One of the most beautiful Renaissance castles in Slovenia

Bogenšperk castle started out as Lihtenberk castle – a medieval fortress that used to stand nearby today’s Bogenšperk and was built by the mighty family of Lichtenberg in the middle of the 12th century. The male line of the family died out in the second half of the 15th century; their last descendant, Veronika, married into the noble house of Wagen – exactly this family marked the true beginning of the Bogenšperk castle (German Wagensperg). Johann Weikhard von Valvasor mentions Boltežar Wagen as the first owner of the castle in 1462, however, the building of Bogenšperk more likely took place in 1511. According to seismologists, this year was marked by one of most the powerful earthquakes in the history of Slovenian territory. The natural disaster did not spare castles, not even Lihtenberk.

The famous Johann Weikhard von Valvasor enjoyed the views of Bogenšperk castle already in the 17th century. Through museum exhibitions, you will learn about castle’s history, its previous owners and among them the life and works of a famous Carniolan polymath, a fellow of the Royal Society, Johann Weikhard von Valvasor.

Individual visitors can visit the castle during its opening hours from Tuesday to Sunday. You can take the tour around the castle alone or with a guide. Guided castle tours take place every full hour. Groups can also take an animated castle tour with Baroness Ana Maksimila Valvasor and servant Jurij.


In its Renaissance style, Bogenšperk castle offers a unique atmosphere for different occasions, for a various cultural event, business seminars and presentations, professional and press conferences, banquets and picnics. Its unique environment gives a touch of nobleness, a possibility to work in peace and to take a break in fresh nature, and other activities that can enrich such events. For such purposes, it is possible to rent the castle in its entirety (available all days of the week except Saturdays) or just individual room.

Get in touch

Public Institute Bogenšperk
Staretov trg 12
1275 Šmartno pri Litiji, Slovenia
T: +386 1 898 76 64