Today, Maribor castle consists of two parts, the administrative court of the sovereign prince, built between 1478 and 1481, and the North-eastern corner of the city’s defense system (the castle’s bastion and the lodge).
In 1620, when the Counts Khiessl gained ownership of the castle, they converted it to the nobleman’s residential architecture. At that time the castle obtained the Loretto chapel and the Knights’ Hall. After 1727, the new owners, Counts Brandis, built the new staircase, reconstructed the first floor of the bastion and completed construction of the Knights’ Hall.
Construction of the present day street Grajska ulica in the year 1871 cut the castle complex in half. Maribor's municipality bought the castle in 1933 and in 1938 the Maribor Regional Museum moved its collections in.
The Old Vine House Maribor
Maribor’s Old Vine is the oldest grape-vine in the world, with over 400 years of history recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. Years ago, it used to be a part of the town’s defensive wall. Today it's arguably the biggest tourist attraction in the city.
The Old Vine House is a temple to the wine traditions of the city, region, and the whole of Slovenia. An exhibition room presenting the rich wine heritage of the country. It offers tasting of excellent wines from the surrounding Štajerska wine region. Throughout the year, the city organizes many events in honor of the Old Vine, such as the ceremonial grape harvest and pruning of the vine.
|Address||Vojašniški trg 8, Maribor|
|Telephone||+386 2 251 51 00|
Maribor Regional Museum
Maribor Regional Museum is a public museum involved in the collection, preservation, examination, exhibition and popularization of movable cultural heritage in the fields of archaeology, ethnology and the wider cultural history throughout the Maribor region.
The museum’s current collection is the heritage of the collections of three different museums.
The oldest is the sacral art collection, which had been kept in the Diocesan museum, founded in the year 1896 with the synod of Bishop Mihael Napotnik. The second was the museum's society collection. In the year 1903, only one year after its foundation, the museum society opened their museum to the public. The Historical society for the Slovenian Styria, founded in the year 1903, opened its collection to the public in the year 1909 in the premises of Narodni Dom.
The collections of the Museum society and the Historical society for the Slovenian Styria were combined in the year 1920. In 1924 the Diocesan museum collection joined them. Until the year 1938, the united collections were in the premises of the former penitentiary in Cankarjeva Ulica. In that same year, the museum moved into the premises of the city castle, where it remains today.
|Address||Grajska ulica 2, Maribor|
|Telephone||+386 2 228 35 51|
Maribor Lent District on the Drava River
Lent, the oldest district in Maribor, is laid out along the banks of the Drava River and was once a busy trading port full of rafts carrying products to shops and inns. In the 16th century, protective walls and towers were built to fortify the city, which successfully secured the residents from Turkish invasion. When the railway reached Maribor in 1844, however, the river and Lent fell out of favor, only recently revived in the 1980's.
Home to the Old Vine, Lent is marked by defensive towers, historic churches and the old Jewish Quarter. The Lent District is also home to many cafes, top Maribor restaurants and bars (making it a hot spot for Maribor nightlife!). Promenading through Lent’s preserved sights provides a history lesson on the region, however, the best views of the district are from across the river.
National Liberation Museum Maribor
Museums perform the tasks of recording, documenting, collecting, evaluating, interpreting and researching as well as presenting the items of movable cultural heritage to the public. By means of its permanent as well as many temporary exhibitions, the Museum of National Liberation Maribor makes an effort to bring the collected 20th and 21st century materials as close to the visitors as possible.
Today the Museum boasts interesting and extensive collections. It has anextensive photograph library containing many documentary photographs and negatives as well as much video and audio material. A special feature of the museum is its archive keeping more than 120 running meters of World War II materials.
The Museum of National Liberation Maribor was the first one in Slovenia to have introduced a museum educator. Working with visitors, museum education team is a pillar of museum activity. A range of programmes is available for young visitors. Traditional exhibition tours, creative workshops, a night at the museum, matura exam preparations and lessons. Extensive pedagogical and andragogical programmes draw growing numbers of visitors to the museum.
In the museum visitors can explore the permanent exhibition to learn about the 20th century Maribor history. They can also visit the industrial Maribor, the period of fighting for the northern Slovenian border, they can learn about General Rudolf Meister, admire Maribor's flowering in the period between World Wars I and II, and sympathize with the fate of Maribor inhabitants during World War II.
Apart from the permanent exhibition, visitors can choose from many temporary exhibitions, which are often developed in co-operation with similar institutions in Slovenia and abroad.