Coffee time at Strmol Castle
Coffee time at Strmol Castle
Strmol Castle dating from the 13th century is one of the oldest and best-preserved castles in Slovenia, which today offers numerous exciting experiences. One of them is connected with coffee.
Strmol Castle dating from the 13th century is one of the oldest and best-preserved castles in Slovenia. It is located at the foot of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, in the immediate vicinity of Ljubljana Airport. As a cultural monument of national importance, it underwent a throrough renovation in 2010-2012, when it was transformed into a boutique 4-star hotel (in 2018 it won the prestigious International Unique Castle of the Year award) and a museum with an outstanding collection of antique furniture, carpets, paintings and other valuables of the wealthy pre-war owner. It also serves as a location for protocol, business and private events, as well as a venue for events, such as concerts and culinary evenings.
In 2021, the offer was upgraded with a new exciting experience: coffee time at Strmol Castle. There are several stories behind this one-of-a-kind experience, with the main being that in the pre-war period, Strmol Castle was an extremely popular social gathering place of Ljubljana's elite. If you combine this with the luxuriously equipped castle premises, preserved castle cutlery and crockery, memory of former aristocratic times and the idea of a classic bourgeois tea party, you get an exciting experience. What makes the whole story even more intriguing, is the fact that in the autumn of 2020, the famous painting of Kofetarica (a woman drinking coffee) by outstanding Slovenian painter Ivana Kobilca returned to Strmol. This is a copy of the famous painting, but from 1936 until the 1970s the original painting really hung on the walls of Strmol. Now, it is exhibited in the National Gallery, due to its exceptional importance for Slovenian painting, but you will have a chance to admire the copy of the famous painting while sipping the coffee and enjoying tasty bites.
Luxurious (and a bit mysterious too) ambience of Strmol Castle makes you dive into the story of the castle's most famous owners, wealthy industrialists, Rado and Ksenija Hribar, who lived here before WWII. Their story is so exciting that it also served as an inspiration for the bestselling novel, I Saw Her That Night by Drago Jančar. The discreet background music, the sparkling wine served in precious crystal glasses and a brief tour of the castle are just an introduction into the experience. When it's coffee time, you move into an intimate piano salon, where you enjoy in a cup of fragrant coffee and tasty bites.
For the experience, advance reservations are required at least a few days in advance. The price is € 20 per person and a minimum are two persons.
Slovenia is considered a land of castles. From the 10th century onwards, around 900 different castles were built here. Unfortunately, most of them have not survived to this day, but some very picturesque examples, such as Bled Castle, Ljubljana Castle, Predjama Castle, Podsreda Castle and Brdo Castle, represent attractive sightseeing spots.