Perched at the top of Castle Hill, Ljubljana Castle is a wonderful medieval fortress in Slovenia’s capital. Just to be clear, I’m very particular when it comes to castles. I’ve visited many stunning châteaux during my summer holidays in France and I love nothing more than spending an afternoon admiring a castle’s beauty.
Ljubljana Castle doesn’t disappoint, it has spectacular views of the city. No prizes for guessing that it’s a very popular tourist attraction.
From the city centre to the castle, it’s approximately a 10 minute walk but if you’re feeling lazy (shopping is my cardio, as approved by Mindy Kaling) you can take the funicular up to the top. There is plenty to do, from educating yourself about the rich history of Ljubljana and Slovenia to the entertainment organised throughout the year.
There’s a permanent exhibition of Slovenian history on display which was very educational. As a half-Slovenian, I’m always interested learning more about a country as beautiful as Slovenia. Another permanent exhibition, The Penitentiary exhibition looks at how Ljubljana Castle has developed over centuries.
The first Ljubljana Castle was built in the 11th century and it has seen a lot of changes in its structure. It was almost demolished and rebuilt in the 15th century with towers and a drawbridge. St George’s Chapel was also built around this time.
Ah yes, St George’s Chapel. A personal highlight for me was being inside the exquisite chapel. The baroque ceiling is absolutely incredible to look at. It never fails to inspire me.
The picturesque grounds are another lovely part of Ljubljana Castle. If, like me, you’re into gift shops then you’ll love Galerija Rustika, where you can buy anything from traditional Slovenia handcraft or highly recommended honey brandy.
A return journey on the funicular and the castle costs 10€ per adult.