Medieval stories: Celje Castle

Medieval stories: Celje Castle

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I am sure that, if you are a history fan, one of the most interesting things when visiting a new country, must be old, magnificent castles that are rising above the city and giving away that medieval charm that just lurks you in and invites you to discover their stories. One of these fortifications in Slovenia is Celje Castle, which stands on a hill above Slovenia’s third largest city. So, if you ever find yourself in Celje, you should definitely take a trip to this historical creation.

Get to know the castle

Being the largest medieval castle in Slovenia, Celje Castle is standing on a 407 m high hill, offering a magnificent view of the city of Celje. It was originally built in the early 13th century and transformed a century later. The walk up to the castle is not long and takes about a half an hour. When you arrive at the castle, you can take a walk and use a bit of your imagination to travel back in time or enjoy the beautiful view over the city and the river Savinja that runs through it. There are also various guided tours available for those who wish to know more details about the castle’s history.

The Counts of Celje

One of the things Celje Castle is most known for is the most influential late medieval noble dynasty on present-day Slovenian territory – the Counts of Celje, who lived in the castle. Some of their descendants are still alive today. This fortification was renovated and transformed when the first Count of Celje – Frederik I moved there with his wife and four children and their dynasty began. After the demise of the Counts of Celje, the castle was inherited by the Habsburg dynasty.

Celje Castle doesn’t have a special museum or stored things on display, but there are several concerts and medieval themed events that take place there, especially in the warmer months. The entry price is 4€ per person, and you get a 1€ coupon to have a drink, a cup of coffee or even enjoy some desserts in Café Veronika, that is located in the castle. There is also a modern tourist info centre, where you can have a look at the promotional brochures, get more information about the castle, the city of Celje and its surroundings and other sights and events nearby, or buy a nice souvenir to bring back home with you.

Cafe Veronika, Celje Castle
Cafe Veronika, Celje Castle
Cesta na Grad 78, 3000 Celje, Slovenia

A trip to Celje Castle is perfect for those who wish to spend a relaxing afternoon outdoor in Celje and learn some interesting historical facts and magical stories about the city itself and the most powerful medieval dynasty on the Slovenian territory.

Celje castle
Celje castle
Cesta na Grad 78, 3000 Celje, Slovenië

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Darja

Darja

I’m Darja, from Slovenia, always excited to meet new people, try out new things, especially sports and baking sweets... as well as share with you about my country.

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