Home of the oldest vine in the world
An exceptional wine-making tradition, extensive culinary offerings, fun and relaxed events, sports activities and competitions on the Pohorje Hills and eco-tourism in the countryside are just some of the many reasons to visit the capital of the Štajerska region and the nation’s second largest city. In the Lent district, you will see the oldest vine in the world right in the heart of the historic city core. In winter you will cheer for women skiers competing at Pohorje for the Golden Fox, skiing’s World Cup competition for women.
A stroll around the city reveals numerous landmarks, among them the fascinating Old Vine that grows in the picturesque old part of the city called Lent. History and art lovers should see the remains of the city wall and medieval towers, the Main Square with the City Hall, the National Liberation Museum, the Regional Museum and the Maribor Art Gallery, Franciscan Church, Cathedral and Maribor Synagogue. The city is nestled among picturesque hills and vineyards, yet another of its distinctive features.
The old vine
At the heart of the historic city core in Lent you will see the oldest vine in the world. More than 400 years old it is the only plant that can boast its own museum, the Old Vine House. Maribor hosts a number of events celebrating the old vine, such as the Pruning of the Old Vine, St. Martin’s Day and the Old Vine Festival and – believe it or not – the Old Vine even has its own anthem – and the locals are only too keen to let you hear it.
Lent – the oldest city quarter
Lent is the most magical and oldest part of Maribor. Walk past the farmers’ market and see the many sites of this historic quarter. Stop at one of the many cafes and restaurants along the Drava River. And in the summer, visit Slovenia’s largest open-air festival – Lent, boasting music, entertainment, dance, street theatre and other attractions.
Every Friday in the summer the centre of Maribor turns into a veritable culinary hub, offering top cuisine alongside homemade food, stews, vegetarian and exotic dishes, all served up with a side of good weather in a setting that beats with a vibrant pulse. Bon Friday appétit!
To the Pohorje Hills - green or white
Maribor is situated at the foot of the wooded Pohorje mountain range, offering unique opportunities for a relaxing retreat in nature. Experience the wealth of urban and rural nature. Go hiking, cycling or horse-riding, or set out on an adrenaline-filled adventure. Ski lovers will enjoy Pohorje’s ski slopes, on the very spot skiing’s World Cup for women takes place every year in an exciting competition for the Golden Fox.
Rafting on the Drava River
Experience the legacy of the age-old rafting tradition! Maribor rafters can take you on a ride with Slovenia’s most autochthonous raft. Together with their decidedly positive attitude and culinary specialties rafting on the Drava will prove an experience to remember. And if the weather fails, they offer a dry-land version of the rafting adventure in the “rafter’s tavern”.
Guided tours of the city
Those who want to experience Maribor or the countryside of the Pohorje and vine-growing hills of Slovenske gorice can also do so in the company of a local guide. They will introduce you to the key landmarks and curiosities of the region’s history, art, culture and social life.
Accommodation in and around Maribor
Maribor and its vicinity offer a diverse range of hotels, hostels, private apartments, tourist farms and more.
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When in Maribor, don’t overlook…
Maribor and vicinity have plenty to offer to make sure your holiday will be one to remember. Have a day out, visit one of the cultural events, enjoy the delicacies of local chefs and most of all, have fun.
Slovenia is a country of smaller ski resorts that are family-friendly and suitable for beginners, children and experienced skiers alike. Numerous ski schools and ski instructors, who speak different languages, will make sure that you really enjoy the snow.
Spend your holiday in the heart of mountainous Slovenia. Walk through vibrant and untouched nature that is criss-crossed by 10,000 kilometres of marked and arranged hiking trails. You can choose from 175 mountain huts or spend your nights in hotels and camps for hikers.
Hiking in the hills
Head to green forests. You can hike on easy trails or you can be challenged by high mountain peaks. Numerous hiking trails are close to towns, so you can simply take various one-day trips.
Cycling and biking
Explore Slovenia by bike. Riding amid the hills and plains, mountain peaks and forests, along the coast and the karst landscape and along the rivers and lakes of Slovenia is a lushly verdant fairy tale. Different trails are suitable for on-road and off-road biking.
Take your bike to bike parks, where you can get your adrenaline pumping and gain new experiences. Discover how well you “master” your bike. Beginners and professionals alike will be happy to ride on the biking trails in the many bike parks.
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