Castles in Slovenia – 35 beautiful Chateaux and Castles to visit

Velenje Castle, Slovenia
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Looking for some Castles in Slovenia? Slovenia is mainly known for its wonderful nature, mountains, glacial lakes, wild rivers and breathtaking scenery. But it also has a lot to offer to the visitors who like history and culture.

As other European countries, even Slovenia boasts beautiful Chateax and Castles that you can visit on your holidays in this green country. Here is a list of 35 of the most beautiful Chateax and Castles in Slovenia that you may want to visit.

Chateax and Castles in Slovenia

1. Ajman Castle

Ajman Castle is a manor house dating back to the 17th century. You will find it in the village of Sveti Duh not far from Ljubljana.

Ajman Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Ajman Castle, castles in Slovenia by Žiga

2. Betnava Mansion

Betnava Mansion is another manor house located in Maribor on the northern part of the country and is definitely one of the most beautiful Baroque houses in the area. It is surrounded by nice English park with pond and stream.

Betnava Mansion, Castles in Slovenia
Betnava Mansion, castles in Slovenia by Sl-Ziga

3. Bistrica Castle

14th century Bistrica Castle can be found (as name suggests) in Slovenska Bistrica, right in its old town center, only some 22 kilometers from Maribor. Together with the park around this castle was declared a cultural monument.

Bistrica Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Bistrica Castle, castles in Slovenia by János Korom Dr.

4. Bled Castle

There are just two castles that have to be on all prospects about Slovenia travels and Bled Castle is certainly one of them! You can find it at the shores of the Lake Bled, which is equally iconic as the castle and the surroundings.

Bled Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Bled Castle, castles in Slovenia by Gilad Rom

5. Bogenšperk Castle

Bogenšperk Castle is a Renaissance castle from the 16th century that can be found right in the middle of the country, not far from Ljubljana. This castle is a cultural monument and occupies an important place in Slovenian history. It is well maintained and renovated.

Bogenšperk Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Bogenšperk Castle, castles in Slovenia by Janez Novak

6. Branik Castle (Rihemberk Castle)

Branik Castle dates back to the 12th century when it was first mentioned as the residence of the Rihembergs. This is why it is still known in Slovenia also as Rihemberk Castle. It is situated in the western part of the country.

Braník Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Braník Castle, castles in Slovenia by Tjasairis

7. Brdo Castle near Kranj

If you want to try how it is like to be a royal you should spend a night in the Brdo Castle which also serves as the hotel in these days. This Renaissance castle was built in the early 16th century and served also as the official residence of the President of Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito. Don’t miss a walk through the large park that surrounds the castle.

Brdo Castle near Kranj, Castles in Slovenia
Brdo Castle near Kranj, castles in Slovenia by Ramón

8. Brežice Castle

13th century Brežice Castle is situated in the eastern part of Slovenia, at the borders with Croatia, only about 40 kilometers from Croatian capital Zagreb. Now it houses a museum and is also a place of concerts during the summer months.

Brežice Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Brežice Castle, castles in Slovenia by János Korom Dr.

9. Celje Castle

Once the biggest fortress on the territory of Slovenia, Celje Castle is now a ruined castle situated in Celje town. Ruined but really nice castle is sitting on the hill and offering great views of the surroundings. It is also known as the Old Castle and the admission fee is 4,-EUR.

Celje Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Celje Castle, castles in Slovenia by Smihael

10. Gracar Turn Castle

14th century Gracar Turn Castle can be found in the southeastern part of Slovenia, near the borders with Croatia. Its multi-storey residential tower represents the core of the castle.

Gracar Turn Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Gracar Turn Castle, castles in Slovenia by Janez Novak

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11. Gradac Castle

In the south eastern part of Slovenia is where one of the best preserved medieval castles of the area is situated. 14th century Gradac Castle is well protected by the river that flows around the castle.

Gradac Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Gradac Castle, castles in Slovenia by Biegi79

12. Jablje Castle

Jablje Castle was built in the 16th century on a place of older stronghold from the 13th century. Located in the middle of the country, Jablje Castle is a cultural monument and you can visit it every other Saturday.

Jablje Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Jablje Castle, castles in Slovenia by Sl-Ziga

13. Kalec Castle

In fact there is not a castle here any more, only a tower and walls have remained on this place. Built in the 17th century, Kalec Castle can be found on the Great Krpan Hiking Trail leading through the Postojna area.

Castle Kalec, Castles in Slovenia
Castle Kalec, castles in Slovenia by Sl-Ziga

14. Kacenštajn Castle

Kacenštajn Castle is a main attraction of Begunje na Gorenjskem village however there is another one just outside the village. Kacenštajn Castle dates back to the 15th century while old Kamen Castle ruins came from the 12th century.

Kacenštajn Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Kacenštajn Castle, castles in Slovenia by Pinky sl

15. Kieselstein Castle

Built in the 13th century, Kieselstein Castle has become one of the most beautiful castles in Slovenia. It is situated in the northern part of Slovenia, in the town of Krajn. It’s close to the old town center so take a look here as well.

Kieselstein Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Kieselstein Castle, castles in Slovenia by Mihael Grmek

16. Kostel Castle

Kostel Castle sits on a hill high above the small village of Kostel on the southern part of Slovenia right at the borders with Croatia. It is considered the 2nd largest castle in Slovenia and was built to protect the country against Turkish troops. There are a lot of things to do around the castle as well, do not miss a visit to Nežica Waterfall and other natural features.

Kostel Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Kostel Castle, castles in Slovenia by Miran Hladnik

17. Krumperk Castle

Krumperk Castle is nice and old castle in Slovenia. Built in the 13th century the castle has survived many good and bad times and is not in good condition these days. It is still in private hands and the access to the castle is limited.

Krumperk Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Krumperk Castle, castles in Slovenia by kraji.eu

18. Ljubljana Castle

When you go to Slovenia, you simply have to visit its capital city Ljubljana. And once you are in Ljubljana you simply must visit Ljubljana Castle as it is the city’s main landmark. You can see it from any part of the city and from the castle you can also enjoy some of the most beautiful views of Ljubljana. and its hilly surroundings.

Ljubljana Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Ljubljana Castle, castles in Slovenia by Christopher Lancaster

19. Mokrice Castle

If you want to spend a night in the castle, then Mokrice Castle could be a good choice. It has served as a hotel for a long time already and boasts great restaurant and golf course. The castle is situated at the borders with Croatia on the main road between Zagreb and Ljubljana.

Mokrice Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Mokrice Castle, castles in Slovenia by Miroslav Vajdic

20. Maribor Castle

Even beautiful city of Maribor has its own castle which is equally beautiful as the city itself. You will find it right in the middle of the city center. Pay a visit to the Regional Museum of Maribor that this 15th century castle now houses.

Maribor Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Maribor Castle, castles in Slovenia by Marion Schneider & Christoph Aistleitner

21. Olimje Castle

Olimje Castle (now a Franciscan monastery) is a main landmark of the village of Olimje, located in the eastern part of the country. It was built in the 16th century and converted to the monastery a century later. You can visit the church and the old pharmacy that are opened every day.

Olimje Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Olimje Castle, castles in Slovenia by Aleš Gruden

22. Polhov Gradec Manor

Polhov Gradec Manor is a beautiful and quiet place located close to Ljubljana. If you are just visiting Slovenian capital and want to escape from its busy streets, then Polhov Gradec Manor is a good tip. You will find Technical Museum of Slovenia here.

Polhov Gradec Manor, Castles in Slovenia
Polhov Gradec Manor, castles in Slovenia by Doremo

23. Prem Castle

Prem Castle is a nice, well reconstructed 13th century castle located in the south-western part of Slovenia, in a small village of Prem. It is the largest landmark of the area and you can visit the museum that the castle is housing.

Prem Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Prem Castle, castles in Slovenia by Sl-Ziga

24. Predjama Castle

Predjama Castle is, similarly to Bled Castle, always on every Slovenian travel guide! And why not! It is the largest cave castle complex in the world and is therefore entered into the Guinness Book of World Records. You can visit it for less than 12,-EUR and once here, do not forget to visit also nearby Postojna Cave which is another wonder in Slovenia.

Predjama Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Predjama Castle, castles in Slovenia by Tiia Monto

25. Ptuj Castle

In the Podravska region, on the northeastern part of the country, one can find another monumental sight – Ptuj Castle. Its tower dates back to the 9th or 10th century, while the rest changed over the time. You can visit a museum and gallery here.

Ptuj Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Ptuj Castle, castles in Slovenia by Mihael Grmek

26. Rajhenburg Castle

Rajhenburg Castle is a well renovated monument of national importance. You can visit it for basic admission of 4,-EUR. The castle is open daily and except of Mondays and bank holidays and is situated near the main road between Ljubljana and Zagreb (Croatia).

Rajhenburg Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Rajhenburg Castle, castles in Slovenia by Janezdrilc

27. Sevnica Castle

Sevnica Castle sits on a hill above the old town center of Sevnica. The original fort stood on a place of current castle already in the first half of the 12th century. Since then the castle undertaken lots of alternations and renovations and today hosts musical concerts and other events. It boasts nice gardens and forested surroundings.

Sevnica Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Sevnica Castle, castles in Slovenia by Marijan Latin

28. Snežnik Castle

Snežnik Castle cannot miss on this list as it is the best preserved castle in the region and its history dates back to the 13th century. You will find it in the southern part of the country and you can visit it every day all year round.

Snežnik Castle, Slovenia
Snežnik Castle, Slovenia by B.Hutter

29. Škofja Loka Castle

We have already listed old town of Škofja Loka among the most beautiful places in Slovenia. It was because it is one of the oldest cities in the country. And the city also boasts amazing old castle dating back to 1202, known locally as Loški grad.

Škofja Loka Castle, Slovenia
Škofja Loka Castle, Slovenia by Tomaž Demšar

30. Strmol Mansion

Strmol Mansion is known as a fairytale tourist destination in Slovenia. It was built in the 15th century and now serves as a great place for weddings, banquets and other events. It was declared a cultural monument and you will find it in the eastern part of the country.

Strmol Mansion, Castles in Slovenia
Strmol Mansion, castles in Slovenia by Sl-Ziga

31. Štatenberg Mansion

If you like Baroque then you will also like Štatenberg Mansion, which is one of the largest Baroque palaces in Slovenia. It dates back to the 17th-18th centuries and you can find it in Štatenberg village in the eastern part of the country. If you are looking for some great place for your wedding, this mansion would be a good choice!

Štatenberg Mansion, Slovenia
Štatenberg Mansion, castles in Slovenia by dvorecstatenberg.si

32. Velenje Castle

One of the best preserved castles in Slovenia is that of Velenje Castle. This 13th century monument is really a must see place! You can visit a museum of art and culture inside its premises.

Velenje Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Velenje Castle, castles in Slovenia by Blaž Verbič

33. Water Tower, Maribor

Maribor has one more attraction that should be listed here. It is a Water Tower from the middle of 16th century and was built as a part of city walls. It is situated in the middle of the city at the bank of the Drava river.

Water Tower, Maribor, Castles in Slovenia
Water Tower, Maribor, castles in Slovenia by Unsworn Industries

34. Žovnek Castle

Žovnek Castle is a ruined castle situated near the Žovnek Lake on the main road connecting Ljubljana and Celje. It is considered to be the one of the oldest castles in Slovenia.

Žovnek Castle, Castles in Slovenia
Žovnek Castle, castles in Slovenia by Ines Zgonc

35. Žužemberk Castle

Žužemberk Castle is the last castle on our list, but in fact it is one of the most beautiful ones! You will find it in the small town of Žužemberk, somewhere in the southern Slovenia. The castle now hosts several events throughout the year.

Žužemberk Castle, Slovenia
Žužemberk Castle, Slovenia by ModriDirkac

This was a list of the most beautiful castles in Slovenia. If you know some more castles that should be listed here, please let me know below in the comments, so that I can add them.

And if you liked castles, you will like the rest of Slovenia as well! Read here about the most beautiful places in Slovenia!

Julius

I am someone who left his open-spaced cubicle after spending there 8 years of his life. Someone who started to live more outside! :) I am in travel blogging since 2010 and with Traveltipy I am going to conquer the world :)

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5 Responses

  1. Grega says:

    Excellent article! Commendable.
    But I would add Grad Goričko to your list: http://www.park-goricko.org/en/prvastran.asp

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