The City of Maribor
… a major travel route in antiquity.
… the industrial capital of Yugoslavia in the 20th century.
… the European Capital of Culture 2012 and European Youth Capital 2013 in the 21st century.
… and in the future: we are shaping its story with the Documentary Film Festival at this very moment!
Our history gives us strength
Maribor, the economic and cultural centre of north-eastern Slovenia, has always been a highly transitional area owing to its geographical position: it lies on the crossroads of transport routes between Central and South-Eastern Europe as well as between the western part of Central Europe and the Pannonian Plain. The earliest signs of human settlement date back to the Late Stone Age, as evidenced by scarce findings in the greater Maribor area. The area assumes a more prominent role with the establishment of the first major travel routes in the Roman era. The most important route in antiquity led from Celeia (Celje) to Petoviona (Ptuj) and further on towards the Danube River. Another landmark in the history of the city is the first written record of Maribor Castle (castrum Marchpurch) on Piramida Hill, issued by the Styrian Margrave Ottokar III on October 20, 1164. 45 years later comes the first official reference to Maribor as a market town (Forum Marchpurg) in a document by Duke Leopold VI. Maribor is first mentioned as a city (civitas Marpurch) in a document issued by Gottfried of Marburg for the Cistercian Abbey in Vetrinj (Viktring) on December 4, 1255.
The present encourages us
Today, Maribor is the second largest city in Slovenia, the wine capital of this sub-Alpine country and the capital of Styria (Štajerska), the second largest Slovenian region. With a population of 115,000, the city also boasts the second largest university in the nation (25,000 students). Maribor is also the business, banking and tourism hub of north-eastern Slovenia. The area surrounding the city is dotted with vineyards and sandwiched between the river Drava and the Pohorje mountain range. It is a great location for sailing, boating, rafting, hiking and extreme cycling. You can also take a leisurely walk through the city park and the three nearby hills.During the winter, the Pohorje mountain range – which hosts the annual Golden Fox women’s ski competition – is a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts.
One of the top tourist attractions is the oldest vine in the world. The 400-year-old vine is located in the famous Lent district along the river Drava. The old vine clings to the eponymous museum, which includes a wine shop where you can sample wines and shop for souvenirs. There is also an exhibition on display where you can learn all about the vine. The city celebrates its rich cultural heritage each year with numerous festivals: Lent Festival – one of Europe’s largest festivals – in June and July, and Classical Music Festival in the autumn, while Maribor’s National Theatre is noted for its excellent opera, ballet and drama performances, culminating in the annual Borštnik Meeting – Slovenia’s oldest and most important theatre festival – in October. Alternative art aficionados can get to know the local scene at the independent cultural centre Pekarna, where many artists from Slovenia and abroad found sanctuary. The new Pekarna Hostel is also located there. Another thing that brings the local community togetheris sports, especially the locals’ enthusiasm for the ‘Golden Fox’ event and football. Having won a record 11 PrvaLiga titles since Slovenia declared independence in 1991, football club NK Maribor is the city’s leading sports club.
The magic continues on the city’s streets and squares. The popular cafés on Poštna, Slovenska and Vetrinjska Street as well as those overlooking Castle Square and Main Square are perfect for a quick snack or a chat over a cup of coffee while soaking up the pulse of the city. The city centre is home to many award-winning restaurants, and the traditional inns on the outskirts serve authentic local dishes and a variety of gourmet foods paired with a selection of local white wines.
The future gives us hope
Join forces with the creators of Slovenia’s Documentary Film Festival and help us shape the future of the city. Learn about our art, culture and creativity. Experience the friendliness and hospitality of Styrians.
In collaboration with the Styrian Tourist Guides Association