Rihemberk Castle in Branik 668

Rihemberk Castle in Branik

Region Coastal - Karst Statistical Region
Starting point At the foot of the castle
Route length 1,3 km (0.80 miles)
Best time to visit All year
Appropriate for Baby Strollers , Baby Carriers , 1-3 years of age , 3-6 years of age , 6+ years of age , Dandy Horses, Bikes
Level of difficulty Easy route

Route Description

Rihemberk Castle is one of the most picturesque castles in the country, and a monument of national importance, which has preserved its medieval architecture. The castle guards stories from the past centuries, which reflected on the places and people in this part of Europe. Construction of the castle began back in the 13th century, on the site of a much older prehistoric fortified village (1600–700 BC). It was first mentioned in 1230 – in connection with its first owners, Lords of Rihemberk, who gave the name to the castle and the settlement below it. 

Interesting Facts

In addition to its outstanding cultural and historical significance, the castle stands out also for being an important shelter to many endangered species of bats. These mysterious small nocturnal animals are completely harmless to people. They have chosen the abandoned castle's basements and towers for their home. The whole castle area is included in the Natura 2000 network of protected areas. 




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Grad Rihemberg-Branik
Start point coordinates 45,850658

Nearby Restaurants

Kobjeglava Restaurant in Štanjel

Kobjeglava Restaurant is located in the Karst Region and thus offers elegance, intimacy, as well as informality and a wonderful time. They serve traditional cuisine with a touch of innovation, with special attention to tastes, details and presentation. The inn receives groups of all sizes. The owners have a restaurant in the village of Kobjeglava and a café at the Štanjel castle yard.

Kobjeglava 63a,
6222 Štanjel
 +386 (0)5 731 00 80
 +386 (0)31 356 138

Vita, Olja and Juna Recommend

Spend a few days in the embrace of the Karst region and see how beautiful this part of Slovenia is.

Mother Nature has shaped the Karst over time and gave it many natural sights that the local people still preserve and nurture every day. 

The landscape has many grooves, ravines, “stone” mushrooms ... All these larger and smaller shapes of the karst surface are made of limestone. Mother Nature has shaped it with its phenomena such as rain, wind, sun, etc.

The landscape is undulating due to valleys, karst depressions and sinkholes, which give the landscape its diversity and variety. The underground is also varied, which is reflected in many karst caves that were formed by sinking water. The caves are rich in various sigma formations, and they also contain rock forms and sediments (especially cave clay).

We can say that the diversity of the karst landscape is also reflected in the people who have lived here for centuries. They are friendly, warm and hospitable. At the same time, they have amassed their piece of land here through the history of time.

And the plants in the karst landscape have the colors that caress our eyes.