Bizeljsko Castle consists of a residential part that forms the centre of the complex and includes a Baroque chapel, and an outer part that served a defensive purpose.

The castle was mentioned for the first time in written sources in 1404. In 1532 the Tattenbachs came to the castle and were in possession of it until 1671. Later the name Windischgraetz was among its famous owners. The oldest parts of the now visible structure dates from the 14th century, and the castle has been rebuilt and extended gradually over the centuries.

The castle preserves the form of Gothic elements, an arched yard and the chapel of St. Hieronymus, dating to the year 1623. The outer defence zone with its wall and towers is partly in ruins. The residential part is comprised of diverse tracts which surround a modest arcade courtyard from the 17th century. Arcades in the inner courtyard are painted and have been partly added on to, though unsuitably.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Slovenia

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Ivana Jaga (20 months ago)
Zapušteno i u lošem stanju
Darinka Ištvanović (20 months ago)
Dvorac je malo zapušten, što je vjerojatno posljedica državnog vlasništva ali g. Bojan, koji brine o njemu i bavi se vinogradarstvom, ljubazno nas je primio i proveo kroz dvorac te nam ispričao o njegovoj povijesti. Ujedno smo uživali u degustaciju biranih vina i družili se u dvorskom podrumu. Svakako preporučamo posjetu.
KATJA KOLARIČ (2 years ago)
Ok
Jan Tolj (2 years ago)
The castle is amazing, it has a real medieval look and it is not renovated so it has a certain historical feel to it. Unfortunately the staff at the entrance was extremly rude, upon asking if they charge for entrance he replied with the attitude: "Of course we do, you can go to forest it is free there". Even though we were willing to pay, after reception like this there is no way I would pay them.
Sašo Panić (3 years ago)
I recommend visiting castle due of it's location, history and great wine cellar.
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