The Snežnik Castle is a unique museum depicting residential culture of the 19th century and is one of the few castles in Slovenia that can boast of original furnishings. The castle is managed by the National Museum of Slovenia. The origins of the Snežnik Castle reach back to the times of the Aquileian patriarchs who were its first known owners between the 10th and 11th centuries. It was built on a rock ledge alongside the foothills of the Snežnik forests with the intention of protecting important commerce paths which once connected Kranj with Istria and Kvarner.
In addition to the furniture, works of art, books, ceramic stoves, lamps, carpets, numerous useful and decorative objects and a beautiful collection of hunting trophies from the period of the last owners are also located in the castle.
Tour timetable: From April 1st to September 30th Every day: 10.00 - 19.00 (castle gate is opened every full hour; the last tour starts at 18.00). From October 1st to March 31st - Every day (except on Mondays): 10.00 - 17.00 (castle gate is opened every full hour; the last tour starts at 16.00). Closed January 1st and 2nd, November 1st and December 24th and 25th.
Following an extensive three-year restoration, the castle once again shines in all its glory
, bearing witness to the rich history and lives of the former inhabitants
. In the castle’s interior, one can view the originally furnished daily salons, bedrooms of family members, guest rooms, two dining rooms, a music room, an evening salon, the castle library, servant quarters, castle cellar and Egyptian room which ranks as an ambient novelty.
The Hunting Collection and Dormouse Museum
The Hunting Collection and Dormouse Museum at the Snežnik Castle opened to the public in 1980. The collection comprises the trophies of indigenous game of the Snežnik-Javornik massif and Lake Cerknica. The Dormouse Museum boasts an original display of the life and the hunt for dormice and their use for commercial and food purposes long ago and today. At the museum, one can learn about the traditional hunt for dormice, an activity first mentioned in this region back in the 13th century and still carried out today.
Tour timetable: From April 26th to September 30th from Tuesday to Saturday: 11.00 - 17.00, Sunday, holidays: 10.00 - 13.00 and 15.00 - 18.00. October from Tuesday to Friday: 12.00 - 16.00.
The Agricultural Military Museum
The Agricultural Military Museum in Podgora offers a display of military equipment and weapons from the First and Second World Wars and agricultural tools used in previous times.
Source: Public institute of Culture and Tourism Snežnik Castle