Celje Old Castle

Celje Old Castle, which was built by Vovbržans above the old square in the second half of the 12th or the beginning of the 13th century, was taken over by Lords Žovneški after the death of the last Vovbržan. The new owners changed their names to the Counts of Celje after having moved to Celje and turned the castle into a modern residential building.

They also built a 23-metre high four-storey tower that was later named Friderich’s Tower. After the end of the Counts of Celje era, the appearance and purpose of the castle were changed on several occasions: the roofing was taken off and quarry stones were used to build the Novo Celje Mansion; the castle was also used as quarry. In the mid 19th century, Styria nobility took over the tower and the endeavours for its renovation started after the Celje Museum Society was established in 1882 and that continues to this day.
 
Celje Old Castle received new premises of the modern Tourist Information Centre and Veronika Café. Friderich’s Tower has also been restored, and this makes it an even friendlier tourist point. The permanent exhibition of the Celje Regional Museum reveals the rich history of the Counts of Celje. If you want to explore the castle and its history by yourself, there are many information boards to help you.
Celje Old Castle turns into a venue of the traditional medieval event called “The Land of Celje Invites You” (Dežela Celjska vabi) every last Saturday in August.
 
Programmes (upon prior arrangement):
guided tours, castle feast, knight’s dubbing ceremony, organisation of weddings.
 
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