I finally visited Maribor, one of the cities  chosen as the European Capital of Culture in 2012 along with Guimarães in Portugal. It was only a short stop over for two hours and I am glad that I was there! It was actually a 9-day trip to the different  places and countries in Southeast Europe.  We visited  4 countries and another stop-over to Bosnia-Herzegovina  and that is then a total of 5 countries.  Not really bad,  considering the many things included during that trip and the  hotels we stayed ranges from 3 to 4 stars hotel. Tour guides, breakfast buffet and dinner, trips to  various places were also included in that  holiday package.

The Franciscan Church in Maribor. Taken last April 2013. © www.europetravelpad.com

It was a long trip with the bus to our first destination for sightseeing which is Maribor.  The trip started in Regensburg,  Germany. I have to drive  around 40 kilometers  to this city and parked my car in a parking lot. It was good because parking was free and  my car is safe.  I am always happy everytime we arrive safely and  my car is still in the parking lot without any damage.

CIMG1695The Maribor Castle. © www.europetravelpad.com

It was not really a long day in Maribor but I already experienced most of  its famous sights. This is the advantage if you are traveling alone because you can do all what you want without considering other people. I  traveled that time with a group of German tourists  but I  am alone without anybody or any friend coming with me.  I can always decide where and what to do.

Since we  were  given the time to explore the city on  our  own, I did not wasted my time but went around and maximized  the  things that needs to be done.

Among the few sights I experienced in this city are;

The Slomškov Square where the Cathedral of Maribor is located and the statue of Bishop Anton Martin Slomšek. There is also park with a pool and a small statue of Korlek. The square is surrounded by mighty buildings: the Rectorate of the University of Maribor, the Slovene National Theatre and the building of the main Maribor Post office.

The Glavni trg or the Main square. The main square is the largest of Maribor’s squares and it is one of the most important one in the city centre with historical sights and the hustle and bustle of town life flow. The the Town Hall (Mestna hiša Rotovž), the Plague Column (Kužno znamenje), and the Aloysius church (Alojzijeva cerkev) are located in the main square.

The Maribor castle (Mariborski grad). Built by Emperor Frederick III in the 15th century to fortify the northwestern part of the town wall. The castle is located right in the centre of Maribor, surrounded by the Castle square (Grajski trg) and the Trg svobode square (Trg svobode).

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Traveling has always been her passion. Ruby wants to share her travels, adventures and personal experiences in Europe and maybe from around the world. The reason why Europe Travel Pad was created. Discover Europe virtually through this blog and travel with her as the journey goes on.