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Trip Planner: Europe / Slovenia / Lower Carniola Region / Ljubljana / Ljubljana Castle
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. Make Ljubljana Castle a centerpiece of your Ljubljana vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Ljubljana online route planner.
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$132 BOOK WITH VIATOR City Tour of Ljubljana City Tour of Ljubljana
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$22 BOOK WITH VIATOR Ljubljana Castle: Time Machine Guided Tour Ljubljana Castle: Time Machine Guided Tour
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$206 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private city tour of Ljubljana. 4 hours with a friendly and fun local guide. Private city tour of Ljubljana. 4 hours with a friendly and fun local guide.
Duration: 4 hours
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$70 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private Half-Day Walking Guided Tour through Ljubljana Private Half-Day Walking Guided Tour through Ljubljana
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$19 BOOK WITH VIATOR Guided Walk and Funicular Ride to Ljubljana Castle Guided Walk and Funicular Ride to Ljubljana Castle
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Ljubljana Castle reviews
we get the escape castle ticket for 16 euro, it was fun plus you have access to all ticket needing places with no aditional fee.
we get the escape castle ticket for 16 euro, it was fun plus you have access to all ticket needing places with no aditional fee. more »
The castle is pretty cool up the hill of the Slovenian capital, but it is not the best in the city. The walk up is pretty tough, but nice. The highlight of the castle is the view over the city, but...
The castle is pretty cool up the hill of the Slovenian capital, but it is not the best in the city. The walk up is pretty tough, but nice. The highlight of the castle is the view over the city, but... more »
Take the funicular to the castle, where you'll have great views of the surrounding area. Saw a film. Didn't experience the restaurant, which is supposed to be great.
Take the funicular to the castle, where you'll have great views of the surrounding area. Saw a film. Didn't experience the restaurant, which is supposed to be great. more »
You can approach the castle by foot, cable car, car or by little train :) We went by walk, it's not difficult to go to the top, it's nice and green and you can reach it in 10-15 minutes. Before enter the castle you can buy the ticket to the tower. Inside the castle you can drink a soft drink which was very nice on a warm day. The castle is clean and nicely renovated. We also saw 3 weddings on that day. The view from the tower was beautiful. The museum was interesting. We had a lot of fun and we definitely recommend it to anyone. Enjoy it!
The Castle of Ljubljana sits on the central hill that is prominent in the old part of the city. It's important to know that the top of the hill, where the castle is, can be reached on foot, bicycle, and car from different pathways. The least energy consuming pathway is the Gondola lift, located to the north-east of the hill. The use of this lift is only possible by buying a full castle tour ticket. The Castle ticket is normally 10€ if you buy it up, and 13 if you want to catch the lift. An additional fee can be paid for an audio recorded guide. The devices communicate wirelessly with the exhibits so that you can just walk around and the recordings will change accordingly. The Castle is very well maintained but the whole experience remains on the commercials side of things. Not a good bargain for the cost, but nonetheless an iconic tourist destination. Perhaps a lot more interesting and enjoyable are the small streets around the hill of the Castle, with characteristic buildings and the central water canal. At the Castle itself the visit is divided into different exhibition sites, with the high tower being somewhat the highest attraction. The exhibition sites focus on historical events in the history of Slovenia, including the more recent independence from Yugoslavia. A short but steep walk down the hill will take you back to the old town.
Being located in the middle of the city, the castle is a very popular tourist attraction. It is therefore recommended to visit the castle as early as possible. Inside the castle multiple restaurants and several nice exhibitions can be found. Be aware that visiting the castle is free, but that all indoor exhibitions require a ticket. The castle and the surrounding paths give nice views over the city and it's worth to watch the sunset from the top of the hill! (Buying a Ljubljana Tourist Card gives free access to the castle, funicular, a lot of museums and the zoo in Ljubljana)
I visited the castle twice on my trip to Ljubljana. Firstly, as this is the end of the walking city tour as part of the Ljubljana Tourist Card, and secondly through entry to the Viewing Tower. Both times, riding the funicular to the castle, as this is a much easier route than the walk up the steep hill. The castle itself is beautiful, with amazing views of the city and beyond. There are a number of exhibitions/museums on show which are all good. I'd say the highlight is the viewing tower. The top of the tower has the best views of the city and the Alps beyond. Unfortunately it isn't open during the sunset when I visited, however, there is a great spot just outside the castle, next to the viewing tower. There's also a bar out there, but get there earlier as the tables seemed to fill up quickly.
Definitively the symbol of the Slovenian capital, which can be admired from literally every point of the center as it dominates Ljubljana. From the castle there are various vantage points from which you can see the city center quite well and, when possible, you can also see the Austrian mountains. To reach the castle you can use the funicular or you can also reach it on foot. The climb is not impossible so I don't recommend using the funicular in order to save some money. I think the Castle itself is only beautiful as a panoramic point, as I don't think the interior is worthy of a visit
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