Maribor – The Town under Pohorje

Maribor – The Town under Pohorje

The second largest Slovenian city is experiencing its rebirth. The Drava River, which has been profitable from rafting, now gives the city its tone and colour. It is a picturesque finish to the Alps that finally transform into hills and flow into valleys along the city, offering many opportunities for recreation and refreshing relaxation in nature. Vineyards practically flow into the city, and the oldest vine in the world takes care of the most noble harvest every year. For this reason, Maribor enjoys the reputation of the wine capital of Slovenia. It is also known as a football town and the home of the Lent Festival, which takes place every year and attracts many outstanding artists.

OVERVIEW

DAY 1:
Once an industrial city that has a rich history. Its beginning reaches to a small hill above the city, where a chapel now stands. We will start to discover the city in front of the former castle, which opens to the Castle Square with a monument, dedicated to St. Florian, and many bars. We will visit the Regional Museum and learn about the local history. We will then take a walk to the Franciscan monastery with the Basilica of Our Mother of Mercy, one of the largest churches in Slovenia. Through the Leon Štukelj Square, the path will lead us past the National House to the Drava River, where the remains of the medieval part of the city still stand. There is a popular promenade that runs from the Water Tower to the Judgement Tower, as well as the oldest vine in the world. We will learn about its venerable age and taste the pearls of Maribor winemaking. The path through the preserved medieval streets will guide us again to the former city centre, the Main Square with the beautiful Town Hall and Plague Column. After that we will enjoy lunch and a couple of free afternoon hours. After arriving to the hotel, you will be able to take a walk in nature, indulge in an excellent dinner and relax in the wellness centre.

DAY 2:
A few attractions will spice up our morning. We will climb the cathedral bell tower and see the city as the guards once did while defending it. We will walk to the former Jewish area with a preserved synagogue and head across the largest Maribor park to the renowned restaurant Trije ribniki, where we will enjoy a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, we will have time for a short visit to the foothills of Pohorje, where we will take the cable car to the top to admire a wonderful view of the city and the Drava valley.

PACKAGE PRICE PER PERSON

  • Individually, with own transport: 199 €
  • Private tour with a guide and transport: from 265 €
  • Group travel: from 210 €


THE ADVENTURE/PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • A stroll through the Maribor city centre
  • Visit to the Maribor Castle and the Regional Museum
  • 1 x wine tasting
  • 1 x lunch in a selected restaurant
  • Return ticket for Pohorje cable car to Pohorje
  • 1 x dinner
  • 1 x accommodation with breakfast at the Habakuk Hotel****

For more information about trips and activities click here.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Program can be carried out from 1 April to 31 October, arrivals possible every day of the week
  • The program is intended for individual travellers, groups of 2-7 persons and larger groups for which the program can be adapted
  • Possible to combine two or more packages
  • Tourist fee included in the price

Hotel City ****

Hotel City is situated next to the Drava River, in the heart of the capital of the Štajerka region, Maribor. You can walk to the city centre and the main attractions, and you are also only a few minutes away from the Pohorje Mountain Range.

The hotel greeted its first guests in 2011 when it was first opened. It is characterised by outstanding hospitality and young, professional staff that is happy to go a step further for their guest. You can enquire about excursions to the surrounding areas or simply ask for directions to the attractions that are only a few minutes of walking away as the city is practically on your doorstep here. But you must be sure not to leave before visiting Lent that is home to the city's pride and joy, the oldest vine in the world.

If you're not tired after exploring the city centre or its surroundings, you can visit the fitness centre that is open 24 hours a day. The modern hotel lobby features the Lobby Cafe with a small terrace where you can relax and enjoy a drink. The outstanding City Terrace restaurant on the fifth floor of the hotel and its large terrace will surely leave a positive impression as they offer a unique view of the Drava River and the Pohorje Mountain Range.

All of the 78 rooms are air conditioned and feature a mini bar, satellite TV and free WiFi.
You can satisfy your culinary curiosity with unique dishes that will tingle your taste buds.


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Hotel Betnava ****

Hotel Betnava is located on the southern outskirts of Maribor, in the immediate vicinity of Betnava Forest. The city centre is a mere 5 minutes away by car and the same is true of the foot of the Pohorje Mountain Range and the sports facilities there.

The location is more than suitable for a visit to the city centre with various interesting stories such as the one about a tailor who saved Maribor from a Turkish attack. Another attraction of the city is Lent with the oldest vine in the world that still bears fruit to this today. You can also find interesting things to visit and see in the surrounding towns and tourist farms where you can enjoy outstanding homemade food and wines, and you can amaze at the natural beauty around the Lovrenška jezera lakes, the Črno jezero lake and many other attractions. The nearby Pohorje Mountain Range offers activities in all seasons, i.e. cycling, hiking or skiing and sledding.

The hotel is also suitable for athletes as it is located near sports facilities and also operates one of the biggest fitness centres with specialised conditioning coaches. It boasts the unique "Halal friendly" offer that complies with the strict relevant requirements. The hotel is also suitable for visitors from Asia as its chefs will treat them to Asian dishes and the rooms also feature jasmine and green tea. The hotel's staff knows very-well how important relaxation is which is why they have prepared a varied programme of massages.

The hotel offers 36 spacious and comfortable rooms with natural elements as well as an LCD TV, mini bar, air conditioning unit and free WiFi.
When you encounter the aromas emanating from the Betnava Restaurant, you can be sure that true gourmet pleasures await you there. The self-service breakfast buffet merges flavours and the wishes of guests from numerous countries, while guests can choose from several dinner menus, some even featuring the flavours of Slovenia. Gluten and lactose-free meals are also available by special order.


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Maribor

Maribor and its old town centre will amaze you with their cultural-historical attractions and the hospitality of the locals. The beautiful town square with famous edifices, Lent with the oldest vine in the world, the City Park with three fishponds and the Pyramid… Coffee and tea shops will lure you to the charming small streets and alleys where you will be able to chat with friends and relive your experiences after the sightseeing.

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World’s Oldest Vine

In the heart of the old city centre on Lent, the oldest vine in the world still grows in front of the Old Vine House. The confirmed age of this “Žametovka” or “Modra Kavčina” vine is over 400 years, which won it a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest noble vine in the world still bearing grapes. The Old Vine is a symbol of the rich wine culture of Maribor, Styria, and all of Slovenia.

The Old Vine was planted towards the end of the Middle Ages when Maribor was besieged by the Turks. It survived the furious fights between the invaders and the defenders of the city, as the Old Vine House used to be a part of the city wall. Then, the vine was not harmed by the fires which occurred frequently due to wooden roof structures and straw coverings, nor by the vine lice that destroyed most of other vines. Despite the Allied bombing of the city during World War II that partly destroyed the Old Vine House, this resilient plant survived unscathed.

Today, the Old Vine is the only plant with its own museum in the Old Vine House. The scions of the Old Vine grow on almost all continents and in several places in Slovenia. The Maribor Octet and the Neuvirtovi Štajerci band even recoded an anthem in its honour. Several picturesque wine cellars and wine roads in Maribor and surroundings are also dedicated to the Old Vine.

The Old Vine bears grapes of the “žametovka” or the “modra kavčina” sort which was one of the first domesticated noble vine sorts in Slovenia. The yearly harvest of around 35 to 55 kg of grapes is made into wine and poured into 2.5 dl bottles designed by a famous artist Oskar Kogoj. These bottles are a valuable protocol gift – only hundred bottles are filled every year!

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Franciscan monastery

The Order of Friars Minor probably came to Maribor in 1240. In 1282, they constructed a monastery at the succursal church of Our Lady of Assumption. The painting of the Mother of Mercy was provided to the church in 1747. In that year, they moved to the former Capuchin monastery, and in 1864, the Franciscans took over the church, the monastery and the parish. In 1900, they built a new monastery and a church which has been a basilica since 1906.

The Franciscan Church is a magnificent building with a facade made of red clinker at the crossroads of Partizanska and Svetozarevska streets. The most important building in Maribor from the period of historicism is a three-nave basilica dedicated to Mary, Mother of Mercy. The plans for the new church and the monastery were made by Richard Jordan. It was constructed between 1892 and 1900. Previously, this was the location of the Church of the Mother of Mercy and Capuchin monastery.

Majestic two-tower basilica of Our Mother of Mercy characterised by the neo-Romanesque style reflects the ambition of the city at the turn of the 20th century because with it the city aligned itself with larger cities such as Vienna and Graz. With its red-bricked facade and adjoining Franciscan monastery it emphasizes the access to the city centre on the east side. The majority of paintings inside the church were painted by the Hungarian artist Ferenz Pruszinskay, the Way of the Cross was carved by Miloš Hohnjec from Celje. In the presbytery there are frescoes and stained glass windows that are the work of the artist Stane Kregar. The organ was made by the Mariborian master Jožef Brandl. On the main altar is the pilgrimage statue of Mary dating from the 18th century.

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Maribor Castle

Today, Maribor castle is composed of two parts, the administrative court of the sovereign prince, built between 1478 and 1481, and the North-eastern corner of the city’s defence system (the castle’s bastion and the lodge). In 1620, when the Counts Khiessl gained ownership of the castle, they converted it to the nobleman’s residential architecture. At that time, the Loretto chapel was added to the castle and the Knights’ Hall was constructed. After 1727, the new owners, Counts Brandis, built the new staircase, reconstructed the first floor of the bastion and completed construction of the Knights’ Hall. With the construction of the present day street Grajska ulica in the year 1871, the castle complex was cut in half. The municipality of Maribor bought the castle in 1933. It was in 1938, when the Maribor Regional Museum moved its collections in.

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Pohorje

Pohorje (Črni vrh, 1,543.5 m), a mountain range that rises above the town of Maribor and from there extends to the west. It is a beautiful natural green oasis with countless opportunities for relaxation and recreation. Pohorje’s landscape is decorated by various natural attractions, such as, peat bogs and lakes, waterfalls and a primeval forest. There are many hiking and biking trails that crisscross this beautiful scenery. To ensure that one’s adrenaline will continue to flow there is an adventure park, summer toboggans, and a mountain bike - bike park. In winter, of course, there are a number of activities that are available on the snow. In the winter, Maribor Pohorje is transformed into one of the largest ski resorts in Slovenia. Pohorje’s specialty is the longest night skiing avaliable in Slovenia. The whole town is practically a ski resort, because you can get from the city centre to the foothills of Pohorje (ie. the bottom station of the Pohorska Vzpenjača Cable Car) in just 10 minutes by a city bus. The foothills of Pohorje are particularly lively during the Golden Fox - FIS Ski World Cup for Women, which is one of the biggest and most important sporting events at the destination. Next to the natural attractions and rich sports and recreational facilities, Pohorje offers other genuine experiences. Whether for lovers of wine and gastronomy or those who want to seek relaxation in the wellness centres, Pohorje offers something for everyone.

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  • H1 Hotel City ****
  • H2 Hotel Betnava ****
  • 3 Maribor
  • 4 World’s Oldest Vine
  • 5 Franciscan monastery
  • 6 Maribor Castle
  • 7 Pohorje

Transfer from the airport

Guests arriving by air will be offered comfortable transfers at competitive prices from close by airports. Our chauffeur will meet you at the arrival and will bring you back safely and on time
to the airport at the departure. You can cancel the transfer from your home to the hotel without expenses within 72 hours prior to scheduled transfer. You will receive the information about the exact time of departure a day before the scheduled transfer.

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