Photo credit: Maribor Pohorje Tourist Board

1. Maribor was named the European Capital of Culture 2012.
During its year as European Capital of Culture, the city of Maribor hosted 5,230 cultural events and was visited by 2,040,000 visitors. Maribor has a long tradition of hosting cultural events – its annual Lent festival, with a main stage on the bank of the Drava river, is one of the biggest in the Balkans, attended by 700,000 people each year. Maribor also hosts a festival of classical music, the Borštnikovo (theatre) festival and its Kibla cultural centre focuses on contemporary multimedia art.

2. Maribor is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as home to the oldest vine in the world.
In the heart of the old city centre the oldest vine in the world still grows in front of the Old Vine House. The confirmed age of this “Žametovka”, or “Modra Kavčin” vine, is over 400 years, which won it a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest noble vine in the world still bearing grapes. The Old Vine is a symbol of the rich wine culture of Maribor, Styria, and all of Slovenia.

3. Maribor is the second largest city in Slovenia.
Despite being the nation’s second-largest city, and with the second largest airport in Slovenia, Maribor has only about a third of the population of Ljubljana.

4. Maribor has The Biggest ski centre in Slovenia that annually hosts the FIS Ski World Cup The Golden Fox.
At 250 hectares in size Mariborsko Pohorje is the biggest ski centre in Slovenia, where you can find ski slopes for beginners right through to for the most demanding skiers. Every January you can enjoy The Golden Fox, a ski world cup race for women. The traditional race on Pohorje has been organised annually since 1964 and there are two races that take place: slalom and giant-slalom.

5. Maribor among the world’s TOP 10 tourist destinations
According to various media commentators over the past few years Maribor is one of the Top 10 tourist destinations in the world that one should visit at least once in their lifetime. To echo just a few of these sentiments, exploring the old city centre of Maribor was placed among the “Top 10 things to do in 2012” by Lonely Planet and the UK-based Web portal Aol placed Maribor on the list of “Top 10 Holiday Destinations of 2012” and among “Top 6 European holiday destinations to visit in 2015”.