Ljubljana Castle (Ljubljanski grad) is the most spectacular sight of Ljubljana. There is proven evidence that the hill on top of which it is situated was inhabited back in the 12th century BC Preserved from this early period of settlement are the remains of the Urn Tomb culture.
The first known fortification of considerable dimensions situated on top of the Castle Hill (Grad) was built in Illyrian and Celtic times. A stronghold was most probably located there also in Roman times. A document originating from the period between 1112 and 1125 mentions a medieval castle built in the 9th century, which served as the seat of the provincial rulers of the Spannheim family, who coined their own money in Ljubljana. In 1335 the castle became the hereditary property of the Hapsburg family and the centre of the Province of Carniola. In the second half of the 15th century a new, larger, circular castle was built by Duke Frederick III of Hapsburg, later crowned Roman German Emperor.
Except for the outer walls of the Chapel of St. George (Kapela sv. Jurija), which was consecrated in 1489, all the other main buildings of the present castle were either built or rebuilt in the 16th and 17th centuries. Until 1814 the castle served as a garrison and later a provincial prison. Built in 1848 was the Outlook Tower (Razgledni stolp), the home of the guard whose duty was to shoot cannons to warn against fire and announce important visitors and events taking place in Ljubljana – a duty previously performed by town servants at the Pipers' Tower (Stolp piskačev). In 1905 the castle was purchased by the Municipality of Ljubljana in order to be used for cultural purposes, but until 1964 it mainly served as a residential building. Afterwards it underwent a renovation, which has still been going on. Since 2000, the castle has been administered by the Festival Ljubljana festival management company.
Ljubljana Castle is a major tourist attraction and a picturesque venue of numerous cultural events including concerts, theatre performances, exhibitions, congresses and official receptions, which add a special flavour to the lively pulse of life in Ljubljana.
Regular guided tours of the castle take place from 1 June to 15 September at 10:00 and 16:00 whereas from 16 September to 30 May they are available only by prior request. The tours begin on the bridge (at the main entrance to the Castle).
The Ljubljana Castle is open daily;
in the winter time (1.10.-30.4.) 10:00-21:00,
in the summer time (1.5.-30.9.) 9:00-22:00
The Virtual museum and Observation tower are also open daily;
in the winter time (1.10.-30.4.) 10:00-18:00,
in the summer time (1.5.-30.9.) 9:00-21:00 Ljubljana - Castle (360°)
Tel. : ++386 1 306 42 93
Fax : ++386 1 232 99 94
Web site : www.ljubljanskigrad.si
guided tourGPS Northing (N)
: 46,0485 GPS Easting (E)
: 14,5095 , Notice of discounts
: Cardholders visiting Ljubljana Castle are entitled to a free return funicular ticket, free admission to the Outlook Tower and Virtual Museum, and free admission to the exhibition Slovenian History.
European Youth Card:
65% off full combined ticket, 65% off half combined ticket, 40% off guided tour of the castle, 40% off return ticket for Funicular Railway, 22% off one-way Funicular Railway, cca. 44% off guided tour of castle including the funicular railway