Maribor Tourism itineraries
I think that most sites promoting local tourism are quite boring and only used by hotels and local shops for promotion purposes. If you really want to learn about what to see in the town, there are surely easier ways to do that - not so the Maribor tourist website. The background information about the sights was quite good, but what I really loved were the itineraries. You can print them out to find your way through Maribor, depending on your time and interests. I picked "A day for Maribor" skipping a few things due to very bad weather...
You will find the itinetraries by clicking on "interesting routes". The service is availabe in slovene, english and german.
http://www.maribor-tourism.si/ang/danes.asp The itinerary proved to be informative and useful, unfortunately it began to rain at noon so that I skipped some of the points at the end. It didn't stop until late at night...
Choose the right time to do...
Choose the right time to do so. Although any season has things to offer, I'd especially recommend late June and early July when Lent Festival takes place in the Old Town, and early October when students return from their holidays and invade the city. I doubt you'll find a non-partying one among them! Getting acquainted with student nightlife! My guide was 20 and more than ready for all the partying in the world, I was 26 with most of my partying done, so I sometimes found it quite hard to catch up! ;-) But all in all, it was a great night, although I'll try and make it slightly shorter should there be a next time!
Maribor celebrates a city...
Maribor celebrates a city holiday to commemorate the first action against the occupying Nazi forces carried out by Maribor youths on April 29, 1941: in Volkmerjev prehod (the Volkmer Pass) they set fire to two vehicles belonging to the enemy' s administration staff. On this holiday outstanding Maribor citizens are given the traditional award of the City of Maribor; a key and a medal of the city, and a gold, silver, or bronze coat of arms.
Cultural events take place mostly between October and June. Among these are the performances of the Slovene National Theatre, the seasonal concert programs and occasional concerts by visiting orchestras in Union Hall (particularly the programs of the symphonic orchestra), Casino Hall in the Theatre, Festival Hall in the Castle, and in the Catholic Church.
Since 1966 Slovene theatrical companies have met in Maribor annually to put on their best productions ; the event is called Borstnikovo srecanje (the Borstnik Drama Meeting). It is undoubtedly the outstanding theatre festival in Slovenia.
Among the musical events, the annual Evenings of Baroque Music are especially noteworthy and have become a Maribor tradition since 1968. Among the fine arts festivals, let us mention the Fine Arts Triennial on the theme of ecology.
Summer events are more relaxed and informal. They take place usually in the old part of the city, the river bank area Lent. However, the annual International Festival of Folk Dancing is held in several different places around the city. Outstanding sports events are naturally led by the Golden Fox Trophy, the annual world championship in women's slalom FIS (since 1964). Next in the order of importance is the Zorko Memorial, the annual athletic meeting in Tabor Stadium, and the Tedy Tennis Memorial in Ljudski vrt.
A rather noisy event held during the summer is the motonauma, a motorboat race under the bridge on the Drava.
Each year there is a traditional week devoted to reverly, called Vesela jesen (The Merry Autumn). It is held in the Drava fair area; every other year a market event takes place in the streets of Maribor with large exhibitions of flowers, fruits, and wines.
The New Year's Fair is also very lively. It starts two weeks before New Year's Day and concludes with a festive outdoor celebration on New Year's Eve with music, fireworks, and special lighting effects, in Trg svobode (Liberty Square).
In Maribor, the events preceding Shrove Tuesday generate excitement. For more than half a century, there has been a traditional herring feast on Ash Wednesday. And a holiday that is special to the Mariborians, is Martin's Day, in November, when the fermentation of wine is celebrated.
Bacchus or Dionysus statue
This statue can be found in a corner niche by the entrance into the Orel Hotel in Grajski trg. It features the Greek or Roman god of wine sitting on a barrel drinking and being merry. It replaced a stolen statue of the Holy Virgin which once adorned the same niche.
A tavern with its own brewery
Stajerc is a big tavern with its own beer- producing facility in the basement. They mostly do local dishes and accompany them with their own draught beer. The staff was really service-minded and the overall atmosphere was really great, but the thing it definitelly lacked was some livlier music. Or maybe it was just me :)