The Maribor VineOne of the most remarkable attractions in Maribor is the oldest producing grapevine in the world. Over four centuries old, this vine bears clusters of deep purple grapes that are made into a small batch of special “Black Velvet” wine. The Old Vine House, where the Maribor Old Vine thrives, is a museum. Found in the Lent district of Maribor, the Old Vine House is a cultural activity that introduces visitors to the tradition of wine making in the region as well as the preservation of the storied Old Vine.
A number of festivals also focus on the vine's cutting and harvesting. Though you may not have the opportunity to sample the Black Velvet wine produced by the Old Vine, you'll find plenty of chances to try Maribor-region wine and even take home a bottle if you choose. The Maribor region produces many fine white wines, and you're bound to find one that you fancy. For suggestions, or to sample and shop, try the Vinaj Wine Cellar.
Sights in MariborMaribor's sights are focused on its historic landmarks and the pride it takes in local culture. Following are some of its main attractions: Like many cities throughout Europe, Maribor boasts its own castle, which is now devoted to a museum about the city. Here, you'll be able to get an overview of the city's history and view artifacts pertaining to folk life and culture.
Of the religious buildings in Maribor, the Jewish synagogue may be the most interesting. Erected in the 13th century, before the Jewish population was expelled from Maribor in the 15th century, the synagogue is the second oldest in Europe and is located in the former Jewish quarter of the city.
The Main Square of Maribor, of course, boasts its share of sights, including the Town Hall, the Church of St. Aloysius, and the Plague Column, remembering those who perished during the plague.
Slomškov Square is the location of a cathedral where the beatified bishop Slomškov lies entombed. The National Theater building and a university building also make their homes on this square.
Events in MariborIn addition to the annual events in March and October that center around the Old Vine, Maribor's active city life makes room for plenty of other festivals throughout the year. The summertime Lent Festival celebrates music and performing arts, and a corresponding folklore festival rounds out offerings for visitors. Also in summer is the International Puppet Festival. The Maribor Theater Festival of late fall is a well-established event named for the founder of the Slovenian theater, Ignacij Borštniku.
The December calendar of events in Maribor includes a Christmas market, live nativity scenes, children's activities, and outdoor concerts. New Year's Eve is celebrated in the historic center and is also marked by musical concerts.
Hotels in MariborHotel rooms in Maribor can be booked at a variety of price points and accommodation levels. The Habakuk is the top of the line, if that's what you're looking for, but more modestly priced hotels will serve you satisfactorily, especially if you only plan on spending the night in Maribor before you continue on to the next city.
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