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THE LJUBLJANA CASTLE
The Ljubljana Castle is the cultural and social centre of the capital, standing on a hill above the city for about 900 years; At the Castle, numerous cultural and arts programmes, protocol and social gatherings, and other events take place all year round. The Viewing Tower offers wonderful views of the city and the wider surroundings, while visitors can also visit the Virtual Castle and a range of permanent installations – the Exhibition of Slovenian History, the Penitentiary, the Museum of Puppetry, Castle Weapons and i-Ljubljana – as well as strolling through the other spaces with various content.
There are many wonderful things at the peak of the city. The historic landmark carries a rich history that is reflected throughout the visitor's journey. Photographic exhibitons and virtual tours of the Castle show a glimpse of the historical and cultural wolrd it encloses. Escaping the hustle and bustle of the city, you can discover the many architectural and historical monuments on the Castle Hill, which you will be led to along pleasant walking trails.
How to get to the Castle:
The most comfortable and picturesque route to the Ljubljana Castle is a ride in the funicular railway. It is just a few steps from the bus stop to the funicular. Walk past the Puppet Theatre in Krek Square (Krekov trg) and you will find yourself in the lower funicular station. From there to the castle a short but scenic ride with stunning views awaits you.
Nearest bus stop: Krekov trg, Zmajski most
Bus no. 2, 13, 20.
The "Urban" Tourist Train
Ljubljana’s “Urban” electric train offers an attractive circular tourist route that links the city’s major landmarks from the City Hall to the Ljubljana Castle, including Špica (near the entrance to the Botanical Gardens), the Trnovo Pier, the Plečnik House in the Krakovo district, the Roman wall, Križanke, the renewed main street Slovenska cesta, Congress Square, parliament and the inner city street Prešernova cesta. The timetable and further information can be obtained at this link.
You will find more info on the routes here.
Following the motto “healthy mind in a healthy body”, you can also visit the Ljubljana Castle by bicycle. Ride along the street Streliška ulica and turn uphill into the street Cesta slovenskih kmečkih uporov. From there, you will have a one kilometre ride on an asphalt road, ascending about 70 m to the castle entrance.
Riding a bicycle in the Castle Courtyard is not allowed, but you can fasten your bicycle to the stand in front of the castle entrance.