Following in history’s footsteps of Maribor

Published: 21.2.2011

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Following in history’s footsteps of Maribor

Maribor, homeland of the oldest vine in the world and former European capital of culture, is a European town with rich cultural heritage. Visit the narrow paved streets of Lent, catch a glimpse of the town from a 57-metre tower and relax in a green town park.

Following in history’s footsteps of Maribor

Maribor, the second largest town in Slovenia, invites you to travel to the past. The homeland of the oldest vine in the world and former European capital of culture is a European town with rich cultural heritage. Visit the narrow paved streets of Lent, catch a glimpse of the town from a 57-metre tower, relax in a green town park, and enjoy stories about knights and emperors.

Lent, the oldest part of Maribor located along the southern edge of the town walls by the Drava River has always been the liveliest part of the old city centre. A wharf for rafts and other vessels used to be situated there, which included heaps of shops, inns and craft workshops, which made this part the vibrant centre of Maribor. The vivaciousness can still be felt today, as at the beginning of summer; Lent hosts the largest Slovenian outdoor festival – the Lent Festival. The event has received numerous awards from the International Festival and Events Association (IFEA). When walking along the banks of the Drava River look at the oldest vine in the world, a symbol of the rich wine tradition of Slovenia, and stop by the Old Vine House for wine tasting.

Lovers of historical events may enjoy stories about knights and emperors from Grajski trg Square and the Maribor Castle from the 15th century. Then climb the 57-m classicism-style bell tower of the Maribor Cathedral. A bird’s eye view of Maribor is even more beautiful!

Wander around the town’s streets and relax in the City Park, which is considered one of the most beautiful parks of this kind in Slovenia and a genuine oasis in the vibrant city centre surrounded by the forests of the Pohorje Massif.

The Maribor Pohorje is the largest ski centre in Slovenia enthralling skiers in winter and attracting scores of hikers in warmer months. The slopes of the Pohorje Massif are also home to endless vineyards.

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