Views from Ljubljana Castle at Sunset


Wherever you go in Ljubljana, you can’t help but notice Ljubljana Castle atop of Castle Hill looking down upon the town. This medieval castle, built in the 15th century has been used over the years as a military base, a prison, as well as a site for cult practices in the Roman times. It is now used as a museum and lookout point.

After spending a few days wandering around and photographing this beautiful city from the ground, I decided I wanted to see it from another perspective, and so decided to visit the castle.

I originally planned to visit early in the morning, but due to my complete laziness I ended up wasting the day and then deciding at the last minute to race up the hill to watch the sun set. This couldn’t have worked out any better. The views were absolutely stunning and I am SO happy I waited until the evening to go.

The best way to get to the castle is by walking. There are three different paths up the hill, each taking about fifteen minutes to walk, and all of them being ridiculously steep.

The views from the top definitely make the walk worthwhile though, and whilst I had only planned to spend about ten minutes taking photos, I ended up spending over two hours there!

 

During the summer months, the castle holds “Films Under The Stars” evenings, where at 9pm they screen new Slovenian films on the projector for the locals to watch.

Ljubljana Castle is open all year round: 9am – 10pm May – September, and 10am – 9pm October – April. It is free to visit the castle and costs €4 to visit the virtual museum and lookout tower.

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46 Comments

  1. ayan
    August 15, 2011
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    wow. lovely photos

  2. Julia
    August 15, 2011
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    I can see why you’re happy with the pics – they are fab! What software do you use?

    • August 15, 2011
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      Thanks Julia! I used Photomatix and Photoshop.

  3. Abhijit
    August 15, 2011
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    Beautiful photos! Especially loved the fourth one!

    • August 15, 2011
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      Thanks Abhijit! That’s one of my favourites too :)

  4. Toni
    August 15, 2011
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    Well done hun they look great! You should definitely be proud of those =)

    • August 15, 2011
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      Thanks lovely!! I keep looking at them and thinking WOW! Did I really take those?! Haha.

  5. Phil
    August 15, 2011
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    Wow! Gorgeous photos!

  6. Christy @ Ordinary Traveler
    August 15, 2011
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    Gorgeous photos. I think I would really like it there too!

    • August 16, 2011
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      I wasn’t expecting much and nearly didn’t visit in the end, but it’s turned out to be my favourite place so far on my trip!

  7. Micah
    August 15, 2011
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    Great shots – and great editing!

  8. Jordan
    August 15, 2011
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    Much like everyone else has said, these photos are incredible. I’m very jealous of you, Lauren.

    • August 16, 2011
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      Awww thanks so much, Jordan!

  9. Jordan
    August 15, 2011
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    Like everyone’s said, these photos are absolutely incredible. I’m very jealous, Lauren.

  10. Mike
    August 15, 2011
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    Congratulations sweetie. Of course you are setting our expectation levels very high for the photo’s to follow!!!

  11. Angela
    August 15, 2011
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    Wow gorgeous pictures, what views!

  12. Kris Koeller
    August 15, 2011
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    Nice HDR photos. Looks like a terrific spot.

    • August 16, 2011
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      Thanks Kris! It was amazing :)

  13. Caz Makepeace
    August 15, 2011
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    Gorgeous photos!

  14. Jim
    August 15, 2011
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    What camera do you use? these photos are beautiful.

  15. Patrick
    August 15, 2011
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    Great pictures! No wonder you decided to spend more time in Ljubljana. Just wish you included a picture of a McDjonjalds.

    • August 16, 2011
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      Hahahaha, I spent enough time there! I did take a photo of it too :)

  16. eGichomo
    August 16, 2011
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    WoW! Lauren, WOW! I Like!! I have some new wallpapers now :) Amazing photos and great photography skills..

    • August 16, 2011
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      Awww, awesome!! Thanks so much! :)

  17. Nomadic Samuel
    August 18, 2011
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    Eye Candy! :)

  18. Mack Reynolds
    August 19, 2011
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    those are some pretty sweet pics you got here. my favorite one is the ine at the top. love that sunset.

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    August 20, 2011
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  20. Lori
    August 21, 2011
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    This is definitely a must see! Great photos too – congratulations!

  21. Scott
    August 26, 2011
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    Just catching up on the blog, awesome pics and next time stay at Hostel Celica for sure!

    • September 6, 2011
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      I will do! That place sounds awesome!

  22. Andrea
    September 3, 2011
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    Gorgeous photos! That castle was really odd for me – I thought it would be more of a historical experience but it’s such a mix of the old and the new. I didn’t know what to make of it but the views were fantastic!

    • September 6, 2011
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      And the 3D film, right?! It was bizarre…

  23. Borys
    January 12, 2012
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    Those photos remind me my best days during studies, international exchange in LJ.. Thanks a lot for bringind memories back! :)

    • January 14, 2012
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      Glad it brought back some awesome memories for you! :)

  24. Peter
    September 14, 2013
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    I just visited the Ljubljana Castle today and what you did to the city in pictures made it such a beautiful place to stay and enjoy the great sight and hospitality of the very nice people here. Your photos are simply stupendous. I wish I could be there at sunset but what you shared made me feel I was indeed there. Thanks.

    • September 18, 2013
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      Thank you so much, Peter! I’m glad you got to enjoy Ljubljana Castle — it’s a pretty incredible view, huh?

  25. Andrea
    May 12, 2015
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    The second last picture is absolutely stunning! I have the same camera and my pics never come out like that. I will keep trying, thanks for the motivation, Lauren :)

    • June 30, 2015
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      Thanks so much, Andrea! It was an HDR photo :-)

  26. Brittany
    April 2, 2018
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    I came to this post hoping to see your beautiful photos but they’re not loading! Maybe you can fix this? I’m traveling there in September with my Mom and want to see what I’m about to encounter!

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