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In the north east of Slovenia, nestled in the same region as Pohorje Mountain, the Drava River and picturesque rolling vineyards, travellers will discover Maribor, the capital of the Slovenian region of StyriaFriday, May 31, 2019

By Pohorje Tourist Board
Maribor

In the north east of Slovenia, nestled in the same region as Pohorje Mountain, the Drava River and picturesque rolling vineyards, travellers will discover Maribor, the capital of the Slovenian region of Styria.

Situated on the south bank of the Drava River, Lent is the oldest part of the city. Filled with cafes and restaurants, it’s the ideal place to relax in after a stroll through the town. Lent is also home to the oldest grapevine in the world — as recognised by Guinness World Records since 2004 — which has been around since the 17th century. Travellers can find it growing on the sunny side of the House of the Old Vine. Although the plant is more than 400 years old, it still bears grapes that are harvested in autumn and made into wine.

In addition to its historical touches, modern Maribor hosts various cultural, entertainment, sporting events and festivals, including Lent Festival in summer, the Maribor Theatre Festival in autumn and the Golden Fox — FIS Ski World Cup for Women in the winter, to name just a few.

For those who are keen on walking, Pohorje Mountain is reachable by foot since it’s just under four miles from the city centre. For everyone else, there are bike trails, city buses and, to reach the top of the mountain, a cable-car.

But there’s also the chance to enjoy the outdoors within the city limits — the city park, with its fish ponds, aquarium and promenade, is a great setting for all sorts of events, from an opera night to an outdoor library. A popular meeting point for residents, the park is also protected as a landscape monument, with some trees over 140 years old.

Because Maribor was an important crossroads for centuries, different cultures left their mark on its gastronomy. Foodies can choose between innovative dishes, including those at celebrated Slovenian restaurant, Mak, or rustic fare in a traditional Slovenian gostilna.

Maribor is also the perfect wellness destination as swimming pools, saunas and spas are dotted across the city and Pohorje Mountain. The area’s fresh water, clean air and hospitable people will make anyone feel revitalised.

DON'T MISS

The chance to visit the world’s oldest vine, as confirmed by the Guinness World Records

NEED TO KNOW

KEY FACILITIES

• 20 hotels
• Five hostels
• Two motels
• One campsite
• One glamping site

KEY ACTIVITIES

• Old city centre, Lent
• The world’s oldest vine
• Vinag wine cellar
• Underground airplane factory in Tezno
• Biking, hiking and skiing on Pohorje Mountain
• City park
• Traditional and modern local food and wine
• Full calendar of festivals and events

GET IN TOUCH

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T: +386 2 23 46 611

E: tic@maribor.si

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