Maribor, view of Lent
the Old vine (Old vine House) ceremonious harvest of the Old vine Lavrencic vineyard Vinag wine cellar, Maribor Ptuj Castle Kurenti, traditional carnival masks


Countries: Slovenia
Activity: City break

Explore medieval streets of the old city, visit Old Vine house with the oldest vine in the world, Vinag vine cellar and get to know the rich wine tradition of the region. Fulfil your cultural senses in city titled as European Capital of Culture 2012 and its nearby cities!


Visit also nearby city of Ptuj, the oldest in Slovenia, spice up your trip with excellent traditional cuisine at the traditional Tourist Farms and those looking for adventure should not miss adventure possibilities on Pohorje hills.


Maribor is also just 75 minutes’ drive from Ljubljana or Zagreb, and on the way between Vienna and Dubrovnik or Budapest to Venice.

Reccommended by Panoramic:

- Take a walk along river Drava and visit the Old Vine House with the significant Old Vine – the oldest living noble grape vine that still bears grapes. With an age of over 400 years it is registered in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest vine in the world. In the Old Vine House you can visit exhibition room presenting rich wine heritage and museum exhibits, simbolizing a rich wine tradition and culture of Štajerska region.

- Experience wine underworld
Visit and degustate wines from the Vinag Tunnel Wine Cellar, one of the greatest wine cellars in Europe, located in the centre of the city.

- Take a hike in the primeval Pohorje forest, pure Pohorje water and moors with lakes, the largest butterfly in Europe and other precious animal species, the only silicate mountain chain in Slovenia – are natural sights, which with enrapture not only nature lovers but also good experts and specialists. Set off for Pohorje, on foot or with a bike, and discover the beauty of unspoilt nature.

- Take a half day trip to beautiful medieval town Ptuj near Maribor, the oldest town in Slovenia.
This small town has a rich history that dates from Roman times. It boasts a Castle and a medieval old town and is best known for its unique "Kurent Festival" that takes place each year in February.
This year festival events  will take place from 11. – 21. February, including the main Intenational Carnival Parade on 19. February, when “Kurenti” dressed in distinctive sheepskin costumes adorned with feathers, horns, ribbons and cow bells, will parade through the streets, making noise with their bells and wooden sticks, to symbolically scare off evil spirits and the winter.

- Spice up your trip with excellent, traditional wine and food of Štajerska region.
Mushroom soup with buckwheat mush, tripe, sour soup, sausages with sauerkraut, cheese dumplings, apple strudel, and special cheese cake called “gibanica” – we reccommend inns with a Slovene cuisine where you can try the typical dishes and enjoy a glass of excellent wine from the district's wine growing hills.


Click HERE to watch Maribor - European City of Culture presentation video.