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World's Strangest Prisons

Hostel Celica, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Plenty of old jails are turned into hotels, but how many maintain their original prison bars on the doors and windows? Having to push open the bars to get to your room brings a taste of real prison life to the experience. Inside, though, is a nicer décor than what the inmates had: each of the 20 former prison cells has a unique design, created by a team of more than 50 Slovenian and international artists.

What You’ll See: The hostel’s ground floor contains three cafés that serve everything from booze to hookahs. Also, be sure to check out the two former solitary-confinement cells that remain intact in the basement.

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