Podčetrtek belongs among the oldest castles in Slovenia. It was once located at an old national border, at Sotla river facing Croatia or Hungary. Podčetrtek is located in the area which already in 1071 became a property of Krško diocese. The construction of the castle can be dated to a time after the first third of the 12th century. First written record dates from 1361.

On 12th of November 1441 bishop of Krško Johan temporarily gave his castles Pilštanj, Podčetrtek, Bizeljsko and Mokronog to emperor Friderik IV who kept them until 1445, Afterwards the castle was governed by managers and between 1479 and 1490 it was in the hands of Hungarian army. In 1515 the castle succumbed to peasant revolt.

In 1527 the castle possession was moved to Hans Tattenbach and his successors leased and rented the castle and in 1612 Krško diocese imparted them the castle as heritable or private possession. At the execution of Erazem Tattenbach in 1628 the castle was confiscated by the province from which Ignac Attems. The castle was completely renovated in 1874 and remained a property of Attems' until the World War II.

After the war when the castle became a general public property it served various purposes and gradually it was soon completely robbed. Only a few artworks were rescued and are stored by Posavski muzej in Brežice. Nowadays it is abandoned.



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


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Matej Godina (6 months ago)
Rudi Zupan (7 months ago)
From an architectural point of view it's an interesting example. But unfortunately it is falling apart and not open to visitors. The entrance has a new gate and is locked since safety can't be assured inside.
Andraz T (7 months ago)
There is a 10minute moderately steep path to the abandoned castle of Podcetrtek. The entire thing is quite mesmerising, with a beautiful overgrown coutryard in the middle of it. Though the inside of the most rooms is covered in 'kid' graffiti, there are some gems to be found. Worth visiting if your interest include abandoned structures
Paul Heller (10 months ago)
It could be a really beautiful place if it was restored. Unfortunately its ruined and bats live inside. The grounds are relatively safe to walk around as its made of stone. There is a window on the 2nd floor with a nice view.
Merci Pol (2 years ago)
It's a nice lost place. You can go inside and explore it for free and it is safe if you stay on the main ground. You can search other rooms and places in upper floors, but (especially) third floor is not safe anymore at all. You visit this place at your own risk, but it's a nice adventure if you're careful.
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