't believe any of the rooms were even open to the public. The main reason for coming up here is the view of the city from the top of the clock tower which is combined with a 20 minute 3-D movie on the history of the city (admission 3.30E, discount family ticket if you have kids). The staircase going up/down is a dual staircase which is pretty cool as you walk over the top of the people going in the opposite direction. You can also visit the 15th century chapel of St. George.

    The Castle dates back to the 12th century although most of the current construction is 16th century due to an earthquake in 1511. It's been used as a residence, a military fortress, a jail and a refuge for the poor.

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    You've gotta do the castle thing

    by craic Written Jun 15, 2007

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    It is the most obvious thing to do in Ljubljana. There is the castle, perched on top of the hill.
    So we did the castle thing - and yes the view is great and no, it is not too scarey for people who don't like heights much.
    We took in the film show - it wasn't expensive - and I must say I liked it very much. It wasn't only about the history of the castle, but you also got a quick overview of Slovenian history. Which I was so so so so ignorant about. How virtuous I felt that after the show I knew a little more than the nothing I knew before.
    I saw a cute little coloured train taking people up the hill to the castle. That would be fun, I reckon, if you are a kid at heart.

    Approach the castle. View of the castle.

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    Old Castle of Ljubljana

    by Vanity666 Written Jun 4, 2007

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    I recommend the tourist train, from the top you will have excellent view on Ljubljana and it's surroundings.... And there is also the beautiful small chapel in the basement of the castle....

    I also saw few newly married couples getting photographed in the courtyard.

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    You could visit the castle...

    by Maurizioago Updated Mar 21, 2007

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    The first construction of this castle began in the 9th century. Except the Chapel of S. George that was consecrated in 1489, the other buildings were built or rebuilt in the 16th and 17th centuries. The castle was used as fortress, garrison, prison and apartments block. Nowadays it is a site of exibitions, weddings and various cultural events.

    Entering the castle area is free of charge. You have to pay a fee to climb the lookout tower and to watch the 3D show that is a good opportunity to know something about the city. From the top of the lookout tower you will enjoy the landscape over Ljubljana and surroundings.

    Inside the castle there is a cafe, toilets and a souvenir shop.

    The castle is located on the top of a hill above the old town. We went there by the tourist train from Preseren Square.

    Opening hours; summer: 9 a.m. 10 p.m. Winter; 10 a.m. 9 p.m.

    Here you can see Preseren Square. The courtyard.
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    His Royal Highness

    by maple_air Updated Jan 15, 2007

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    The birth of a medieval castle goes back to the 9th century, though the castle building was only first mentioned in 1144. What remains today dates back mainly to a 16th century rebuilding.

    For 790 SIT, you can climb up the tower where you can have a 360 degrees- view of Ljubljana. And watch a 20 minute presentation of the 2,000-year history of the city's squares, in the virtual museum.

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    Be lord of Ljubljana Castle...for a while

    by xuessium Updated Oct 28, 2006

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    Tower over all and see Ljubljana from atop from the Observation Tower of Ljubljanski Grad (Ljubljana Castle). The castle is also home to the annual "Festival Ljubljana", where visitors and locals alike can enjoy the magical touches of the Arts amidst castle regality.

    Entry into the castle is free. However, entry into the Virtual Museum and the Observation Tower will incur 1.25 Euros.

    Guided tours of the castle (5E for adults and 3.30E for kids) take place from 1 Jun-15 Sep at 10am and 4pm whereas from 16 Sep-30 May, they are available only by prior request. The tours begin at the main entrance to the Castle.

    The Castle is open daily:
    Winter time (1.10.-30.4.) 10am-9pm, Summer time (1.5.-30.9.) 9am-10pm
    The Virtual museum and Observation Tower are also open daily;
    Winter time (1.10.-30.4.) 10am-6pm, Summer time (1.5.-30.9.) 9am-9pm

    Except for the outer walls of the Chapel of St. George (Kapela sv. Jurija), which was consecrated in 1489, all the other main buildings of the present castle were either built/rebuilt in the 16th and 17th centuries following the great earthquake of 1511. In 1905 the castle was purchased by the Municipality of Ljubljana in order to be used for cultural purposes, but until 1964 it actually served as a residential building! Thereafter renovations started, which is still ongoing. While I was there, parts of the castle were cordoned off for renovation work, and outside, the workers were hard at work building a funicular linking the castle to the city below.

    While extremely spacious, and looking meticulously clean (as the castle had been painted white), I just felt it appeared soul-less. Too much modern touch is robbing away its regal splendour. There is even a gallery within the castle selling art pieces. However, if you adore things dragons, you will love this place....afterall, the symbol of Ljubljana is the dragon. Dragon lamps, dragon motiffs engraved on the staircases and a large Ljubljana Municipal Flag flying from the Observation Tower with the city's coat-of-arms.

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    Ljubljana Castle

    by mikelisaanna Written Sep 4, 2006

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    Ljubljana Castle sits on the top of a hill overlooking central Ljubljana. The main reason to visit the castle is to get a great view of the city. The place to get that view is from the top of the tower, which you reach by climbing a spiral staircase up the tower.

    The other interesting thing to see in the castle is a theatre that shows a short 20-30 minute film about the history of the castle and the city.

    The rest of the castle is fairly boring, with much of it still undergoing renovation. The best way to reach the castle is by taking the little tourist train, which leaves Preseren Square every hour and also returns to the square every hour. If you need to kill time in the castle while waiting for the train to take you back down into town, there is a cafe and gift shop that you can visit.

    The courtyard of Ljubljana's Castle The staircase in the castle's tower
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    Views from the castle

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 12, 2006

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    Here are some of the views over the city you get to see from the top of the Viewing Tower. Even though you have to pay to enter the tower, I'd think you'll agree that the views more than make up for the cost! When I was at the top there was a thunderstorm approaching which was rather dramatic as this is the highest point in the city area so the chance of getting hit by lightning is also high! So much so that after about 10 minutes a chap came up and told everyone to go back down.

    Open: 9am-10pm daily. Admission: 790 SIT (also includes the Virtual Museum)

    View of Presernov Square and the north View of Congress & Republic Squares View of Cobbler Bride, Novi Trg, NUK & west View of the river & Stari trg View of St James' Church and the south
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    Ljubljanski Grad

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 12, 2006

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    There has been some kind of fortification on the hill overlooking Ljubljana since at least the time of the Celts and Illyrians. The Romans had a military post here. The beginnings of the present day castle go back to the 9th century with a wooden fortress, although the castle building is first mentioned only in 1144. Th existing building mostly dates from the 16th century following the earthquake of 1511 with further renovations in the 17th century when it started being used as a royal residence. The castle was then turned into a prison in the beginning of the 19th century and was used as such right up until 1945. After this the castle deteriorated until it was restored fairly recently.

    Inside, you can visit the virtual museum which is a 3D video presentation charting the history of the castle and the growth and building of the city. It goes on for about 30mins and is well worth a visit. Also included in the price is a visit to the Viewing Tower where the views over the city and surrounding area are pretty spectacular.

    Open: 9am-10pm daily. Admission: 790 SIT.

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    Well worth a look....

    by CIIK Updated Jun 10, 2006

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    The castle is situated on a hill in the center of Ljubljana. It takes about 15min to get up from the market square by foot (if you're more the lazy type you can also get there with the little train that goes round the major sights).

    Though other tourists described it as "a castle like every other castle" it is very well worth to take a stroll up there.
    The castle itself isn't to big, but we managed to stay around 3hrs (including a breakfast-picknick on a bench in the sunny inner ward). You can enjoy a sweet look over the city from the tower, after you've climbed the stairs. The sight is great, with the snow-covered mountains all around the lowlands in which Ljubljana is located and the Ljubjlanica River.
    When entering the tower you have to pay a fee (around 600.-SIT p.p. for students) for the tower itself and the 'virtual museum'. I recommend to visit the 3-D presentation which gives you a brief (~20min) overview about the history of the city and its famous inhabitant Plecnik who contributed to the cultural heritage with many buildings and artworks. (Nice to see how proud the Ljubljanians are of their city, too)
    There's a little chapel below the tower, where wedding ceremonies take place.

    The architecture of the castle is a beautiful blend of 'ancient' and modern design.

    There are different exhibitions to be seen in the castle (art / photograpgy).

    After exploring the place you can enjoy some kava in the café.

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    Ljubljana Castle - Ljubljanski Grad

    by Airpunk Written Jun 5, 2006

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    The history of this castle dates back to roman times when there was already some kind of fortress on the hill. It was first mentioned in a document from the early 12th century. The castle was rebuilt in the 15th century with most parts torn down and rebuilt in the 16th and 17th centuries again. Throughout the centuries, it served as a palace, prison and residential building, but now it is a place for cultural events as well as a museum. Unfortunately I can't say a lot about the so-called virtual museum, but even when the castle is closed, you can walk on top of the hill around the castle and enjoy the view on the city.

    Please note that the opening times until 09:00 pm ONLY refers to the bar and the area where the cultural activities take place. The castle itself, including the virtual museum, the chapels, the towers etc. have other, more limited opening times. Please check the websites below for further information about that!

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