Fala Castle

The Fala Castle was first mentioned in 1245 when the St. Paul’s Benedictine abbots transferred the headquarters of their Drava estate there from Lovrenc on Pohorje. The property went through different hands, and became a truly important cultural centre in 1620, when the University of Vienna pursued the philosophical, theological and economic studies in it. This made the Fala Castle the first higher education institution in Slovenia. After the Second World War, the castle was transformed into a social property, and during this post-war period, most of its rich interior furnishings, together with many valuables, were lost or destroyed by the residents who handled the keys to the castle gate.