The Hmeljnik Castle is situated on a stone slope above the village of Karteljevo close to Novo mesto, dominating the views from the valley and from the road Ljubljana - Bregana. The castle was first mentioned in 1217. Its original masters are not known - they were probably the Lords of Višnja gora, possibly also the Lords of Hopfenbach or Hmeljnik whose family line was terminated in the 14th century. The castle has subsequently been owned by the Auerspergs for at least three hundred years; the castle had many masters since the times of the Auerspergs, including the Wamboldts that resided in it until the World War II.

The original Hmeljnik Castle from the late 12th century is a typical vaulted castle with two Roman palazzos and a staircase tower. In the Gothic period, the southwest tower and its east wing as well as the castle chapel of Saint Pancras were added. A double fortress wall with circular towers was built during the times of Turkish attacks, and a Renaissance archway was added, flanking the inner courtyard - this structure was demolished after World War II. The castle was burnt down in 1942 and its remains subsequently detonated. In the late 1950s, the ruins were slowly rebuilt, gaining a new roof structure and static consolidation.

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Founded: 1217
Category: Castles and fortifications in Slovenia

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Tomislav černak (20 months ago)
Zanimivo
John Bayford (21 months ago)
Beautiful and peaceful
Tea Ribič (2 years ago)
Lepo, vhod zaprt leta 2014.
Renata Novak (2 years ago)
Razgledna točka
Drago Brelih (4 years ago)
This is a ruin that has been locked up for safety's sake but unfortunately also vandalised. The grounds surrounding the castle are overgrown with brush and blackberry which is a shame because from the outside at least the castle architecture includes round buttress towers, arched stone bridge leading to the main gate at the top. Soaring straight walls of the rectangular central building, formal courtyard, and remnants of some very large surrounding stone buildings probably stables. Travelling along some gravel forest roads add to the experience of seeing the stone walls for the first time. It is worth the trip up the hill from the Avtocesta.
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