|Post Office :
Vodnikova ulica 2
++386 2 787 55 10
Bus station : Ptuj
Osojnikova cesta 11
++386 2 771 14 91
Railway station : Ptuj
Osojnikova cesta 2
++386 2 292 47 34
Tourist Information Center : Turistični informacijski
Slovenski trg 3
++386 2 779 60 11
Local Tourist Board : LTO Ptuj
Mestni trg 1
++386 2 771 01 73
Medical center : Ptuj
Potrčeva cesta 19 a
++386 2 71 25 11
oldest wine cellar in the town, Ptujska klet once part of the
Garni Hotel Mitra on Presernova ulica 6,
dating back to 1870
|Many historic towns and villages and
old-fashioned small farm are nearby, with traditions of
masterful handicrafts, thriving folk culture and timeless
Celts by the Late
Iron Age, the first written mention of the town of
Ptuj came In 69 AD, when
Vespasian was elected
Roman Emperor by his legions in Ptuj.
Ptuj's population and importance began
to decline in the 19th century, after the completion of
route of the
Austrian Southern Railway,which went through
Maribor (Marburg) instead.
capital is 4 hours by fast train from Venice, Ljubljana
|the second-largest city in the
country. Maribor was also chosen as European Capital of
Culture 2012 alongside with Guimarăes, Portugal.
Maribor lies on the river
Drava at the meeting point of the
Pohorje mountain, the
Drava valley, the
Drava plain, and the
Slovenske gorice hill ranges. It is the center of
the Slovenian region of
Lower Styria and its largest city. The nearest
urban center is
Austria which is about 50 km (30 miles) away.
Popular tourist sites in Maribor include a 12th century
Gothic cathedral and the town hall (1 Mestni trg, Ptuj)constructed in
Renaissance fashion, but dating from 1906. The castle dates from the 15th
The city hosts the
University of Maribor, established in 1961. It is
also home to the oldest grapevine in the world called
Stara trta which is more than 400 years old. Official visitor site is
| a tributary of the
Danube. It rises in
South Tirol in
Italy and flows east through
East Tirol and
Slovenia (145 km), and then southeast, passing
Croatia and forming most of the border between
Hungary, before it joins the
Osijek. It has a length of 749
The Drava flows through
Spittal an der Drau,
Ferlach in Austria,
Ormož in Slovenia,
Osijek in Croatia, and
Barcs in Hungary. The Drava is navigable for about
90 km from
Čađavica in Croatia to its outfall.
This small town an hour from
Maribor has a rich history that dates from Roman times. It
boasts a castle and a medieval old town and is best known for
its unique carnival that takes place each year in early
Slovenia is such a diverse
country for its size, and offers so many diversions and
discoveries within its 20,273 square kilometers it can be hard
to fit the small town of Ptuj into your itinerary but you will
not be disappointed if you do.
Located on the sunny side of the Alps between
Austria, Italy, Hungary and Croatia. Here, one finds a land of
fantastic scenery and natural beauty; alpine peaks tower above
pastoral farm valleys and mountain lakes reflect the alpenglow
of sunset. Vineyards dominate the eastern portion of the country
and medieval castles emerge from tree-covered hillsides and echo
a rich past.
Ptuj is located just north of Slovenia's
principal wine-growing region.Ptuj is surrounded by vineyards
and spreads out along the wide powerfully flowing river Drava.
It serves as the market and processing center for the area's
agricultural products and is the site of Slovenia's first sugar
refinery. Ptuj is the halfway point on a road from Vienna,
Austria, to Trieste, Italy, and there are good train connections
to the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, 155 km (95 mi) and nearby
Ptuj's main street,
snakes along the base of the castle-topped hill. At its eastern
end is the Priory Church of St George (open mornings
only), a building of twelfth-century origin has undergone
numerous additions over more than 10 centuries and features art
from the 15th century. Nearby, is the central tower which started life in the
sixteenth century as a bell tower, became city watchtower in the
seventeenth century and was retired in the eighteenth, when it
was given an onion bulb spire for decoration. This is the
Town Tower Mestni which dominates the old town of Ptug.
Roman tombstones have been embedded in its lower
reaches in a successful effort to retain its patrimony from
federal authorities. Don't miss the Orpheus funeral monument to
a Roman mayor It's just possible to make out its carvings of Orpheus
entertaining assembled fauna.
|Ptuj could be considered the
equivalent of the Vatican during the centuries Mithraism
reigned as the official Roman religion. It was not till
the Serbian Roman emperor
Constantine with his 313 AD
Edict of Milan opened gates to Roman Catholicism did
the more intellectual Mithraism begin to fade away.
Among the most intriguing archeological
findings are shrines to Mithras from the days of the Roman
Empire. There are six Mithraic shrines from 2 and 3 AD. These
shrines were dedicated to the god Mithra: the religion
originated in Persia. At this time Ptuj was the centre for this
cult, Mithraism was widespread throughout the Roman Empire and a
rival to Christianity until the fourth century.
There are also two significant monasteries, a huge wine
cellar, in what is one of the most charming Central European old towns
you’ll ever come across. Ptuj and its surroundings are a great
place to experience Slovene folk culture at its liveliest where
English is widely spoken.
The Presernova cesta will lead to the Archeological
Museum (daily: May-mid-Oct 9am-6pm; also July & Aug Sat &
Sun open until 8pm; mid-Oct-Nov 9am-5pm; 600SIT) housed in what
was once a Dominican monastery, a mustardy building gutted in
the eighteenth century and now featuring
archaeological exhibits that feature a notable collection of
on the hill above, Dominican and Minorite monasteries, the Provost Church, the old City Hall, the
patrician houses, numerous marvelously carved doors, wrought
iron window grills, and stonecutting details will all charm you
as this is one of Europe's best preserved medieval city cores.
Particularly popular with visitors is the Ptuj castle, one of
the best in Slovenia. Inside are many displays including
rooms with period furniture, displays on local music, medieval
weaponry in the imposing Knights' Hal, a large collection
of Turkerie portraits aand a wonderful display on traditional
dress-up costumes including the magnificent Kurent.
In the surroundings of Ptuj, there are many
possibilities for excursions. In the immediate vicinity, the
Terme Ptuj Health Resort offers the beneficial and healing
effects of its thermal waters.
The area around Ptuj, Halože and Slovenske
Gorice produces some of the best Slovenian wines and has a
wine-producing history from pre-Roman times. The inns and
restaurants of the city and its surroundings offer a great
variety of courses that the vintage wines from the Ptuj region
complement very well. Slovenia’s oldest wine cellar invites
visitors into its 500-year-old vaults with an exceptional music
and light presentation. The cellar, which has its beginnings in
1239, is a treasury of Haloze and Slovenske Gorice wines.
Exceptional vintages, prize-winning wines, and the oldest
preserved archive wine in Slovenia, the “Zlata trta” from 1917,
recommend it. The tourist farms around Ptuj offer a local dinner
cuisines served with their own glasses of wine.
Meet the region, its people and their life –
present and past. One will discover the life of the town on a
stroll through Ptuj, seeing the sights of cultural and historic
importance since Antiquity, when Ptuj was the biggest town on
the territory of the present-day Slovenia.
Ptuj is on the main rail line
from Ljubljana to Budapest (the Venice-Ljubljana-Budapest
express passes through here once a day in both directions), and
can also be reached by bus from Slovenia's second-largest city
Maribor , which is on the Ljubljana-Vienna line. On
arriving at Maribor, turn left outside the train station and
head downhill - the bus station is on the other side of the
There are frequent buses between Maribor and Putj and
Ptuj is just a half-hour or so from Maribor.
There are as many as 12 trains Mon-Fri from the
Ljubljana to Ptuj, less on Sat/Sun, either direct or
changing at Pragersko on the Maribor line. The journey takes
about 2.5 -3 hours
from Ljubljana (155km),
the same from Graz,
Austria, and the fare is about SIT 2 000 2nd class
single including IC supplement. There is one train a day to and
Budapest, which takes about six hours.
Ptuj's train station is 500m
northeast of the centre on Osojnikova cesta, the bus station
100m nearer town on the same road. From both points, walk down
Osojnikova to its junction with ul. Heroja Lacka: a right turn
here lands you straight in the centre. The tourist office
in the clocktower outside the church (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat
8am-4pm, Sun 10am-3pm; tel 02/779-6011
There are 15 health spas in Slovenia, running the gamut
from ultramodern to old-world charm. Hydrotherapy is
very popular at all of them, whether it’s imbibing from
the mineral-laden hot springs or swimming in various
extravagantly designed pools and soaking in jetted tubs.
They tend to be laid-back, quiet places. They are also
terrific bargains when compared to their counterparts in
Western Europe and the US.
Europeans love their Termes (Spas) and there are many
in the area. They each have several warm water and
swimming pools, plus flumes etc. to entertain the kids
or the young at heart. You can easily spend a whole day
there. Typical costs are around 7-8 Euro for swimming
all day or 11 Euro if you also want to access the sauna
area. Prices are less for half day or night visits.
There are also a range of “treatments” available at
exception of Ptuj Terme, you must not wear a swimming
costume in the sauna or steam room . Sheets are
provided, which can be used to protect your modesty. You
must use these to sit on in the sauna. In the steam room
you can either use the sheet or wash down the area where
you sit with the hose provided. If you do not follow
these rules you will be scowled at by grumpy Austrians!
has the sauna and steam room in the main spa area, so no
need to go naked [more
Ptuj Thermal Spa
Pot v toplice 9 2250 Ptuj Phone: ++386 2 749 41
00, ++386 2 782 78 21 Fax: ++386 2 749 45 20
round with six indoor swimming pools and from
May to September with the outdoor Thermal World.
Along with 4,200 square meters of water
surfaces, you also have Turkish, Finnish, and
aroma saunas, underwater massage, a fitness
studio, and numerous sport facilities.
You can stay at a campground of the highest
category or in apartments and bungalows set in
greenery far from the noise of the city.
"It's funny thinking in
retrospect on the things I read regarding Slovenia
before I left for my trip. Some of the insights were
dead-on, such as out of my Lonely Planet guidebook.
They, in a nutshell, claimed the country was neat,
efficient, clean, and full of English speakers. They
were right on every account. But other things I read
were a little misleading: Bled is full of tourists
in August! Chock full! Tourist horde! I have to
laugh at the assertion. Neither Bled or Bohinj were
anything of the sort. In fact I can't think of a
more ideal time to go to these lakes than in July or
August; what great weather and nice swimming.
"First stop was Ptuj which when you
pronounce it sounds like you are spitting.
The village is built on a hill beside a
river and is beautiful. We spent an evening
in the old town and had what is possibly the
best pizza we have ever had. Mexican extra
can not be described as a local dish but it
was certainly a hit with us!
"The water park just out of town had all
manner of tubes, the highlights being a
corkscrew affair, a double rubber ring tube
and something that gave Rebecca mild
whiplash which involved being shot off a
slide onto a lower stretch of plastic
sheeting. It wasn't elegant but it was fun!
We took to timing ourselves, trying to beat
our personal best!"[
more at .travelpod.com]
deals with the legacy of folk music in the
Slovene area, recreating and performing it
in its own way. The basic presumption of
group's work is faith in the timelessness of
folk music, which is, according to the
band's opinion, still a part of young
people’s lives and not as dead remains, but
as a vital tradition. The goal of Katalena
is to revive this folk tradition, give it a
wave of fresh energy, to pull it out of the
dusty national subconscious and publish it
in a way that is at ease and unburdened. [more
the oldest city in Slovenia
|Ptuj dates back to the Stone Age and
was settled by Celts by the Late Iron Age. The most picturesque
continental town in Slovenia, also boasts the richest heritage
by virtue of being the settlement at an important Drava river
By the 1st century
BC, the settlement was controlled by Ancient Rome. In 69 AD, Vespasian was elected Roman Emperor by his legions in Ptuj, and
|In 1899 and
1914, the sites of
Mithras Shrine I in Spodnja Hajdina and
Mithras Shrine III in Zgornji Breg,
respectively, were arranged for presentation and remain
favourites with visitors.
On the outskirts of Ptuj, the two Mithra shrines are
still standing in their original spots. Mitrej 1, dating
from the 2nd century is the oldest Mithra shrine in
central Europe. It stands in what used to be the
business quarter of Poetovio. The temple is
remarkably well preserved, but there is no trace of the
altar image. Archaeological work continues, a 6th
shrine was opened to the public in 2001.
the first written mention of the town of Ptuj is from the same
year. The city of Poetovio was the base-camp of Legio XIII
Gemina in Pannonia. The name originated in the times of Emperor
Trajan, who granted the settlement city status and named it
Colonia Ulpia Traiana Poetovio in 103. Ptuj was the largest
roman town in what is now Slovenia, and it was called Poetovio. The city had 40,000
inhabitants who thrived at the crossroads location until it was plundered by the Huns in 450.
In 570 the city was occupied by Eurasian Avars and Slavic
tribes. Ptuj became part of the Frankish Empire. after the fall
of Avar state at the end of 8th century. Between 840 and 874 it
belonged to the Slavic princes Pribina and Koceľ.
the Middle Ages Ptuj became one of the most important
commercial centres of Europe on the par with London and
Paris of our time. It obtained town rights as early as
977AD. Home to the wealthiest citizens of Europe of the
time, it accumulated wealth and influence that came from
trade between Pannonia and the Italian Peninsula, just
as it did at the time of Romans."
Ceferin, Thezaurus(2002) [more]
and 890 Ptuj gradually came under the influence of the
Archbishopric of Salzburg; town privileges passed in 1376 began
an economic upswing for the settlement. Ptuj was incorporated
into the Duchy of Styria in 1555.
present much admired appearance of the city originated during
the Middle Ages when Ptuj experienced its second rise to wealth
and prominence. For many
centuries, Ptuj was able to withstand the
pressure of Turkish attacks, major fires, floods, and epidemics
Ptuj was a battleground during the Ottoman wars in Europe and
suffered from fires in 1684, 1705, 1710, and 1744. Ptuj's
population and importance began to decline in the 19th century,
however, after the completion of the Vienna-Trieste route of the
Austrian Southern Railway, as the line went through Maribor (Marburg)
instead. Under the Austro-Hungarian
Empire from the 14th century to the end of World War I in 1918,
when it was transferred to the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats, and
Slovenes (later Yugoslavia.)
After the collapse of Austria-Hungary resulting from World War
I, Ptuj was included in the brief Republic of German Austria. It
was then made part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes
(Yugoslavia) without plebiscite. According to the 1910
Austro-Hungarian census, 86% of the population of Ptuj's Old
Town was German-speaking. During the interwar period, this
population decreased through the Slavicisation policies of the
Yugoslav government. Already before 1919, the population of the
surrounding villages predominantly spoke Slovenian.
In 1991, Slovenia declared its independence and has remained a
prosperous, peaceful nation that tourists are just beginning to
discover. Formally recognized by the European Community in 1992,
it was admitted into the European Union in 2004. Slovenian
people are friendly, industrious, easy going and many speak
English, making travel rather easy.
While pre-Lenten Carnival is enjoyed throughout all of Slovenia
where it is called "Pust", the
festival has its origins in a parade
in Ptuj of 1939 and it has become Slovenia's greatest annual
Since 1945, when Ptug was
small yet historic rural town, Ptuj has been populated almost completely by
Slovenians and English became widely spoken as the area
prospered as the regional center.
their historical significance, many buildings in Ptuj are
protected as monuments. In
1996 Ptuj hosted the FECC World Carnival City Summit. In October
of 2007, the beautiful historical township of 32 000 inhabitants
hosted that Federation of Every Carnival City's Dies Natalis as
part of its major expansion as destination point for Slovenian
tourists with the doubling of overnight accommodations from its
famous spa water park Terme-Ptuj adding several hundred new
Today, Ptuj is an important
economic and cultural center of the lower Podravje region with
almost 100,000 residents.
The city has developed at the junction of Slovenske gorice,
Dravsko polje, and Ptujsko polje and also covers the area of
Haloze to the south. Near the city, the largest reservoir in
Slovenia has been formed by a dam on the Drava River.
Ptuj can be experienced by visitors as a city of fairs,
excursions into unspoiled nature and wine country, easy walks in
a beautifully preserved medieval city on a hill with excellent
culinary offerings and one of the best spa resorts in the
Orpheus Monument, one of Ptuj's most well known Roman
relics. This five-metre-tall
marble tombstone dates from the second century. The Roman
tombstone features scenes from the myth of Orpheus carved into
Ptuj which when you pronounce it sounds like you are spitting.
Saturdays, musicians play in front of the City Hall, serenading
young newlyweds beginning life together.
More than seven
centuries of winegrowing tradition lie behind the quality of
Ptuj wine. The town is surrounded by the wine growing hills of
Slovenske Gorice and Haloze. Ptuj prides itself on the oldest
wine cellar in Slovenia, where one can taste and buy precious
white wines and enjoy in the unique multimedia presentation. The
Ptuj Wine Cellar is famous for its extensive wine collection
including Slovenia’s oldest wine.
A day's bicycle ride along the Drava River takes you to
Maribor, Slovenia's 2nd largest city and the another center
of vintage wine. Here is the world's oldest grape vine. The 400
year old Old Vine is the starting point of three wine
roads, which crisscross the hilly wine district that is full of
wine shops and tourist farms that serve excellent white wines
and delicious Štajerska dishes.
In the Old Vine’s honour a cycle of events take place throughout
the year entitled From Vine to Wine, from pruning to Martin’s
|Drava bicycle trail (DKP)
|Libeliče and Vič Austrian
border crossings to the Drava River towns of Maribor and Ptuj.
DKP at slovenia.info]
pohorje.si official sites
A church in the village of
Ptujska Gora, 15 km (10 mi) to the southwest of Ptuj,
contains an ornate, carved wood relief from the 15th century
that is considered one of Slovenia's most-treasured objects
Ptuj Regional Museum is a public
institution that takes care of the cultural heritage in the
Lower Drava region. It consists of the archaeological,
ethnological, cultural, educational, restoration and history
units, a library, and an additional unit in Ormož. Each
of the units takes care of the objects from its particular field
of expertise, and also accepts visitors. Apart from taking
essential care of the artifacts, the museum also makes the
objects available to the public. In the permanent exhibition at
Ptuj Castle you can see collections on feudal dwelling
culture, arms, musical instruments, Shrovetide masks, glass
paintings and the France Mihelič graphics collection. The fortress was originally built on this site by the
Romans although the present castle dates from the 12th
century with many additions made up to the 18th century.
The Dominican monastery (Muzejski trg 1), dating from 1226, holds a numismatic collection, a
collection of small archaeological finds, a Roman lapidary
collection, the reconstructions of Mithraic temples II and V,
as well as the medieval and the modern lapidary collections.
Located at the eastern edge of the old town, the
Minorite Monastery dates from the 13th century. The
monastery features a gothic church, a library and a
summer refectory with painted ceiling panels.
On 37 Prešernova Street you can find an exhibition of Ptuj
in the 20th century.
The Velika Nedelja and the Ormož Castles hold
Ptuj Regional Museum also manages
Mithraic temples I and III in Spodnja Hajdina and Zgornji
Breg, while art exhibitions take place at the Mihelič Gallery