In the heart of Europe
Where the Alps meet the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain meets the Karst, there is Slovenia. This small green country extends in the area of 20,273 km2. It is one of the countries with an exceptional number of top athletes and rich cultural creation. In Slovenia it is not difficult to compare the value of goods and services, as they are priced in one of the most important world currencies – in euros.
Slovenia , officially the Republic of Slovenia is a nation state in southern Central Europe, located at the crossroads of main European cultural and trade routes. It is bordered by Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, Croatia to the south and southeast, and the Adriatic Sea to the southwest. It covers 20,273 square kilometers and has a population of 2.06 million. It is a parliamentary republic and a member of the United Nations, European Union, and NATO. The capital and largest city is Ljubljana.
There, where already in antiquity an important traffic crossroads between Celeia and Falvia Solva originated on one side and Ptuj and Carinthia on the other is today the second largest city in Slovenia, Maribor. A modest site from the Early Stone Age, an urn burial ground, a Celtic site and the Roman villa Rustic bear witness to the oldest traces of settlement in the region of the present-day city.
Maribor is the second-largest city in Slovenia with about 114,000 inhabitants. It is also the largest city of the traditional region of Lower Styria and the seat of the City Municipality of Maribor.
Maribor is wonderfully nestled in the embrace of the green Pohorje Mountains on one side and the picturesque wine-growing hills on the other. The city is located by the Drava River and in its centre grows the oldest – over 450 years old – vine in the world.
Maribor in pictures:
(source: Maribor Tourist Board)
From the sky
The World oldest vine
Tourist Information Center Maribor
Some facts and usefull information:
Distance from nearby larger cities:
Graz, Austria: 70km
Vienna, Austria: 250km
Zagreb, Croatia: 120km
Budapest, Hungary: 340km
Maribor International Airport is located in Slivnica, just a few kilometers from Maribor. The airport is easily accessed by road as is located right next to the motorway. There are several car hire firms based at the airport or you can get a taxi.
Currently the Maribor Airport offer one regular line to Munich/Antwerpen. More information: http://www.maribor-airport.si
3 international airports are within 2 hours to Maribor: Ljubljana, Zagreb, Graz
By train: You can travel to Maribor with different international trains. There are direct connections available with Zagreb (CRO), Rijeka (CRO), Graz (A), and Vienna (A). On some lines it is necessary to change trains in Ljubljana or Zidani Most. Nearby Pragersko, which has good train services with Maribor, also enables fast train connections with Budapest (H) and Venice(I). The Maribor train station is situated in the eastern part of the Maribor city centre at Partizanska cesta 50.
By bus: Maribor is connected to Zagred (CRO), Graz (A), Belgrade (SRB), Amsterdam (NL) Rotterdam (NL) and most places in Germany by regular international bus lines. Otherwise Slovene towns are connected by regular bus services to Austria, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and countries of the former Republic of Yugoslavia. Maribor has also good bus services with other Slovene towns. However, it is recommended to travel by train between most Slovene places and cities, because the railway connections are more frequent and more often than not also cheaper. The Maribor bus station is situated in the eastern part of the Maribor city centre at Mlinska ulica 1, only few metres from the main train station.
By car: Maribor has good road connections with all neighbouring countries, as well as with other places in Slovenia. From Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, to Maribor you need only a good hour driving (road A1/E57), from Maribor to the Austrian border just a few minutes (road A9/E57/E59), to Zagreb (road 1/E59) less than two hours, to Hungary a little longer (about 80 km), and from the Italian border a two and a half hour drive separates you from Maribor.
Public transport in Maribor is good with a substantial bus network and the price for a single ticket is 2€ if you purchase it on a bus or 80 cents if you purchase it in advance at newsagents that are scattered around the city. The newsagents sell tickets for 2 journeys (1,6€) , 6 journeys (4,4€), 10 journeys (7€), 20 journeys (13,8€) and a daily travel card (3€).
More information: Maribor public transport service company MARPROM
For more detailed explorations of the surrounding areas you can rent a car in most tourist agencies around the city but the best options are online.
The cheapest option is to walk and Maribor can easily be explored by foot. Most shopping centers, open markets, pubs, bars, restaurants, cafés and attractions are within or in a close proximity to the city center.
There are two tourist information centres in Maribor. One is located at Partizanska ulica 6a, just next to the Franciscan Church (the red-brick one). The other one is in the Old Vine House on Lent, the oldest part of the town next to the river embankment (at Vojašniška ulica 8). The tourist information centres are open every day, provide free maps, and will help you arrange accommodations. Maps of central Maribor (aerial photos) can also be found in the streets fitted on the walls of houses.
Lent Festival, June 22nd – 30th, 2018
The story of the Lent Festival is the story of evenings that smell like summer and invite you to socialize, to get out, under the starry sky, among colourful lights, sounds, rhythms. To the Drava river, which reflects the fantastic imagery of dreams, to the stands with local delicacies, to the squares where you meet your acquaintances, to the streets with rivers of visitors from all over the world. To the city that breathes, pulsates, lives! The Lent Festival is the largest Slovenian open-air festival and one of the largest in Europe. For more than a quarter of a century, at the beginning of summer, Maribor has been transformed into a gigantic stage and a lively junction of artistic expressions, cultures and languages from around the world. Every year it welcomes about half a million visitors, almost every fourth Slovene has visited it at least once.
More information: Festival Lent