Travel guide to Maribor, Slovenia

by possandruby

Situated on the central edge of Eastern Europe is the stunning little country of Slovenia. Breathtakingly beautiful with soaring rugged mountains, lush green forests and home to the picturesque Lake Bled – with its castles and churches it truly is a setting straight out of a fairy tale.

The second biggest city in Slovenia is Maribor, a destination for nature lovers, food lovers and history buffs alike. Whilst the country’s capital of Ljubljana is a wonderful city to visit, historic Maribor offers a more localised experience.  With a population just under 100,000, the city has a country town feel with city sophistication. Situated on the Drava River the area is famous for its wine production and is home to the world’s oldest noble vine which still bears fruit dating back over 400 years.  People are outdoorsy and friendly, foodie focused and fit and love sharing their town’s history and features of modern day.

Things to do

Maribor Regional Museum

The Maribor Castle is home to the Maribor Regional Museum. A small entry fee applies to access a selection of galleries. There is plenty of information, displays and artefacts from the Stone Age until modern day. The Loretto Chapel is a highlight of the museum built in 1655 and the interior can be viewed from above through a series of windows. There is a gift shop and café here as well which offers plenty of local treats.

Maribor Regional Museum, 2 Castle Street, Maribor

Vinag Wine cellar

One of the largest and oldest wine cellars in Europe is found in Maribor. It covers almost 20,000 square metres. Take a tour of the incredible 2.1 km long underground passages built in 1847, lined with giant wine barrels. Currently the cellars house a collection of 85,000 bottles of top-quality archival wine and hosts small scale private events like weddings and corporate functions.

Vinag Wine Cellar, Trg svobode 3, SI-2000 Maribor

Pohorje Cable Car

The Pohorje cable car is located less than 5 km outside the old city centre and can be accessed easily by public bus or you can drive drive following the signs that read Maribor Pohorje. At the top of the mountain are many hiking and mountain bike trails – some visitors take the option to cable car up and hike down or vice versa. There is limited signage here in English so if you are planning on using the trails, do your research in advance. Refreshment stands are dotted around the top of the mountain serving beer and coffee, hamburgers and traditional snacks.

Pohorje, Pohorska vzpenjača, Pohorska ulica 60, Maribor

Old Vine House

Wine is a way of life in Slovenian and they lay claim to the oldest grape vine in the world recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records. Plenty of historical wine facts can be found here. Tastings are available on site and  you can choose from specific varieties or a mixed flight.  Grazing platters are also available on request. There is outdoor seating which invites you to admire the old vine itself and the Drava River as it glides slowly by.

The Old Vine House, Vojašniška ulica 8, Maribor

Places to eat


Situated in a beautiful old building looking out to the main square and fountain, Fudo has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating to enjoy people watching from breakfast time right through to dinner. The modern menu features diverse local ingredients and dishes and is accompanied by an extensive local wine list. 

Fudo, Poštna ulica 1, Maribor


This restaurant is unique in that there are only 5 main menu items based on traditional dishes – plus one dessert of course! Dishes can be accompanied by a salad and/or a wine. There is no specific translated English menu listed but the staff are exceptionally helpful and will translate everything for you.  Take note this is a daytime only eating spot with scandi-styled indoor and outdoor dining so get there for lunch and enjoy soups and stews, grains, pasta or the traditional Slovenian žlikrofi nicknamed mum’s slippers – a delicious crispy crumbed ravioli stuffed with boiled beef.

Malca, Slovenska Ulica 4, Maribor

Rooster Coffee

For all coffee lovers the best place in town is Rooster Coffee. Primarily focused on takeaway coffee there are a few seats to enjoy your beverage of choice on site. Light snacks as well bagels and sweet treats are available too. At Rooster Coffee trendy baristas serve coffee blends from all over the world. The chic fit out has has a very Melbourne cafe vibe.

Rooster Coffee, Gosposka ulica 21

Nana Bistro

Located near the main plaza this corner café has a succinct yet delicious menu featuring all the usual suspects – eggs, granola, toast, tea and coffee. Good vibe, great soundtrack and a really lovely aesthetic.

Nana Bistro, Glavni trg 16, Maribor


An unassuming building situated on the city fringe houses Mak, a unique fine dining experience. As you enter there is a warm welcome and stylish yet eclectic décor. Beautiful tableware and furniture invite guests to relax and indulge as they are captivated by the numerous dishes served at a steady pace.  The food is incredible and is prepared expertly by chef, David Vračko and delivered by his small, dedicated team of wait staff who perform service like a choreographed ballet. The experience at Mak is second to none! Be prepared for multiple courses, surprise dishes (and drinks), a wonderful playlist and a very memorable dining experience.

Mak, Osojnikova ulica 20, Maribor

Places to stay

Gentry 11 Rooms & More

Nothing is overlooked at Gentry 11 from the welcome beer on arrival to the exceptional and personalised orientation from friendly local hosts, Andreja and Miha. The wow factor that hits you when you open the door to the apartment, gives you confirmation the stay is going to be extra special.

There are three apartments located in the building originally constructed in the Middle Ages (estimated around 1488). Each one is beautifully fitted out in a contemporary style featuring Slovenian craftsmanship and comes complete with shower ensuite, reading nook, queen bed and kitchenette.

Where possible everything is local and focused on showcasing other local businesses – there are breakfast deals with nearby cafes and complimentary welcome cookies made by a local baker plus the well-stocked mini bar is also bursting with local delights. Free push bikes are available for guests to use to explore the town too!

Gentry 11,  Gosposka ulica 11, Maribor

A visit to Maribor is a must if you are in Slovenia, it a great place to live like a local visit the local farmers market, pull up a stool at the pub, walk the promenades and enjoy the wine.

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