Predjama Caste and Cave under the Predjama Castle

 

in short

Just 10 km from the Postojna Cave is the location of the Predjama Castle, one the most fascinating castles in the world. For more than 800 years it has perched proudly half way up a 123-metre cliff. Below Predjama Castle, there is the Predjama Cave System, which offers many possibilities for adventures.
The Predjama Castle is the only preserved cave castle in Europe
© Miha Krivic for Postojnska jama
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Predjama Caste and Cave under the Predjama Castle

in detail

The Predjama Castle reigns over the surrounding area, not far from the Postojna Cave, in the idyllic village of Predjama. This picturesque, magnificent, defiant, mysterious and impregnable castle has been perched up in the middle of a vertical 123-metre high cliff for more than 800 years. Its romantic appeal is further emphasized by the idyllic Lokva River, which disappears into the underground world deep down below the castle. As the only preserved cave castle in Europe, the Predjama Castle offers a unique insight into the building techniques and resourcefulness of people in the Middle Ages, who were looking for and found a safe harbour for themselves right at the entrance into the cave.

During a siege that took place in the 15th century, the castle provided a refuge for its best known and most notorious owner - Erazem of Predjama. The legend about the courageous robber baron Erazem, who remained undefeated until one of his servants betrayed him, is still in people’s minds, inspiring and alluring as ever. It was this safe abode of his which helped the brave knight resist the besiegers without much difficulty for more than a year.

The karst world with its cave system provides a perfect backdrop for the castle, as well as a hidden passageway into freedom, a source of drinking water, an additional shelter and a space for storing food – everything that turned out to be indispensable, invaluable and crucial during the siege.

A stroll around the castle provides an insight into the daily life in the Middle Ages. Inside its five storeys, the castle offers just about everything: a dining room, a knight room, soldiers’ and servants’ quarters, as well as a torture chamber and a dungeon. The position of the castle boasts a wonderful view of the Lokva River valley, while a network of passages behind the castle takes visitors into the karst world. However, the former use of individual rooms is not the only thing that the castle has to offer to the visitors. A special position and the building technique of the castle are clearly visible throughout the walk around the castle. Its entire rear side is bedrock onto which the castle is leaning. It has been built in such a splendid way that it is difficult to say where the natural wall ends and where the constructed one starts. This duality of natural and man-made features is just as inspiring as the history of many centuries and the charming and romantic legend about the knight Erazem.
Predjama Castle and Cave
The Predjama Castle reigns over the surrounding area, not far from the Postojna Cave, in the idyllic village of Predjama. This picturesque, magnificent, defiant, mysterious and impregnable castle has been perched up in the middle of a vertical 123-metre high cliff for more than 800 years. As the only preserved cave castle in Europe, the Predjama Castle offers a unique insight into the building techniques and resourcefulness of people in the Middle Ages, who were looking for and found a safe harbour for themselves right at the entrance into the cave. The karst world with its cave system provides a perfect backdrop for the castle, as well as a hidden passageway into freedom, a source of drinking water, an additional shelter and a space for storing food – everything that turned out to be indispensable, invaluable and crucial during the siege.
Admission
Predjama Castle: Individuals: adults € 11.90, student 16 - 25 years € 9.50, children under 16 years € 7.10. Organized groups: adults € 10.40, students 16 - 25 € 8.30, children under 16 € 6.70. Cave under Predjama Castle: Individuals: adults € 8.90, student 16 - 25 years € 7.10, children under 16 years € 5.30. Organized groups: adults € 7.70, students 16 - 25 € 6.20, children under 16 € 5.00. Combined ticket for visiting the Predjama Castle and Cave under Predjama Castle (from May - end of September): Individuals: adults € 17.60, student 16 - 25 years € 14.10, children under 16 years € 10.60. Organized groups: adults € 15.30, students 16 - 25 € 12.20, children under 16 € 10.00.
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architecture, history, prehistory, natural history, castles, palaces & gardens, art, Europe, Middle Ages, 15th century, roman, space, torture, food, water, cave castle, predjama, erazem lueger, bats, mediaeval legend

Visitor entrance

Predjama Castle and Cave
Predjama
6230 Postojna
Slovenia
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Opening Times

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Predjama Castle:
I-III 10:00 - 16:00
IV 10:00 - 17:00
V-VI 9:00 - 18:00
VII-VIII 9:00 - 19:00
IX 9:00 - 18:00
X 10:00 - 17:00
XI-XII 10:00 - 16:00

Cave under Predjama Castle:
V - IX 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00

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