Facts About Maribor
- Maribor is home to the oldest vine in the world, known as the “Old Vine”. It is over 400 years old and is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the oldest grapevine still producing grapes.
- Maribor is located in the northeastern part of Slovenia, near the Drava River. It is situated in the region of Lower Styria and is an important economic and cultural hub in the country.
- The oldest known remnants of settlement in the Maribor area date back to the 5th millennium BC, at the time of the Chalcolithic.
- The city is home to the University of Maribor, which is one of the largest and oldest universities in Slovenia. It offers a wide range of academic programs and contributes to the city’s vibrant intellectual atmosphere.
- Lent District on the Drava River is the oldest district in Maribor and was once a busy trading port.
- Maribor hosts various cultural events and festivals throughout the year. The Lent Festival, held annually, is one of the largest open-air festivals in Slovenia, featuring music, theatre, and culinary delights.
- Maribor was first mentioned as a castle in 1164, as a settlement in 1209, and as a city in 1254.
- The city sees on average roughly 900 mm of precipitation annually and it’s one of the sunniest Slovene cities, with an average of 266 sunny days throughout the course of the year.
- The Maribor Castle is a historic fortress that now houses the Maribor Regional Museum. It showcases a diverse collection of artefacts, documents, and exhibitions related to the city’s history.
- Maribor was under Habsburg rule until 1918 when Rudolf Maister and his men secured the city for the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs, which then joined the Kingdom of Serbia to form the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. In 1991 Maribor became part of independent Slovenia.
- In 2012, Maribor held the title of European Capital of Culture, which brought a series of cultural events, exhibitions, and projects that highlighted its cultural diversity and heritage.
- The construction of a new modern Faculty of Medicine started in 2011 near the Drava River. It was designed by architect Boris Podrecca and was completed in 2013.
- The Maribor Cathedral, also known as Stolnica, is an impressive Gothic church that stands as a testament to the city’s historical and religious significance.
- Maribor is home to the oldest professional puppet theatre in Slovenia, which plays an important role in preserving and promoting puppetry as an art form.
- Maribor is the hometown of the association football club NK Maribor, playing in the Slovenian top division. NK Maribor has won the domestic title a record 16 times and has participated in the UEFA Champions League group stage on three occasions, in 1999, 2014, and 2017.
- Maribor is the seat of the City Municipality of Maribor, the seat of the Drava statistical region and the Eastern Slovenia region.
- Maribor is twinned with: Royal Borough of Greenwich, London, United Kingdom; Kraljevo, Serbia; Marburg, Germany; Udine, Italy; Szombathely, Hungary; Graz, Austria; Pétange, Luxembourg; Osijek, Croatia; Tours, France; Saint Petersburg, Russia; Pueblo, Colorado, United States; Kharkiv, Ukraine; Hangzhou, China & Chongqing, China.
- There are two hills in Maribor: Calvary Hill and Pyramid Hill, both surrounded by vineyards.
- In 1478, a second castle was built on the northeastern side of the town, today known as Maribor Castle.
- The most listened-to radio station transmitting from Maribor is the commercial radio station Radio City.