RAJHENBURG CASTLE

Brestanica

Rich history, culture and art.
Discover Rajhenburg Castle.

Rajhenburg Castle stands on a rocky prominence overlooking the confluence of the restanica stream and river Sava. It is one of Slovenia's most important medieval builtmonuments. It was built between 1131 and 1147, by Konrad I Archbishop of Salzburg. For centuries, the building and its estate were managed by ministerial knights whotook castle Rajhenburg's name - Rajhenburški (knights of Rajhenburg).

Through the centuries, the family grew ever more powerful and was elevated to the rank of knights. After the Rajhenburgs died out, a line of subsequent owners added new elements to the castle structure lending the building the appearance we can admire today.


In 1881,Trappist monks bought the Rajhenburg castle and turned it into a monastery. In April 1941, the German occupying forces took control of the castle and its premises repurposing it as a resettlement camp for the deportation of Slovenes.

In 1947, the castle was nationalized and served as a prison for a number of years. However, since 1968, when the first exhibition of the exiles was held, the castle has primarily served as a home to museum galleries and performance events.

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PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS

Visitors can attend the following permanent exhibitions:
• Stavbni razvoj in prenova gradu Rajhenburg,
• Slovenian Deportees 1941–1945,
• Trappists in Rajhenburg,
• Primož Kozmus, Medals,
• Brestanica Miniatures,
• 18th and 19th Century Castle Furniture from the National Museum of Slovenia,
• Penal Institutions at Rajhenburg castle 1948–1966.

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PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS

Visitors can attend the following permanent exhibitions:
• Stavbni razvoj in prenova gradu Rajhenburg,
• Slovenian Deportees 1941–1945,
• Trappists in Rajhenburg,
• Primož Kozmus, Medals,
• Brestanica Miniatures,
• 18th and 19th Century Castle Furniture from the National Museum of Slovenia,
• Penal Institutions at Rajhenburg castle 1948–1966.

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The castle boasts two chapels, which is a rarity in European space. Its Romanesque chapel dates to the 12th and its Gothic chapel to the 16th century. The Renaissance-period residential area includes a lush hall and concludes in a chamber lavishly painted in frescoes. Temporary exhibitions and a variety of cultural events (concerts, theatrical productions, lectures) are held at the castle and complemented by creative workshops aimed at our younger visitors.

The castle grounds are meticulously maintained and include a renovated traverse and an herb garden. The museum gift shop sells a variety of local products including Brestanica chocolate. The aroma of chocolate permeates the castle structure at the annual Rajhenburg Day of Chocolate and Liquors, while all year round coffee and excellent baked goods beckon from the castle's coffee shop and confectionery.

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Contacts

Address:

Cultural Centre Krško, unit Rajhenburg Castle
Cesta izgnancev 3, SI – 8280 Brestanica (Slovenia, EU)

Phone:

+386 7 620 42 16 / +386 51 475 675