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The Ljubljana Castle has been owned by the city since 1905, when the then mayor Ivan Hribar purchased it from state authorities.

In late December of 2010, at the beginning of the Mayor Zoran Janković’s second term, the City Municipality of Ljubljana established the independent public institute Ljubljana Castle.

The institute organizes and conducts cultural, artistic, touristic and other events with the purpose of developing a comprehensive cultural and tourist offer. Here, the treasures of cultural heritage preservation intertwine with eclectic contemporary art by Slovenian and foreign artists. Within the framework of youth programmes, the institute conducts pedagogic and adult education projects related to the castle and its surroundings. The Ljubljana Castle institute preserves and promotes the castle's material and intangible heritage. The permanent museum exhibitions at the Ljubljana Castle are the Virtual Castle, Slovenian History, the Museum of Puppetry, Penitentiary, Castle Weapons and iLjubljana. 

The institute plans, designs and markets a comprehensive tourist offer in the area of the Ljubljana Castle and the Castle Hill. Through the tourist information centre, the institute informs visitors on all events taking place in the area. The Ljubljana Castle operates a tramway ascending the hill into the castle, in this manner connecting the city core with the Castle Hill. The institute’s programme brings together various public cultural institutions, tourist associations and other operators of cultural and tourist events in the public interest.


The Ljubljana Castle has the legal form of a public institution and operates in accordance with the laws on Public Institutes of the Republic of Slovenia. The revenues it accrues from the sale of goods on the market are, on the basis of the founding act, used for the preservation of the material and intangible cultural heritage of the castle, which is also our mission.

The Institute manages Hostel Celica at Metelkova 8 in Ljubljana and performs activities in the field of the promotion and development of accommodation and the network of youth hostels, as well as carrying out hotel activities and renting short-term accommodation to travellers, tourists and other guests.

Public Institution: Ljubljanski grad
Public Institution in English: Ljubljana Castle
Seat: Grajska planota 1
Address: p. p. 72, SI – 1001 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 1 306 42 30
Fax: +386 1 306 42 64
Date of foundation: 12. January 2011
Entry into the register of companies: SRG 2011/1361
Business activity code: 90.040
Registry number: 3887359
VAT identification number: SI82858632
Current account: 01261-6000002513, UJP RS