MARIBOR

Slovenia

Maribor is the second most important centre and the second largest city of Slovenia. It has about 114.000 inhabitants who live embraced in its wine growing hills and the Mariborsko Pohorje mountain. Located near Slovenian border with Austria, beside the Drava River and at the centre of five natural geographic regions, Maribor is the capital of Štajerska, the Slovenian Styria.

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Maribor is the second most important centre and the second largest city of Slovenia. It has about 114.000 inhabitants who live embraced in its wine growing hills and the Mariborsko Pohorje mountain. Located near Slovenian border with Austria, beside the Drava River and at the centre of five natural geographic regions, Maribor is the capital of Štajerska, the Slovenian Styria.

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POPULATION : 95,881
FOUNDED : 
TIME ZONE :• Time zone CET (UTC+01)
• Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02)
LANGUAGE : Slovenian
RELIGION :
AREA : 41.0 km2 (15.8 sq mi)
ELEVATION : 275 m (902 ft)
COORDINATES : 46°33′27.4″N 15°38′43.8″E
SEX RATIO : Male: 49.7%
 Female: 50.3%
ETHNIC :
AREA CODE : 02
POSTAL CODE : 2000
DIALING CODE : +386 02
WEBSITE :  www.maribor.si

Tourism

Maribor is a trans-regional financial, educational, trade and cultural centre. And since it`s pleasantly small and lodged in the nature of Pohorje Mountain on the one side, the wine growing hills on the other, and with the river Drava wending its way through it, Maribor has grown into one of the country’s most important tourist destinations. Its key features are: the rich wine culture (the oldest vine in the world, numerous wine roads and wine cellars), the old town`s cultural offer (theatre, traditional events, galleries and museums), and the recreational activities (hiking, cycling and skiing).

Maribor is situated among the Pohorje Mountain, the Slovenske gorice Hills and the Kozjak Hills on the gravel terrace of the Drava Valley. The river Drava divides the city on the so-called left (north) and the right (south) bank. The city`s old town core is situated on the left bank of the river Drava. On north, Maribor is embraced with the town (wine-growing) hills, and on the south-western part of the city, the foothills of the Pohorje Mountain start to rise.

A good first stop in the city is Infopeka, an information center which gives out free advice, free internet usage and free rent-a-bicycle. They can be found across the old bridge from the Glavni Trg, on the right side of the street.

Maribor is known for wine and culinary specialities of international and Slovene cuisine (mushroom soup with buckwheat mush, tripe, sour soup, sausages with Sauerkraut, cheese dumplings, apple strudel, special cheese cake called gibanica). There are also many popular restaurants with Serbian cuisine. The Vinag Wine Cellar (Vinagova vinska klet), with the area of 20.000 m2 (215.28 sq ft) and the length of 2 kilometres (1 mi), keeps 5,5 millions litres of wine. The house of the oldest grapevine in the world (Hiša stare trte) at Lent grows the world's oldest grapevine, which was in 2004 recorded in Guinness World Records. The grapevine of Žametovka is about 440 years old.

History

Mediaeval and early modern history

In 1164, a castle known asCastrum Marchburch ("March Castle") was documented in the March of Drava.The castle was originally built on Piramida Hill, which is located just above the city. Maribor was first mentioned as a market near the castle in 1204, and received town privileges in 1254. It began to grow rapidly after the victory of Rudolf I of the Habsburg dynasty over King Otakar II of Bohemia in 1278. Maribor withstood sieges by Matthias Corvinus in 1480/1481 and by the Ottoman Empire in 1532 and 1683.


Early 20th century

In 1900 the city had a population that was 82.3% Austrian Germans and 17.3% Slovenes (based on the language spoken at home); most of the city's capital and public life was in Austrian German hands. Thus, it was mainly known by its Austrian name Marburg an der Drau. According to the last Austro-Hungarian census in 1910, the city of Maribor and the suburbs Studenci (Brunndorf), Pobrežje (Pobersch), Tezno (Thesen), Radvanje (Rothwein), Krčevina (Kartschowin), and Košaki (Leitersberg) was inhabited by 31,995 Austrian Germans (including German-speakingJews) and only 6,151 ethnic Slovenes. The surrounding area however was populated almost entirely by Slovenes, although many Austrian Germans lived in smaller towns like Ptuj.

During World War I many Slovenes in the Carinthia and Styria were detained on suspicion of being enemies of the Austrian Empire. This led to distrust between Austrian Germans and Slovenes. After the collapse of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire in 1918, Maribor was claimed by both the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs and German Austria. On 1 November 1918, a meeting was held by Colonel Anton Holik in the Meljebarracks, where it was decided that the German-speaking city should be part of German Austria. Ethnic Slovene Major Rudolf Maister, who was present at the meeting, denounced the decision and organised Slovenian military units that were able to seize control of the city. All Austrian officers and soldiers were disarmed and demobilised to the new German Austriastate. The city council then held a secret meeting, where it was decided to do whatever possible to regain Maribor for German Austria. They organised a military unit called the Green Guard (Schutzwehr), and approximately 400 well-armed soldiers of this unit opposed the pro-Slovenian and pro-Yugoslav Major Maister. Slovenian troops surprised and disarmed the Green Guard early in the morning of 23 November. Thereafter, there was no threat to the authority of Rudolf Maister in the city.

On 27 January 1919 Austrian Germans gathered to await the United States peace delegation at the city's marketplace were fired upon by Slovenian troops, who apparently feared the thousands of ethnic German citizens. Nine citizens were killed and some eighteen were seriously wounded; who had actually ordered the shooting has never been unequivocally established. German sources accused Maister's troops of shooting without cause. In turn Slovene witnesses such as Maks Pohar claimed that the Austrian Germans attacked the Slovenian soldiers guarding the Maribor city hall. Regardless of who was responsible, the Austrian German victims all had been without any arms. The German-language media called the incident Marburg's Bloody Sunday.

As Maribor was now firmly in the hands of the Slovenian forces and surrounded completely by Slovenian territory; the city had been recognised as part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes without a plebiscite in the Treaty of Saint-Germain of 10 September 1919 between the victors and German Austria.

After 1918 most of Maribor's Austrian Germans left the Kingdom of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs for Austria. These included the German-speaking officials who had not been from the region. Austrian German schools, clubs, and organizations were ordered closed by the new state of Yugoslavia, even though ethnic Germans still made up more than 25% of the city's total population as late as the 1930s. A policy of cultural assimilation was pursued in Yugoslavia against the Austrian German minority similar to the Germanization policy followed by Austria against its Slovene minority in Carinthia. However, in the late 1930s the policy was abandoned and the Austrian German minority's position improved significantly in an attempt to gain better diplomatic relations with Nazi Germany.


World War II and aftermath

In 1941 Lower Styria, the predominantly Yugoslav part of Styria, was annexed by Nazi Germany. German troops marched into the town at 9 pm on 8 April 1941.

On 26 April Adolf Hitler, who encouraged his followers to "make this land German again", visited Maribor and a grand reception was organised in the city castle by the local Germans. Immediately after the occupation, Nazi Germany began mass expulsions of Slovenes to the Independent State of Croatia, Serbia, and later to theconcentration and work camps in Germany. The Nazi goal was to re-Germanize the population of Lower Styria after the war. Many Slovene patriots were taken hostage and some are believed to have been shot later in the prisons of Maribor and Graz. This led to organised partisans resistance. Maribor was the site of a German prisoner-of-war camp from 1941 to 1945 for many British, Australian, and New Zealand troops who had been captured in Crete in 1941.

The city, a major industrial centre with an extensive armament industry, was systematically bombed by the Allies in the closing years of World War II. A total of 29 bombing raids devastated some 47% of the city area, killing 483 civilians and leaving over 4,200 people homeless. Over 2,600 people died in Maribor during the war.

By the end of the war, Maribor was the most war-damaged major town of Yugoslavia. The remaining German-speaking population, except those who had actively supported the resistance during the war, was summarily expelled at the end of the war in May 1945. At the same time Croatian Home Guard members and their relatives who tried to escape from Yugoslavia were executed by the Yugoslav Army. The existence of nine mass graves in and near Maribor was revealed after Slovenia's independence.


Post-World War II-period

After the Second World War, Maribor made good use of its proximity to Austria and its workforce, and developed into a major transit- and cultural centre of northern Slovenia, which had been enabled by Tito's decision not to build an Iron Curtain at the borders with Austria and Italy and to provide passports to all Yugoslav citizens.

When Slovenia seceded from Yugoslavia in 1991, the loss of the Yugoslav market severely strained the city's economy, which was based on heavy industry. The city saw a record unemployment rate of nearly 25%. After Slovenia entered the European Union in 2004, introduced the Euro currency in 2007, and joined the Schengen treaty, all of the border controls between Slovenia and Austria ceased on 25 December 2007. The economic situation of Maribor after the mid-1990s crisis worsened again with the onset of global economic crisis combined with theEuropean sovereign-debt crisis.

In 2012, Maribor saw the beginning of 2012–13 Maribor protests which spread into 2012–2013 Slovenian protests. During the year 2012 Maribor was one of two European Capitals of Culture. The following year Maribor was the European Youth Capital.

Climate

Maribor has a humid continental climate , bordering on oceanic climate (Köppen: Cfb). Average temperatures hover around zero degrees Celsius during the winter. Summers are generally warm. Average temperatures during the city's warmest month (July) exceed 20 degrees Celsius, which is one of the main reasons for the Maribor wine tradition. The city sees on average roughly 900 mm (35.4 in) of precipitation annually and it's one of the sunniest Slovene cities, with an average of 266 sunny days throughout the course of the year. The most recent temperature heatwave record for August is 40.6 °C, measured at the Maribor–Tabor weather station by the Slovenian Environment Agency (ARSO) on 8 August 2013.

Climate data for Maribor

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)17.4
(63.3)
21.5
(70.7)
26.0
(78.8)
28.0
(82.4)
30.9
(87.6)
34.7
(94.5)
35.8
(96.4)
40.6
(105.1)
31.4
(88.5)
27.2
(81)
21.5
(70.7)
20.7
(69.3)
40.6
(105.1)
Average high °C (°F)3.9
(39)
6.6
(43.9)
11.4
(52.5)
16.2
(61.2)
21.3
(70.3)
24.4
(75.9)
26.6
(79.9)
26.1
(79)
21.4
(70.5)
16.0
(60.8)
9.2
(48.6)
4.4
(39.9)
15.6
(60.1)
Daily mean °C (°F)−0.2
(31.6)
1.7
(35.1)
6.0
(42.8)
10.8
(51.4)
15.8
(60.4)
19.0
(66.2)
21.0
(69.8)
20.3
(68.5)
15.7
(60.3)
10.7
(51.3)
5.1
(41.2)
0.9
(33.6)
10.8
(51.4)
Average low °C (°F)−3.6
(25.5)
−2.3
(27.9)
1.6
(34.9)
5.9
(42.6)
10.5
(50.9)
13.7
(56.7)
15.6
(60.1)
15.4
(59.7)
11.3
(52.3)
6.8
(44.2)
1.8
(35.2)
−2.0
(28.4)
6.2
(43.2)
Record low °C (°F)−21.0
(−5.8)
−20.2
(−4.4)
−15.2
(4.6)
−5.1
(22.8)
−1.1
(30)
3.6
(38.5)
6.3
(43.3)
5.5
(41.9)
−1.0
(30.2)
−5.9
(21.4)
−12.7
(9.1)
−17.6
(0.3)
−21.0
(−5.8)
              
Source: Slovenian Enivironment Agency (ARSO)

Geography

On the Drava River lies Maribor Island (Mariborski otok). The oldest public bath, still important and much visited place in Maribor, is located there.

There are two hills in Maribor: Calvary Hill and Pyramid Hill, both surrounded by vineyards. The latter dominates the northern border of the city. Ruins of the first Maribor castle from the 11th century and a chapel from the 19th century also stand there. The hill offers an easily accessible scenic overlook of Maribor and the countryside to the south over the Drava River.

Subdivisions

The city of Maribor divides into 11 districts (Slovene: mestne četrti) of the City Municipality of Maribor. The Drava River separates the districts of Center, Koroška Vrata, and Ivan Cankar to the north from other districts south of it. The various city districts are connected by four road bridges, a rail bridge and a pedestrian bridge.

  1. Brezje–Dogoše–Zrkovci
  2. Center
  3. Ivan Cankar
  4. Koroška Vrata
  5. Magdalena
  6. Nova Vas
  7. Pobrežje
  8. Radvanje
  9. Studenci
  10. Tabor
  11. Tezno

Internet, Comunication

There is an internet cafe in Partizanska cesta called Mark's cafe. The cafe can be found on the right side of the street (heading towards the centre of the city) between Cafova ulica and Cankarjeva ulica. Free internet access with computers (including Skype and webcam) as well as WiFi can be found in the shopping center Europark on the first floor, next to Comtron shop.

Prices in Maribor

PRICES LIST - EUR

MARKET / SUPERMARKET

Milk1 liter€0.75
Tomatoes1 kg€1.70
Cheese0.5 kg€6.00
Apples1 kg€1.20
Oranges1 kg€1.35
Beer (domestic)0.5 l€1.10
Bottle of Wine1 bottle€4.50
Coca-Cola2 liters€1.50
Bread1 piece€1.10
Water1.5 l€0.50

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RESTAURANTS

Dinner (Low-range)for 2€15.00
Dinner (Mid-range)for 2€25.00
Dinner (High-range)for 2
Mac Meal or similar1 meal€5.00
Water0.33 l€1.03
Cappuccino1 cup€1.40
Beer (Imported)0.33 l€2.00
Beer (domestic)0.5 l€2.20
Coca-Cola0.33 l€1.90
Coctail drink1 drink€8.00

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ENTERTAINMENT

Cinema2 tickets€10.00
Gym1 month€38.00
Men’s Haircut1 haircut€11.00
Theatar2 tickets€50.00
Mobile (prepaid)1 min.€0.10
Pack of Marlboro1 pack€3.90

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PERSONAL CARE

Antibiotics1 pack
Tampons32 pieces€4.50
Deodorant50 ml.€4.30
Shampoo400 ml.€3.25
Toilet paper4 rolls€1.10
Toothpaste1 tube€2.20

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CLOTHES / SHOES

Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)1 pair€87.00
Dress summer (Zara, H&M….)1 pair€36.00
Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas…)1 pair€70.00
Leather shoes1 pair€90.00

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TRANSPORTATION

Gasoline1 liter€1.26
TaxiStart€1.00
Taxi1 km€1.00
Local Transport1 ticket€1.10

Tourist (Backpacker)  

43 € per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • meals in cheap restaurant
  • public transport
  • cheap hotel

Tourist (business/regular)  

137 € per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • mid-range meals and drinks
  • transportation
  • hotel

Transportation - Get In

Transportation - Get In

By plane

Maribor has an international airport, the Edvard Rusjan Airport or simply just Maribor Airport. It provides a seasonal scheduled service to London Southend.

Nearby airports are in Ljubljana (Slovenia), Graz (Austria), Zagreb (Croatia), and Klagenfurt (Austria). Airports in Ljubljana, Graz and Klagenfurt are also destinations of the low-cost carriers easyJet (Ljubljana) and Ryanair (Klagenfurt and Graz). Closest to Maribor is the Graz Airport: trains from the Graz Airport to Maribor leave six times a day, and the journey takes about an hour and a half.

Transportation - Get In

By Train

The Maribor train station is situated in the eastern part of the Maribor city centre (at Partizanska cesta 50). By train, you can travel to Maribor for example from:

  • Vienna Meidling – Maribor (3 h 30 m)
  • Graz – Maribor (1 h)
  • Venezia Santa Lucia – Ljubljana – Maribor (9 - 10 h)
  • Zagreb – Dobova – Zidani most – Celje – Pragersko – Maribor (3 h 30 min)
  • Budapest – Vienna – Graz – Maribor (6 h 30 m)
  • Budapest - Székesfehérvár - Veszprém – Hodoš – Murska Sobota– Ormož – Ptuj – Pragersko – Maribor (6 h 30 m), IC 246/247
  • Budapest – Murakerestur – Zagreb – Maribor (13 h 30 m)
  • Prague – Vienna – Maribor (9 h)

You can find more connections and schedule information at Slovenian Railways (Slovenske železnice).

Transportation - Get In

By car

By car, you can travel to theMaribor region from the direction of Ljubljana (Slovenia) on the A1/E57, from the direction of Zagreb (Croatia) on the E59, from the direction of Budapest (Hungary) on the E59/E65/E71/M7, and from the direction of Trieste (Italy) on the E57/E70. Maribor is located only few minutes from the Austrian border: you can travel to Maribor from the direction of Graz on the A9/E57/E59, from the direction of Klagenfurt on the road B80/B70, and from the direction of Villach on the B80/B70/E66/B83.

In order to use motorways and express roads in Slovenia, a vignette is required. You can purchase the vignette at the border, at petrol stations in Slovenia and neighbouring countries, at post offices in Slovenia, at some kiosks etc. The monthly vignette is € 30, while the weekly one is € 15 (for motorcycles € 7,50).

Between Maribor and other ex-Yugoslavia coutries' capitals is a distance of: Ljubljana 123 km, Zagreb 110 km (Croatia, Sarajevo 487 km (BiH),Belgrade 512 km (Serbia), Podgorica 703 (Montenegro) and Skopje945 km (Macedonia).

Between Maribor and other European cities is a distance of: Paris1299 km (France), Venice 365 km (Italy), Prague 548 km (Czech Republic), Budapest 340 km (Hungary), Berehove 653 km (Ukraine),Shkodra 759 km (Albania), Hamburg 1163 km (Germany), London1488 km (England), Nordkapp 3699 km (Norway), Lisbon 2739 km (Portugal), Belgorod 1925 km (Russia), Thessaloniki 1134 km (Greece),Frankfurt 1050 km, Graz 68 km, Milan 622 km, Munich 493 km, Prague595 km, Salzburg 352 km, Split 460 km, Trieste 216 km, Vienna 255 km,Zürich 803 km.

Transportation - Get In

By bus

The Maribor bus station is situated in the eastern part of the Maribor city centre (at Mlinska ulica 1), only few metres from the main train station. There are a few international bus connections running through Maribor:

~ Ljubljana – Beograd (Serbia)

~ Beograd (Serbia) – Ljubljana

~ Maribor – Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

~ Maribor – Neum (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

~ Maribor – Vienna (Austria)

~ Maribor – Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

~ Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – Maribor

Transportation - Get In

By bike

It is handy to visit the Maribor region by bike, since there are numerous widespread trails over the slopes of the Pohorje Mountain and in the picturesque Maribor surroundings.

If you`re arriving to Maribor from the direction of Italy, Austria or Croatia, you can cycle along the Drava Cycling Route, starting in Dobbiaco (Italy), passing Lienz, Spittall, Villach (Austria), Dravograd, Ruše, Maribor, Ptuj, Ormož (Slovenia), and ending on the Slovenian-Croatian border.


Transportation - Get Around

Transportation - Get Around

On foot

Maribor is quite a small town, so it's easy to get around the city centre on foot. There are two tourist information centres in Maribor: one is located at Partizanska ulica 6a, just next to the Franciscan Church (the red-brick one). The other one is in the Old Vine House on Lent, the oldest part of the town next to the river embankment (at Vojašniška ulica 8). The tourist information centres are open every day, provide free maps, and will help you arrange accommodations. Maps of central Maribor (aerial photos) can also be found in the streets fitted on the walls of houses.

Transportation - Get Around

By bus

Maribor has an extensive bus network, but there is no need to use it unless you want to go to the outer districts of the city. For tourists, bus No. 6 is the most interesting one - it takes you under the Pohorje Mountain (lower station of the cable railway, hotels, apartments and campsites, wellness centre, restaurants, recreational activities: hiking, cycling and skiing etc.).

Some bus numbers are more regular (arriving at stops every 15 minutes) than others (arriving at stops every 30 – 45 minutes). The approximate operation time of the bus lines is from 5AM to 10:30PM on weekdays and from 6AM to 10:30PM on weekends. Two circulator buses run from Monday to Friday from 11:15PM to 12PM. Bus ticket can be purchased either on the bus (€ 1,10 for single-ride ticket) or in advance (2, 6, 10 or 20 ride ticket) in kiosks or at the Main Bus Station (at Mlinska ulica 1).

For visiting the wider surroundings of Maribor, local bus isn`t the best transportation choice due to rather irregular bus frequencies and poor bus links. Car rental recommended.

Transportation - Get Around

By Car

Travelling around Maribor region and its wider surroundings is best by car. Thus, you can fully enjoy the picturesque countryside and visit the most hidden corners of the Pohorje Mountain and the wine hills. There`s a good highway network around Maribor that directly connects the city with smaller places like Ptuj, Murska Sobota and Slovenska Bistrica. Regional roads are well maintained, as well.

If you go to the Maribor city centre by car, it might be difficult to find toll-free parking space during weekdays. Most of the inner city is covered by the "blue zone" that is payable. Alternatives are the parking garage belowTrgovski center City (€ 1,50/hour), the Forum parking garage (€ 1,00/hour), or the Kolosej parking garage (€ 1,20/hour). Usually, the longer you stay, the cheaper it gets. A good chance to find toll-free space might be in the area of the Mestni park. During the day, free parking is also possible in shopping centre Europark. Otherwise, parking in the blue zone gets free after 5PM and on weekends.

Transportation - Get Around

By bike

Maribor has a wide network of cyclepaths. Using a bike to get around, at least the central areas of Maribor, is one of the best choices. Bikes may be rented at the Tourist Information Centre, city hotels Piramida and Orel, cultural centre Pekarna - magdalenske mreže, the main train station, and at the cable railway station (under the Pohorje Mountain). Tourist Information Centre provides city map for cyclists who want to get to know the city from the bike and other cycling maps with cycling routes on the Pohorje Mountain and around the Maribor-Pohorje region. Maribor also hosts annual Mountain Biking World Championship on Pohorje Mountain.

Transportation - Get Around

By taxi

Taxis are available 24h/7. You can go to a taxi rank (at the main train station at Partizanska cesta 50 and along the Svetozarevska street next to the Trg svobode square) or simply order one by phone. There are several taxi companies providing services for a reasonable price (about € 0,70/km), e.g. Taxi Micro, Taxi Štajerka, Taxi Plus etc.

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Shopping

Be sure to buy a bottle of wine. Wines from the region surrounding Maribor are among the best in the world. Especially the white wine. You can buy good quality wine at wine producers or at the normal supermarkets. Buy "bučno olje" (pumpkin seed oil). This oil is a specialty of the Austrian and Slovenian part of Styria and has a very unique and wonderful taste. You can buy good quality oil at the normal supermarkets.

There are many possibilities to go shopping in Maribor. Maribor is now a trans - regional shopping centre. Good places to shop are: Shopping in old city or in shopping centres as Europark, Tuš, Mercator, Qlandia or if you need furniture and gardening equipment the stores Rutar, Merkur, Bauhaus and BauMax.

  • Evropark. Is one of the largest shopping centers in Balkan and Central Europe with a wide variety of service - from clothing stores to restaurants. Has a big free of charge parking house, which is convenient as you can walk from here to the center. Free WiFi available.
  • Trgovski center City is an old shopping mall located in the heart of city offering plenty of clothing shops and a supermarket.
  • Vetrinjska ulica is a small shopping street in the old center starting atGrajski trg place offering loads of boutiques containing all sorts of international brands and very good ice cream at Iglu (on the corner next to the H&M).

Restaurants

  • Gostilna in Pivnica Štajerc (Vetrinjska ulica 30, Tel. 22344234) is a nice inn a few minutes away from Grajski trg. Offers rather traditional cuisine (including a great salad buffet) at reasonable prices. Starters are around 3 € to 6 €, main courses from 7 € to 10 €. Serves home-made beer, brewed in the cellar under the restaurant.
  • Restavracija MakOsojnikova 20 (take bus line 3 and get down at Osojnikova),  +386 (0)2 620 00 53. Open from Monday to Saturday (11:30 - 21:30). If you need break after long journey this is one of the best slow food restaurant in town! Amazing food, nice music and ambient. You will be served by cook himself (you will be surprised how many languages he speaks). For meal you will pay from 18€ up, but it is worth every cent. 18€.

Sights & Landmarks

  • Old Vine (Stara trta). Guinness Book-certified oldest vine in the world (about 450 years old) growing on the front of the Old Vine House in Lent, the oldest part of the town on the enbankment of the Drava river. The Maribor`s Old Vine is given a lot of tourist promotional protocol events – the most famous and most popular is certainly the Vine’s grape harvest - the highlight of the traditional Old Vine Festival (Festival Stare trte) held annually at the end of Septembre.
  • The Old Vine House (Hiša Stare trte). A temple of wine tradition and culture, selling point of souvenirs from the Maribor-Pohorje destination and a tourist information centre, exhibition room with guided tours, place for wine tasting, event room, and the honorary seat of Slovene and international associations, sworn to honouring wine and the wine culture.
  • Vinag Wine Cellar (Vinagova vinska klet), Trg Svobode 3 (In the centre of the city). With 20.000 m2 surface and 2 km length has 5,5 millions litres of excellent wine
  • Lent. The oldest part of the town with the oldest vine in the world and theOld Vine House (Hiša Stare trte), defence towers Water Tower (Vodni stolp) and Judgement Tower (Sodni stolp), the Jewish part with theSynagogue (Sinagoga), Jewish Square (Židovski trg) and Jewish Tower (Židovski stolp), and other interesting sights on the bank of the river Drava.
  • Slomškov Square (Slomškov trg). One of the most charming squares in the city can be found in the western part of the old town core. In the square stand the Cathedral (Stolnica) and a statue of Bishop Anton Martin Slomšek. There is also park with a pool and a small statue of Korlek. The square is surrounded by mighty buildings: the Rectorate of the University of Maribor, the Slovene National Theatre and the building of the main Maribor Post office.
  • Main square (Glavni trg). With the Town Hall (Mestna hiša Rotovž), thePlague Column (Kužno znamenje), and the Aloysius church (Alojzijeva cerkev). The main square is the largest of Maribor's squares and it is one of the most important one in the city centre with historical sights and the hustle and bustle of town life flow. Here you can look at important sights of the old town core; sip coffee and sit out in the sunshine or visit some of the small shops. You can find it in the immediate vicinity of the Old Bridge and the street Koroška cesta.
  • Castle square (Grajski trg). With the Maribor Castle (Mariborski grad), the Maribor Regional Museum (Pokrajinski muzej Maribor), and St. Florian (Sv. Florijan).In the square in the old city centre, which was named after the castle in front of which it spreads, you can feel the lively throb of life in the city. On the square are also: Hotel Orel, in the 19th century a tavern named 'Pri Črnem orlu' and at the same time an important stop of coachmen, Coffeehouse Astoria with its famous "Ezlj ek", a popular meeting place of the Maribor people for many, many years,Town Savings Bank, situated in the home of the once well-known Maribor Scherbraum family and coffeehouses and shops.
  • Maribor Synagogue (Sinagoga Maribor). Built in 14th century, it is the second oldest in Europe (at Židovska ulica 4). Today, it serves as a centre for cultural activities and it offers visitors various events including exhibitions, concerts, literary evenings and round tables. The Synagogue is located in the square Jewish square (Židovski trg) in the former Jewish quarter, which is situated near the Main square (Glavni trg).
  • Water tower (Vodni stolp). One of defence towers built in the 16th century by inhabitants on account of the constant fear of Turkish raids. This mighty Renaissance town fortification can be seen close by the riverDrava at Lent - the street Usnjarska ulica, one of the oldest streets in the town, will lead you past it.
  • Maribor castle (Mariborski grad). Built by Emperor Frederick III in the 15th century to fortify the northwestern part of the town wall. The castle is located right in the centre of Maribor, surrounded by the Castle square(Grajski trg) and the Trg svobode square (Trg svobode). In the castle, you can visit the Maribor Regional Museum.
  • Cathedral (Stolnica). Its History begins in 12th Century. First Bishop Beat. Anton Martin Slomšek. The construction of the cathedral and its further development brought Maribor additional cultural impetus and enforcement. It was built in the 12th century as a Romanesque building. Today it shows a Gothic style with a long chancel dating from the 14th century and a central church nave from the 15th century. Climb to the top of the bell tower and you will have a view over the city and far beyond!

Things to do

Ski or snowboard at the local resort. There are a few parallel slopes with drag lifts. Moving between the different slopes can be hard work if the snow is sticky. During the summer, cycle trails are available.

  • Mestni park - despite of the relative small size of the city, Maribor has a surprisingly big park. The perfect place to have a break from sightseeing.
  • Lent - Lent is a district located at the waterfront of Drava river. It's a beautiful place with lovely small avenues, restaurants and bars.
  • Slovene National Theatre. With Opera and Ballet, Drama, Simphony Orchestra SNG Maribor attracts audience from Slovenia and Abroad. Opera is given in original languages, Drama in Slovene Language.
  • Adrenalinski park Pohorje. Adrenaline park Pohorje with High Ropes Course, one track line PohorJET, summer sledding and Bike park Pohorje.
  • Festival Lent. Is ranking among the Top 50 of Europe's Best Local Festivities. A variety of more than 400 performances and half a million of visitors make “Festival Lent” one of the biggest festivals in Europe, moreover it is also known across the pond in America.
  • Pohorje Ski resort. The largest Ski centre in Slovenia. Night skiing is possible as well as snow boarding.
  • Terme Maribor. With well known wellness centre in Hotel Habakuk (thermal water), Hotel Bellevue and in Fontana (thermal water).
  • Casino Maribor. Located in the beautiful belle epoque styled building on the Glavni trg (the main square). On the ground floor slot machines and electronic roulette are available, one floor higher is reserved for live games. Closed at the moment (September 2010)
  • Planet Tuš - cinema multiplex (movies are presented in original audio language while equipped with Slovenian subtitles; this does not apply to computer-rendered and animated movies, which are dubbed for the children). Bowling centre. Shopping centre with free parking.
  • Kolosej - cinema multiplex (movies are presented in original audio language while equipped with Slovenian subtitles; this does not apply to computer-rendered and animated movies, which are dubbed for the children). Bowling centre.
  • Bowling center Strike. Bowling centre Strike offers 16 highly equipped, computerised Bowling Tracks, Restaurant and Bar.
  • Piramida Hill - Beautiful View over the City. The easiest way is to walk from the Mestni park (City Park).
  • Pekarna Cultural Center - An alternative cultural center located in a former military bakery. It consists of several concert venues (the large Gustaf Hall and some smaller concert halls e.g. Supernova and Klub MC), gallery spaces (Hladilnica Gallery, several studios), a spacious second-hand bookshop called Bukvarna and band practice rooms.

Nightlife

  • Kavarna Astoria,  22515250. Slovenska 2, - a nice coffeebar/restaurant right in the heart of the city. Serves excellent coffee. Open Mo-Fr 7AM to 10PM, Sa 8AM to 10PM.
  • Slaščičarna in kavarna Ilich,  (0)2 2502408. Slovenska 6, - well known coffee bar and confectionery, usually full of people of all generation. Serves delicious homemade icecream. Open Mo-Sa 7AM-9PM, Su 8AM-9PM.
  • Čajnica Čajek,  (0)2 250 29 86. Slovenska 4, - Teahouse in the city center. Open Mo-Fr 7:30AM-10PM, Sa 9AM-10PM, Su 5PM-10PM.
  • Fuego - latino clubMesarski prehod 3. If you want the best party in the town, visit the hottest Latin club in town. Crazy barmen, funny DJs and delicious cocktails is all you need to dance the night away. Open: Tuesday & Wednesday: 20:00 - 4:00, Friday & Saturday: 20:00 - 5:00. And one more thing... Everyday opening day is Happy hour (all drinks are -50%) until midnight.

Things to know


Orientation

Maribor is situated among the Pohorje Mountain, the Slovenske gorice Hills and the Kozjak Hills on the gravel terrace of the Drava Valley. The river Drava divides the city on the so-called left (north) and the right (south) bank. The city`s old town core is situated on the left bank of the river Drava. On north,Maribor is embraced with the town (wine-growing) hills, and on the south-western part of the city, the foothills of the Pohorje Mountain start to rise.

A good first stop in the city is Infopeka, an information center which gives out free advice, free internet usage and free rent-a-bicycle. They can be found across the old bridge from the Glavni Trg, on the right side of the street.

Safety in Maribor

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