With its time-warp historical centre, fabulous architecture, excellent museums and enormous castle looming over the picturesque Savinja River, Celje might appear to have won the tourism sweepstakes. But for some reason it gets perennially overlooked in favour of Maribor and Ptuj – so making it here can feel like a bit of a discovery.
Celje’s compact Old Town is bordered by Levstikova ulica and Gregorčičeva ulica to the north and northwest, the area around the Lower Castle to the west, the train tracks to the east and the Savinja River to the south.
The town has two main squares: Glavni trg, at the southern end of pedestrian Stanetova ulica, and Krekov trg, opposite the train station. The main bus station is 300m north of the train station, opposite the huge Celeia shopping mall on Aškičeva ulica. Local buses stop south of the train station on Ulica XIV Divizije.