Maribor-Ptuj

The cost of the tour includes: car rental, guide services, payment of parking lots and roads. Meals and entrance fees to museums and attractions are at the expense of the tourist.
You can order a tour from any city in Slovenia. Therefore, its value is calculated individually. The length of the city tour is, on average, 1.5-2 hours, but the guide is present all day.
You will enjoy a wonderful trip to Maribor and Ptuj.
Maribor is one of the largest cities in Slovenia (about 100 thousand inhabitants).
One of the most famous attractions of Maribor is Maribor Castle, surrounded by Freedom Square, Castle Square and General Maistre. You can also visit the Town Hall, the Gothic Church of St. John the Baptist, the Church of St. Aloysius (1769 in the Rococo style), the Franciscan Church (the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries) with the stained-glass windows of the artist Stan Kregar and listen to the organ here. There are four fortress towers in the city: the Water Tower, which served as protection against the Turks; Judicial Tower (XIV century, witches were tried here); Judean Tower (second half of the 15th century) – in the past the chief of the city guard lived here; The Black Tower, which served as the northern defensive bastion. It will be nice to take a walk along the Drava River and admire the beauty of nature.
Maribor is the fourth largest wine storage in Europe (more than 5 million liters of wine!) – the “underground world of Maribor”. You can also try the local wine in a small shop on the embankment, near which the oldest 400-year-old vine grows and still produces fruit. The wines here are quite cheap and tasty.
The history of Maribor (Maribor, Marburg) began with the construction of the formidable castle of Marburg at the foot of a hill above the Drava. Later, a settlement grew nearby. (Marburg Castle was first mentioned in written sources in 1164). Standing at the crossroads of Austria’s strategic trade routes with Croatia and Hungary, Marburg was periodically attacked by the Turks, so they guarded its three castles and the stone city wall with watchtowers. In 1254, Marburg received city status. After the city was conquered in 1278 by Rudolf I of Habsburg, a period of prosperity began for Marburg. In the possession of the Habsburg dynasty Marburg remained until 1918. On the eve of the First World War, there lived 80% of Germans and only 20% of Slovenians.
Modern Maribor is a student city. The modern architecture of the city can also be interesting.
From Maribor, the path leads to the oldest Slovenian city, Ptuj, which in the Middle Ages was located along the Amber Road from the Baltic to the Danube. Ptuj is a tourist museum town with a rich architectural and cultural heritage. It is famous for its developed tourist infrastructure and prosperity. It has everything from the castle to the wine cellars.
There are many wine roads in this region of Slovenia – residents are engaged in the cultivation of grapes and apples. Typical alpine species that can only be admired.
Historically, this military settlement of Petavio, was formed and began to develop on the banks of the Drava on the site of the Celto-Illyrian village under the emperor Tiberius. In 977 Ptuj received a “certificate” of the city. In Petavio, a large Roman garrison was permanently quartered from immigrants from Syria and Asia Minor. They brought with them a cult of the sun god Mithra, which is not typical for these places. The city had sanctuaries, houses, a forum, as evidenced by the remaining elements of the buildings and the layout of the city. In the 9th century, these lands came under the authority of the Salzburg bishops, and in the 11th century a castle was built to protect the neighboring militant Hungarians from attacks. Salburgans rented the castle to the Ptuysky lords, who founded the Dominican and Minorite monasteries during a 300-year presence in the city.
Ptuj, in addition to very beautiful medieval architecture, is still one of the ancient centers of winemaking in Slovenia. The oldest preserved wine cellar is located in the Minorite monastery.
Also in Ptuj today operates a modern thermal spa.
The main attractions of Ptuj are the neighborhoods around Murkova, Yadransk and Slovenskaya Square, the Franciscan Monastery (1280), the Church of St. Peter and Paul (XVI century), the Church of St. George (XIII century), the Town Hall, the Drava Tower ( 1551), the Dominican monastery and the castle itself Ptuyski Grad (X-XI centuries), the former residence of the Bishops of Salzburg – Mali Grad (Small Castle). From Ptuj you can easily reach the Pohorje Mountains.

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