Maribor is the second largest city in Slovenia. Additionally, it is also the economic and cultural centre of northeastern Slovenia. It is situated at the cross-section of traffic routes leading from Central to southeastern Europe, and from western Central Europe to the Pannonian Lowland. This location (please also see where is Maribor and how to get to Maribor) has not only made Maribor prominent in past and present history but, because of it, Maribor's prominence is likely to continue in the future. The climate is of a middle-european to pannonian type. The commune of Maribor today measures 356.6 km2. According to the 1981 census, this area is inhabited by around 156,000 people.
In a millenium or so
Maribor has had its ups and downs. As its history shows, it was not a large
or important city until the middle of the eighteenth
century. Slowly it achieved prominence. It recieved fresh
impetus during the initial phase of industrialization
in the second half of the nineteenth century. From a
peaceful, provincial town, inhabited by merchants,
craftsmen associated with several guild-organizations, a
sprinkling of clerks and soldiers, and a few members of
the nobility, Maribor has been transformed into an
economically and culturally dynamic city.
All those transformations during the time show up in the picturesque city architecture, or you can find out more about Maribors history, by visiting The Regional Archives of Maribor. Today, Maribor's "trade marks" are the University, the National Theatre with Opera, the Castle, the Cathedral, the City Park with the Aquarium, the Pohorje hills, vineyards with the european oldest vine (over 400 years old), the Plague Memorial, the Narodni dom (the National Home), the Bus Terminal, the Drava river Banks, the City's Coat of Arms.
Maribor is considered to be a cheerful, friendly city. Some relate this pleasant situation to its extensive wine-growing regions that routinely invite visits from Maribor residents. These vineyards are part of the natural beauty of the city, along with the Pohorje forests, the valley of the Drava river, the Kozjak and the Kobansko ravines, or the Slovenske Gorice hills and fields at the southeast of the city. Mariborians are open, easy-going people. Visitors may sometimes chide them for being perhaps too fond of their city, for being too ready to enter into competition with the more elegant centre of Ljubljana. But, such sentiments, after all, cannot be but a healthy showing of the pride and delight they take in observing day by day the multidirectional growth of the city they live in. Very quickly, the visitors will become familiar with local food and drink (especially wines). After the gastronomy needs are taking care of, let's do something for soul - perhaps you're interested of fine arts, theatre or music.
From Maribor it also possible to visit old town Ptuj, health resort centers Rogaska Slatina, Zrece, Atomske spa, Lasko spa, and Radenci, ski resorts Pohorje, Rogla, Kope, and Golte, natural jewel Logarska Dolina, and towns Slovenska Bistrica, Slovenjske Konjice, Lenart, Ruse, Slovenj Gradec, Celje, and Murska Sobota. More information about tourist atractions in Slovenia is in Slovenia official page, Slovenian tourist Board page.