5 Castles You Can Easily Drive to from Ljubljana

bogensperk castle slovenia

I can’t resist adding castles to any travel itinerary. They encompass many elements of travel in one location. It is common for many of them to be either decorated or filled with museum exhibits, some have cafes or restaurants with local fare, and others you can even sleep over for the night.

Slovenia has no shortage of castles with over 500 across the country. The Ultimate Guide to Castles in Slovenia is a great resource for planning your castle adventures. There are over 40 castles featured including photos and visiting information.

In this article, I will share some castles that can be easily reached from Ljubljana by car.

1. Grad Bogenšperk

Distance: 46 km (29 miles)
Approximate driving time: 53 minutes
Official Website: https://www.bogensperk.si/en

bogensperk castle slovenia
bogensperk castle slovenia
bogensperk castle slovenia
bogensperk castle slovenia

While it is second closest castle to Ljubljana it takes just as long as the furthest one on the list, but don’t let that deter you from visiting. I think it is a really interesting castle to visit because it has a really great museum within it. Janez Vajkard Valvasor was a famous Slovenian who lived in this castle, and the museum shows reconstructions of his study, printing press, and other items such as a map collection. This is best for those who have an interest in documenting the natural and human world around them and learning about Slovenian history.

2. Grad Turjak

Distance: 25 km (15 miles)
Approximate driving time: 32 minutes
Website: https://www.visitljubljana.com/en/visitors/things-to-do/sightseeing/turjak-castle/

turjak castle slovenia
turjak castle slovenia
turjak castle slovenia

While this castle might qualify as being in ruins, as it is no longer being maintained, or even open, I still enjoyed my time here. We used a unique opportunity of virtually no visitors to take some photos, videos, and drone shots of the empty castle and grounds. My second reason for recommending this castle is because it is really close and easy to get to. Lastly, but maybe most importantly, not far from the castle, at the town square (yes, it is that parking lot with just a couple stores next to each other) there is a restaurant there called Rozika. Go to that restaurant (http://www.skarpa.si/), sit outside (castle views!), order a dish called Rozika Zrezek (which means steak, but it is made of chicken!). Thank me later.

Check out my time at Turjak Grad.

3. Celjski Grad

Distance: 78 km (48 miles)
Approximate driving time: 53 minutes
Official website: http://castle.grad-celje.com/

castles near Ljubljana
castles near Ljubljana
celje castle slovenia

If you love castles and European history this one is not to be missed. I did a guided tour while I visited and it was not regrettable. You can reserve a foreign language tour for 35€ (up to 5 people) which takes about 45 minutes. You can visit the castle for just 4€, self-guided, but you miss a lot of the history and importance of the Celje Castle. Celje itself can be a whole day trip and I will be adding a post in the near future all about it!

4. Loka Castle

Distance: 25 km (15.5 miles)
Approximate driving time: 33 minutes
Official website: https://loski-muzej.si

skofja loka castle
Škofja Loka Castle

Škofja Loka is a very quaint town just a half hour drive from Ljubljana. I highly recommend adding it to your itinerary to experience more of the medieval side of Slovenia. The Loka Castle was destroyed several times and has since been rebuilt, and now contains an excellent museum.

5. Otočec Castle

Distance: 70 km (43 miles)
Approximate driving time: 50 minutes
Official website: https://www.grad-otocec.com/

Another personal favorite, Otočec Castle is located in the Dolenjska region about an hour drive southeast of Ljubljana. It is a very easy to reach castle and the grounds are free to wander. Inside the castle is housed a luxury hotel and top rated restaurant so consider it for a stay one evening.

Read | 15 Unique Things You Can Do In Dolenjska

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