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Maribor, in the Styria region, is the second largest city in Slovenia and the people pride themselves on its rich history, beautiful architecture, stunning nature views, wine production and, of course, the oldest grape vine in the world. Locals, known to be among the friendliest in the country, will gladly introduce you to their regional dishes and signature wines. Here are some fun suggestions on how to spend a memorable day in Maribor.
After arriving, get situated in one of the many accommodations. Hostel Pekarna offers dorms, private rooms and a studio with a terrace. This recently renovated hostel is a great choice if you’d like to save some money or if you enjoy meeting new friends while traveling. The four-star Hotel City Maribor is a popular accommodation if you wish to stay in the heart of the city center. Settle into your room, and then download the Visit Maribor App before heading out to Café Nana for a delicious breakfast and your morning coffee.
Become familiar with Maribor’s history at the many museums. The Maribor Regional Museum in Maribor Castle will take you back in time with artifacts found in the broader area that date back to the bronze age. The exhibitions at National Liberation Museum Maribor are dedicated to the 20th and 21st century and visitors learn about the city during WWII and discover the story of the city’s rise and fall as an industrial giant in the region. Be sure to visit the Photography Museum Maribor; whether photography is a passion or not, it’s worth your time. The museum’s permanent exhibition uses an astonishing 1,645 historical items to explain how photography has developed since its beginning in the early 19th century.
For traditional Maribor and regional dishes, head to Gostilna Maribor, where Chef Gregor Jager has prepared a selection of traditional dishes with a contemporary feel. If you’re craving something more familiar, try Pizzeria Verdi. After lunch, relax at one of the many cafés, or enjoy the nature in Maribor’s large City Park. On your way to Lent, the oldest part of Maribor, admire the stunning architecture and stop at the Rudolf Maister Statue, Maribor Cathedral, Old City Hall and the Plague Column. The biggest attraction, on the bank of Drava River, is the oldest grape vine in the world. More than 400-years-old, this vine grows on the facade of the Old Vine House, where you can learn the history of the vine and taste the high-quality wines produced in the region. Next, enjoy a stroll down the river bank, or take advantage of the unique opportunity to sail down the Drava river on a traditional raft, a historic vessel that was used in the past for transportation of wooden logs.
In Lent, you can enjoy Balkan treats with a view of the river at Gril Ranca, or take in the city views at City Teresa. If you’d like some culture, head to SNG Maribor, the largest artistic institution in Slovenia, which offers a selection of performances, including theater, opera and ballet. In the cozy environment of klub KGB, you can enjoy weekend concerts or shows. Or, check out the alternative scene at the cultural center in Pekarna. If you’d prefer a quiet evening, enjoy a glass of wine at Dveri Pax Wine House. Feel like dancing? Štuk, Luft 360 or Fuego are your best options in downtown Maribor.