Panoramic view at the band of river Savinja, the picture was taken from the castle hill. In a bright sunny days view from the castle hill is fantastic, almost ten kilometres far away. That's why the castle had so big strategic importance and was almosr invincible in its times.
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THIS LOVELY BRONZE IS IN FRONT OF THE BUILDING.
Attracted here by the Alma Karlin exhibition. In a beautiful old building there's displays of the history of the area and a collection of paintings, furniture etc, all moderately interesting. On the other hand really enjoyed the Alma Karlin exhibition, information about her early life and tthe travels she undertook as an adult. Incredible journey.
Puts most of us to shame still, visit while you can.
Born in Celje there's a statue of her on Krekov Trg, just over the road from the railway station.
An exhibiton of her works and travel at the Regional Museum is fascinating and well worth a visit. (tip later)
High on a mountain overlooking Celje this is a fantastic place to visit. Luckily a clear Autumnal day for us and views over the city and surrounding areas breathtaking.
Castle itself is partially restored and you're pretty much free to wander around the grounds at will once you've paid the small admission fee (2Euro 10/10).
Lovely cafe to visit afterwards too.
Lucky enough to arrive in Celje soon after the first issue of this free guide. It's given away in hotels, restaurants and also the Tourisit Office.
There's lots of good local info in it and a decent map, we found it very useful.
The Celje Municipal Savings Bank was built in neo-renaissance style by the Celje Municpal Savings Bank, and for some years, it hosted the headquarters of the administrative court for the territory of Slovenia.
Built in neogothic style between 1.905 and 1.906, it was the former German House and the centre of the german population of Celje. After the 1st World War, it was renamed as The Celje Hall (Celjski Dom).
The Capuchin church is located on the South of Celje, beyond river Savinja. It dates back to the 17th century. On the high altar, you can see a painting portraying Saint Cecilia, patron saint of music.
The Savinja is the river that flows through Celje. We walked along it to get to the Stara grofija palace. On our side of the river there were grass and trees, while the opposite side had some beautiful villas and churches.
The old castle was built on a rock beyond river Savinja, from where they could keep everything under control. The original building dates of the 13th century, under Counts Heunbergs; the palace was added and the gardens were arranged in the 16th century. After being abandoned, the castle was bought by another count in the 17th century.
Today, after much restoration work, you can see the ancient tower, the walls, and the huge Frederic's tower dating of the end of the 14th century.
Unfortunately, we had little time (as we only stopped in Celje on our way to Ljubljana), so we could only take a picture of the castle from afar. I will visit it if I go to Celje again one day.
The Celjski dom (Celje home) was built by German-speaking inhabitants of Celje at the beginning of the 20th century in opposition to the Slovenian Narodni dom. Today, it houses the city hall and the main Tourist Information Centre (TIC) of Celje, which is actually small if you think this is Slovenija's third largest city.
Glavni trg is a quiet square that you will see if you visit Sveti Danijel church. However, you should also have a look at the buildings surrounding the square, among which the Glasbena šola, the local academy of music. Worth remarking is also the statue of Virgin Mary, the patron of Celje.
The street dedicated to the greatest Slovenian poet and national hero, France Prešeren, is a pedestrian street connecting the theatre to the railway station. It is bordered by beautiful buildings, some of which dates back to the beginning of the 20th century.
The Celjski stolp is the most interesting attraction in the Stara grofija palace. This building houses several museums, but we only had time to see the famous Celje ceiling. It is located on the noble floor and is the first secular painting in the Slovenian territory, and the highest expression of local art from Gothic to Baroque. It consists of eleven distempered panels; the central part is a perspective view of columns with towers standing out against a sky with angels. The smaller panels depicts the seasons and battle scenes.
In the room with the Celje ceiling you can also see other art stuff. Look at more photos in this travelogue.