There’s been a human settlement here since at least Celtic times, but the oldest structures these days date from around the 16th...
The 19th-century watchtower is located on the southwestern side of the castle courtyard. The climb to the top, via a double wrought-iron...
Situated in the watchtower, this is a short video tour of Ljubljana and its history in several languages.
This welcoming cafe at Ljubljana Castle offers a respite on a hot day and a great place to kick back with a coffee, beer or light meal...
Gostilna na Gradu
Be sure to plan a meal here at this marvellous traditional Slovenian restaurant during your visit to the castle. The chefs pride...
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Ljubljana Castle information
There’s been a human settlement here since at least Celtic times, but the oldest structures these days date from around the 16th century, and were built following an earthquake in 1511. It’s free to ramble around the castle grounds, but you’ll have to pay to enter the Watchtower, the Chapel of St George and to see the worthwhile Exhibition on Slovenian History.
There are several ways to access the castle, with the easiest (and for kids, the most fun) being a 70m-long funicular that leaves from Old Town not far from the market on Vodnikov trg. There's also an hourly tourist train that departs from south of the Ljubljana Tourist Information Centre. If you’d like to get some exercise, you can hike the hill in about 20 minutes. There are three main walking routes: Študentovska ulica, which runs south from Ciril Metodov trg; steep Reber ulica from Stari trg; and Ulica na Grad from Gornji trg.
There are several admission options available; some include the price of the funicular ride, while others include a castle tour . Consult the castle website for details. The Ljubljana Castle Information Centre can advise on tours and events that might be on during your visit.