Celje is the town of the Counts of Celje because of one of the most powerful European noble families. Celje Castle and the town centre are surrounded by a green environment where you can take an active break. The nearby hop-growing Žalec is home to the internationally known attraction the Green Gold Fountain.

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TOP 5 sights

Every step you take, you will be surprised by Slovenia’s natural and cultural gems. Are you interested in what you need to see in Celje?

TOP 5 experiences

Follow the stories of Celje’s history and have unforgettable experiences as you walk among the remnants of the past. Surrender to the modern urban hustle and bustle or find green experiences in nature, which is just a stone's throw from the town centre.

The story of the Celje Castle and the Counts of Celje

You can visit the castle all year round and explore its history – from the darkest corners of Friderik’s Tower to a pleasant hang-out at the Veronika Café. The castle's history comes alive from April to October, so in summer you can enjoy concerts, performances, and other outdoor events. At the Regional Museum, learn in greater detail how the Counts of Celje used to live.

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Celje in the Roman Period

Celje in the Roman Period

Embark on a journey back in time, through the history of Celje, and explore the traces of the Roman town of Celeia. Visit the incredible exhibition “Celeia – a town beneath today's town” and see a Roman villa, a fortified wall with the western town gate, statues, and other “in situ” findings. Make sure to ask why Celje was also called Troia Secunda.

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Celje's lively vibe

Celje's lively vibe

Celje is a town of events and timeless hustle and bustle. Spend your summer days and evenings in the old town centre, where events will be held within the Summer in Celje programme. Travel back in time, as you attend the event The Land of Celje Beckons. During Advent, Celje transforms into a fairy-tale land, where various events are held, culinary specialities are offered, and you can even meet fairy-tale creatures.

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Friderik and Veronika – the Romeo and Juliet of Celje

Friderik and Veronika – the Romeo and Juliet of Celje

Learn about one of the most beautiful love stories, one between the noble Friderik and the commoner Veronika. You can also experience this story accompanied by a lady or a knight of the castle when visiting the Celje Old Castle. They will reveal to you other medieval stories and legends as well and take you to rooms in which knights and castle staff lived centuries ago, and they will even take you to the sinister Friderik Tower where the castle dungeon was.

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Visit Žalec and its beer fountain

Visit Žalec and its beer fountain

In the Žalec town park, stop by an unusual fountain – not water, but beer flows from it. The fountain has eight taps, and currently you can taste six local beer varieties. All you have to do is buy a special beer glass with a chip at selected locations in Žalec and then use it to pour one decilitre of each local beer variety from each tap.

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Get some fresh air in the Town Forest

Celje is one of the rare towns that has a Town Forest, which is just a few steps from the old town centre. Take a walk on well-maintained walking trails with a total length of 14 km. You can also drive through this forest by bicycle. Children will love the playground and climbing elements. There is also a special attraction – a tree house, where you can participate in creative workshops, concerts, evenings of poetry, and exhibitions.

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A wide array of experiences at Celjska Koča

A wide array of experiences at Celjska Koča

Follow the locals and visit their favourite short hike destination. Go to Celjska Koča, which can also be reached by well-maintained hiking and biking trails. In winter, you can enjoy this popular family ski slope, and in warmer months, have fun at the Adrenaline Park, in a bob-cart, or explore the nature by walking on the Forest Trail or the Mushroom Picking Educational Trail. Spend the night and spoil yourselves at Hotel Celjska Koča.

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Activities at the Town Park

Activities at the Town Park

Walk on the paths of the Town Park that lead you along the River Savinja, past mighty trees, and carefully maintained green surfaces. Children can have fun at the playground, and those who seek recreation can enjoy the tennis courts or the ice rink in winter. The park is a popular starting point for hikers, as this is where the Heart Trail to nearby Anski Vrh Hill and Miklavški Hrib Hill (St Nicholas Hill) begins. From these two hills, you can enjoy a wonderful view of Celje and the surrounding area.

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Celje = a modern & fit town

Learn about Celje's modern lifestyle. The town’s recent history will be best understood if you take a guided tour of the exhibitions at the Celje Museum of Contemporary History. A local guide will take you through the old town centre and reveal to you why Celje is still the main hub for Slovenian sports talents and Olympic medallists. It is best to conclude your tour of Celje in a modern pub or restaurant in the old town centre.

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If Alma M. Karlin were alive today ...

If Alma M. Karlin were alive today ...

... she would certainly be one of the most popular world bloggers and Instagram influencers. Learn about the story of this fascinating woman from Celje, a world traveller and author, Alma M. Karlin, by visiting her exhibition at the Celje Regional Museum. Visit her birth house, see her statue at Krek Square, and her last home in Pečovnik.

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Lake Šmarje – a green getaway from the urban environment

Lake Šmarje – a green getaway from the urban environment

There aren’t many towns or cities that offer green oases for relaxation and activities in nature just a stone's throw away from the urban city centre. The nearly 12-kilometre-long shore of Lake Šmarje offers opportunities for fishing, active experiences in water, or just walks along the lake on a themed walking path. Make your peaceful moments by the lake even better by having a picnic or enjoying the local gastronomy.

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Green Facts

Slovenia writes a green story. Feel it at every step..

Celje is one of the rare towns in Europe that have a Town Forest covering an area of no less than 94 hectares and located just a stone’s throw away from the urban town centre.

The tree house in the Town Forest is the largest of its kind in Slovenia.

The town of Celje takes care of approximately 10,000 town trees, of which 13 are more than 100 years old and are thus protected.

A hike on the Mushroom Picking and Forest Educational Trails at Celjska Koča is very informative – you will discover many plant species that are already endangered.

Šamrola or Celje Roll

Zvezda was a well-known restaurant in Celje, located near the town hall, which used to be frequented by well-known locals, as it was famous for tasty and well-prepared food. Today, it is a cake shop and a popular gathering place for locals of all generations. There, you can try the popular Celje dessert – šamrola or Celje Roll.

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Fairy-tale Celje

During Advent, Celje transforms into a fairy-tale land. Experience the charm of December days and nights and spend New Year's Eve in good company.

Experience a pleasant getaway and have some rest

Would you like to stay a little longer and see and experience as much as possible? Then select suitable accommodation that is ideal for you in the nearby area.

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Youth Hostel Celje

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Hotel Celjska koča

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Hotel Evropa

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Hotel Celeia

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Hotel Faraon

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Hotel Žalec

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Dom Sv. Jožef Celje

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Gostišče in penzion Cizej

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Turistična kmetija Podpečan

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Nearby destinations

Learn about Celje's surrounding area and pamper yourselves there as well. You need just under 20 minutes to reach Laško, where you can have a few moments to yourself at the Thermana Laško Spa or the Rimske Terme Spa. Make your visit even better by taking a tour of the brewery and tasting some beer. You can also have a unique pampering experience in Podčetrtek, 45 minutes from Celje, where you can visit the Terme Olimia Spa, a small fairy-tale village with a chocolate shop, or play a game of golf. You can also visit the Terme Dobrna Spa, just 20 minutes from Celje, and explore the countryside cuisine as well as cultural and natural landmarks. Just an hour away, you can experience Mt Rogla and the Pohorje Hills, where you can have skiing experiences in the winter or hiking and biking experiences in the summer.

Laško

A town of healthy waters and brewing tradition by the Savinja River

Laško

Laško

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Podčetrtek

A world of premium indulgence in thermal waters and popular destinations along the Sotla River.

Podčetrtek

Podčetrtek

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Rogla - Pohorje

A world in the heart of the Pohorje Hills with beneficial Alpine climate and green forests

Rogla - Pohorje

Rogla - Pohorje

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Dobrna

The oldest operating thermal spa in Slovenia with over 610 years of tradition.

Dobrna

Dobrna

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More details about Celje

For more information visit the Celje website.

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