Brdo – estate of experiences

Brdo Estate. Photo: Brdo Estate archives

The Brdo Estate  boasts a more than 500-year tradition. Brdo Castle was once the residence of eminent noble families, while today the Renaissance manor is a Slovenian state protocol facility, which over time has hosted presidents, kings and diplomats from across the globe. In 2001 the first meeting between then U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin took place at Brdo. 

The Renaissance castle at Brdo was built at the beginning of the 16th century. For centuries it was the residence of the famous house of Zois, and the Yugoslav royal family of Karađorđević, then after the World War II the castle was the summer and protocol residence of Josip Broz Tito.

Brdo Castle is also famous for its heritage. The castle rooms and hallways boast extensive collections of statues and paintings by Slovenian artists, period furniture from various points in history, precious crystal chandeliers and rugs and a richly stocked castle library.

The Brdo Estate also features enchanting natural surroundings. With its forests and immaculate lawns, Brdo Park is an ideal spot for relaxation in nature. Wonderful lakes, paths and meadows are hidden between tree-lined avenues, and completely removed from the everyday bustle. The lakes, parks and gardens attract visitors to stroll and discover the famous apiary, water lilies, the orangery, the precious collection of statues and much more.

Meeting of presidents

Brdo Castle. Photo: Brdo Estate archives

Today Brdo Castle is the most important protocol facility in Slovenia, and is managed and appointed to the highest level. Its grand rooms host presidents, representatives of royal families, diplomats from all over the world and other distinguished international figures. 

On 16 June 2001 the summit meeting between U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin took place at Brdo. Following their talks, both presidents noted that Slovenia is a success story, and expressed thanks for the hospitality, while praising the beauty of the landscape, the friendliness of the people and the excellent preparation of the meeting.

On 10 February 2017, on the visit of Slovenian President Borut Pahor to Moscow, the Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Slovenia had expressed a willingness to host a meeting between himself and the new U.S. President. He stated that “Ljubljana is a good location for dialogue of this type” and that he had nothing against a meeting in Slovenia, the only question was whether such a meeting would actually take place. 

In 2001 the first meeting between the U.S. and Russian presidents took place successfully in Slovenia. Perhaps history will repeat itself, and Brdo will host a summit meeting between Russian President Putin and the new US President Trump?

Text by Danila Golob