A group tour (of at least 10 people) can be previously arranged at the LTO Rogla – Zreče, GIZ TIC Zreče, Cesta na Roglo 13b in Zreče.
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Anyone who likes to have goosebumps after seeing something majestic, should visit the Old Vitanje Castle.
An incredible construction venture
On the left bank of the Hudinja River, right at the entrance to the gorge, the ruins of a stone castle rise on a steep and inaccessible rock cone.
In 1201 a severe earthquake badly damaged the castle, but it was rebuilt!
About the names of the Old Vitanje Castle
Originally the Old Vitanje Castle was called Castrum Weitenstein, which is claimed to be only the German form of the name of Slovenian origin. The name is supposed to be derived from the word 'vitati', in the archaic sense of spending the night over, hanging around. The locals also call it the Lower Castle or the Golež Castle. The latter name is taken after a nearby homestead.
On a trip?
If you chose the castle as a hiking destination and a trip, take the forest path from the south or north direction to the ruins. Leave the car in Vitanje and walk up to the cliff. Needless to say, walking on ruins can be dangerous, so be careful!
At the beginning of the 17th century, the Old Vitanje Castle was abandoned and the younger, the New Vitanje Castle, became famous.