Welcome to City of Maribor
Maribor is the second largest city in Slovenia with a population just under 100,000. The city is located on the river Drava where it meets the point of the Pohorje Mountain. Maribor Airport is the second largest airport in Slovenia and is serviced by Tunis Air and Ryanair. It also offers several seasonal chartered flights.
The city of Maribor offers a long and interesting history, which provides a great background to Maribor travel sights and locations. In 1164, a castle called Marchburch was built and Maribor was mentioned as a market near the castle in 1204. It grew quickly over the years and was ruled by the Habsburg Monarchy, withstanding sieges by Matthias Corvinus and the Ottoman Empire. Maribor had been the Catholic Diocese of Graz-Seckau, but later became part of the Diocese of Lavant and the seat of its Prince-Bishop. In April 2006, Pope Benedict XVI elevated it to an archdiocese.
Sightseeing Of Maribor
The Jewish also lived in Maribor with the Jewish ghetto being located in the southeastern part of the city. There were several main streets and a city square here along with a Talmudic school, cemetery and synagogue. The Maribor synagogue is one of the oldest preserved synagogues in Europe and is only one of two in Slovenia.
Maribor was also a key area during World War II when Adolf Hitler visited and was met by a grand reception organized by local Germans at the castle. It was not long afterwards that he would begin expulsing Slovenes to Croatia, Serbia and later concentration camps in Germany.
Today, the city offers many Maribor attractions including the Maribor Cathedral, the town hall and the castle. Maribor is also home to a university and many other schools. Interestingly it, Maribor is also home to a 400-year-old grapevine called Stara trta. Each year a variety of festivals take place, such as Festival Lent, as do many alpine skiing competitions.