ŠTAJERSKA, ZASAVSKA AND KOROŠKA REGIONS

From Maribor, Slovenia's second-largest city, and green Pohorje, unique among Slovenia's mountain regions, to winegrowing areas and thermal spas: the Podravska region has something for everyone.

 

From one of the most beautiful alpine valleys past the Medieval castle inspirations of the Celje Counts to mysterious Kozjansko, the Savinjska region offers secret corners of unspoiled nature, thermal and climatic health resorts, towns and cities with interesting pasts and lively presents, hospitable farms, places with sporting challenges. In Zasavje, another witness to the past of the region is the Revirski Museum in Hrastnik with its ethnological, fire-fighting, and hunting exhibitions. In Koroška region, a well developed network of roads and paths offer a wealth of opportunities to explore the peaks of Peca and Raduha.

 

Maribor is a youthful, active city, while the Mariborsko Pohorje is a centre for sport activities: ski area, overlooking the hill vineyards that reach right into the city, has the Snow Stadium, a venue for international ski competitions and romantic night skiing. Higher up, Bolfenk with its Natural and Cultural Heritage Centre and Areh with its little Baroque church can be reached by chairlift. This part of Pohorje is popular with locals and tourists alike.

 

Another attraction of this part of the country is Ptuj, Slovenia's oldest town, nestled below the imposing Ptuj Castle, which today houses museum collections. The town of »kurents« (traditional carnival figures) and other original traditions also boasts Slovenia's oldest wine cellar. Relaxation is guaranteed at the Terme Ptuj spa and you can enjoy unique encounters with the past at Ptujska Gora with its famous pilgrimage church.

 

The Logarska Valley, one of the most beautiful glacial valleys in Europe, surprises its visitors with the peaks of the Kamniške-Savinjske Alps, the Rinka and other waterfalls, and many natural and cultural features that also enrich the neighbouring valleys. The centre of the Upper Savinja Valley is Mozirje, with Mozirski gaj, an attractive botanical park of flowers and ethnological objects.

 

The Lower Savinja Valley is primarily renowned as the »valley of hops«, but also as the home territory of the famous Counts of Celje, originally the lords of Žovnek Castle near today's Braslovče and its three attractive lakes.

 

The Savinja River has been creating the unique appearance of the Celje Basin since prehistoric times. The centre of the basin is Celje, the »City of Princes« below the renovated Celje Castle. A regional centre, has an attractive medieval core with museums, galleries, old churches... Close to the city is Šmartinsko Lake, the largest water reservoir in Slovenia.

 

Koroška boasts the Slovenian Mountain Trail, European Long-Distance Walking Path E6 and numerous other themed trails, mountain paths and forest tracks leading to points offering the best views. The region is also particularly suited for mountain biking. Part of the international Drava Cycle Trail runs through a valley by the dreamy River Drava, while above it the Pohorje Transversal cycle trail runs across the ridges of the Pohorje range.

 

TOP 10 EXPERIENCES OF ŠTAJERSKA, ZASAVSKA AND KOROŠKA REGIONS

  1. Witness the magic of nature in Logarska Valley: in this glacial alpine valley, known to be one of the most beautiful in Europe, time stops. Taste the local trout.
  2. Taste the chocolate of Olimje Monastery: Pauline friars are great masters of chocolate and tasting the Olimje products is a signature chocolate experience of Slovenia.
  3. Have a drink by the Drava River: sit down in one of the nice cafés in Maribor on the riverbank of the Drava River called Lent and enjoy the view of the river.
  4. Walk along the oldest city in Slovenia: Ptuj is known to be the oldest, but has many awards also for the prettiest city in Slovenia.
  5. Experience Ormož Wine Road: spend the day among the great wines, especially whites and sparkling. We suggest visiting the smaller vineyards for more intimate experiences.
  6. Cycle through the mine tunnels under Peca: once you don the helmet and start riding your bike down the underground tunnels, the adrenaline rush is unforgettable.
  7. Visit Žiče Carthusian Monastery: one of the most important monasteries in 16-17th century in this part of Europe.
  8. Church on Ptujska Gora: important European centre of pilgrimage, known for its statue of the Virgin Mary spreading her mantle of mercy.
  9. Step back into history: see great examples of Roman architecture and design, hidden behind the church in Šempeter.
  10. Sample the products of Alpine Dairy Cottage: enjoy great local food and products and if you decide to stay overnight, they can accommodate you, too.

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The Sv. Janez Krstnik Valley with its mighty Žiče Carthusian Monastery offers a mysterious serenity that allows visitors a retreat from civilization. The Žiče Carthusian Monastery from 1165 is a unique monument to the history of the life of monks.

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In the middle of the village of Šempeter v Savinjski Dolini, not far from the church of St. Peter, behind the hedge hides one of the most famous monuments of Antiquity in Slovenia. These are the reconstructed sepulchres of wealthy families from the former Celeia.

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The monastery of the Pauline friars was constructed by the slope at the end of the valley. Hans Tattenbach had it built in 1550 at the place where perhaps already in 1015 a fortification had stood, but certainly was there in 1208.

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The Logarska Valley is one of Europe's most beautiful glacial alpine valleys. A tranquil walk in the valley and the surrounding area reminds us of the centuries-old harmony here between men and nature.

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Experience the unforgettable atmosphere that accompanies the annual Golden Fox event, a classical women's competition for the World Cup that usually takes place in February.

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The Logarska Valley is seven kilometres long and, on average, 250 metres wide. On the trails through the Logarska Valley Regional Park, an experienced guide will take visitors to the most interesting sites where they will learn...

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A visit to one of the best and most modern museums in Europe is divided into two parts. On the guided tour of the underground part, which can be reached by the lift in a few seconds, visitors learn of the formation, discovery and digging of coal in the past and today.

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This Alpine glacial valley, covered with gravel in the mid-part, lies beneath the high peaks of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. The Bela stream springs above the Roban homestead and runs into the Savinja River. There are some farmsteads in the valley, surrounded with rich forests.

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Najevnik lime is the matron of all limes in Slovenia. It is 770 years old, and has a circumference of 12.5 m at waist height. The lime is in the middle of a basin, and on the northern side is densely overgrown with moss and lichen. There is an entrance to its interior on the south side.

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The Feast of Kozjansko Apple is a well-known ethnological and environmental event organised by the Podsreda locals. The majority of the stalls are occupied by farmers selling produce from organic farms and artisans selling arts and crafts products from local workshops.

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Mining lead and zinc in the Meža Valley (Mežiška dolina) has been going on for more than 400 years. A series of mines and caves has been united in a complex of mines between Mežica and Žerjav. The preserved part of the wide finished galleries under Peca has been converted into...

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Topla is a marvellous Alpine valley under the south face of Peca. Because of its exceptional natural beauty, it is a protected area. The exceptionally large, solid farmsteads in Topla are more like small hamlets. They created its own vernacular architecture of house and barn.

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There are not many pilgrimage churches in Europe with the Virgin Mary opening her mantle of mercy as generously as in Ptujska Gora Church, a sanctuary so magnificent that many call it quite justly »an ode to Gothic«.

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The hill where Ptuj Castle stands was settled in prehistoric and Roman times and due to its strategic position also attracted Medieval feudal lords. Here they built a castle in the 9th or 10th century, from which a tower survives today in the western forecourt.

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Old Vine, the oldest vine in the world, is the oldest living specimen on our planet of a noble grape vine that still bears grapes! With an age of over 400 years it is registered in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest vine in the world.

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On top of the 375 metre high town hill stands the Church of St. Barbara, the way to the church leads past four chapels and abundant vineyards, which enrich the already wonderful view of the town below. In the year 1683 the people of Maribor in gratitude for the cessation of...

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The area around Ormož is known for excellent wines and late harvests. In addition to the smaller vineyards, you can also visit the modern wine cellar in Ormož where outstanding white and sparkling wines are produced. Among other interesting stops, you can visit Ormož Castle with...

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Once you are in the Slomškov Square, you must visit Maribor Cathedral. The construction of the cathedral and its further development brought Maribor additional cultural impetus and enforcement. It was built in the 12th century as a Romanesque building.