Kalec Castle is a partially ruined castle near Zagorje in Slovenia. The castle, of which only a single tower and some sections of wall survive intact, stands on slope known as Breg, near the source of the Pivka River, at an elevation of 618 m.

Illustrated in Valvasor's 1689 Glory of the Duchy of Carniola, it was built in the mid-17th century by the noble house of Steinberg. Its later owners included the Auersperg family and the Slovene composer Miroslav Vilhar, who also died in it. The castle was abandoned by its last residents after World War I, and began falling apart.

In 1941 it hosted a meeting of the antifascist militant group TIGR.

Today the Krpan Hiking Trail passes beside the ruins, which are surrounded by a copse of old linden trees. The path to the castle is bordered by a row of chestnut trees.



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Bač, Zagorje, Slovenia
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Founded: 17th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Slovenia

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Daniel James (3 years ago)
Cute little ruin, great picnic spot.
Daniel James (3 years ago)
Cute little ruin, great picnic spot.
Jetlag S. (3 years ago)
The heart of Slovenia. A mystic place.
Jetlag S. (3 years ago)
The heart of Slovenia. A mystic place.
Pavel Žák (3 years ago)
A nice old ruin of a castle and a perfect place to rest on your country hike in the summer sun. Also, it is a monument to unification of Slovenian state, so I'm surprised it does not have more of a monumental look. There is nothing here but nice view and informative signs, so BYOB. Don't forget it is prohibited to sleep under tent outside of official camp sites, this place will tempt you though.
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