Architectural Heritage

Slovenia's rich architectural heritage can be seen in both town and country. Well-preserved medieval town centres and more modern public buildings in various famous architectural styles will delight you. The special features of rural architecture vary from region to region, and are gathered together in open-air museums. Castles, manor houses and palaces are certainly an important part of the heritage. Most of them can be explored from the inside.

Castles around Slovenia

Bled Castle, Ljubljana Castle, Predjama Castle and Celje’s Old Castle are must-sees in any visit to Slovenia. All four are among the most popular destinations in the country, and with good reason, but there are many other beautiful castles to see. ...more


Slovenian towns are decorated by luxurious urban buildings, usually converted into public buildings. Palaces are mostly in coastal towns, especially Koper. The Praetorian Palace, with its late-gothic-renaissance façade is among the finest Slovenian palaces and houses a museum. The Manzioli Palace in Izola and ...more

Manor houses

There are many well-preserved manor houses on the outskirts of towns and in the countryside, the former residences of feudal lords without fortifications. Most date from the baroque period, and are decorated by surrounding parks or gardens. Štatenberg is one of the most beautiful in Slovenia. Betnava and ...more

Urban and village architecture

Architecturally, Slovenia is a very varied country, and it maintains and renovates its centuries-old heritage. In many towns, mostly medieval town centres connect to more modern buildings. The most outstanding Slovenian architect of the 20th century was Jože Plečnik, who worked in Ljubljana. In villages and the ...more

Open-air museums

Open-air museums allow you to learn about the architectural specialities of the countryside. The largest museum of this kind is in Rogatec, which shows the typical architecture of eastern Slovenia. The open-air museums at Pleterje Carthusian monastery and near Semič are also renowned. The Soča region is a real ...more


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