Culinary delights and wine in Maribor and its surroundings
Among the vineyards
Our culinary specialty are numerous tourist farms and wineries nested in wine growing hills around Maribor. Their offer is based onlocal dishes made from local, seasonal ingredients, and marvellous wine. We especially recommend the following farms: Pri Kovačniku, Pri Baronu – organic farm and store, Gora pod lipo.
Wine tastings are available almost at every corner, but we especially recommend you try: Viticulture Valdhuber, the state-of-the-art Dveri-pax wine cellar, Protner, and the organic vineyard Šuman.
Various restaurants with a long tradition: Gostilna »Šiker«, Gostilna »Pri Lešniku«, Gostišče »Pri treh ribnikih«.
Pohorje offers various specialities, so treat yourself with Pohorje bunka or Pohorje pisker stew, olbič or Pohorje žganci, which make a perfect side dish, and a Pohorje omelette for desert.
Maribor is …
- the second largest city in Slovenia, nested along the river Drava, surrounded by Pohorje forests and picturesque vineyard hills.
- the city of the oldest grapevine in the world: the old vine and the House of the Old Vine, rich wine culture, and an excellent cuisine of the modern culinary delights and genuine traditional Styrian specialties in the city and along the wine roads …
- the city of relaxation and outdoor activities: for hikers, cyclists, adrenalin freaks, skiers, rowers, golfers …
- the city of adventures: the traditional raft and contemporary Drava villa, train, carriage and gondola, grape and cup hunt, thematic routes, genuine experiences, and handy packages.
- a green, healthy, and friendly city: climate with lots of sun, green nature, healthy drinking water, a serene way of life, and open, hospitable and cheerful locals.
Where did Maribor get its name?
The city of Maribor got its name in the times of national awakening. It was first written in a letter from Stanko Vraz to Ljudevit Gaj in 1836. Vraz turned the German “Marburg” into Slovenian “Maribor”.
A bit of Maribor history
Nowadays, Maribor is the centre of Styria and the Podravska region, and the second largest city in Slovenia. It is an important university city and the economic, financial, cultural, commercial and tourist centre of the north-eastern Slovenia. Maribor gained its true momentum in the first half of the 19th century, when it developed into an economic city.
During the year 2012 Maribor was one of two European Capitals of Culture, and the European Youth Capital in 2013.
Location of Maribor
Maribor is located 274.7 m above the sea level and has a very favourable location: at the crossroads of important European routes.
Cultural and historical attractions of Maribor:
- Lent, the oldest part of the town with famous towers and remains of the walls,
- Slomškov trg square with the cathedral and a viewing tower,
- Main square with the Town Hall, the Plague Memorial, Aloysius Church,
- Castle square with Maribor castle and Regional museum, Florian,
- Židovski trg square with Maribor Synagogue,
- theatres, museums, galleries, and exhibition grounds.
Pohorje is a 1,543 metres high natural oasis that offers a wonderful natural environment: primeval forest, marshes, lakes, waterfalls, streams, protected Natura 2000, arranged hiking and cycling trails, and Pohorje cuisine: Pohorje pisker, Pohorje omelette …