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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Visit Žiče Carthusian Monastery: one of the most important monasteries in 16-17th century in this part of Europe.
- Church on Ptujska Gora: important European centre of pilgrimage, known for its statue of the Virgin Mary spreading her mantle of mercy.
- Step back into history: see great examples of Roman architecture and design, hidden behind the church in Šempeter.
- 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.