At the entrance to the Draga Valley
, by the fringes of the village of Begunje
, the picturesque ruins of Kamen Castle look down from the top of a rocky ledge. This centuries-old trade-route guardian, built on a raised location, awaits you with its Romanesque tower and the imposing ruins of its Gothic and Renaissance extensions.
The castle was built in the twelfth century by the counts of Ortenburg; however, they chose not to live there, and so the castle was managed by castellans. In 1418, the castle came into the possession of the counts of Cilli, and subsequently fell into the hands of the Lambergs in 1436. The most distinguished member of the Lamberg family
to come from Kamen Castle was Gašper Lambergar
, a tournament knight who is sung about in the folk poem Pegam and Lambergar
The counts of Lamberg abandoned the castle in the middle of the eighteenth century and moved to the more comfortable Katzenstein Mansion
Kamen Castle is a participant in the Path of Venus
– the European castle network. The network links the towns and castles in Slovenia, Austria, Italy and the Czech Republic through which the knight and poet Ulrich von Liechtenstein
travelled in the thirteenth century.
The castle's location at the entrance to the Draga Valley, its preserved Romanesque tower — which can be climbed all the way to the top — the remnants of its Gothic and Renaissance keeps, and the trail that leads you through the castle area all guarantee a memorable visit.
A visit to the castle is free of charge and at your own risk.