Brdo Estate

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Brdo Estate

The Brdo Estate near Kranj today represents a unique study of history, culture, architecture and nature thanks to 500 years of uninterrupted development. Many of the park's trails lead visitors past buildings from various historical times.

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The History of Brdo

Ever since 1446, a country mansion has stood here - the owners of which were knights of the Egkh line of nobility. The translation of German zu Egkh namely means Brdski or "of Brdo". So began the rich history of the estate that still carries the name of its first lords.

By the end of 1630, Jurij Brdski - Georg Egkh developed the original mansion into a large and well fortified castle and named it after his family – Castle Brdo. After Georg Egkh´s death, the castle was taken over by his son Ivan Josip, who was even more successful than his father. Finally, the castle passed into the hands of his own son Adam, fated to be the last Egkh - Brdski landlord. In the middle of the 17th century the noble family began to degenerate economically, and the Brdo estate began to crumble.

By late 17th and early 18th century, the castle passed into the hands of the Schrattenbach and Gallenberg noble families for a short period. These families reunited the estate.

In 1753, the entire estate was bought at an auction by Michelangelo Zois, wholesale merchant, owner of ironworks and mines, and one of the most prosperous businessmen in all of Carniola who exported iron and steel to Italy and even to the Far East. For Brdo, a new story begins here, the story written by the fascinating Zois family over a period of more than 155 years.

In 1776, a year before Michelangelo died, he left the estate to his oldest son Sigismund Zois, who thus also became owner of the mines and ironworks and by that one of the richest Carniolan feudal lords and industrialists of his time. Baron Zois was highly educated, a dedicated patron of the arts and literature, an avid natural scientist and a collector. Between 1785-1790 his brother Karl Zois, a botanist, designed the first Alpine botanical garden in Slovenia. He planted it with a variety of Alpine plants, which he  collected on his mountain hikes. In addition to the botanical garden, the Brdo park also had two promenades, a viewing platform, a baroque park, a tree nursery, and the flower, winter and party gardens. At the end of the 18th century 10.686 plants already thrived in Brdo park (7.446 tropical plants and more than 3.000 fruit trees).

In 1806, after his uncle Sigismund’s long illness, Karl II, the nephew, became landlord at Brdo. He took good care of the serfs, but he was less competent in handling the estate, and in 1836 the entire estate thus passed into the hands of his son Anton. He was Mayor of Predoslje and built the school, helped to plant the school's tree nursery, received and awarded the most diligent pupils each year, donated money to the parish for the poorest pupils' winter clothes and supported all the national societies. The last Zois who administered Brdo up until 1928 was Michelangelo III but due to bad management and lack of funds, the castle and estate fell into disarray.

In 1929 Brdo was sold at an open auction. Most of the land was bought by wood merchants and businessmen Franc Dolenc and Stanko Heinrihar, and some of the land by local farmers. The new owners renovated the dilapidated castle, re-covered the roof and tidied its surroundings. Since they didn´t find an appropriate purpose for it, they sold it together with the estate in 1935.

Between 1935 and 1941 Brdo was under the ownership of the Karađorđević family (Prince Paul of Yugoslavia and his wife Olga). They thoroughly restyled the castle and the land and Brdo soon became one of the most beautiful estates in Yugoslavia; a luxurious government summer residence. Besides the royal family, only a few chosen ones were allowed to access the estate.

In 1947, after a decree on nationalization, the estate became property of the Executive Council of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRJ), with the purpose of becoming a residence for Josip Broz Tito, president of the Republic. It was here that the Yugoslavian icon welcomed many statesmen and spent his holidays and free time. Tito spent more than two years at Brdo until January 1980, when he was taken to the Clinical Centre in Ljubljana.

In 1961 president Tito passed the rights of ownership, with a special decree, onto the Republic of Slovenia.

After Tito´s death in 1980, guardsmen came and practically robbed the castle of presidential gifts and furniture which was supposed to be used for Tito´s Museum in Belgrade.

In 1980, the castle passed under administration of the Executive Council of the people´s Republic of Slovenia and in 1990, after the election and declaration of Slovenia's independence, Brdo became the property of the Republic of Slovenia.

Brdo Castle

The renaissance of the past, the charm of the present

The Brdo Castle is renaissance chateau, built in 16th Century. It is characterized by four dominant corner towers and it presented as home for many prominent people of previous times. A lot of notable aristocratic families lived here, among which Zois Familiy was particularly important. Later on, Brdo Castle was home to Serbian royal family Karađorđević and after Second World War, to that-time Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito.

Today, Brdo Castle is the most important diplomatic protocol building in Republic of Slovenia. Through its history, it hosted presidents, kings, and diplomats from all over the world.

Brdo Castle and Brdo Estate sum up several centuries of endeavors to create a symbiosis of a cultivated landscape and architecture, which is in the best tradition of Slovenian culture.

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Brdo Park

Relaxed moments in nature

Part of the Brdo Estate is also Brdo Park, which represents, with its forests and flawless meadows, excellent place to relax in nature.

Lakes, walking paths and meadows are hidden between avenues and are completely displaced from everyday bustle. Take a stroll around the park and discover beehive, water lilies, precious collection of sculptures, and so much more – all in one place, on more than 70 hectares of untouched nature.

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The Domain of delights

Unforgettable experiences

Enjoy relaxed activities, offered by Brdo Estate.

Let it be equestrian adventures with Lipizzaner Horses, horse-ridden carriage or culinary experience with picnic hamper – Brdo Estate will not disappoint you and will leave you with pleasant memories.

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Brdo Hotel

Pleasant stay, ultimate relaxation

Near the entrance to the Brdo Park, you will find Brdo Hotel – modern, four-star hotel, with 78 rooms, suites, and Presidential Suite. As well hotel offers conference halls, meeting rooms and small wellness.

Brdo Hotel will amaze you with surroundings of unique nature and remoteness from everyday hustle and bustle, yet it is easily accessible - it is situated only 10 kilometers away from Ljubljana airport, 35 kilometers away from Ljubljana, Slovenian capital city, and 30 kilometers away from Bled.

Brdo Hotel Restaurant will give final touch to your stay with culinary superabundances from Slovenian Protocol chefs.

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GOLF BRDO

Enjoy the day

On Brdo Estate, you can find marvelous golf course, which offers a game in the embrace of Alps. Here, you will enjoy fresh air to the full and admire peaceful natural environment.

Golf course on Brdo Estate has 9 holes, bouncing course, two practice greens and pitch & putt golf course with three holes.

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Wedding fairytale

say "yes" on Brdo Estate

Inspiring natural beauty, unique ambience, and perfect service – only some of the reasons that make Brdo Estate one of the most popular places to get married in Slovenia.

Say “Yes” at place with majestic history, where beauties of nature enthrall everyone.

Brdo Estate makes perfect wedding location, because you can get married, have lovely party and sleepover in one place!

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Brdo Congress Centre

glass modernity, new flexibility

A commitment to excellence and modern technical equipment enable performance of various high level events. Personnel of Congress Centre Brdo will help you organize your event from the beginning till the end and will look after every small detail. We suggest you to enrich your event with culinary offer of Brdo chefs and various activities held on estate.

Closeness of traffic infrastructure enables easy access to Congress Centre. Event participants can use large free parking zone and sleepover in Brdo Hotel. Brdo Park will make great short escape from meetings and will offer superb relaxation.

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DIRECTIONS

Brdo Estate is located next to the village Predoslje, close to the highway.

  • If you travel from direction Jesenice (Austria) take Kranj West exit (Kranj Zahod) and follow the sign for Kokrica village. When you reach the village follow the brown sign for Brdo Castle. After 3 km (2 mi) you will reach our Brdo Estate.
  • If you travel from direction Ljubljana take Kranj East exit (Kranj Vzhod) and follow the brown sign for Brdo Castle. After 8 km (5 mi) you will reach our Estate Brdo. Distance from Ljubljana to Brdo Estate is approximately 30 km (18,5 mi).
  • From Joze Pucnik Airport, take direction towards Kranj and follow the signs for village Predoslje and brown signs for Brdo Castle. Airport is located approximately 10 km (6.5 mi) from our estate.
  • From Kranj, you can also take a bus, therefore we recommend Line 5, Stop Predoslje, which is approximately 700 m (0.5 mi) from entrance to our estate.

Large parking area is available next to our Hotel Brdo.

Special offer

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  • Brdo wellness centre

     

    Refresh your senses and invigorate you body at the most intimate wellness centre around.

     

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    7-day unlimited pass valid on all days of the week and during holidays as well.

     

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