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Ljubljana Castle with more visitors in peak season this year

Ljubljana, 14 October - During this year's summer season Ljubljana Castle was visited by some 290,300 tourists, up by as much as 72% compared to the summer of 2020. Foreign visitors mostly came form Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Hungary and Poland.

Ljubljana Castle.
Photo: An┼że Malovrh/STA
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During the peak season, running from June through September, the share of foreign tourists visiting the Ljubljana key landmark also increased from 57% in 2020 to 66%, the operator Ljubljanski Grad said.

The figures have not yet reached the pre-Covid levels as the total number of visitors this year was down by 57% on 2019. The castle was closed for 25 days so far this year. The visitors gradually started to return only in May.

In 2019, the share of foreign visitors stood at 76% with a large part of them coming from overseas, including the UK, USA and South Korea.

The funicular leading up to the castle was closed for almost 100 days so far this year, however during the summer season, it transported nearly 103,400 passengers to the castle, up by 99% on 2020 and down by 65% on 2019.

Originally a medieval fortress, Ljubljana Castle is believed to have been built in the 11th century. The castle, offering a panoramic view of the capital, houses a number of exhibitions and historical rooms as well as other cultural or entertainment venues.

© STA, 2021