The ruins of the Snake Castle or Kačnik are still imposing enough to be easily spotted on the hill in Lokovina. They will make you wonder what the castle looked like in its heyday.
Experts have been trying to find the first lords of the nearby Ranšperk Castle, first mentioned in writing in 1208 and referenced as “the old house” as early as 1335, meaning that a new castle must have been built nearby. The new castle was first mentioned in 1275; in 1346, Eberhard of Dobrna pledged his Dobrna Castle to the cathedral chapter of Gurk for 120 Aquileian pounds. Later, it came into the hands of the Ptuj lords. In 1613, the estate was sold to the Gačnik family. In 1666, Emperor Leopold I elevated the then-owner of Dobrna, Janez Matija Gačnik, to the aristocracy, conferring on him the name von und zu Schlangenberg auf Schlangenburg; this is where the Slovenian name of the castle comes from: Kačji grad (Snake Castle).
In 1769, the castle building was bought by Baron Franc Ksaverij Avguštin Dienersberg; he moved in with his family and servants, but just three years later, they were forced to leave the castle in the middle of the night as it started to fall apart. Two years later, Baron Dienersberg built a new mansion in the valley, naming it after the old castle.
Distance from the center: 3km
Dobrna Tourist Information Center
Tel. : ++386 3 780 10 64
Fax : ++386 3 780 10 60
Web site : www.dobrna.si
Free of charge
GPS Northing (N) : 46,3373
GPS Easting (E) : 15,2097