Kranj

Pungert Tower

  Trubarjev Trg 6     more than a year ago
Occupying the southernmost edge of Kranj’s old town, on the promontory overlooking the confluence of the Kokra and Sava rivers, is the city’s only entirely preserved 16th century defensive tower: Pungert. The distinctly German sounding name is derived from the German word for orchard, baumgarten, which at one time grew here. Among other uses, over the centuries the tower has served as residences and a prison, counting among its inmates the well-known local artist Leopold Layer, who was convicted of forging currency. Nowadays the premises contain a 3-floor children’s play centre, which frequently hosts various events and activities for children such as puppet workshops and performances. For older visitors, there’s a cosy café-cum-bar that is also a venue for live open-air concerts during the Jazz Kamp festival in August, and in the immediate vicinity there is a large 15th century church and a recently built glass bottomed lookout platform that juts out precariously over the Kokra Canyon. To round out the already wonderful atmosphere, there’s also an old music school right next door whose pupils provide a pleasant (if sometimes off-key) soundtrack.

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