You Can’t Visit Ljubljana Without Seeing the Castle

You Can’t Visit Ljubljana Without Seeing the Castle

Ljubljana Castle from the tower lookout overlooking the inner courtyard
Ljubljana Castle stairway leading up to the lookout tower
Ljubljana Castle Time Machine Roman Skit
Enjoying the views of the city from Ljubljana Castle Tower
Learning about the Roman city of Emona
Looking down the well of the Ljubljana Castle

If you’re not a history fanatic, but hoping to dive into a little bit of an experience, put down the book and check out the Ljublana Castle Time Machine tour.

On our first day in Ljubljana we wanted some awesome aerial shots of the city. What a better place to do it than at the castle standing 376 metres above the city?

We headed up the hill using the Ljubljanski grad funicular and joined their interactive Time Machine tour to learn all about the Roman city of Emona that once stood there.

While a lot of historical facts often fly in one ear and out the other, there was something about being led by a Roman soldier who took us through a reenactment of Ljubljana Castle’s history that had me listening.


We took quite a few photos, but here’s a little bit of what I learned on this neat tour:

  • In the 13th century BC, Castle Hill was named

  • Between 14th and 15th AD, Castle Hill was now the Roman city of Emona

  • Between 1112 - 1125 Ljubljana Castle was named and put to paper

Our journey began as we were told all about the stories of St. George who was a merciless man who defeated the dragon and left the city in search of new experiences.

We traveled through the Middle Ages and had Emperor Frederick III and his wife explain how the estate was past down and a new fortress was built.

We were then approached by a nun and a French soldier who enlightened us on the Napoleonic Empire’s Illyrian when the castle served as an army and military hospital.

Next up, we were introduced to a prisoner from 1815 who explained what life was like after the castle transformed into prison grounds and how easy it was to be convicted.

Entering the early 20th century, Ljubljana’s mayor Ivan Hribar explains how he bought the castle from the Austro-Hungarian authorities to provide apartments for those affected in the housing shortage.

It was only recently in 2011 when the castle turned into a cultural centre in Ljubljana and a public institution.


Travel tip shared by Jenna for Travel Dudes.

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