Most of the displays in the castle are reconstructing everyday life with a man-size dummies. It’s very decent old-school display that might not appeal to some of the visitors, but it still gives you a some sense of the everyday life in castle.
There are very few objects from the history of the castle put to display, but that don’t affect the visitor experience. The lack of objects is in my opinion successfully replaced with the self-paced audio tour with a head set. The set is easy to operate. I’ve listened narration in Slovenian language which is short and to the point and provides visitors with all the necessary information about the castle, its architectural features, history, legends and most famous inhabitants. Listening the tour was very interesting. I felt it brought the castle life.
Especially interesting part of audio guide is the legend of the knight Erazem of Predjama – most famous of all Predjama castle inhabitants. Erazem was the robber baron who lived in 15th century. He was such an interesting figure, his life story inspired a legend celebrating him on one hand as a handsome, noble knight, and on the other hand as a bandit.
The legend of Erazem has it, Erazem got into a conflict with the ruling Habsburg family. When fleeing from their rage, he found sanctuary in Predjama castle. He, his men and family were able to withstood the long siege by receiving food and other supplies through a secret natural cave tunnel to a nearby village of Vipava.
Vipava valley is famous for growing cherries. The legend has it, Erazem taunted the attackers by pelting them with fresh cherries from Vipava. The cherries nearby the castle weren’t yet ripped. The attacking solders could not understand how he was obtaining supplies. As far as they knew, there was only one way in and out of both the valley and castle. The rumour of the supernatural devilish forces helping Erazem spread around the attacking camp.
The siege continued until the besiegers bribed one of Erazem’s servants. When his master was at the most vulnerable place of the castle – at the toilet situated on the top floor and the very edge of the castle, the servant signalled to the besiegers to fire a cannon. A single cannonball killed Erazem. The siege was soon over, but the legend of this rebellious knight lives on.
How to get to Predjama:
- By car: At A1 highway take the Postojna exit and follow the signs for Predjama castle.
Free parking spaces are available.