With its quality congress-business capacities and possibilities of unique experiences Maribor and its picturesque surroundings – green Pohorje on one side and sunny wine-growing hills on the other – are becoming more and more renowned as host of conventions, seminars and other meetings.
Maribor, a university city is the second largest city in Slovenia and represents a business, scientific, educational, cultural and political centre of Eastern Slovenia. The access to the city is simple since it is situated on the crossroads of the 5th and 10th pan-European traffic corridor. There are three international airports in the vicinity of the city (50 to 130 km away).
At the foothills of Pohorje on the juncture of city and nature, culture and sports, relaxation and lively pulse, only 5 km outside the city centre of Maribor, we find one of the best congress hotels in the country. The offer of the latter is supplemented by other high-quality accommodations and congress venues in the area of the Maribor-Pohorje destination.
And what makes this destination especially memorable to visitors of congress or business events?
On the bank of river Drava in the oldest part of the city, Lent, you will be greeted by the Old Vine, the oldest grape–vine in the world. The Guinness record holder grows on the facade of the Old Vine house, the home of winemaking tradition and culture of Maribor, Štajerska and Slovenia, which is also an amazing venue to organize events. The old city centre amazes with vibrant streets and squares and amazing places of culture. Get tangled in a web of cultural events such as Lent festival, Old Vine festival, Maribor festival, Borštnikovo srečanje, to Golden Fox skiing competition and numerous other international events. City streets will lead you to one of the most beautifully city parks, where you can climb the Pyramid – the city’s wine-growing hill with a beautiful view. You can also experience the underground wine cellar – one of the oldest and largest in Europe. You can take a ride on the river Drava on a traditional raft or a tourist ship, which offers a unique view of the city.
The city centre itself places Maribor in the company of European cities recognizable by their unique traditional and quality offer. An attractive position between Drava, Pohorje and wine-growing hills with a vibrant hospitality of the people contributes to the wellbeing of the guests. 
A trip to the green hills of Pohorje impresses hikers, bikers, adrenalin enthusiasts and those who enjoy peace and nature of Pohorje forests, waterfalls and swamps. And after all these activities there is nothing like some relaxation – at the city’s or mountain wellness centre – it’s up to you. In the winter Maribor’s Pohorje is covered by snow and turned into one of the most attractive skiing centres in Slovenia.
Picturesque wine roads, stretched among the outskirts of Pohorje and wine-growing hills all the way to the Austrian border and beyond, form a wine-cultural trail where wine connoisseurs as well as culinary art, traditional rituals, ethnologic heritage, excellent view points find their place – be it on the bike, on foot or with a car. Tourist farms and vineyards will greet you with local culinary pleasures and true hospitality.
Discover that the destination Maribor – Pohorje is an excellent host of congresses and business events! It is no coincidence Maribor will soon host two amazing events: in 2012 it will be the proud carrier of the title European Cultural Capital and in 2013 it will shine in the colours of the 26th Winter Universiade.

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