Sights that you do not want to miss in Maribor!
Relaxed and pleasant pace of the city of Maribor is the result of its diverse history. Discover the sights of Maribor that greatly influenced the city in the past and affect its throb still today.
On the façade of the Old Vine House on Lent, the Old Vine – the world’s oldest vine – has been growing its roots for over 400 years. The House used to be a part of the city wall. Today, it is a temple of wine tradition and culture of Maribor - a wine shop, a wine tasting room, and a souvenir shop with local products. Visit it during the Old Wine festival, its pruning or any other major wine events or whenever you please.
In the centre of the city is the famous Maribor Castle, which was built by Emperor Friderik III in the 15th century for the purpose to fortifying the north eastern part of the town wall. Today, it is the home of the Regional Museum Maribor with a rich collection testifying of archeology, ethnology and cultural history of the Maribor region. Explore the history of Maribor among the old castle walls!
Inthe centre of the city, below the square Trg svobode and further on, is one of the largest and oldest classic wine cellars in Europe. Wooden barrels, concrete cisterns, bottles with tine patina... With a total capacity of 6 million litres!
In the old town core, it is impossible to overlook the “reddish” Franciscan church with its monastery. The Basilica of Our Mother of Mercy was built at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries at the site of the Capuchin monastery and the Church of the Mother of Mercy.
A might Renaissance fortress from 16th century stands directly on Lent abuts the Drava River. It was built out of fear of Turkish invasions. Today,it stands on foundations higher than the original ones - they were raised due to the increase of the water level at the completion of the dam in Melje.
The tower that was built in 14th century and has a present image from the year 1830 is one of the defence towers of the town wall. It got its name from the time when sentences were pronounced in it. It is also linked to the trials of witch’s processes. Due to its shape the Judgement Tower is also known as the Round Tower, and due to the nearness of the Minorite monastery also as the Monastic Tower.
The Jewish Tower, built in the second half of the 15th century, can be found whilst roaming around Lent and moreover next to the synagogue at the square Židovski trg. In former times the town's master watchman lived there. Today you can come here and look at photographic exhibitions of the photo club Fotoklub Maribor. Today, the approximately 600-year-old religious centre is a cultural space for concerts, exhibitions, literary evenings and the like.
On the Glavni Trg square you can still feel the history with the hustle and bustle of the town life - it is surrounded by famous buildings, among which is the Town Hall or Rotovž. In the centre of the square stands the Plague Column - a column with the image of Mary - which was initially built in the 17th century, when one third of the population died from the plague in Maribor.
In the Slomškov Trg square stands the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist,the seat of the Archdiocese of Maribor, originally built in the 12th century, and the statue of the first Slovenian saint, Baptist Anton Martin Slomšek.The tower features the exhibition the Guardroom on the Tower showing the past life of a fire watcher who lived in the tower.
The Scherbaum villa was built at the end of the 19th century by Maribor entrepreneur Gustav Scherbaum, whose family owned the first Maribor steam mill with a bakery and a pastry shop. Throughout history, the building has played many roles, but today it houses the Museum of National Liberation Maribor.