Predjama Castle became known in the 15th century as the seat of Knight Erazem Lueger (or Luegger), the owner of the castle and a renowned robber baron. He was the son of the Imperial Governor of Trieste, Nikolaj Lueger.
According to the legend, Erazem came into conflict with the Habsburg royal dynasty, when he killed the commander of the Imperial army Marshall Pappencheim, who had offended the honor of the Erazem’s deceased friend, Andrej Baumkircher of Vipava.
Fleeing from the revenge of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III, Erazem settled in the family fortress of Predjama (now in Slovenia). He allied himself with the Hungarian king Matthias Corvinus and began to attack Habsburg estates and towns in Carniola. [Read in full on Wiki]
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Predjama Castle (Slovene: Predjamski grad, German: Höhlenburg Lueg, Italian: Castel Lueghi) is a Renaissance castle built within a cave mouth in southwestern Slovenia, located approximately 11 km (6.8 miles) from Postojna. [Ref. Wiki: Predjama Castle]