Celje – The Town of Counts

Celje – The Town of Counts

Celje is a town, closely connected to its history. Already the Romans gave it a good foundation, and at the height of its glory it was one of the most important European cities. This was the place where one of the most powerful families reigned, with power and influence equivalent to the Habsburgs. Under their castle, the city developed in a modern, heavily fortified and vibrant centre. And it remains as such even today. With many museums, connection to nature and experiences it is one of the most beautiful Slovenian cities.

OVERVIEW

DAY 1:
Celje has a rich history and its oldest is hidden underground. Rich and extremely well-preserved archaeological remains from the Roman times will show us the magnificence of a Roman city. A walk almost 2,000 years back in history will definitely create a unique experience. However, the city of Celje was not only important in the Roman times - because of the Counts of Celje, it was a city that in its time could compete with the large Vienna. In the Princely Palace, you will be able to get a closer look of the history from the late Middle Ages onwards, when the princes of Celje moved from the old castle to a more comfortable building in the city centre. Then we will have lunch that will give us energy for a visit to the city centre with its lively throb. Accommodation at the Rimske Terme Hotel will provide relaxation in nature, while dinner will satisfy your stomach and wellness will release any tension in your muscles.

DAY 2:
The remains of the once mighty castle are still standing, and after breakfast, a stroll through the Middle Ages will offer a lot of information about once one of the greatest families in Europe. They spread their power and political influence far beyond what was then Europe, shaping the fate of a wider geographical area. The first of Celje's Counts to move to the Old Castle of Celje with his wife and four children was Frederick I. Upon moving in, he thoroughly transformed the castle and enlarged it into a living residence. The Castle then gradually expanded. Around 1,400, a four-storey tower called the Friedrick Tower was built on the hill, as well as the defence wall, which both were preserved to this date. You will definitely enjoy lunch in a nearby restaurant, and then we will head back to the centre and visit the 1899 Josip Pelikan Photographic Museum with its rich collection of photographic equipment. In the end, you can change into old-fashioned clothes and take a photo as a souvenir.

PACKAGE PRICE PER PERSON

  • Individually, with own transport: 249 €
  • Private tour with a guide and transport: from 335 €
  • Group travel: from 255 €

THE ADVENTURE/PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Tour of Celje
  • Visit to the Princely Palace and the Regional Museum
  • Tour of the archaeological exhibition “City under the City”
  • Tour of the Celje Castle
  • Tour of Josip Pelikan's Museum
  • Souvenir photo in old-fashioned clothes
  • 2 x lunch in a selected restaurant
  • 1 x dinner
  • 1 x accommodation with breakfast at Rimske terme hotel****

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Program can be carried out from 1 April to 31 October, arrivals possible every day of the week
  • The program is intended for individual travellers, groups of 2-7 persons and larger groups for which the program can be adapted
  • Possible to combine two or more packages
  • Tourist fee is included in the price

Hotel Rimski dvor ****

The hotel complex encompasses the Rimski dvor, Sofijin dvor and Zdraviliški dvor hotels. It is situated next to a forest nestled in the heart of Rimske Toplice and offering a beautiful view of the Savinja River.

The surroundings offer a myriad options for trips (Celje with the castle, Celje Hut, home of Anton Aškerc, Velenje Mining Museum, etc.). Rimske Toplice also boast a rich history, primarily as a health resort town. The town hosted many famous people in the past such as Vuk Karadžić, Emperor Ferdinand I, Archduke John of Austria, Princess Victoria, Napoleon's sister, Princess Murat and many others.

Immerse yourself in the pleasures of the healing water from the depths of the Amalija Spring and the Roman Spring – the acrothermal water in Rimske Toplice is believed to be one of the richest in Slovenia. At the wellness centre, you can enjoy yourself as the ancient Romans once did thanks to the swimming pools being modelled on Roman baths. You can discover your inner peace in the completely renovated Varinia Sauna Land with an even more extensive offer. After a stint in the sauna, treat yourself to a peeling programme, Kneipp baths, ancient baths and body care programmes.

The Rimski dvor central hotel offers 68 modernly appointed rooms and suites. The common areas and hotel rooms feature Latin sayings and proverbs. What does the inscription above your headboard say? Was it selected at random? Rooms are air conditioned and feature an LCD TV, mini bar and free WiFi. They also offer a few exclusive suites with saunas, massage baths and round beds.

The Restaurant of Emperor Ferdinand offers an opulent self-service buffet. If you fancy a bite during the day, visit the À la Carte Restaurant Sofija where they offer local delicacies and afterwards treat yourself to excellent desserts made by the master bakers of the Café of Princess Victoria.

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Hotel Sofijin dvor ****

The hotel complex encompasses the Rimski dvor, Sofijin dvor and Zdraviliški dvor hotels. It is situated next to a forest nestled in the heart of Rimske Toplice which is deemed to be one of the most beautiful towns in Slovenia. The hotel complex offers a beautiful view of the Savinja River.

The excellent position in the Savinja River valley, which is surrounded by unspoilt forests, is beneficial for the respiratory system so you should make sure to take a walk or do a run during the day. Take a guilt-free breather on the Sofija terrace or go up the Sofija viewing tower. The magnificent environment with unique healing water will take you back into the past, a true Roman paradise, and you may experience the peace and relaxation that Emperor Ferdinand I, Archduke John of Austria and Napoleon's sister experienced before you. Military officers also liked to come here as they knew about the healing effects of thermal water.

Today, you too can enjoy the various beneficial effects. The warm springs at Rimske Terme are located approximately 1000 m below the Earth's surface. The indoor and outdoor pools are filled with thermal mineral water with a pleasant temperature. Special pleasures await you in the massage pools and you can also top your experience off with a visit to the Varinia Sauna Land or get an exfoliation treatment, bathe in the ancient baths and treat yourself to various beauty programmes.

The Sofijin dvor hotel offers 43 modernly appointed rooms and suites. The common areas and hotel rooms feature Latin sayings and proverbs. What does the inscription above your headboard say? Was it selected at random? Rooms are air conditioned and feature an LCD TV, mini bar and free WiFi. They also offer a few exclusive suites with saunas.

Have your choice of local delicacies prepared at the À la Carte Restaurant Sofija and be sure to try the gourmet burgers. The Restaurant of Emperor Ferdinand has an opulent offer of self-service dishes, and you can treat yourself to excellent desserts made by the master bakers of the Café of Princess Victoria afterwards.

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Hotel Zdraviliški dvor ****

Zdraviliški dvor is part of a hotel complex which also encompasses the Rimski dvor and Sofijin dvor hotels. In the heart of Rimske Toplice, next to a forest and with a view of the Savinja River, you are certain to find a place for yourself.

They say that all of the recoveries are thanks to the eternally young nymphs that supposedly live in the thermal water. You can try for yourself what kinds of beneficial effects rise from the springs at the depth of nearly 1000 m below the Earth's surface. Enjoy the healing springs and recharge with energy for everyday tasks. You are warmly welcome to visit the Wellness Centre and the Sauna Land. You can swim in the indoor and outdoor swimming polls and get a tan on the terrace.

Fill your lungs with fresh air in the nearby forests, admire the surroundings while running – you will be surprised to find that this is the home to the giant sequoia trees, Canadian hemlock, Thujopsis dolabrata, cypress, yew tree, Californian cedar tree … If the mighty and magnificent courts do not pique your interest, visit the Celje Castle or walk through the centre of Rimske Terme.

The Zdraviliški dvor hotel offers 76 modernly appointed rooms and suites. The common areas and hotel rooms feature Latin sayings and proverbs. What does the inscription above your headboard say? Was it selected at random? Rooms are air conditioned and feature an LCD TV, mini bar and free WiFi.

Not sure what to eat? Mmmm … amazing aromas emanate from the self-service restaurant where they will prepare delicacies for breakfast and dinner for you. When hunger strikes during the day, ask for some local delicacies at the À la Carte Restaurant Sofija. Look for the water fountain with thermal water and enjoy this amazing source of healing.

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Celeia – Town Beneath Today's Town

The archaeological exhibition site - Town Beneath Today's Town in the cellars of the Princely Palace is the largest presentation so far of the remains of Roman Celeia in situ. Its silent yet picturesque testimony invites you to walk among its ancient walls bearing witness to the town’s rich history.

The favourable, protected position along a bend of the Savinja River, rich hinterland of the Savinja Valley and the intersection of trade routes attracted our ancestors to inhabit the area of present-day Celje as early as in prehistoric times. The oldest settlement on Miklavž Hill is known from the late Bronze Age and early Iron Age (9th to 6th century B.C.), while the Celtic Tauri tribe established one of their important centres on a terrace of Miklavž Hill above the town park in the late Iron Age. The remains of a silver coin mint among other things testify of this Celtic settlement.

In 15 B.C. the kingdom of Noricum, and the oppidum of Celeia being its part, was annexed to the Roman state. During the rule of Emperor Claudius (41-54 A.D.) in the period when Noricum became a Roman procuratorial province, Celeia was one of the first in the province to acquire the status of municipium (independent town), with the full name of the Municipium Claudium Celeia. In the following two centuries town reached its greatest expansion and also physical growth. During the late classical period, Celeia became significantly smaller, and after the turn of the 6th century, the once flourishing town was hardly ever mentioned.

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Celje Castle

Romantic, enticing, magnificent, dark, frightening – the Old Castle of Celje. It is a must-see sight for all visitors to Celje regardless of where they are from. A mighty walled caste towering over the city is sure to leave you speechless. Once you visit it, it will stay in your memories forever.

The earliest written record of the Old Castle of Celje dates from 1323. Its image used to be much more modest as it only comprised of a Romanesque palladium with the rampart. The Castle took its present form later when it came into the possession of the Counts of Celje, the most famous and most important ruling family on the territory of present-day Slovenia. They expanded their authority and political power deep into then Europe and were thus masters of the destiny of a broader geographical area. Frederick I was the first to move to the Old Castle of Celje with his wife and four children. After moving in, he fundamentally transformed the Castle and enlarged it into a comfortable residence. Later on, the Castle gradually expanded. Around 1400, the Counts also erected a four-storey defence tower on a nearby hill that was subsequently referred to as Frederick’s Tower and the defence wall that have been preserved until today. The tower was named after Frederick II who was imprisoned there. The Dynasty of the Counts of Celje ended with the death of the last male member, Ulrich II.

When the Castle was renovated, it also obtained a modern Tourist Information Centre and Veronika Café and turned into an attractive tourist site offering a wonderful view of the city and the surrounding countryside. At the Tourist Information Centre, visitors can obtain leaflets and other materials on the Castle, Celje and its surrounding and the sights and various events. Various souvenirs and products of arts and crafts can also be purchased.

Every last Saturday in August, the Celje Old Castle is the venue of a traditional medieval festival "Dežela Celjska vabi" ("Land of Celje invites"). Throughout the summer, the program Live History taking place there offers an immersive experience as the visitors can become a part of “alive” history and take part in sword fights with knights, shoot with bows, flirt with the princesses, unleash their creativity in medieval workshops, etc.

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Josip Pelikan

His parents owned a photographic studio in Prague and moved to Tarvisio, where there was a vacant place for photography. There the young Pelikan first came across photography that let a lifelong mark in his career. After his mother's death and his father's remarriage, the family moved to Idrija in 1894, and the son began to learn more about his father's art of photography, which included not only the technique of dry, factory-made, but also home-made, wet photographic plates, which gave photos a more beautiful tone. At a Falcon performance in Brežice, Josip met the girl he married in 1910 and founded a modest photographic studio in the town. Two years later, Pelikan set up a new house with a studio in Idrija and became independent. In 1920, he moved to Celje, to the house of Prof. Jarc, which was connected to the studio of the former Celje photographer Lenz. He bought the house with the studio and Celje thus became the centre of his photographic creativity until his death.

Already on May 4, 1910, he was issued a photographic license, and for 67 years he performed the role of the visual memory of his environment, most of that time in Celje and the surrounding area. He has trained many excellent photographers, and his extensive photographic opus covers all the major events of his time; both world wars, the birth and collapse of countries, events and personalities, and in quieter times he often devoted himself to the beauty of nature - especially the mountain world. His extensive photographic legacy, which is kept in parts by many institutions in Celje and, in particular, by the Museum of Contemporary History of Celje, represents a true legend of Celje photography and is renowned for exceptional quality.

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  • H1 Hotel Rimski dvor ****
  • H2 Hotel Sofijin dvor ****
  • H3 Hotel Zdraviliški dvor ****
  • 4 Celeia – Town Beneath Today's Town
  • 5 Celje Castle
  • 6 Josip Pelikan

Transfer from the airport

Guests arriving by air will be offered comfortable transfers at competitive prices from close by airports. Our chauffeur will meet you at the arrival and will bring you back safely and on time
to the airport at the departure. You can cancel the transfer from your home to the hotel without expenses within 72 hours prior to scheduled transfer. You will receive the information about the exact time of departure a day before the scheduled transfer.

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