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Post Office : Ptuj 
Vodnikova ulica 2 
++386 2 787 55 10 
Bus station : Ptuj 
Osojnikova cesta 11 
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Railway station : Ptuj 
Osojnikova cesta 2 
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Tourist Information Center : Turistični informacijski center Ptuj 
Slovenski trg 3 
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Local Tourist Board : LTO Ptuj 
Mestni trg 1 
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Medical center : Ptuj 
Potrčeva cesta 19 a 
++386 2 71 25 11 the oldest wine cellar in the town, Ptujska klet once part of the Minorite monastery
Garni Hotel Mitra on Presernova ulica 6, is neo-baroque  dating back to 1870
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Many historic towns and villages and old-fashioned small farm are nearby, with traditions of masterful handicrafts, thriving folk culture  and timeless beauty.
Settled by 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 the Vienna-Trieste route of the Austrian Southern Railway,which went through Maribor (Marburg) instead.

Ljubljana the capital is 4 hours by fast train from Venice, Ljubljana (“l’yoo-BLAH-nah”)
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 Kozjak and Slovenske gorice hill ranges. It is the center of the Slovenian region of Lower Styria and its largest city. The nearest larger urban center is Graz in 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 the Renaissance fashion, but dating from 1906. The castle dates from the 15th century.
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
Drava River
 a tributary of the Danube. It rises in South Tirol in Italy and flows east through East Tirol and Carinthia in Austria, into Slovenia (145 km), and then southeast, passing through Croatia and forming most of the border between Croatia and Hungary, before it joins the Danube near Osijek. It has a length of 749 km (465 mi).

The Drava flows through Lienz, Spittal an der Drau, Villach, Dieschitz and Ferlach in Austria, Dravograd, Vuzenica, Muta, Ruše, Maribor, Ptuj, and Ormož in Slovenia, Varaždin and 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 February.
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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 Maribor.

Ptuj's main street, Presernova cesta, 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 Roman artifacts.

The Castle 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 crossroads. 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 capital 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 from 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 train, bus & many special offers for visitors

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Swimming and Spas: 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.

"Eastern 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 additional cost. 

"Spa etiquette: With the 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 at]
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   All year 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.
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"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]

"Katalena 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 at}


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 crossing.

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.

"During 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."
----Aleksandra Ceferin, Thezaurus(2002) [more]

  Between 874 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. The 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
Kurentovanje festival has its origins in a parade in Ptuj of 1939 and it has become Slovenia's greatest annual cultural event.

 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. Because of 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 rooms.

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 Balkans.

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 it.

Ptuj which when you pronounce it sounds like you are spitting.

On Saturdays, musicians play in front of the City Hall, serenading young newlyweds beginning life together.

Wine Country
 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 Day celebrations
Drava bicycle trail (DKP)
Libeliče and Vič Austrian border crossings to the Drava River towns of Maribor and Ptuj.
[More DKP at]  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

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 temporary exhibitions.

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