Every self-respecting European city has a castle (or, at the very least, the castle ruins) on a nearby hill, and Vipava is no exception. Ascending to Vipava’s Old Castle is a lovely family hike worth combining with phenomenal ice cream at Bar Marjanca.
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Vipava Old Castle
At a Glance
Easy family-friendly hike
Ascent: 30 minutes
Descent: 20 minutes
Total: 1 hour
In a Nutshell
Park in a large parking lot just before the town center
Walk through Lantieri park to reach the main square.
Have a coffee at
Bar pri Marjanci. At the western edge of the main square, turn right onto Kreljeva ulica.
The waymarks start at the next junction. Follow them to a tiny parking lot, then follow signs for “Stari grad” onto a wide, well-maintained gravel footpath.
Turn sharp right at the next junction (you can’t miss the castle, it’s clearly visible from there), and you’ll reach your destination in a few minutes.
After enjoying the views and exploring the castle ruins, use the same path to return to Vipava or take a long detour via
Plaz. Have a pizza, pasta, or žlikrofi at
Picerija na Placu.