to the website of one of Slovenia’s most impressive historical landmarks, a medieval castle that has stood the test of time and emerged from a state of disrepair to become a hub of cultural, educational, social, and tourist activities.
This 12th-century Romanesque fortress has been meticulously renovated over the past 40 years, preserving its original character and charm while providing modern amenities for visitors to enjoy.
Podsreda Castle today
From self-guided tours of the castle interior with audio guides to guided tours with castle guides, cultural events, concerts and weddings, there is always something happening at this vibrant destination.
Alongside the exceptionally preserved castle architecture, guests can enjoy interesting exhibitions for children and adults, a treasure hunt adventure game, a Castle café, a shop selling local products, the Kozjansko Regional Park info center, and even book a special castle holiday at the four-star Rooms and apartments at the Podsreda Castle.
Whether you are a history buff, art enthusiast, or simply looking for a unique and memorable experience, this medieval castle is sure to captivate and inspire you.
The History of the Podsreda Castle
Its architectural history dates back to the 12th century when during the Romanesque period it experienced four independent and completely visible construction phases. Thus, the castle ranks among the most monumental properties in Slov¬enia but also enjoys a privileged position among Europe’s medieval castles.
The castle’s original name Hörberg or Herberch reminds us of the old age of the building, since it means “shelter”, where sanctuary was sought by soldiers in case of danger, while today’s name Podsre¬da has no connection with the original name and probably denotes the day, which was very important for the square, since Wednesday (“sreda”) was a market and court day in Podsreda square.
After her death in 1045, the monastery was dissolved and the property passed into the ownership of the newly estab¬lished Diocese of Gurk.
In the first half of the 14th century the castle was bought by Frederick, Lord of Sanneck, and re¬mained in the ownership of the Counts of Celje until their passing. As the successors of the Counts of Celje, the ownership passed to the Hab¬sburgs, who rented it out. The leaseholders and stewards of the castle changed frequently. In 1617, Count Sigmund von Tattenbach bought the castle. In 1701, the castle was inherited by Coun¬tess Eleonora E. Barbo, and upon her death, by her daughter Maria H. of Apfaltrern, and in 1787 by Baron Franz Lazarini. Sometime before 1848, the estate was bought by Prince Weriand of Windisch- Graetz, who gave the castle its present-day image. The castle remained in the hands of the family until the end of the Second World War, when it was nationalized.
The Kozjansko Regional Park
More about the Kozjansko Regional Park
The Kozjansko Regional Park boasts exceptional biodiversity and 70% of it belongs to the European Natura 2000 network, which aims to preserve biodiversity for future generations. Since 2010, Kozjansko Regional Park has also been part of a wider region that enjoys the status of a biosphere area under the Man and Biosphere (MAB) program of UNESCO. The Kozjansko and Obsotelje Biosphere Reserve is managed by the Kozjansko Park Institute.
In 2021, the Kozjansko Regional Park was the first in Slovenia to receive the UNESCO-Greece Melina Mercouri International Prize, which is awarded for outstanding action in the protection and management of the world’s cultural landscapes.
Regarding cultural heritage, Kozjan Park is also a landscape of many faces. Podsreda Castle and many other mighty castles, churches, medieval squares, archaeological sites, and the heritage of everyday life stir the imagination and call for exploration.
With its varied landscape, Kozjansko Regional Park is interesting for visitors in all seasons. In spring, it offers flowering gardens, orchards, and meadows; in summer, numerous park activities and events; in autumn, the traditional Kozjan Apple Festival; and in winter, the peace of unspoilt nature.
Presentation film about the Kozjansko Regional Park
Introducing a presentation film about Kozjansko Regional Park. Showcasing the beautiful nature and biodiversity of our protected area and, of course, the rich cultural heritage of the diverse Kozjansko landscape.
The film was made by Matej Vranič, a renowned Slovenian nature photographer and filmmaker.
The film was partly produced under the project LIFE Naturaviva.