A prison is probably the last place most of us would want to spend the night, right? However, in some cases people are actually paying their way to experience life behind bars.
Located in Slovenia’s capital city – Ljubljana, Hostel Celica is an artistically renovated building that was once a former prison dating back to 1883. It was closed down following the departure of the Yugoslav army in 1991. Here guests have the opportunity to sleep in a cell which includes mezzanine bunk beds along with metal bars on the door and barred windows. There are 20 cells, each one that has a unique design and was renovated by a different artist – giving guests the ultimate jailhouse feeling.
Run by a non-profit organization that was created by students at the University of Ljubljana, Hostel Celica helps to promote and develop youth tourism in Slovenia. The hostel has become a highly popular tourist attraction, even offering guided tours daily.
Hostel Celica has been named on various travel centric lists including 2007 Rough Guides’ 25 Ultimate Experiences – Places to Stay, as well as 2005 Lonely Planet’s Blue List as #1 on their list of the World’s Hippest Hostels.
So, lock yourself in and enjoy the experience!
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