Escape and explore
Hostel Celica is a genuine jackpot however you look at it. It’s in the centre of the city, just a few hundred metres from the bus and train station of Ljubljana, and only a couple of minutes away from all the main sights in the city. When you finally succeed in escaping Hostel Celica’s charms (and there are quite a few), you’re only a short walk away to the old city centre. Hostel Celica is also a great starting point for exploring other parts of Slovenia.
Here are our 5 recommendations for the best experience of the city.
Have fun at Metelkova
First things first. One of the main attractions of Ljubljana is right at the entrance to our hostel. Metelkova Mesto is an attractive community, which, just like Hostel Celica, found its home in the former military barracks. Check out the lively musical and cultural events that bring various artists and visitors together every night.
Visit Ljubljana Castle for the best view
For best views, go high. Climb to the Ljubljana Castle, the main attraction of Ljubljana and the only one that overlooks the whole city. If you’re not fond of walking uphill, you can take the funicular, which will take you all the way to the top of the Castle Hill. In both cases, you will be rewarded with exceptional views.
The Castle is also a great spot to get your fill of culture and history: you can attend cultural events only minutes after exploring the Castle’s rich history. Or, if you’re really adventurous, play the Castle Escape game and free the Ljubljana dragon. Don't forget to ask for discounted tickets for castle experiences. Oh, and a pro tip: if you need a truly romantic spot, the sunsets from the Castle Hill are fantastic.
Ljubljana is a beautiful city, but how do you pronounce that name?!
Some are breaking their tongues trying to pronounce it. There are “-lj”s and even “-blj”! What the heck!? But no worries, it is not difficult at all when you find out that “J”s in Slovenian are pronounced as “Y”s in English.
Discover culinary treats
The old city centre of Ljubljana seems as if it were created for aimless wandering and discovering hidden corners. Enjoy the city like a local. Go for good coffee, craft beers and excellent food in one of the many cafés or restaurants along the Ljubljanica river. This is the best way to feel the pulse of the city and blend in with the locals.
Explore by bike
You can easily explore Ljubljana on foot, but with a bicycle, you can visit hidden corners several times. The centre of the city is closed for car traffic, so bikes are a perfect way to explore the city with wind in your hair.
You can rent one of our bikes or one of the city bikes, called “bicikelj”, and get lost in the streets. When you get tired, take a relaxing rest in the greenery of Tivoli Park.
Ana is for biking
Ana, who works at the bar and reception, recommends those activities to our guests that she enjoys herself. She feels like a true Ljubljana girl when she cruises around town on her bicycle, and suggests our guests to do the same by renting the vintage bikes at the Hostel.
Ana recommends: activities around Ljubljana
"Visit the hidden pearls of Ljubljana and don't forget to go to the Ljubljana Castle for the best view."
Ana, bar and reception
See the beautiful Slovenia
Hostel Celica is a perfect starting point for day trips around Slovenia, our chicken-shaped country. Take one-day excursions to the surroundings of Ljubljana or visit the main attractions such as Bled, Piran, Postojna Cave …
Anywhere you go, you will be able to be back in Ljubljana in the evening. And you will still have plenty of time to share your impressions with others while drinking a nice refreshing cocktail right in our summer garden.
“With organised excursions or on your own, our little chicken-shaped country is a true gem for exploration.”
Linda, reception assistant