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Gostilna Kmetec

One of our favourite gostilna (inn-like restaurant) anywhere, the Kmetec sits high in the hills, looking Celje's old castle square in the face. Offerings are on the meaty side – venison, boar, steak cooked in hay – …
Museum in Celje

Celje Regional Museum

This branch of the Celje Regional Museum's collection is housed in a grand Renaissance building called the Old Count's Mansion. The 1st floor is home to a dozen rooms featuring interiors from the baroque to Secessio…
Museum in Celje

Princes' Palace

This 4th-century structure houses an important branch of the Celje Regional Museum. In the cellar is the City under the City exhibition: partial remains of Roman Celeia's 3rd-century decumanus maximus (main west-eas…
Castle in Celje

Old Castle Celje

The largest fortress in Slovenia, this castle is perched on a 407m-high escarpment about 2km southeast of the Old Town; the walk up via a footpath from Cesta na Grad takes about half an hour. The castle was original…
Square in Celje

Krekov Trg

The mammoth Celje Hall, with its turreted neo-Gothic facade, dominates Krekov trg. It was built in 1907 as the social centre for German-speaking Celjani. In the middle of the square a bronze statue celebrating Alma …
Museum in Celje

Eco Museum of Hop Growing

Based in an old hop-drying house in Žalec (10km west of Celje), this museum is dedicated to hop growing in the area. Before technology lightened the farming load somewhat, around 30,000 hop-pickers used to flood int…
Fountain in Celje

Green Gold Beer Fountain

What other liquid would you expect a fountain to dispense deep in the heart of hop-growing country? Yep, Žalec (10km west of Celje) is home to the world's first beer fountain. Don't expect free-flowing amber nectar,…
Bistro in Celje

Gostilna Oštirka

Casual-chic dining comes complete with charming service at this glass-walled restaurant across the road from the market. The menu here is stronger on smaller dishes than meat and seafood mains, with soups to die for…
Bar in Celje

Kuba Libre

This casual spot with re-purposed school chairs and old benches for seating can get crammed on Friday and Saturday nights with a young crowd downing craft beers and cocktails. The acid-jazz background music makes a …
Ruins in Celje

Roman Celeia

In 2013 archaeologists unearthed the remnants of two late 3rd-century Roman villas, complete with surviving mosaic flooring, along Celje's main square. The ruins have now been beautifully presented within a glassed-…