Predjama Travel Guide

  • Predjama Castle
    Predjama Castle
    by Cristian_Uluru
  • Predjamski Grad
    Predjamski Grad
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  • Erasmus Knight's Tournament
    Erasmus Knight's Tournament
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Predjama Things to Do

  • Predjama Castle

    More than this "zebra-look" windows I wanted to show the coat of arms on the castle walls, however the colours of it are a kind of pale.Bellow the castle, which perches in the cliff like a swallow's nest, is the entrance to what used to be the stables. Animals could not in fact enter the castle by the normal route.

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  • Predjama Castle: a truly imposing...

    However you look at it, Predjama is a cracking site for a castle. Constructed into the mouth of a cave and protected by sheer cliff faces above and below, it would have been virtually impregnable, and as the rock is riddled with caves, the castle had the added bonus of a hidden entrance that could be used to ship in provisions and through which to...

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  • Balista

    This is not the ballista that killed Erasmus but a reconstructed model. Every year, at the end of August (we missed it by a week), there is a Medieval jousting tournament in front of the castle with costumed characters, etcMore about the tournament

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  • Coat of arm

    On the front of the castle, the date of 1570 is painted. This is when the castle that we see today was rebuilt in Renaissance style by baron Philipp von Cobenzl.The coat of arm of the Coblenz is painted on the front of the castle. It is divided in four quarters. The pair diagonally opposed bears a wild mountain goat while the other pair bears an...

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  • Grad Predjama, deeply encrusted into a...

    Not only the castle was built mid-height of a cliff, but it was built half inside of a cave. That means that when the castle was besieged, the defenders could use the caves and several hidden way out, several kilometers away in the country to get supplies of any kind.The castle was first built in the XIIth and known as “the Cave Castle”.In the...

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  • Grad Predjama, clung to a cliff

    The first photo shows well that the castle was almost impossible to take: above, a cliff, on the left, a 123 meters cliff, underneath, a cliff. Only on the right is it possible to reach the castle, which means that visitors were spotted long before they reached the main entrance and identified as friends or as ennemies.The second photo shows better...

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  • The Castle

    Predjamski Grad is perhaps the most famous cave castle in the world. The castle is located in a 123 m high limestone cliff, in the entrance of a cave. This extraordinary and romanic location made it well known.The cave behind the castle is called Erazmova Jama, after a knight living in the castle, and has 4 levels. The deepest level is water...

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  • Predjamski Grad: interior

    The visit of the castle is interesting. You can see see some rooms with ancient furnitures and paintings. In some rooms you can see manikins that help you to understand the life in that epoch. Very nice is the Pietas that you can see in the church. From the terrace on the fourth floor you can have a great view over the valley. An unicum in the...

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  • Predjamski Grad: Erasmus Lueger

    In the fifteenth century appear Erasmus Lueger, a banished baron, a kind of Slovenian Robin Hood. During the war with the Hungarian and the Austrians of Fred III. Lueger decided to join the Hungarian of king Matthias Corvinus. He retired in the castle and he continued his scorribandes. On autumn of 1483 the Austrian army encircled of siege the...

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  • Predjamski Grad

    The castle of Predjama is castled in front of the entrance of a cave in the halves a rochy wall 123 meters high.The actual construction of the fourteenth century has risen on the rests of a previously castle built in 1202. The splendid location and the majesty of the building made it impregnable for many decades.

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  • Cave

    Cave behind the castle, sadly the way that leads to the highest part of the cave was closed so I couldn't go....

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  • Family Coat of Arms

    There is a well known romantic story of the robber knight (baron) at the end of the 15th century - Erasmus who took refuge in unaccessable cavecastle resisting openly his besiegers for one year. According to the story the besieged knight received his necessary food through the secret passage linking the Castle with the Vipava valley. Erasmus met...

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  • Predjama Castle (Predjamski Grad)

    Even if you don't have time to visit the interior, I'd still recommend at least driving by if you are visiting Postojna Caves as the setting, built into the side of a cave, is the coolest thing about this castle. It's easy to understand why they thought this was a good place for a fortress/castle, can't get to it from the top, can't get to it from...

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  • Visiting Predjama Castle

    If time is short or money really tight I don't think a visit to the interior of Predjama Castle is a must see but I thought it was interesting enough to make a stop should you have the time and the funds. The interior has been restored to how it looked in the 16th century after the castle was modified by then owner Ivan Kobenzl, after the time of...

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  • Other activities at Predjama Castle

    Looking out the window of the Castle, I noticed an area set up for jousting, from the website it looks like there is a an annual tournament here in August, Erasmus Knights Tournament. Rough Guide says it's the last or second to last Sunday, the last one listed on the website is August 20, 2006.There's also a Cave under the Castle tour that you can...

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  • A strange story

    The strange story of Erazem fascinated us at once... the great rebel that could not be caught killed in that way!! The castle is really incredible, it seems it can stay there against the rocks for a pure miracle, but it stays there and has been staying there for centuries.

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  • Predjama castle, thanx Oja...

    Predjama castle, thanx Oja for giving me the name of this beautifull castle!a must visit my opinion, its build in the Karst (rock)

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  • Predjamski Grad (Predjama Castle)

    The Predjama castle is a fascinating castle built in a cliff. It’s interesting to walk through this castle with its different rooms and see how it’s nestled into the rock. There’s also a very nice cave under the castle (see my other tip).The building is from the 16th century with some remainders from an earlier castle and once was home of the...

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  • Pivka & Črna (Black) cave

    This is a very nice cave which is part of the Postojna cave system. Actually this are two separate caves, but are visited together. It’s fortunately less touristy than the Postojna cave – we’ve been only four persons at the guided tour. So our tour could be in German, but the guide also spoke English. The cave is situated at a camping place. A nice...

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  • Cave under the castle

    Under the Predjama Castle there’s also a nice cave. Every second person gets a torch light as there’s not electricity in the cave. It’s a complete different feeling do walk around in a cave with those torches, I loved it! Also in other caves you rarely can see bats as they avoid those illuminated parts, but here you could see lots of sleeping and...

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  • Predjama Castle

    Built into the cliff, in a beautiful valley this is a charming, picturesque, castle. Once you cross the bridge over the motte you feel like you went back 1000 years back in time. From within the castle you have great views of the valley and the river below.See more images of the castle and the valley in the travelogue.The castle is built above a...

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Predjama Restaurants

  • Hungry ?

    If you feel hungry, there's a small eaterie near the ticket kiosk to the Castle.Serves meals from 10 am to 10 pm, everyday except on Wednesday.My suggestion would be fill your tummy at Postojna, where there are lots of places to eat, places to stay & more options as well; before you go to see Predjama Castle.Hike or take a bike from Postojna. Take...

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  • Castle Cafe

    It was most satisfying to find that Predjama Castle met the one criteria that any castle must have to be included on my list of favorites--a pub on premises.After we had our Union Beer we headed back to Ljubljana which is only about 30 miles from Predjama.

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Predjama Transportation

  • reaching Predjama

    To go to Predjama from Postojna bus station, only way is taxi on weekends and holidays. Only on school days bus to bukovje (2 km to predjama) runs and it is not frequent bus. One can walk all the 9 km or hire a taxi. Taxi cost 15 euro for one way. Taxi PO-LO PostojnaPhone:++386 31 777 974

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  • Driving from Postojna caves to Predjama

    After visiting Postojna Caves we hopped back into the car and at the exit of the car park there was a sign directing us to Predjama Castle (Predjamski Grad), 9 km away. The route was very well marked and there was a sign for car parking which is free. From there it's just a short walk to get to the entrance.

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  • Reaching There...

    Now reaching Predjama Castle is a bit tricky if you don't have your own transport.Postojna is the best town to base yourself. You can cycle to Predjama Castle.You can also take the local bus to Postojna first. Then, take the local bus to Bukovje, a village about 2 km north east of Predjama Castle.A taxi from Postojna would cost you 10,000 SIT.I was...

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Predjama Local Customs

  • Marriage

    When we arrived at Predjama, there was a marriage in the little chapel outside the castle. Three ladies and a man, clad in traditional clothing were preparing a table for a drink .On photo 1 they were happy to pose for me as I had just taken another photo (photo 2) where one of the ladies had suddenly bent down just when I took the photo!Most of...

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  • Erasmus Knight's Tournament

    During the summer time you can see the Erasmus Knight's Tournament located in the arena in front of the castle. The Erasmus Tournament in Predjama is based on illustrations from the 16th century. Archers, swordsmen and horsemen show off their skills on the Field of Combat. In the same time you can try the Medieval Banquet, which includes dishes...

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  • The tale of Erasmus

    Erasmus was the Castle's most famous resident, the way he died is the most interesting and amusing part of the story. Erasmus lived here in the later part of the 15th century, the tale begins after he kills one of Austrian Emperor Frederick III's kinsmen, a revenge killing after one of his friends was decapitated. Eramus headed back to Predjama...

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Predjama Off The Beaten Path

  • The Church of Mater Dolorosa

    This is the look of the front side of the chapel, very simple but beautiful.Unfortunately, the chapel is in pretty bad conditions, in particularly the pillars in front of the main entrance. At the time I've visited it, the church was closed, however, looking from the window the interior looks very interesting.I sincerely hope it will be renovated...

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  • Postojnska jama

    This is the main entrance into the Postojnska jama complex, which is wide world famous attraction. In fact, Postojna cave is among few most beautiful of a kind in whole the world.From here to the castle of Predjama you have approximately 10 kilometers by the winged narrow road but do not hesitate, go on coz at the end of it you will be aworded with...

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  • The Church of Mater Dolorosa

    Outside the castle, in the village of Predjama, stands this small and very beautiful medieval chapel.In fact, it is the church of Mater Dolorosa from the 15th century. It was consecrated in 1449 by Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini, at that time the Bishop of Trieste, later Pope Pius II.

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  • Predjama Castle

    Behind the castle there is an extensive system of underground passageways with various hidden exits and a supply of running water.When strolling around the castle, do not try to explore its underground world, unless you have an expert local guide, its a kind of spooky and dangerous. This is the main entrance to the castle.

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  • Predjama Castle

    The current building dates from the end of the 16th centiry. For centiries bandits and robber baronshid themselves in the castle, its underground passageway and in the immense forest which surrounding the castle area.See this ancient arms in front of the castle, served ones for destruction of the walls.

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  • Predjama Castle

    Predjamski grad or Predjama Castle was first mentioned in 1201.According to the legend, the castle used to be home of Erasmus Lueger, a German knight sentenced to death after being acused for illegal crossing the border. Though he escaped from prison and hid out in Predjama almost ten years. One of his servants betrayed him and the soldiers of...

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