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This picturesque, magnificent, defiant, mysterious and impregnable castle has been perched up in the middle of a vertical 123-metre high cliff for more than 800 years. Its romantic appeal is further emphasized by the idyllic River Lokva, which disappears into the underground world deep down below the castle.
The undoubtedly most famous of all castle inhabitants was the knight Erazem of Predjama, who rebelled against the imperial autocracy in the 15th century. Nowadays Erazem is the main protagonist of numerous legends, which on the one hand glorify him as a passionate, handsome, noble knight, while on the other hand he is described as a bandit ans a robber baron, who eventually breathed his last while in the toilet.
The castle is only accessible from one side, however the legend has it that the robber baron Erazem was getting his food and drinks supply through a secret passage leading from the old castle onto the surface. During this time, the emperor's army was besieging his castle in vain and it took a trick played on Erazem by his opponents and a corrupt servant for Erazem to fall.
Visitors learn about the history of the castle and its former owners in the front tower. In other parts of the castle the equipment includes a selection original items, as well as replicas and models. The room with the most opulent equipment is the knight’s room; the castle life in the late Gothic period is presented to visitors in the dining room. The Renaissance hall on the third floor is where hunting trophies of the last castle owner, the Windischgrätz Prince, are exhibited.
From May to September it is also possible to visit the picturesque Cave under Predjama Castle. Owing to its position and favourable temperatures it is inhabited by interesting dwellers – a colony of bats, which is why it is not possible to get inside the cave during the bats’ winter hibernation period.
Cave under Predjama Castle
Archaeological finds in the cavity behind the castle testify to human habitation in the Stone Age. Remnants from the Roman times have been discovered in the entry passage called the Stable, along with signatures dating back to the 16th century, which can be seen in the Passage of Names. Cave under Predjama Castle is the second longest Slovene cave and is spread across four levels (with the exception of Erazem's Hole and Erazem's Passage all other levels are interconnected). The length of all parts of the cave that have been discovered so far is 8 km. The part of the cave that has been set up for tourists is 700 metres and encompasses the Stable, the Main Passage, the Passage of Names, the Great Hall and Fiženca, where the exit to the surface is located.
Cave tours last 45 minutes. There is no electric illumination inside the cave and visitors are provided with flashlights before entering the cave. The only thing needed to visit the cave is comfortable clothing and footwear. Owing to its position and favourable temperatures the cave is in the winter a popular refuge for a colony of bats and is therefore not open for visitors during the bats' hibernation period.