I’ve started to realize that I’ve been planning all my trips lately based on a single photo or comment from someone about a particular locale. For Slovenia, it was a photo of Vintgar Gorge (I’ll share photos from this place soon) which was amazing but I had to find other things to do as well. Turns out, Slovenia is amazing, especially if you like hiking. It’s filled with awesome canyons, caves, castles on islands, delicious food and its inexpensive compared to Western Europe. After just a few days it became one of my favorite countries in Europe. It’s easy to find cool sites in Slovenia and we found two on the way to Lake Bled from Croatia. Predjama Castle and Škocjan Caves, the latter of which is also a UNESCO site.
We visited Predjama castle first which is not just a castle but a castle in a cave (the best kind.) There’s a long and interesting history to the castle but I’ll just share my favorite anecdote. In the 15th century this robber baron named Erazem was holding down the castle. The kingdom of Hungary was mad at him and sent an army to try and take it over. For a year and a half, Erazem held off his enemy and by using a secret tunnel in the back of the castle could obtain fresh food to prevent being starved out. They taunted their befuddled attackers by throwing fresh cherries at them from the castle – the attackers thought witchcraft was at work – how else could they get the fresh cherries? Eventually, the besiegers bribed a servant to reveal when Erazem went to the toilet. When he did, they fired a cannonball at that part of the castle (the weakest section also) and killed him while he sat on his (other) throne. The tour inside the castle is 12 euros and worth it. Continue reading “Slovenia Caves and a Castle (in a cave)”