Ptuj castle is realy nice and worth visit, plus it offer a great view on the town's roofs and the river. The castle is well signaled and there is a free parking lot at the foot of the hill. You will walk uphill to the top where the castle is, maybe a 10 minutes walk.
The museum is interesting, beside the rooms of the castle you can visit, there is a traditional carnival masks exhibition, a music instruments exhibit and much more.
They have a nice bookshop where they also sell local manifacturer's craft and a cafeteria.
Look up the museum site for information about opening time and costs, it change with the season.
So much is written these days about dwindling church attendance and the decline of the Catholic church in Europe that it was a surprise to stumble across a new church in the little town on Odranci.
What caught our eye first was the distinctive architecture which can be seen from kilometres away across the flat landscape. More prosaically, our enthusiasm to stop and look around was honed by the fact that it was an extremely wet day, and there were precious few other dry alternatives to get out and stretch our legs!
I was so glad that we did. The external structure is impressive, with strong Russian overtones, and as you step inside the surprisingly light interior of the church, you are struck by a feeling that this is a building that has been constructed with love and pride. Apparently it was quite a mission to gain permission to build a new church, and you sense that once approval had been granted, the community put their heart and soul into this project. The murals are brightly coloured and modernistic, and our children loved working out which part of Jesus' life they depicted.
There is also a good English language summary of the history of the church, which provides a small insight into a community's desire to establish their own place of worship, which I found touching.
Is it worth a dedicated visit? Well probably not, unless you're really into this sort of thing. If however you are exploring the eastern part of Slovenia and find youself within striking distance, I think that it is well worth a detour.
Ptuj, the oldest town in Slovenia is situated in its northeastern part. With 23.000 inhabitants it is one of the smaller towns in Slovenia. The old city core is spreading around the castle which dominates above the city. I have visited Ptuj couple of times, but I haven't visited the castle yet. Shame on me. But next time, it I'll do it.
This tower was built in 16th century, by the river Drava. At the begining it was the part of defence system. Much later it was turned into apartment and in 1938 into museum. In 1992 the museum was renamed after the artist France Mihelic to The Mihelic Gallery
Archaeological finds have shown that the first settlers took to the Castle Hill at the end of the Stone Age or the beginning of Copper Age.
The oldest written record about the castle is a record by the chronicler of the Salzburg archbishop Konrad I, who wrote that Konrad I had the castle rebuilt on the spot of the old castle that had been ruined long time ago.
The last Lord of Ptuj, Friedrich IX, died in 1438. From 1480 to 1490, Ptuj and the castle were in the hands of Magyars, who had to pass on the occupied area to the German Emperor Maximilian in 1490. It was saved from ruin by the countess Theresia Herberstein, who bought the castle in 1873. She had all buildings thoroughly renovated and refurnished. The Herbersteins remained in the castle until 1945.The castle was turned into a museum right after the World War II.
We got up early in Ptuj, and took a walk from the Old City down to the Drava bridge and across the river.
The air was fresh, the town still looked sleepy, the view of the countryside was serene and inviting, and a big family of ducks was just waking up on a wooden dock by the bridge, walking as if out of sleep, pushing one another along the way and diving into the cool water...
If you get chance, try to visit the Mithras lll shrine on the Maribor road just outside Ptuj.
Mithraism was a popular army religion in Roman times, and there are four shrines around Ptuj. Mithras lll is well-preserved, and contains altars and refliefs from other sites as well.
More details in my 'off the beaten track' tip.
Whilst the smaller Roman tombstones incorporated into the Ptuj bell-tower are fairly easy to miss, the huge one just outside its entrance is more difficult to ignore.
This massive piece of stone is the tombstone of one Marcus Valerius Verus, who was 'mayor' of Roman Poetivio in the 2nd century AD. It is almost 5 metres tall, originally carved in marble and was used as a sort of pillory during the Middle Ages (miscreants were attached to it by two iron rings).
The tombstone is known as the 'Orpheus monument' because of the scenes carved upon it.
Incorporated into the base of the Ptuj belltower are a number of Roman tombstones, well worth a closer look (and easy to miss as one passes by).
Ptuj was a prosperous Roman settlement (Poetovio, dating from 69AD), with many fine mosaics and sculptures remaining. I think (and I may be entirely mistaken) that these tombstones were unearthed by excavations around the bell-tower area; this suggests that the Roman city did not extend into this area, as Romans were always buried outside their city walls.
Maybe not the most important market in Slovenia, but surely an interesting and lively one! We missed it due to being lazy and having to leave suddenly, but we passed by and we are sure it was worth a patient visit.
A great place in the lower side of the old town, close to the Drava river and the market area. The building is not exceptional, but nice and the place offers a good example of an old-fashioned bow-window building.
There's one main street that go across the old historical centre: Presernova ulica. That starts from the Cathedral, an impressive building, maybe not so sophisticated, but solid and well positioned so to dominate the town.
Modernized place, you can spend great time with your children too! The curative low-mineral water springs are beneficial particularly in treatment and rehabilitation of rheumatic and degenerative diseases, locomotor system disorders, neurological and stress diseases. The holidays at the spa are not just for taking the cure but also a perfect occasion for active and relaxing leisure time activities.
The parish church St. Peter and St. Paul is adjacent to the Minorite Monastery, making a part of the complex. The church was heavilly damaged in the Second World War, actually, it was pulled down. The reconstruction of the church was finished just a few years ago and in its interiors it looks like an contemporary made church.
So called Drava Tower, situated on the left bank of the Drava river, was built by Italian masters in 1551 as a town fortification against the Turks. A couple of similiar towers can be seen along the banks of the river Drava, in the nearby town of Maribor which is north of Ptuj, but also in the southern direction, like the castle of Borl.