Maribor – Pohorje is a great starting point for those who want to discover the features of Eastern Slovenia. Ski slopes and hiking and mountain trails abound in the green hills of the Eastern-most part of Alpine Slovenia – and all just a stone’s throw from the city. The centre of the city boasts the oldest grapevine in the world.
I highly recommend a visit to the Old Vine House – taste and enjoy the finest wines in the presence of the oldest vine in the world.
The black velvet grapevine (modra kavčina) is officially recognised as being more than 400 years old and is in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest grapevine in the world, still producing its noble fruit.
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Slovenia is replete with natural and cultural riches around every corner. Interested in a few must-sees in Maribor and Pohorje?
As a destination, Maribor and Pohorje make up a true treasure trove of gastronomical experiences and socialising opportunities. Taste the fine wines of Styria, even one made from the grapes of a graft of the Old Vine itself. Explore the nature by the Drava river and try one of the countless Pohorje activities.
A treasure trove of viticulture
At Maribor’s Lent Festival by the Drava, the rich tradition of wine production is symbolically presented by the Old Vine. After a guided tour of the Old Vine House you can reward yourself with a tasting of Styrian wines in the plentifully stocked wine cellar. The Old Vine’s Festival is organised in the Old Vine’s honour every year and it is an excellent opportunity to learn about the rich viticultural tradition and the fine selection of the local wine producers and innkeepers.More
Raft on the Drava River
Enjoy the Drava River from a raft. The experience is even better in the evening with a bit of music and dancing. Let the ‘flosar’ (raftsman) and ‘flosarska frajla’ (the raft hostess) reveal the magic of this once-respected profession. Rafting on the Drava is an unforgettable experience, which provides a whole new view of the city.More
Top gastronomic pampering
Visit the best restaurant in Slovenia and one of the best restaurants in the world according to the prestigious French La Liste. Don’t expect a menu or a wine card at the Mak Restaurant – they don’t exist. Mak is a distinguished restaurant, where the imagination of Chef David Vračko knows no bounds.More
The city of festivals and culture
Rich viticulture, alluring historic landmarks, remarkable architecture, world-class art and great cultural events – all of these led Maribor to the title of the European Capital of Culture in 2012. Every year, the city’s cultural vibrancy is brought to life by unique festivals such as the Lent Festival, the gastronomic Old Vine Festival, the Maribor Theatre Festival and the musical Maribor Festival.More
The first cable car in Slovenia
Soak in the magnificent views while ascending above the capital of Styria. The lower station of the Pohorska Vzpenjača cable car is located only 5 km from the city centre of Maribor and serves to connect the hustle and bustle of the city to the serene, but lively Maribor Pohorje.More
Drava Cycling Route
Explore the land between Maribor and Pohorje by cycling along the international Drava Cycling Route. You will pass by Fala, the oldest hydroelectric power plant on the Drava. Continue on the Apple Trail through the picturesque villages of the Maribor countryside. Cycle past the Maribor Island, a unique river island in Slovenia, and then take a rest in the city of Maribor.More
Skiing down Maribor’s Pohorje
Visit the largest ski resort in Slovenia, where the best female Alpine skiers in the world compete every winter. Well-maintained ski slopes, relaxing at wellness centres, pristine nature – all just a stone’s throw from Maribor. Enjoy the longest night skiing slope in Slovenia. In the warm months, the slopes become the site of a Mountain Bike World Cup and you can enjoy it on your bike too – or in a PohorJET slide.More
A view of the city from the Drava
Go supping alongside the old centre of Lent and relive the close historical ties between the city and the river. The view of the oldest part of Maribor from the Drava will surely enchant you. While supping, you can hear the stories told by the city towers and streets alongside the river.More
A tourist farm getaway
Vineyards, forests and the flavours of local kitchens. The tourist farms of the Maribor and Pohorje region have all of this and much more to offer. Spend the night in one of the rooms or in a hayloft. Rent a bicycle, help bake some bread, pick herbs or simply enjoy in the shade of a nearby tree.More
A vineyard glamping resort
Chateau Ramšak Glamping Resort offers you an unforgettable getaway in boutique and glamorous tree houses or glamping tents. The Resort is located on an estate that is nestled within 15 ha of rolling green hills and vineyards just a stone’s throw from Maribor. A graft of the oldest vine in the world adorns the entrance to Chateau Ramšak, which prides itself on its wine cellar and the largest wine press in Europe.More
Pristine nature of Pohorje right by the city
A natural oasis of lush forests and the Šumik ancient woodland, clearings and pastures, clean and drinkable Pohorje water, waterfalls and peat moors with lakes, the largest butterfly in Europe and other invaluable animal species, and the only silicate mountain chain in Slovenia are all natural peculiarities of Pohorje that will fascinate both nature lovers and professionals.More
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Big guy`s wine highlights with the World`s Oldest Vine
Learn about the wine-makers of Štajerska and the unique wine stories from the Štajerska Slovenia wine-growing district. Go on a journey from the famous heart-shaped road among vineyards to one of the largest and oldest wine cellars in Europe and to the oldest grapevine in the world.
Slovenia is writing its green story. Feel it at every turn.
Take a free ride in the centre of Maribor on an electric vehicle, or rent an electric bicycle and explore the city with the mobile app.
The families that run ecological tourist farms are dedicated to respecting nature and living in harmony with it. Hotels that have been awarded the EU Ecolabel environmental daisy also share this green mentality.
A heart-shaped bicycle trail weaves its way through the vineyards above the village of Svečina in the Maribor countryside.
The Pohorje omelette
Legend has it that the Pohorje omelette was first prepared in the former Railway Home in 1950. The renowned omelette combines ingredients that provide the authentic Pohorje taste. Despite its easy preparation, it will surprise you with its perfect harmony of flavours. The sweet batter complements the lovely acidity of cranberries and the rich milky aroma of the whipped cream. The colour and the aroma of the peppermint liqueur will remind you of the vast spruce forests of Pohorje. This is a dessert worth waiting for as it is perfect when fresh and warm.
Maribor – Pohorje: A destination full of surprises
Discover the land of vineyard hills, the secrets of the lush Pohorje forests, cultural treasures and adventures on the Drava in the second largest Slovenian city.
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Set off on a journey to these neighbouring destinations Follow the Drava to the oldest Slovenian city of Ptuj, a half an hour’s drive from Maribor. Take the hiking or cycling trails and explore the western part of Pohorje all the way to Rogla and Zreče where you can take your outdoor activities to the next level with some thermal pampering, or all the way to Carinthia, where amazing adventures await in the Peca Underground Mine and the Karavanke Geopark. It will take about an hour by car to both destinations. For a thermal experience visit the Pomurje region as well, a mere 45-minute drive away.
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