[Europe Week 1] Predjama Castle and the cave

Predjama Castle was the first stop of our weekend road trip to Slovenia. It was built within a cave in south-central Slovenia.

Predjama Castle
Predjama Castle

Day Trip to Slovenia


The Castle

The castle is about 45 minutes drive away from Trieste, Italy. I rent a car from Trieste airport and was a hassle to pick it up. Fortunately, I could return the car in downtown Trieste near my hotel. The highway in Slovenia was pretty easy to drive and follow. The only annoying thing was that we had to pay the €15 toll.

My friends and I purchased the combo ticket with admission to the castle and the tour to the underground cave. The price wasn’t cheap, but both were very worthwhile. Audioguides with many different languages were included in the price, which is a big plus. I remembered a lot more about this castle because of it.

The castle was built on a cave, and many rooms were built against the rocks. There were many rooms with the rock on one side and the man-made wall on the other side.

Predjama Castle The Stair
Predjama Castle The Stair

The below is the kitchen. I never knew how people in the past cook until I saw it.

Predjama Castle The Kitchen
Predjama Castle The Kitchen

A place to store weapons and armours was essential for any castle.

Predjama Castle The Armor Room
Predjama Castle The Armour Room

The view from the castle was gorgeous. It was a typical European countryside scene with trees, grassland, and a few houses.

Predjama Castle The View from Castle
Predjama Castle The View from Castle

The Cave

After exploring the castle for an hour, we met up with the guide for the cave tour. The cave underneath the castle is the second longest cave in Slovenia with 14 km in length. The section opened to the public is 700 m long, which is more than enough to have a full experience.

The Cave
The Cave

The cave has been inhabited since the stone age. It was also the refuge for the people living in the castle. We saw some drawings along the way.

Drawings in the Cave
Drawings in the Cave

The cave has been inhabited since the stone age. It was also the refuge for the people living in the castle. We saw some drawings along the way.

The Cave 2
Another picture of the Cave

Even with helmets, I still walked very cautiously as some sections were quite steep. There are all sorts of structures in the cave, like the stalactite in the below picture. We also spotted some bats near the exit of the cave. They were less than half of my palm big.

Conclusion

Predjama Castle is a facinating place to visit. I learned and experienced both history and geology in one place. Make sure to come by when you stay in Trieste or Ljubljana!

Predjama Castle Info

Address: 6230 Predjama, Slovenia
Castle Admission: €13.80; Cave under Predjama Castle Tour:
€9.90; combo discount available
Info: Website

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