Ljubljana Castle Time Machine

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The “Time Machine” will lead visitors on a guided tour through six decisive periods that have marked the history of the Ljubljana Castle and the development of our city. At each of the “time stations”, visitors will be met by a figure who will present his or her period.

After an introductory welcome from a Roman soldier or a priestess at the place where an observation tower stood during the time of Roman Emona, events shift to in front of the castle entrance. There St George will tell his story, the brave knight who, in the early Middle Ages, defeated the terrifying dragon and saved the citizens of Ljubljana from that dreadful menace. Who, in the late Middle Ages, can take the greatest credit for the fact that a powerful fortress grew on the hill above the city? You can learn the answer to this question in the courtyard, where you will meet the emperor himself – Frederick III of the Habsburgs – or his wife Eleanor Helena of Portugal.

The time of the Illyrian Provinces can be best described by the Napoleonic soldier or the nurse-nun whom you will meet in front of the Pentagonal Tower. The 19th century was a dark period for the Ljubljana Castle, as you will discover when you visit the penitentiary, where a member of the Italian Carbonari and an “ordinary woman prisoner” will, amongst other things, reveal the menu that castle prisoners encountered during their internment. Finally, you will be greeted in the courtyard by the man who can take credit for the fact that the castle is today owned by the city – Mayor Ivan Hribar purchased the castle from the state authorities of the time in 1905.

The castle has changed through the centuries, as has its role, but there is no doubt that it has remained a symbol of the city. Discover the roles of the Castle Hill and the Ljubljana Castle throughout the castle’s rich history in a little over an hour in what is more than just a classic guided tour. The costumed representatives of each of the periods mentioned above will create a genuinely special atmosphere, which will be both instructive and entertaining. The castle “Time Machine” awaits you!

From 26. 2. 2024, until approximately 17. 3. 2024, a regular overhaul of the funicular will take place, so the funicular will not operate during this period. During this time an alternative bus transport will be organized. The entry point will be at the Lutkovno gledališče bus stop at Krekov trg 2. Departures will be every 30 minutes and every 15 minutes on weekends. The price of one-way transport is €2.30 per person. You will be able to buy or pick up your tickets with vouchers at the temporary kiosk next to the lower station of the funicular and at the Ljubljana Castle entrance pavilion.

The price includes

  • exhibition Slovenian History,
  • Museum of Puppetry,
  • Viewing Tower,
  • occasional exhibitions.

Schedule

  • January, February, March, April, May, October, November and December: Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 and 13:00
  • June and September: Monday to Friday at 1:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • July and August: every day at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00

Departure point

Ljubljana Castle's Info Centre. 

Duration

One hour. 

The price

  • adults: €16.00 (without funicular)
  • adults: €20.00 (with funicular)
  • children from the age of 7, students, pensioners: €11.20 (without funicular)
  • children from the age of 7, students, pensioners: €14.00 (with funicular)
  • children up to 7 years: €0.00

Language options

Slovenian, English
German, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian, and Croatian are available when using the audio guide

Tour/trip organizer

Ljubljanski grad