The Brdo Estate, just a few kilometres from the centre of Kranj, has a rich and illustrious history dating back over 500 years. Dominated by the 16th-century, Renaissance Brdo Castle, home to numerous noble families over the centuries, the estate’s more recent claim to fame is as a favourite residence of the Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito. For the last 25 years the 500-hectare estate has been administered by the Protocol Office of the Republic of Slovenia and as such is the nation’s primary venue for important diplomatic events including Kranj previous visits by Queen Elizabeth II, the late Pope John Paul II and many presidents.
Open to the public and featuring a fine hotel, golf course, a magnificent park and other attractions, the Brdo Estate is a recommended place to visit for a few hours or even an overnight stay. The estate is criss-crossed with pathways that wind through pastures and gardens, around several lakes and through a large area of forest. To traverse the park in style, a carriage drawn by white Lipizzaner horses can be rented, or, for those who want to really engage with the beautiful animals, visitors can enjoy horse riding all over the park.