Hrastovec Castle

Hrastovec, Slovenia

The castle in Hrastovec is one of the most impressive castles in Slovenia, not only because of its imposing position, but also because of its excellent formation. It is a huge complex with an inner yard and composed of older parts with three Renaissance two-storeyed wings and three towers to the south, and, to the north, of several wings of later construction with unevenly levelled roofs.

The building gradually gained in size. Its ground plan shows that its first foundations were irregularly planned already in the Middle Ages. The castle was first mentioned in 1265 when it consisted of two towers connected by a high wall. In 1338, a chapel of St Oswald was erected next to a smaller building. The Counts of Herberstein owned the castle from 1481 until the World War II, with the exception of a hundred years, between 1802 and 1902. The castle is composed of an older Renaissance central building to the south, and of a later Baroque part to the north. The older southern part, built around 1600, is fortified by three round towers, one on each corner, while the northern part is a result of various reconstruction and construction works in the Baroque period between 1655 and 1666 following the plans of the architect Domenico Della Tore.

The entrance portals of the representative northern part of the castle together with the Chapel of the Holy Cross bear the inscription 1668. A lavishly formed ceremony staircase and a luxurious Baroque Hall are both situated in this part of the castle. The Main Hall boasts wall paintings with mythological and classical scenes, and high quality Baroque stucco work from the first half of the 18th century, which are also to be found on ceilings in the corridor, the chapel and the staircase.

The castle is not open for public.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Slovenia

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Gerhard Hafner (6 months ago)
Unfortunately not available to visit. It houses a psychiatric institution.
Miroslav BreŇ°ar (15 months ago)
The tour...the hall of knights is extraordinary.
Igor Fabjan (2 years ago)
An attractive castle, but it can only be admired from the outside and peek into the inner courtyard. It is possible to walk around the ponds below the castle and through the avenue.
Kebric Saso (3 years ago)
Institute, not a tourist spot
Klavdija Kostanjevec (4 years ago)
A beautiful castle, which is also beautifully preserved. I recommend
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