Mariborians love their Drava river and it has always been very important for them and marked their city; nowsadays they will love to stroll or do jogging along the river bank, and in early morning grandmothers and old gentelmen will bring bread and leftovers to feed birds - which they seem to be used to it and always approach people. One can easily notice plenty of swans there by Lent or on right riverbank, lazily swimming in large group with other birds, competing for attention (well, food).
You can walk by Drava on its both banks: the left bank is most interesting between Kolosej (though an ugly building itself), then through Lent (with old grape and cafes, and monumental medieval buildings) until the pedestrian bridge where you can walk to the other side. You may as well continue more and less further on the left bank if your time allows, and in fact nice shaded path will take you to quieter places and nice scenery getting rural; you may find the way to Mariborski otok (Drava island) which has plenty of birds and swimming pool in one part of the island. Another kilometer further you will get more splendid views, and hills getting higher, Drava curved and disappearing behind mou8ntains into Drava valley, very scenic route for biking and driving.
If you turned by pedestrian bridge to the right bank before and walk back to the Red bridge you will have some fine views towards the old core, yet the river bank here has more natural feel and is shaded by the slopes upon which Studenci quarters rise with many old homes and ex factory workers units... It can be busy path when everyone is out on a nice day taking walks and doing some sport, but not as much as the left bank where cafes are. I really like this path by Drava, it's scenic way to see the city from local view.
If you continue behind Red bridge you will pass large europark building, the giant mall (which again I cannot help myself and find it ugly because it's such an eyesore) and will get to Pobrezje and there is no longer path by the river so you may as well finish your Drava walk and return to the city via the double storey bridge.
Celebrating New Year’s Eve at Pohorje is a tradition for the citizens of Maribor and surrounding region. Some come with their skis, sledges or snowboards, and some walk on foot and slide on their bottoms back to the city.
Fireworks on the slopes and great views over fireworks launching up from Maribor.
Lent Festival is held every year at the end of June and the begining of July at the bank of Drava river. The events at the festival are of a different kind. There are:
International folklore festiva
Street theatre, dance and balet
There are about half a milion visitors every year
This beautifully decorated medieval well stands right befind the Old Castle and next to the statue to poet Jurcic. It remind us at the past times when people had to take the water away from their homes. At the same time, while waiting for the water, it was a kind of meeting point, place to exchange the news or just to talk to each other, something we miss in this days.
The vine of the "žametna èrnina" variety, growing and bearing fruit for over 400 years, has entered into the famous Guinness Book of Records as the oldest noble vine in the world.
Note: From the sign outside the Wine House.
Hiša Stare trte (The Old Vine House)
Vojašniška 8, 2000 Maribor
Lent area, by the Drava river.
- Fax: (+386) (0)2 234 66 13
Initially a figural column of the Virgin Mary was erected by the town people as the Plage Memorial, but in 1743 it was replaced by the present memorial, sculptered by Josef Straub.
It occupies the central position of the main city square named Mestni trg.
The well preserved Synagogue was first mentioned in 1429, but must have been in existance well before that. Adjacent to it was the Jewish cemetery, the rabbi's house and the Talmudic school. After expulsion of the Jews, in 1501, it was turned into the Catholic Church of All Saints.
Zidovski stolp (the Jewish Tower) was built in 1465. In the past it was the dwelling of the town peace officer.
This was one of my favourite things to eat in Maribor - the roasted chestnuts. I love eating them in late autumn, early winter and in Maribor they were stalls selling them everywhere.
Getting a bag of roasted chestnuts and eating them on a bench at the bank of the river Drawa was making the best of both - the chestnut season and the unusually warm November weather.
I bought a large bag of chestnuts to take home and we had a wonderful chestnut cream for dessert back home. A great recipe, but peeling the chestnuts just takes too long - that's not something we'll have very often. Most recipes I looked up simply said "buy frozen chestnut cream".
After I've been peeling chestnuts for at least three hours I knew why.
But the cream turned out be very good, so it was worth it.
Slovensko Narodno Gledalisce, The Slovene National Theatre of Maribor, is situated on the Slomškov trg. First theatre in Maribor dates from 1785 but in times it become to small and the city authorities made decision to built the bigger and more spacious theatre. The construction began in 1848 and the new theatzre was open in 1852. It has drama, ballet and phylcharmonic orchestra.
I noticed people in Maribor Just adore flowers. You can see them everywhere. On this picture you can see the flowers even on the dog's house window. I was delited when I saw it and I had to take the photo of it.
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.
For Slovenians (in case they haven't heard it already): Try not to talk in Ljubljana accent! If you do, you'll get mocked at. Accept that and don't provoke, or you may taste a proverbially heavy Styrian fist in your mouth. But that's in fact a rare occurence.
For all: For god's sake, don't order Union beer! The first and the last word in the Maribor constitution is Lasko!
Instead of too many commercial boards, there is a set of book titles now illuminating few of town's neuralgic points - and pehaps you'll notice at least one by train station behind Kidric monument, in a park accross the busy road and a few other ones reflecting in the river Drava. Some are little 'hidden', but notable if you walk through town with slow pace. All are associated to Maribor in one or another meaning, but to get deeper understanding of the 'codes', you need to get those books. They are translated, written by one of key Slovenian contemporary writers, Drago Jancar, a native of town.
It is being said those illumination will decorate town through all year 2012, and is one of the side projects of European Cultural Capital, a modest attempt to 'glorify' culture, written words, and an author.
A Klopotec is a windmill-like contraption (far left) that is used to create a noise to scare birds from eating the much coveted grapes of the Slovenian wine region.
Zlatna Lisica is an event in alpine skiing for ladies. It is held every year on Pohorje just abowe of Maribor city. Pohorje is, by the way, the largest ski center in Slovenija.