Celje is a city on the Savinja River in the Pohorje-Savinjska region of Slovenia.

Get in

Celje is situated half way between Ljubljana and Maribor on the A1 highway, approximately one-hour drive from either. It is also served by Ljubljana - Maribor railway line with trains running twice an hour on workdays.

Get around

The town has a population of about 50,000, but it's very compact. The best way to get around is on foot. Almost everything's within walking distance.


A cobblestone street in the old town

The downtown part of Celje is very old, and very beautiful. There are two churches, as well as an "Old Celje" section. On the top of a hill overlooking the town is the Stari Grad castle, built in the 1400s. A vehicle is recommended to get to it. It has a tower with several staircases, but the climb is worth it. Once on top, the view of Celje is absolutely spectacular and breathtaking.

Beside medieval remains, Celje is also famous for its multitude of remains from the ancient Roman Empire (from 1st century C.E.), when it was a rich Roman settlement called Celeia. The Celje Regional Museum holds remains from gravesites, roads etc. Remains of various buildings and the ancient city walls are also scattered around the town itself.

You can see an office guide from the town's tourism agency here.


The obvious thing to do in Celje is simply walk, and take in the amazing views of all the historic buildings they have. Spend a whole day just walking around and taking pictures. In some places, they have the original cobblestone roads, which are beautiful. The old part of town is rather sleepy, so there's usually not much to do besides sightseeing.


Shopping malls with movie theatre and the fairground are located some 2 km north of the centre, along Mariborska rd.



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