Smlednik Castle Ruins

Smlednik, Slovenia

Smlednik Castle was presumably built in the 12th century on the foundations of a prehistoric fort and a Roman stronghold of a later origin. The strategic location of the hill overlooking a crossing of the Sava River was appreciated by the first lords of the region, the Counts of Weimar Orlamunde, who built a defence tower on the hilltop in the 11th century. The tower was then expanded in several phases, but remained unaltered after 1610 and is thus the purest example of the architectural development of a mid-sized medieval castle in central Slovenia.

The famous Slovenian chronist Janez Vajkard Valvasor reffered to the Smlednik castle as a ruin already in the second half of the 17th century.


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


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Stanislav Nosirev (2 years ago)
Very nice and beautiful place!
Daria Miroshnikova (2 years ago)
Nice place, excellent view, nice cafe with tasty food on the top.
Uros Legat (2 years ago)
Just great for an afternoon hike
Marko (2 years ago)
Very nice path towards top, excellent view, old castle. Good pub, cheap drinks and food
Anna Tulackova (3 years ago)
Great views to all sides, although there is not much left of the actual castle. Entrance free, possible to visit with a dog. Calm spot without many tourists.
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