Tivoli Castle is a mansion located in the Ljubljana's Tivoli Park. In the early 15th century, a tower stood in the woods above the site; it was owned by Georg Apfalterer, an ally of Duke Frederick (later Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III). The tower was destroyed by Frederick II, Count of Celje in 1440.

The current structure was built in the 17th century atop the ruins of a previous Renaissance-period castle, the mansion was initially owned by the Jesuits, but came into the possession of the Diocese of Ljubljana following the 1773 suppression of the Jesuit order. Used as the bishop's summer residence, it was surrounded with orchards.

In the mid-19th century, it was bought by the Austrian emperor Francis Joseph I, who in 1852 presented it as a gift to the veteran Habsburg marshal Joseph Radetzky. Radetzky renovated the mansion in the Neoclassical style, giving it its present appearance, and spent much of his retirement in it with his wife Francisca von Strassoldo Grafenberg, a local Carniolan noblewoman.

The field marshal Joseph Radetzky von Radetz (1766–1858) contributed a lot to the arrangement of Tivoli Park. There was a full-size cast iron statue of Radetzky on display in Ljubljana on the steps in front of Tivoli Castle from 1882 till 1918. In 1851, it won a prize at the Great Exhibition in London. Today, it is preserved by the City Museum of Ljubljana. The statue's pedestal, however, remains at its original place.

In 1863, the mansion was bought by the Municipality of Ljubljana, who used it as (among other things) a poorhouse, later subdividing it into condominiums. In 1967, it was again renovated and became the venue for the International Centre of Graphic Arts.

In 1864, the Austrian sculptor Anton Dominik Fernkorn created four cast iron dogs, still on display in Tivoli Park in front of Tivoli Castle. The dogs do not have tongues, and it has been falsely rumoured that Fernkorn committed suicide by shooting himself due to this mistake.



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Founded: 17th century
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Slovenia

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Eden Theron (14 days ago)
One of the best and most innovative and interactive castle experiences I've had. Myself and my partner played the escape game and had an absolute blast running around the castle trying to 'save the dragon'. Worth doing something a little different here and enjoying the information about the castle as well.
Roy Danby (23 days ago)
We have visited many castles around Europe but there were excellent audio guides available for a small fee. Also a number of other well laid out and presented displays. The view was fabulous on the day we went. I am sure there will be lifts etc. for less able visitors but they were not obvious. A lot of spiral stairs but worth the effort. The combined castle and funicular was good value.
Ante SMB (4 months ago)
The old castle above Ljubljana from the middle ages. Nicely restored. Gives great panoramic view over the city of Ljubljana. Lots of cultural events there and a good permanent exhibitions. A nice 10 minutes walk to the hill or few minutes drive with a cart from the old city centre. A must see touristic sight of Ljubljana.
Kevin Read (7 months ago)
There are much better castle experiences in Europe. Worth a walk up for the view, but to stand in the courtyard made us feel like we were in a shopping mall. Definitely don't pay the €10... you can see enough for free.
Ilona Zvinska (9 months ago)
Beautiful view from the top, took about 10 minutes to go up walking. Not a difficult hike up unlike all the reviews are saying. Also it is absolutely worth it. We were recommended by the guide not to climb up the bell tower and you get there the same view as at the rest of the tower but to enter you need to pay. Castle entrance is free otherwise. There’s also a cable car if you don’t want to go up walking.
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