Slovenia: Predjama Castle (Predjamski grad)
Slovenian Predjama Castle is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating castles in the world. It is hidden in a town of the same name, which is only 10 kilometers away from Postojna, a popular tourist town known for its unique cave system.
In the Czech Republic and in Slovakia we are used to see castles standing on high peaks of steep rocks. Predjama Castle , however, looks like it is ingrowth in the rock. The name of the castle says something about its characteristics, since it means, “a castle built in front of a cave”. Predjama Castle was built under an overhang of 123 meters high rock. An inattentive tourist’s eye can easily miss it. A very interesting and unusual castle has four floors. It consists of two segments: external that is located in front of the cave, and internal that is hidden in the cave and under an overhang of rock. About 13 kilometers are discovered within the vast cave made by the Lokva River. Today there is a museum in the castle that we recommend to visit, despite a high tickets cost. The truth is that you will see here a lot less of historic furnishing than you can see in middle-European castles. However, partially it is because before a reconstruction of the castle somebody took a great amount of furnishings through an escape corridor. Still, the castle didn’t loose anything from its beauty and mysticism. Moreover, it is a wonderful piece of architecture.
Prices of tickets you may find HERE
If you travel to these parts of Slovenia, we think you would like to see also a beautiful Postojna Cave so it would be a good deal if you buy a ticket package that contains entrance to both sights, you may find further information HERE.
Except for the castle itself visitors will be amazed also by vast caves that are part of it. Original castle underwent many reconstructions and it is obvious that many architectonic styles influenced castle’s look. Today the castle is one of the biggest attractions in Slovenia. A visitor can decide if he/she wants to wait for a guided tour, or will have a tour on his/her own. Information leaflets are except the English, German, Italian, and Slovenian languages also in Czech. If you go here in summer you may have a chance to see one of many supporting programs that take place open air. Among the most popular are knight fights or historical performances.
In the following part of our Slovenian journey we will take a look at Bled, a town in northwestern part of the Julian Alps . An amazing lake Bled with a small island in its center with a church, is one of the symbols of Slovenia. Already next week you will read what amazed us
Text and photo: O. Maňáková
Slowly we are leaving Slovenia. Our last voyage will lead below the breathtaking Mangart mountain in the Julian Alps, which proudly rises in close proximity to the border with Italy.
From the town of Bled we set out for another natural gem in Slovenia - the largest lake in the country. It covers an area of over 3 km². We will talk about Lake Bohinj, whose shores provide a wonderful walk around the Triglav National Park.
After visiting the amazing Vintgar Gorge, we move to Bled. This most important tourist center of the Upper Carniola Region is located in the northwestern part of Slovenia and offers several landmarks.
Our Slovenian adventure full of knowledge continues. After visiting the Kranjska Gora, which is surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery, we move on to another natural gem - the Vintgar Gorge (Blejski Vintgar, Vintgar Sotesque).
Kranjska Gora is situated in the north-western part of Slovenia near the Austrian and Italian borders. This town is known mainly due to the winter sports center, where the FIS - World Cup in Alpine Skiing takes place every year.
Triglav National Park is one of the most popular spots in Slovenia. Its name comes after country's highest mountain which is located within the park. Tourists mostly take short trips or climb up the very mountain. It is strictly forbidden to take a one day trip up to Triglav's peak, staying over night is also forbidden (and only allowed in mountain cabins). The hike is very difficult. You can take it from different directions though.
The last stop of our journey across three countries was Mountain Erberg located in Steiermark. It is known as one of the larges European iron ore sites and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole region.
We continue in our excursion across three states also today. Our direction is Austria, the las country we had visited during our 10day journey. In today’s article we will look on scaled replicas of the most important architectonic wonders that are located in a famous theme park Minimundus, Klagenfurt.
So here we are, the last part of our trip across Slovenia. Again we woke up to a cloudy morning but this time it didn’t rain at least. There was an easy trip by a cableway on Vogel and from there we would continue by walk to a vantage point Točka.
Today we will again go to admire beauties of Slovenian nature. From Lake Bled we will move to not less fascinating Lake Bohinj where we will see also the Savica Falls.
If you ever visit Slovenia, do not miss a visit of a beautiful Bled Gorge that is located only few kilometers from well-known Bled.
We woke up to beautiful, however, calm morning. We ate something, checked our backpack if there were things necessary since we intended to spend the whole day out, and we set out to the lake. That day we decided to visit a church on the island in the middle of the lake and spend the afternoon in the town.
Today we will not move anywhere. We will spend the whole day in Bled, a town that is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Slovenia. We will set out for a visit of one of the most beautiful and precious landmarks. We will see a monumental castle on a cliff above Lake Bled and we will visit a local market.
As we decided to spend few days in Slovenia it wouldn’t go without visiting probably the most Slovenian lake Bled. The lake is considered one of Slovenian symbols. This beautiful lake is located in the eastern part of Julian Alps right by a noisy town of the same name.
Postojna town is located in southwest Slovenia. Fans of traveling and the nature know the town thanks to its unique cave system – Postojnska jama. We managed to visit this natural sight at the end of summer. Frankly, it was a wonderful experience.
We always just travel throughout Slovenia, maybe the reason was we were in hurry to get to Croatia or on our way back home. Even we have heard a lot about its beauties, we never managed to find few days or hours, at least, to stop and explore. At last, we changed it and a part of a late summer vacation we spent in Slovenia.
Everyone of us imagines something different when thinking about an ideal vacation. Someone likes to lie on a beach; some breaks his limits when climbing on mountains, or throws away his responsibility and goes to wild parties. For me it is a combination of everything mentioned above – from beaches, through crazy sports, to exploration of beauties of nature and tasting local cuisine.
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