The city of Maribor is a charming cultural, culinary, and educational centre in the northeastern part of the country. The city’s deep cultural and historical roots date back to the Middle Ages, and therefore the old city centre offers rich heritage and a wealth of genuine experiences. In particular, the locals are proud of their Guinness World Record holder, the oldest grapevine in the world.
Maribor – the European Capital of Culture in 2012 – has a reputation as a happy and hospitable city, hosting numerous international cultural and sporting events throughout the year. Don’t miss the lively atmosphere of summer festivals, and enjoy an active city break just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the city centre on the green Mt. Pohorje. The picturesque natural scenery offers endless opportunities for hiking, biking, skiing, and adrenaline sports.
Maribor and its surrounding wine region are also a treasury of excellent wine and cuisine. Discover the world-class wines of the Slovenian Štajerska region and make a toast with master chefs, whose culinary creations reach even to the Michelin stars.
Maribor holds the title of Green Destination and many of its local providers offer sustainable and authentic experiences. Enjoy Maribor, a tourist gem that is still waiting to be discovered by the masses!
TOP FACTS ABOUT MARIBOR:
Maribor is …
- The city of the world's oldest grapevine, recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.
- The title holder of European Capital of Culture 2012 & European City of Sport 2018.
- A hub of top international events & festivals such as the multicultural Lent Festival, the Maribor Theatre Festival, the Opera Night, the classical Maribor Festival, the wine and culinary Old Vine festival, the Magical December, and the Golden Fox Trophy in alpine skiing.
- A city in the immediate vicinity of Mt. Pohorje with the largest ski centre in Slovenia.
- The second-largest Slovenian city with a very favourable position at the crossroads of important European routes and surrounded by three international airports.
Activities & tours
World’s Oldest Grapevine
A noble grapevine, which has been growing and twisting through its trellis for over 450 years, is Maribor’s most unique and most inspirational attraction. The grapevine grows in the oldest part of the city, called Lent, on the side of a building that was once a part of the old city walls. Today, however, the Old Vine House is the central point of excellent local wine producers and lovers of top-notch gastronomy. Don’t miss the authentic flavours served here at wine tastings, the joyful atmosphere of a proper wine event, or the fascination of a unique virtual tour through this oenological Guinness World Record holder.
Maribor Regional Museum
The dominant castle building in the old town houses the Maribor Regional Museum, showcasing the city’s history from the Neolithic period to the beginning of the 20th century. A walk through the castle treats visitors to an exhibit on archaeological excavations in the region, including the founding of the medieval town, and presents them with a wealth of painting, sculpture, historical furniture, and fashion heritage from the region. Don’t miss the magnificent Knight's Hall and leave the castle in style through the Rococo staircase.
Vinag Wine Cellar
Explore the Maribor underworld – the wine tunnels under the city’s old town comprise one of the largest and oldest traditional wine cellars in Europe! The oldest part of the cellar spreading over 15,000 m2 and boasting 2.1 km of underground passages was built in 1847. Don’t miss the precious wine archive, where bottles of the best vintages are stored. After exploring the tunnels, ascend to the tasting room and indulge in an unbeatable wine experience. You can also buy wines there.
The international Lent Festival is Slovenia’s largest open-air festival and one of the largest in Europe. It is also known as the festival that brings not only summer to the city but also about 200,000 visitors. More than 20 venues, stretching from the banks of the Drava River to the City Park, are only a few minutes' walk away. The eclectic program allows everyone to find something for themselves – don’t miss the opera & ballet, theatre & dance performances, jazz & classical music concerts, world music, folklore evenings, and street theatre performances.
Known as the green lungs of Maribor, Mt. Pohorje is a natural oasis just a stone’s throw away from the city. It is an excellent location for biking, hiking, and horseback riding – or simply enjoying the many beauty spots, such as the old-growth forest, fresh lakes, and stunning waterfalls. In winter, Mt. Pohorje turns to the biggest ski centre in Slovenia! Don’t miss the beautiful view of the city from the cable car, a concert in the mountain’s church, and the famous “Pohorje omelette” desert!