Beauty of Maribor
Stara trta / Klara Kulovec
Dravska vila / Gregor Muršec
Pokrajinski muzej / Saša Vezovišek
Pohorska gondola / Uroš Leva
Glavni trg / Igor Unuk
Panorama / Rok Breznik
About the city
The second largest city in Slovenia with a surface area of 40.98 km2 at an altitude of 274.7 m. With 96,211 inhabitants, it is the central city in north-eastern Slovenia. The city was first mentioned in writing in 1164 AD and the area of the city was inhabited already in prehistoric times.
The vine that adorns part of the old city centre along the Drava (Lent) is considered the oldest vine in the world, as it is estimated to be more than 400 years old. In 2004, it was entered into the Guinness Book of Records.
The city is surrounded by numerous vineyard-covered hills and has an exceptional range of local wines. The culinary offer of the city and its surroundings provides a pleasant and high-quality culinary experience for all tastes.
The city also boasts the titles of European Capital of Culture 2012 and European Youth Capital 2013.
Maribor is the second most important and the second oldest university city in Slovenia. The University of Maribor, with 17 faculties and about 13,500 students, plays the most important role in higher education in this region.
It is a cultural city that hosts the biggest names in the world of music with its events and festivals (e.g. Lent Festival, Borštnik Theatre Festival).
Many world-famous personalities have left their mark in Maribor, including Nikola Tesla, Herman Potočnik – Noordung, Wilhelm von Tegetthoff, Rudolf Maister, Archduke John of Austria, Anton Martin Slomšek, etc.
Leon Štukelj (1898–1999), an outstanding athlete and the most successful Slovenian Olympian deserves a special mention. He is considered the most successful Slovenian athlete of all time and a giant of world gymnastics. Among many other top achievements, he won six medals at the Olympic Games alone. In 1996, at the age of 97, he was a guest at the opening of the Olympic Games in Atlanta (USA).