Age-old stories amidst an urban pulse
Visit the medieval city core, learn about the history of the Counts of Celje and climb uphill to the Old Castle that overlooks the city. Romantic streets, nooks and crannies for secret conversations in the park, architecture showcasing the richness and diversity of the past, magnificent façades, friendly squares and diverse museums, galleries and theatres, each with their own tale to tell. All of them within steps, in the very centre of the city.
A city of adventures
Celje is a small city with a big heart that is sure to make you feel at home. Discover its history, culture and gastronomy. Listen to age-old stories, myths and legends and enjoy its modern urban beat. Nature lovers can escape to green parks and explore the outskirts of the city that will delight you with a host of active experiences. Venture into new adventures!
Old Castle of Celje
Romantic, enchanting, mighty, dark, eerie, Celje’s …The Old Castle of Celje is all that and more. The mighty castle, with its walls that have reigned on the hill over the city for centuries will leave you speechless. A visit to the castle grounds will be an experience that will stay with you forever.
See for yourself how the people of Celje once lived at the Museum of Recent History Celje and at the Celje Regional Museum. The Archeological site Celeia – a town beneath a town – constitutes the most extensive presentation of the remains of Roman Celeia to date. The stone fountain, sculptures and monuments, the town wall, the castle, churches, the town park, the Celje Hall and the City Hall – have a stroll and take a closer look at this warm and welcoming town.
Centre for Contemporary Arts
The art beat of Celje is impressive. The Gallery of Contemporary Art Celje in the Prince’s Mansion awaits, with topical exhibitions by Slovenian and foreign artists. See the artworks showcased at the Fine Arts Salon Celje and AQ Gallery. Josip Pelikan’s photo studio is one-of-a-kind in Central Europe. Classical music, jazz and musical theatre can be enjoyed at the House of Culture Celje.
More art and culture
In the land of Celje, all within the city’s vicinity, is a museum, gallery, castle or mansion to be visited at every step: see fascinating exhibition grounds, archaeological sites, a necropolis, the oldest pharmacy in Europe, or step into a local chocolate boutique to try some handmade pralines. It is also home to the most beautiful health resort and the most beautiful European village Entente Florale 2009, the most beautiful mountain village in Slovenia, well-preserved town cores and more. Children can visit the only children’s museum in Slovenia, the mini zoo, and outdoor puppet shows in the summer – or simply try something else from the extensive list of things to do.
Sports and recreation
Celje and vicinity are criss-crossed with numerous cycling routes and footpaths, riding centres and golf courses. Cycling routes and well-kept footpaths will lead you to lakes, castles, churches and hilltop cottages. Lake Šmartno (Šmartinsko jezero) in the immediate vicinity of Celje offers long walks and recreational activities by the lake. It is a true paradise for rowers and boaters, campers, picnickers and, of course, fishermen.
The landscape that characterises the Land of Celje is unique and incomparable. It is criss-crossed with forests, meadows and pastures, and its winding roads will take you past fields through lovely towns with narrow paved streets to more modern urban districts of larger cities. Tourist farms, with their homely feel and rural pulse promise relaxation, but the countryside offers more still, from golf to horses grazing in rich green pastures.
With the museum train
The first train arrived in Celje on 2 June 1846 – the first leg of the railway track from Celje to Grobelno is also the first railway constructed in Slovenia. Every Saturday you can take the museum train along the same route (Celje – Podčetrtek) and explore the Land of Celje.
The land of traditional dishes
Try homemade koline (fresh pork and sausages straight from the slaughter) and potica (festive sweet bread), mlinci (unleavened flatbread), capon meat, home-grown vegetables, apples from the Kozje region (Kozjansko) that have never been treated with pesticides, or salamis made to tried and true traditional recipes. Along with cheese aging rooms, breweries and distilleries this wine-producing region also boasts a large selection of fine local wines.
A tree house in an urban forest
A unique tree house made entirely of Douglas fir, a wood native to the urban forest, was conceived as the urban forest’s small educational visitors’ centre. It is the largest tree house in Slovenia and is open to all visitors free of charge. The house is also available for rent.
Accommodation in and around Celje
Celje and vicinity offers a diverse range of hotels, hostels, private apartments, tourist farms and more.
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Celje and surroundings invite you to …
Spend a day or two, perhaps more, in Celje and surroundings. Explore the countryside, local customs and history, and pamper yourself with some nice treatment at a natural health resort.
Spend your holiday in the heart of mountainous Slovenia. Walk through vibrant and untouched nature that is criss-crossed by 10,000 kilometres of marked and arranged hiking trails. You can choose from 175 mountain huts or spend your nights in hotels and camps for hikers.
Cycling and biking
Explore Slovenia by bike. Riding amid the hills and plains, mountain peaks and forests, along the coast and the karst landscape and along the rivers and lakes of Slovenia is a lushly verdant fairy tale. Different trails are suitable for on-road and off-road biking.
Treat yourself to a swim in some of the many thermal spas and swimming pools. In summer, take a dip in the sea, lakes or rivers. Slovenia is rich in natural water resources. Visit Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj or one of the many natural swimming areas located on the coast.
Learn about fairytale characters amidst green meadows and forests. Enter into an animal kingdom and venture down a wild water slide. Here, you can make your first attempts at skiing or enter the subterranean world for the first time. Get ready. The fun is only just beginning.
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