The castle of PtujOn the last hillside of Slovenske Gorice, which extends almost as far as river Drava, rises a mighty fortification - the castle of Ptuj.
Archaeological finds have shown that the first settlers took to the Castle Hill at the end of the Stone Age or the beginning of Copper Age.
The oldest written record about the castle is a record by the chronicler of the Salzburg archbishop Konrad I, who wrote that Konrad I had the castle rebuilt on the spot of the old castle that had been ruined long time ago.
The last Lord of Ptuj, Friedrich IX, died in 1438. From 1480 to 1490, Ptuj and the castle were in the hands of Magyars, who had to pass on the occupied area to the German Emperor Maximilian in 1490. It was saved from ruin by the countess Theresia Herberstein, who bought the castle in 1873. She had all buildings thoroughly renovated and refurnished. The Herbersteins remained in the castle until 1945.The castle was turned into a museum right after the World War II.
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