|Celje retains its medieval traditions|
Do not be fooled by the size of Celje, a city small in stature but big in soul. From magnificent architecture that hints at the rich past of the city; romantic hidden streets; and an abundance of galleries, museums and theatres; there is no shortage of diversity and variety.
The memory of the Counts of Celje is still alive at the Old Castle (www.grad-celje.com) which dominates Castle Hill and offers a beautiful view over Celje and its surroundings. Here you can relive the past with medieval feasts
Taking the "Celeia - town under the town" tour archaeological exhibition, you can experience Celje during the antiquity period, as well as walk on a preserved ancient Roman road.
At the prince's mansion, the former residence of the Counts, and later, during the 14th and 15th century, the Princes of Celje, you can take a look at the permanent exhibition named "The Counts of Celje".
Both the archaeological exhibition and the prince's mansion are maintained by the regional museum (www.pokmuz-ce.si), which is renowned for the fantastic 17th century Celje ceiling located in the gala hall of the Old Manor House.
|Celje by night|
The Celje Museum of Recent History (www.muzej-nz-ce.si) provides an exhibition named "Living in Celje". Here you can walk along a reconstructed craftsmen's road, taking you back to a period when handicraft in the town was flourishing.
Admirers of modern art should not miss exhibitions at the Likovni Salon Gallery and Gallery of Contemporary Art (www.celeia.info/).
Celje is a friendly place for families, offering a variety of activities for children of all generations: puppet shows; Halloween events; carnivals; holiday workshops; open-air games; and the one-of-a-kind children's Wonderland. You can also visit the only children's museum in Slovenia - Herman's Den, which is located inside the Celje Museum of Recent History (www.muzej-nz-ce.si).
Everyone who values untouched nature can visit the surrounding hills by foot or by bike. The Celje Hut, a popular skiing centre during winter, is particularly attractive. In the summer, you can enjoy several sports activities such as hiking, biking and luging (www.celjska-koca.si).
The city is also unique for Šmartno Lake (www.smartinsko-jezero.com), which is within walking distance from the city centre, providing a green suburban oasis. Thanks to the intact nature and allure for all generations, it continues to increase in popularity with excursions and tourists. You can walk around the lake past the ship, "Queen Of The Lake" and the magical houses of Zelen'dol.