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Gostilna Kmetec

One of our favourite gostilne anywhere, the Kmetec sits high in the hills, looking Celje's old castle square in the face. Offerings are on the meaty side – lamb chops, boar and other game – but don't fail to try the…
Museum in Celje

Celje Regional Museum

A birch-lined park along the Savinja River's northern embankment has an open-air lapidary of Roman remains unearthed in the Celje area, overlooked by the 16th-century Old Counts' Mansion, a lovely Renaissance buildi…
Historic Building in Celje

Princes' Palace

Sometimes referred to as the Lower Castle (Spodnij grad), this 4th-century structure houses an important branch of the Celje Regional Museum. In the cellar is the City under the City, a complete 3rd-century Roman ro…
Ruins in Celje

Roman Necropolis

Some 12km west of Celje, Šempeter is the site of a reconstructed Roman necropolis of wealthy families living in the area. The burial ground contains four complete tombs and scores of columns, stellae and fragments c…
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…
Cave in Celje

Pekel Jama

A visit to 'Hell Cave' (note the outline of a devil at the entrance), some 4km north of the Roman necropolis, is quite a heavenly experience. A one-hour tour will take you 1200m from the lower wet area to the upper …
Museum in Celje

Josip Pelikan Photo Studio

Looking like an over-sized greenhouse (to let in the light), the Josip Pelikan Photo Studio is the complete studio of a pioneering early 20th-century Celje photographer and part of the Museum of Recent History. His …
Museum in Celje

Eko Muzej

Halfway between Šempeter and Celje in Žalec, this museum is dedicated to hops (hmelj) – Štajerska is famous for them – and the noble art of brewing. August to October are the best times to visit, when there are plen…
International in Celje

Restavracija Evropa

This stunning eatery in the Hotel Evropa has superb international cuisine and some very inspired decor. We love the Manet-like portraits of film and rock stars (though we don’t get the connection either). Have a loo…
Pizza in Celje

Koper

Despite bearing the name of Slovenia's largest port town, the menu skips the coastal connection, focusing instead on Koper's Italian heritage in its menu of mostly pizza and pasta. The pizzas in particular, baked in…