Largely burned during World War II and later mostly demolished, Ribnica Castle beside the Bistrica River belonged in the group of early castles built mainly in the second half of the 12th century. It included a two- or three-story residence and an interior courtyard with a cistern protected by a wall.

In the Middle Ages, the basic interior circumference was strengthened, and at the end of the 15th century and in the 16th century it was surrounded by a new circle of wall with towers that assumed the burden of defense against possible enemy attacks.

Today, only part of this wall with its arcades and two towers remain of the once powerful, moat-surrounded complex that in later centuries was increasingly transformed into a comfortable aristocratic residence. Despite the fact that most of the castle was destroyed, it still serves as a cultural center. Under the auspices of the Miklova House Public Institute, it houses a small museum with an ethnographic exhibit of Ribnica's famous woodenware and pottery and an archeology exhibit of discoveries from the Bronze Age.

The wedding marches that echo from the Wedding Hall on Saturdays bring back the flavour of earlier castle festivities. A cultural park with statues of famous Ribnica personages has been arranged inside the walls among the remains of the foundations along with a small Forma Viva sculpture exhibition and a summer theatre that hosts a festival of amateur theatres every year. Every first Sunday in September sees performances accompanying the Ribnica Fair.

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Nikolai Solenov (6 months ago)
Nice and quite place for lunch and relax
Ema Radolovic (12 months ago)
Beautifully kept park in which you can have some of the best coffee in town.
Mitja Petelin (13 months ago)
Beautiful castle an nice museum.
diana marceta (2 years ago)
The most beautiful place in Ribnica. A cafe recently opened there as well. You can enjoy in a peaceful and cozy atmosphere. The surroundings are beautifully landscaped, a nice park and garden. Occasionally events take place there. It is also a great place to organize a civil wedding. The castle also offers a tour of two museums, with its walls preserved. Next to the castle runs the river Bistrica. I recommend.
pet se (2 years ago)
Nice summer location.
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