When discussing castles, we cannot avoid touching upon dungeons and punishment. Ljubljana Castle is no exception. For ages its dungeons and cells housed prisoners and reformers, soldiers and civilians, the rich and the poor, freethinkers and the politically problematic ... This is how it always was, but the same cannot be said for forms of punishment, which were diverse and determined mostly by the severity of the crime and social class of the offender. Authorities also regularly adapted punishments to current social norms of individual periods.

At an immersive guided tour “Behind Bars”, we delve into the past in the company of a guide and costumed characters. Short scenes are acted out, presenting difficulties faced by the ones who served their sentences at Ljubljana Castle, demonstrating diversity and development of punishment from the Middle Ages onwards. We start in the 19th century and get to know the fate of a prisoner, who served his sentence for manslaughter in the castle penitentiary. After that, we march half a century back into history and feel the shame of a woman from Ljubljana, whose adultery earned her public shaming in the Wolves’ Hole, where she was taken by a monk. Inside the open-air prison, a shaken Anica reveals what she went through since she had been accused of witchcraft, her eyes brimming with desperation, while the executioner Hans waits impatiently by her side to take her to the stake. The cunning knight Erazem is just about to enter the secret exit and escape the castle, where he was locked-up by the emperor’s will for the murder of a commander of the imperial army, but he pauses to tell us his reasons for the act committed. An Italian revolutionary is also soon to leave the castle, as his several-year imprisonment comes to an end ... inside the Castle Chapel, he tells us of all that has befallen him in his time here. At the end, we meet a Slovene writer Ivan Cankar, who rebelliously explains to his visitor Milena all of what he has said against the imperial rule.

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Regular guided tours

When and where

 MonthDayHour
July, August and September every day 15.00
May and June every day 14:00
January, February, March, April, October, November and December Saturday and Sunday 14:00

Pricelist for regular guided tours

 AdultsChildren (7–18 years), students,
pensioners, groups of 15 or more
Family: up to 2 adults and
minimum 1 child (7–18 years)
Behind Bars - Guided Tour and Castle ticket
incl. Castle ticket with funicular 12.00 € 8.40 € 30.00 €
incl. Castle ticket 10.00 € 7.00 € 23.00 €

Duration: up to 90 minutes
Starting point: Info Centre at the castle
Languages: Slovenian, English, German*, Italian*, French*, Spanish*, Russian*, Croatian* (languages marked with * are available with the use of an audio guide)
Prices: You can find all options of castle tickets here.

 

Guided tours by prior arrangement

When and where

It is possible to reserve tours in advance for every day of the year.

Pricelist for Behind Bars guided tour by prior arrangement

 Single price up to 5 personsPer person (6–15 persons)Per person (16–30 persons)
Behind Bars - Guided Tour and Castle ticket
incl. Castle ticket with funicular 120.00 € 18.00 € 12.00 €
incl. Castle ticket 100.00 € 16.00 € 10.00 €

Duration: up to 90 minutes
Starting point: bridge at the main entrance
Languages: Slovenian, English, German*, Italian*, French*, Spanish*, Russian*, Croatian* (languages marked with * are available with the use of an audio guide)
Prices: You can find all options of castle tickets here.