Based on the date on the entrance gate of the castle, we can conclude that it was built around the year 1000, although it was first mentioned in writing “only” in 1246. During the Middle Ages, the castle changed many owners. In 1374, the Habsburgs inherited the castle and in 1538 leased it to Wolf and Jurij Engelbert of Turya. Wolf’s son Andrej Auersperg of Schönberg won the battle against the Turks in 1593. When he died the following year, the castle came into the possession of the Auerspergs.
Žužemberk Castle is one of the most picturesque castles in Slovenia. Its remains rise on a steep cliff above the Krka river. It is one of the few freely accessible castles in Slovenia, where the most important history of the castle and the peculiarities of the Suha krajina (Dry Carniola) are presented in various castle halls and towers.
The castle is becoming the centre of cultural events in Žužemberk. A new life began in the wine cellar, the only preserved room in the castle, and in the castle courtyard. The most famous traditional cultural-recreational-ethnological-tourist event is the “Trški dnevi” (Market Town Days) in mid-July, when time travellers, knights, gentlemen, blacksmiths and beggars from a few centuries ago visit the castle and the castle square for a few days.
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