Flights to Maribor
Situated on the River Drava in northeast Slovenia is the city of Maribor. Maribor is the second largest city in Slovenia and features plenty of attractive historical buildings and a lively cultural scene.
The Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport (airport code: MBX) is one of the largest in the country, but has extremely limited service. There are no international flights to Maribor, and it handles mainly seasonal and charter traffic so for a flight to Maribor from South Africa, you will have to arrive at the Ljubljana Joze Pucnik Airport (code: LJU) near the capital. You can get a train to Maribor from there. One-stop flights to Ljubljana are offered by Turkish Airlines and Swiss Air, with connections in Istanbul and Zurich, respectively.
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The Tourist Attractions of Maribor:
The Old Town
The attractive old town, called Lent, is the oldest part of Maribor and probably the most popular when it comes to tourists. There are a number of different attractions within the old town including pretty squares, attractive buildings, and museums. The area is characterised by its waterfront position and the striking terracotta coloured roofs of many of the buildings, making this a very photographic part of Maribor.
The Old Vine House is one of the popular attractions within Maribor old town. There are two reasons for visiting the Old Vine House – its long association with wine production makes this an interesting visit if you’re interested in learning more about local wines. You can buy souvenirs and make use of the tourist information office found inside, plus there are even wine tasting sessions and guided tours. The second reason for visiting is to the see the world’s oldest vine! As stated by the people from Guinness World Records the vine growing outside the Old Vine House is the oldest vine in the world at about 450 years old.
Among the other charming or striking buildings within Maribor’s old town are two defensive towers, the Water Tower and the Judgement Tower. There are several squares that each have something different to offer. Slomsek Square is home to the Maribor Cathedral, built in the 12th century. Castle Square is another, and as the name suggests this one is home to Maribor Castle. More of a mansion house than a castle, it is striking and beautiful all the same and now houses the Maribor Regional Museum, so is well worth a visit.
Main Square is the largest and most major square within old Maribor and it houses the Town Hall, the Plague Column, and Aloysius Church. This is a lively square which also features some shops and cafés, making this a nice place to sit out in the summer and watch the world go by.
When Should You Visit?:
Summer is a good time to visit Maribor for warm weather though this is the wetter time of year. Temperatures peak in August with an average high of 26.6C. June is the wettest month while January is the driest, but is on the cool side to enjoy sightseeing at an average high of 4C.