Slovenia Journals

A Catalogue of Castles

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A travel journal to Slovenia by fizzytom

Celje Castle Photo, Celje, Slovenia More Photos
Quote: A guide to some of Slovenia's many castles, some abandoned, some with museums in them

Negova Castle

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Attraction | "Handsome castle but limited interest"

Negova Castle Photo, Negova, Slovenia
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This handsome castle is set in the hills of the Slovenske Gorice a couple of miles to the west of Gornja Radgona near the border with Austria. Negova is a small village but worth a brief stop. In Slovene it is called Grad Negova.The castle is open to the public though I would question the value of spending €3 per adult to view the interior. There are daily tours at noon and 3.00 pm but we just missed the one at noon and although no other tourists were there, we weren't offered a tour (I suspected that if the guide was there and it was only just after 12 they might have offered). Negova Castle dates from the 12th century but like so many castles in this region, it's a mish mash...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 11, 2013

Negova Castle
Negova
Slovenia
00386 40 629 118

Statenberg Manor and Gardens

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Attraction | "Statenberg - A House Worth Saving"

Statenberg Manor and Gardens Photo, Makole, Slovenia
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Slovenia can be described as a country of castles, though one can make the distinction between a fortified castle and something more like the English ‘manor house'. A fortified castle is a ‘grad’ and a manor house (the description ‘palace’ is sometimes used), known as a ‘dvorec’, however, the terms are not rigorously adhered to. I’ve seen Statenberg referred to as both a grad and a dvorec but if we’re going to be accurate, the current Statenberg is most definitely a dvorec (though its previous incarnation was a grad).Statenberg is in the Stajerska region which covers the eastern central region of the country; it’s often described as being in the environs of Ptuj though it’s just as easily ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 9, 2012

Statenberg Manor and Gardens

Makole, Slovenia

Borl Castle

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Attraction | "You'll Have Borl to Yourself"

Borl Castle Photo, Ptuj, Slovenia
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It’s a sad fact that many of Slovenia’s most handsome castles are underused and in dire need of repair. Some fare better than others with the best known castles housing excellent museums and facilities for weddings but there are others that remain locked up, likely to fall into ruin long before anyone finds the money to restore them. Borl Castle is not quite in ruins but the years and a succession of owners have not been kind to it. I’d heard that it’s not open to the public but Borl is situated in such beautiful countryside that we knew that the effort would not be wasted. It’s in the Haloze Hills south east of Ptuj and just a couple of kilometres from the border with Croatia. Its positi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 16, 2011

Borl Castle

Dolane, Cirkulane 2282

Celje Castle

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Attraction | "Celje Castle - for Super Views Only"

Celje Castle Photo, Celje, Slovenia
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Many visitors come to Celje come to Stari Grad or Old Castle that watches over the city from its perch 407 metres above. I knew that eventually I would get to Celje as I spent more time in Slovenia but it was not until I actually went through the town by train en route from Maribor to Ljubljana that I spotted the castle and knew I would have to pay a visit. Slovenes are active people and a weekend walk is a popular pastime. But when Slovenes go walking they really do go for a challenge. Older walkers are usually equipped with walking poles and the whole family usually comes along. There are three biggish climbs close to the centre of Celje, the most popular being the climb to the Old Castl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 31, 2008

Celje Castle

Celje

Ptuj Castle

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Attraction | "The King of the Castles"

Ptuj Castle Photo, Ptuj, Slovenia
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The highlight of a visit to Ptuj is the impressive castle that guards over the town from a position on a high flat plateau. Travelling to or from the far north east of Slovenia by train gives you the best overall view of the castle, in my opinion Slovenia's most attractive.Feudal lords built a castle here around the tenth century of which one tower still stands today. In the twelfth century Archbishop Konrad of Salzburg, the then feudal lord of Ptuj, ordered the construction of a new fortress; only the Leslijev wing of that construction can be seen today. The bulk of what visitors see today are the renaissance and baroque additions to the castle and the outward appearance of the castle is ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 17, 2008

Ptuj Castle
Muzejski trg 1
Ptuj
+386 2 78 79 230

Velenje Castle & Museum

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Attraction | "A Castle Full of Surprises"

Velenje Castle & Museum Photo, Velenje, Slovenia
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Rare is the Slovenian town that does not have a castle. Some of them are referred to as castles but look more like a rather grand house; Velenje’s is very much a castle. It is situated on a rocky outcrop that looks over the city, it has defensive walls and it is composed of a series of connected towers that encloses a courtyard. The great thing about Slovenian castles is that you never know what is going to be inside them. Each one is quite different, housing a variety of collections, many of which were formerly private collections and have been bequeathed to the local municipality. This means that the displays are rather eclectic, ranging as they do from quite academic to pretty frivolous...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 25, 2010

Velenje Castle & Museum
Ljubljanska 54
Velenje, Slovenia SI-3320
386 (0)3 898 26 30

Slovenska Bistrica Castle

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Attraction | "Slovenska Bistrica Castle - Roll Up for a Private Tour"

Slovenska Bistrica Castle Photo, Slovenska Bistrica, Slovenia
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Every Slovenian town worth its salt has a castle (in Slovene a "grad") and Slovenska Bistrica's is one of the best. The castle is very much in the central European style and therefore looks more like a baroque mansion than a fortress. The town is surrounded by villages that nestle in the foothills of the Pohorje Massif and the castle is in the heart of the town rather than occupying a strategically defensive position from which to repel invaders. It is partly the seeming innocuous location that makes this castle seem less "castle-like". When the Germans controlled the town, Slovenian people weren't allowed to live inside its boundaries and were confined to the villages. Only one of the tow...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2010

Slovenska Bistrica Castle
Grajska 11, 2310
Slovenska Bistrica
+386 2 818 55 26

Lendava Castle (Galerija-Muzej Lendava)

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Attraction | "Lendava Castle - A Baroque Bolthole"

Lendava Castle (Galerija-Muzej Lendava) Photo, Lendava, Slovenia
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Lendava castle is situated in the heart of the town, perched high up on a craggy hill. It’s not the highest point in the immediate area which is something that seems a little odd and, although it offers a nice enough view over the red rooftops of the old part of Lendava, it doesn’t appear to have the commanding position you’d think a castle would need. Today’s castle is built in the typical Baroque style, so familiar to visitors to central Europe; however, there has been a fortress here since the twelfth century, and there are records from 1278 that show that the castle was then occupied by the Banffy family. The Baroque restyling of the castle took place in the late seventeenth, early eighteenth cent...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 10, 2011

Lendava Castle (Galerija-Muzej Lendava)
Banffyjev Trg
Lendava , Slovenia
00386 (0)2 578 92 60

Maribor Castle/Maribor Regional Museum

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Attraction | "Further Adventures in Search of Tito"

Maribor Castle/Maribor Regional Museum Photo, Maribor, Slovenia
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Surprising as it may seem to you and I (mainly, I’ll concede, to me), there are people who have no particular desire to view the famous white jacket of the late Yugoslav President, Josip Broz (Tito) so it must come as welcome news for those people, to know that they can visit Maribor Castle without having to see it. On the other hand, for those people who would like nothing more to see this stylish and historic garment, the feeling of disappointment must hang as heavy as a leaden shroud. Three times have I now visited Maribor Castle and three times have my hopes been dashed. Why, then, does the promotional literature relating to the museum collection in the castle continue to boast that the jacket is ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2011

Maribor Castle/Maribor Regional Museum

Maribor, Slovenia

Vurberk Castle

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Attraction | "Vurberk Castle - Can you feel the energy?"

Vurberk Castle Photo, Slovenia, Europe
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Vurberk Castle can be seen from the main Maribor to Ptuj road, perched high on a hill otherwise covered with first vineyards then, higher up, a rich forest. With its white walls and red roof I often wondered if there was a castle there but couldn’t be sure until one day when, looking for a new place to go walking, I spotted the castle marked on a map. Vurberk is on the northern side of the Drava, on the southern edge of the Slovenske Gorice and our first attempt to visit it had to be aborted when we learned that the only places to cross the river are at Maribor and Ptuj. We were asking the waiter at a gostilna in Starse, from where you can see the castle quite clearly, and he told us that ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 11, 2011

Vurberk Castle
Vurberk, Near Maribor
Slovenia