Maribor Things to Do Tips by Willettsworld
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This large red brick church was built at the turn of the 19th century according to the designs of Viennese architect Richard Jordan. The site had previously been occupied by the Capuchin Convent which was also built from red bricks and built in the style of an old Roman basilica. The current church features two huge towers and three naves and is dedicated to St Mary.
The interior features paintings by the Hungarian artist Ferenz Pruszinskay, the Way of the Cross was carved by Miloš Hohnjec from Celje and the organ was made by the Mariborian master Jožef Brandl. More pictures can be found in one of my travelogues.
Address: Ulica Vita Kraigherja 2
Here's some of the great views you get of both sides of the city and of the Drava River.
This square will be the first thing you’ll see if you coming to Maribor by train. It’s dedicated to Boris Kidric (1912-1953). He was a leading Slovenian communist who, with Edvard Kardelj, organized the Partisan uprising in Slovenia of 1941. He held high political posts in Slovenia during and after the war, became a Politburo member in 1948, and was in charge of the Yugoslav economy from 1946 until his death. He was awarded the title of People's Hero of Yugoslavia. The square features a monument to him by Stojan Batic which was erected in 1963. The square also features are old steam tank engine. I saw several other old steam engines beside other stations across Slovenia so they obviously take pride in them and their railways.
The aquarium is located in the Mestni City Park which lies to the north of the city centre. It features 40-odd tanks with 120 species of fish and also a small reptile house at the back with various lizards, snakes, crocodiles, toads and turtles.
Open: Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat & Sun 9am-12pm & 2-7pm. Admission: 840SIT.
Mestni Park lies to the north of the city centre and features 5 hectares of park land, tree-lined avenues and fountains. It was established between 1872 and 1896 and makes for a pleasant afternoon stroll or a relaxing place to sit and unwind after visiting the city’s attractions and watch the locals going about their business. The Park’s main attraction is the aquarium which you can read about in my next tip.
The National Liberation Museum is housed in the 19th century former Scherbaum Villa, in which once operated the command for the Soška front. There was nobody visiting the museum when I was there. In fact the guy who was staffing it had to unlock doors and turn on lights after I paid him so I don’t think it’s a very popular museum. It houses exhibits on the local populations struggle to rebuild their homeland after the 2nd World War and the fight for independence from the Yugoslav state through uniforms, photos and other such artefacts. Included in the admission is a small guide book.
Open: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-12pm. Closed Sundays. Admission: 300SIT.
Address: Ulica Heroja Tomšiča 5
This square began to be a square in 1871 but wasn’t named General Maistrov Square until 1993. General Rudolf Maister was born in Kamnik in 1874. By the end of the First World War he was a commander. With a fast mobilisation he established a Slovene army and disarmed the German detachment in Maribor. Through his decisive approach he paved the way for Maribor to remain Slovene. A statue in his honour was erected in the square in 1987. The western side of the square is dominated by the Neo-Renaissance grammar school which was Maribor’s first such school.
This church is located near the Celigiji Tower and was built in 1869 in a Neo-Romanesque style. In former times it served as a Protestant church.
Address: Gregorciceva ulica
The Celigiji tower is the only preserved tower of five towers, which were part of the northern town wall. It was also called Black tower after the well known Maribor Tscheligi brewers.
Built between the years of 1460 and 1465 from stone with a gabled roof, this tower is almost square. Newly built blocks of flats surround it today and if you walk through the block to the west of the tower, you’ll see the remains of the town wall.
Directions: North of the cathedral
The Slovene National theatre is organised in three buildings: in the original auditorium that dates from 1851, in the former casino with a rich neo-classical façade and the most beautiful halls in town dating from 1864, and in the new theatre built from 1979 to 1994.
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