Grad means 'castle' in Slovene and refers to the castle dating from the late 12th century strategically situated on a hill overlooking the settlement. It is one of the largest castle complexes in Slovenia, with 365 rooms. After World War II, the castle was divided into small residential apartments. With Slovenia joining the European Union, funds have been made available for the restoration of the castle. Certain parts of the castle are open to the public.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Slovenia

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Mirjam Ocepek (10 months ago)
Very autentic castel.
Kristjan Pavlič (11 months ago)
A very nice castle in an amazing place of Goričko. The castle is the biggest in Slovenia and well worth the trip. You will enjoy the other sights in the region aswell.
Denis Khachatran (2 years ago)
Not worth spending hours to get to it, two out of three floors was closed. If you take it as an art object, then it worth visiting
Andrea Kondor (2 years ago)
Located in Goričko region of Prekmurje, this castle is one of the biggest in Slovenia. Although still under construction and some parts are really bad shape, it offers a place where you can escape from everyday chaos, enjoy scenery and explore the halls.
Druzina Pleteršek (2 years ago)
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Medvedgrad is a medieval fortified town located on the south slopes of Medvednica mountain, approximately halfway from the Croatian capital Zagreb to the mountain top Sljeme. For defensive purposes it was built on a hill, Mali Plazur, that is a spur of the main ridge of the mountain that overlooks the city. On a clear day the castle can be seen from far away, especially the high main tower. Below the main tower of the castle is Oltar Domovine (Altar of the homeland) which is dedicated to Croatian soldiers killed in the Croatian War of Independence.

In 1242, Mongols invaded Zagreb. The city was destroyed and burned to the ground. This prompted the building of Medvedgrad. Encouraged by Pope Innocent IV, Philip Türje, bishop of Zagreb, built the fortress between 1249 and 1254. It was later owned by bans of Slavonia. Notable Croatian and Hungarian poet and ban of Slavonia Janus Pannonius (Ivan Česmički) died in the Medvedgrad castle on March 27, 1472.

The last Medvedgrad owners and inhabitants was the Gregorijanec family, who gained possession of Medvedgrad in 1562. In 1574, the walls of Medvedgrad were reinforced, but after the 1590 Neulengbach earthquake, the fortress was heavily damaged and ultimately abandoned. It remained in ruins until the late 20th century, when it was partly restored and now offers a panoramic view of the city from an altitude of over 500 meters.