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  • Steberk Castle
  • Haasberg Castle
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  • Karlovec Castle
  • Predjama Castle
  • Mašun Castle
  • Ravbar Tower
  • Lož Castle
  • Prem Castle

For the most part, castles in Slovenia were built in the 12th century, mostly on exposed hills, which were the sites of prehistoric hill forts. The word castle is used to describe a fortified residence of foreign feudal lords, constructed on a naturally or artificially protected site. The most important castles of the Green karst region can be found on the edges of our region: Predjama Castle in the north, Prem Castle in the south and Snežnik Castle in the south-west part. Peasant revolts, Turkish invasions and the introduction of firearms were the reason for additional architectural defence elements being added to these medieval structures in the 16th century.

Forts were set up at the time of Turkish invasions in the late 15th and early 16th century. The fort was constructed from thin and tall walls with semi-circular towers, most commonly around the previous existing courts and castles as well as churches. As the name anti-Turk forts suggests, these forts served as places of refuge from Ottoman plundering expeditions, while at the same time they were also used as a storage place for all sorts of valuable things. Peasants stored their food, livestock, clothing and liturgical values. After the Turk invasions stopped, feudal lords were worried that the strongholds could become centres of rebellious peasants. This resulted in the demolishing of almost every fort in the Green karst region. 

Steberk Castle

Ruins of Steberk castle (birth place of unhappy lover from Karlovec castle countess) stand between village Lipsenj and the Križna mountain on the northeast side of Cerknica lake. The castle was first mentioned (by this name) in 1274 but considering its remains the castle must be much older. The whole castle complex was very expansive. It included many central buildings, surrounded by a protective wall, which was further fortified with towers.

  • Steberk Castle
Haasberg Castle
Address 6232 Planina

Haasberg Castle is located in the vicinity of Planina near Rakek, on a natural plateau above the River Unica gorge. For a long time it was considered one of the most representative castles in Slovenia, including a beautiful park, the remains of which can still be seen today. The House of Windisch-Graetz was the last known castle owner. The castle was burnt during the Second World War; it was then that the priceless interior was completely destroyed, as well as the Windisch-Graetz family archive and tomb.

  • Haasberg Castle
Snežnik Castle
Address Grad Snežnik, Kozarišče 67, 1386 Stari trg pri Ložu
Telephone +386 (0)1 705 78 14

Snežnik Castle is the best preserved castle in the Notranjsko Region. All of the inside furnishing, mostly from the 19th century, has been preserved. This castle emanates the pulse of life from the late 19th and early 20th century, and is unlike any other castle in Slovenia. The most noticeable living quarters are the dining room, the “Egyptian” room, and a large hall, refurnished into a wedding hall.
The castle is built on a rock near the River Obrh and Brezno Spring, which has been dammed forming a large pond underneath the castle. The picturesque environment has been carefully remodelled into a park with walking and equestrian trails. East of the castle, manors and other auxiliary buildings can be found, which also contain a small hunting museum.

  • Snežnik Castle
Karlovec Castle

The remains of the Karlovec castle stand right above the sink holes of Little Karlovica on Cerknica lake. There used to live beautiful countess. The knight from the Steberk castle from Grahovo, on the other side of water, has fallen in love with her. But their families were hostile, so the girl was promised to another. This is the reason why a young man visited his chosen only in secret. In the shadow of the night he paddled to the Karlovec castle. In order not to miss the direction, his girl left a lamp on her window shelf. One day her father has found that out and gave the information to the competitor of his daughters’ heart. In the following night he moved the lamp above lakes sinkhole Velika Karlovica. So the young boatman missed the safe path and water carried him in the rocky underground, where he drowned. Countess then in desperation threw herself over the castle walls. An old story ends here and so has the Karlovec castle disappeared from history.

But the remains of the old walls and wide defensive moat undoubtedly testify that Karlovec castle in fact existed. After the appearance of remains we can conclude that was built in the 12th or the 13th century. The central building of the castle was in a shape of a tower, surrounded by a defensive wall.

The ruins are accessible by a panoramic road which leads from the village named Dolenja vas under Javorniki mountain to Gorica and the village named Dolenje Jezero. It is also used as a popular bicycle trail and it’s marked with signposts. Visitors are impressed by acropolis from the Karlovec castle, from where is a wonderful view on Cerknica with surrounding.

  • Karlovec Castle
Predjama Castle
Address Predjama, Slovenija
Telephone +386 (0)5 700 01 00

Predjama Castle has been hanging from the 123m high rock cliffs in wonderful harmony with the environment for over 700 years. It was once home of the notorious Erazem Lueger. You can witness life as it was then in the refurbished and refurnished quarters. The living quarters, the chapel, and the dungeon are a must see, as well as certain pieces of weapons, oil paintings, and the Pieta dated 1420. Life at that time can also be experienced in the annual Erasmus Knights’ Tournament (link to Traditional Events). The castle is also a popular wedding location.

  • Predjama Castle
Mašun Castle
At the eastern part of the Mašun forest estate, two towers are located, which were once part of a hunting outpost. The original building was erected for the purposes of the foresters in 1874. In 1888, a natural park was organized at Mašun. The building has endured several mishaps in the past, among others, it was destroyed by fire in 1919. Since being rebuilt, it became a hunting outpost. In November 1943, the castle was razed again. Of the whole complex, only two romantic towers have been preserved.
  • Mašun Castle
Ravbar Tower
Address 6232 Planina

Ravbar Tower or the Small Castle. Once a mighty castle, all that is left of it is a round multi-storey tower. Inside, a magnificent ribbed astral ceiling and an abandoned well in the courtyard can be found. The castle was intended to protect an important trade route, which has always connected the Adriatic coast with the Ljubljana basin. According to Valvasor, the House of Neuhaus once again brought life to the ruins in the 11th century-they erected a new castle, named Kleinhausel, or Small Castle (Valvasor 1877, 309). Mr J. Katern, resident of Planina, has also reported that the Small Castle is constructed on top of Roman foundations, and that once, it was accompanied by a wall leading across the valley towards the road, before it was demolished and the stones used to construct roads. It is also the archaeological site of several pila shafts, kept by the Postojna Notranjsko Museum.

  • Ravbar Tower
Lož Castle
Address The Lož Valley
You can take a nice walk on a foot path through the beautiful forest just above the city of Lož. At the top you will see the remains of a magnificient castle, that was built in early 12th century.
  • Lož Castle
Prem Castle
Address Občina Ilirska Bistrica, Bazoviška cesta 14, 6250 Ilirska Bistrica
Telephone T: +386 (0)51 674 352 T: +386 (0)5 99 85 011

Prem Castle is situated above the Prem Village, about 9 kilometres from Ilirska Bistrica. The castle was built before 1213. This compact L-shaped two-storey building comprises a Romanesque nucleus including an extension and a small courtyard. The inner courtyard was decorated with Renaissance arcades. A small well stands in the middle of the courtyard. The castle is also a popular wedding location.


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  • Prem Castle
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