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Top Facts about Maribor

The centre of the Štajerska region in Slovenia is surrounded by the green forests of Pohorje, a sunny wine-growing region and the Drava River that runs through the city. Maribor is a charming city with rich historic and cultural roots, reaching back to the Middle Ages. The top culinary selection and a number of festivals continue to bring joy even today.

The Guinness world records tell the tale of rich wine tradition, the oldest vine in the world, which is found in the city centre, as well as the wine roads in the vicinity. And who does not think about the adrenaline descents on the white slopes when thinking of the Maribor Pohorje?

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  1. Maribor is the city of the oldest vine in the world, which has been growing in the old city centre for more than 400 years and has been entered into the Guinness World Records in 2004. Wine and culinary enthusiasts are impressed by the remarkable wines of the Štajerska region, alongside one of the best restaurants in Slovenia, House Denkt, the only Michelin star restaurant in the northeastern part of Slovenia.
  2. Maribor is the second largest city in Slovenia and, at the same time, is a real capital. It is the capital of the Štajerska region in Slovenia, the soccer capital, and it also holds the title of the 2012 European Capital of Culture and the 2013 European Youth Capital.
  3. Maribor is a city of top festivals. From the renowned multicultural Lent Festival, the International Puppet Festival, and the Festival of Classical Music to the Wine and Culinary Festival of the oldest vine in the world.
  4. Maribor is a green city set in the embrace of the natural beauty of Pohorje and the picturesque hills of vineyards, stretching to the city centre. An Eden to lovers of nature and outdoor activities!
  5. Maribor is a city with a unique "city ski slope" – only 10 minutes by the city transportation from the lively streets and squares you will encounter the largest ski centre in Slovenia.
  6. Maribor, the 2018 European City of Sport, is a city of top athletes and sports teams with more than 50% of residents being active in this respect. The most important sports events in the city are the competitions for the World Championship in alpine skiing for women, Zlata Lisica (Golden Fox), and the shows on the green of the Maribor Football Club, the 15-time state champions, and a 3-time participant in the League of Champions.
  7. Maribor is an important historical city, first mentioned in writing on 20 October 1164, while its area was populated in the prehistoric period.
  8. Maribor is a city that has been a home or marked by renowned historical personalities, such as Wilhelm von Tegetthoff, Herman Potočnik – Noordung, Anton Martin Slomšek, Archduke John of Austria, Rudolf Maister, Nikola Tesla, Hugo Wolf, Leon Štukelj etc.


Author: Danila Golob

Date: 20. July 2023

Time to read: 2 min