How to find the objects.
Favorite thing: I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.
Maribor In Your Pocket: highly recommended!
Favorite thing: I have HORSCHECK to thank for introducing me to the 'In Your Pocket' series of tour guides, which we first had the opportunity to 'road test' in Tallinn (when the hotel we stayed in provided a copy of Tallinn In Your Pocket in each room).
For my money, it's a much more useful travel guide than the Lonely Planet or Rough Guides that we tend to use when we travel. In many ways, it's an unfair comparison, as the 'In Your Pocket' series focus on a single city, and are updated every couple of months, so, as you would expect, it is more current - particularly on events - and can provide information on a wider range of attractions than a regional guide which is only updated every couple of years. Also, you do have to have identified the city (rather than just the country) that you want to visit before the In Your Pocket guides come into their own, so I would suggest using a conventional tour guide for your initial planning and then supplementing this with the more local insight these publications offer.
For me, the strength of this guide is that it is written by English-speaking writers who are resident in the city. This means that the descriptions are livelier than often awkwardly phrased tourist material which is clearly translated from another language. I also thought that the mix of attractions and events listed was varied and would appeal to a range of interests and ages.
At present, the In Your Pocket series tends to focus on cities in Central and Eastern Europe, although new titles are continually being added.
For the Maribor guide, follow this link: http://www.inyourpocket.com/slovenia/maribor
Favorite thing: The Lent is the most lively area of the city, if you are looking for nightlife, live music and nice caffee and pubs this the place for you.
In the past few years they have been restoring several old buildings and it look nice and kind of "Boheme"
The World’s Oldest Grape Vine
Favorite thing: In Maribor there is the oldest plant of Grape Vine, it is a local attraction!
The vine is over 400 years old and have been classified in The Guinness Book ofRecords.
To me it is a symbol of the great Slovenian wine tradition, the East part of Slovenia is very well know for the wine they make.
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why to visit Tourist Information Centre
Favorite thing: For those independent visitors who'd like to get information on Maribor and its running activities, there's spot to get all what they need: at Tourist information centre in a glassy low block, at Partizanska street (that's next to the large brick built, green roofed Franciscan church, or few steps across the road from Kojak monument).
The whole set of activites can be find on their web site but in general:
go there to book tours or get ideas what to do on your own, get free brochures and maps, buy better maps, souvenirs or just ask about anything what bothers your stay. It's right place to ask!
Tourist Information Centre
Fondest memory: Note: below TIC there's renewed public toilet judged as as the best one in the country. Well, now you know!
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where to go for free internet and stuff
Favorite thing: ... the answer is: Narodni dom, KIBAR at Kneza Koclja street. This place is part of the 'Kibla project' - it is based on idea of public reading rooms from previous century in order to distribute knowledge and make peope more active in public life, to say in basic sentence. Great stuff if you need to use internet or learn something new! As with any real internet cafes you can have your cup of coffee or beer, or other kinds of drinks and snacks from the bar. Here you can also get up to date information/fliers with programs in variety of places around Maribor - and (free) copy of IYP guide - good if you don't have any guide yet so it's worth to check out this place first.
Narodni dom has long history and is known as one of the centers of culture in Maribor. More than decade ago a group of young people had been doing a lot to promote cyber world here - and Kibla was born; originally modest and altruist concept with slowly working computers and internet connection has become broader thing related to visual/cyber art and science and nowsadays they hold computer workshops and contemporary 'art' exhibitions and installations - video, pictures and that kind of stuff. Some things can be real 'different' and interesting, other formal and banal, hey, but who am I to judge the art or whatsoever... like you know the concept of contemporary art is very broad - and art can be everything. Admission to Kibla events is free - worth to visit and support.
Other things in Narodni dom are also worth to check out: theatre, concerts, and lovely little cinema in the basement with small and cozy underground bar with friendly atmospehere.
For more stuff on Kibla check out here: http://www.kibla.org/
Narodni dom program: http://www.nd-mb.si/
Address: Ulica Kneza Koclja 9
It's in city centre, easy to find and there are signs for Narodni dom. It's opposite 'horse' monument.
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Favorite thing: Tourism Office
* Tourist Information Centre Maribor (pic)
Partizanska c. 6ª
- Tel.: (+386) (0)2 234 66 11
- Fax: (+386) (0)2 234 66 13
- E. Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Working hours: Monday - Friday: 9.00 - 19.00
Saturday: 9.00 - 18.00
Sunday and holidays: 9.00 - 18.00
* Old Vine House
- Tel.: (+386) (0)2 251 51 00
- Fax: (+386) (0)2 234 66 13
- E. Mail: email@example.com
Favorite thing: Parking did not seem to be much of a problem in Maribor. There is parking provided on both sides of the center. The signs are well marked and we never seemed to have trouble finding a place.
I have written this tip because where I live in Italy, parking is a major problem. It seems like we are always scheming to find a small place for a small car.
Fondest memory: Featured here below is a metal statue made from old Yugos that were once double parked.
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Tourist Information Office
Favorite thing: According to my copy of Lonely Planet Slovenia, the Tourist Information Office was meant to be located opposite the train station but has now moved to be in front of the Franciscan Church near the City Castle.
Open: Monday - Friday 9.00-19.00, Saturday 9.00-17.00, Sunday 9.00-12.00.
Favorite thing: Around the city centre you can find these decorative maps that are both colourful and informative. They are very good as they show a actual birds eye view of the city (like a satellite image) and the points of interest are numbered with a corresponding key below.
Favorite thing: In most cases, you will not find any language problems. Most young slovenes are fluent english speakers and as Maribor is an university town, you will find quite a lot of them. But this is not Ljubljana, so that there are also quite a lot of people who do not speak english. However, as Maribor is close to the austrian and hungarian borders, the languages of these countries can become useful. Many people, especially elderly ones, speak german in Maribor.
Fondest memory: I try to avoid speaking german when I am travelling. Not that I am ashamed of being a half-german, but speaking german takes a little of my holiday feelings away. In a reastaurant in Maribor, I was encountered with the situation, that german was the only language I had in common with the waitress. So I had the choice between leaving hungry or speaking german.
Maribor Tourism itineraries
Favorite thing: 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.
Fondest memory: 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...
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Fondest memory: We were wandering near the statue of Rudolf Maister when we were stopped by an elderly lady who, recognising we were visitors, asked us where we were from and what had brought us to Maribor. She spoke to us first in German, and then in fairly broken English (though much better than our very few words of Slovene) and told us about Maribor's most famous residents: Maister, in the picture and a writer, whose name I've forgotten.
This was our first chance to speak to anyone in Slovenia (apart from the customs officers on the train) and she was friendly and very helpful, recommending some of the sights of Maribor and telling us where we could get some tolars.
University of Maribor
Favorite thing: University of Maribor building stands on Slomskov trg, right opposite to the Cathedral. It is 19th century building built in pompous architecture of the Austrian Monarchy. Maribor is the second biggest university centre of Slovenia.
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The Post Office
Favorite thing: The representative building of the Post Office, makes a part of pompous architecture of the Austrian Monarchy. The building stands on the Slomskov trg, opposite to the theatre, closing the southern side of the square towards the river Drava.
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