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Snežnik Castle Museum

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The earliest record of Snežnik Castle dates from 1269 when it was owned by the patriarchs of Aquileia. The castle lies on a strategic site, on the edge of the Lož Valley under the Snežnik mountains surrounded by a beautiful park and vast forests with diverse and rich flora and fauna including big game ranging from bears, boars, wolves and lynxes, to wild fowl and deer, and was always favourite hunting residence. Throughout the centuries the castle has changed owners many times, but in 1853 the castle and associated forests of Snežnik were bought by German Prince Otto Viktor Schönburg-Waldenburg, who gave it to his third son Georg. Thereafter it remained in the Schönburg-Waldenburg family until 1945. The last caretaker Leon Schauta saved Snežnik Castle from destruction after the Second World War by keeping good relations with the locals before and after the war. Restoration began in the 1960s and the castle opened to the public in 1970/71. In 1983 two additional exhibition rooms were opened. After a restoration completed in 2008, the romantic state-owned castle came under the administration of the National Museum of Slovenia and is the only Slovene Castle with genuine furnished interiors.

Since 2014 the Floating Castle Festival has embedded into the picturesque surroundings of the castle the late summer "folk-puppet-music-theatre site-specific event".

National Museum of Contemporary History, Brestanica Unit

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The Brestanica Unit of the National Museum of Contemporary History is housed at Rajhenburg Castle in Brestanica, one of the oldest medieval castles in Slovenia. The permanent exhibitions, however, are dedicated to the (mis)usage of the castle premises in the modern times. From 1884 till 1941 it was occupied by the contemplative Trappist Order, which brought progress to the Posavje region. They were expelled by the Nazis who converted the castle into a camp for deporting Slovenes. During the course of World War II around 45,000 Slovenes were sent into exile from here. After World War II the castle continued to function as a prison, but in 1968 it was converted into a museum. Currently it features a re-staged permanent exhibition on the Trappists from Rajhenburg. A new permanent exhibition dedicated to the internment and political prisoners was opened in 2014.





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