Ptuj is an ancient city of Slovenia. It is located on the Drava, downstream from Maribor, in the traditional region of Styria and in the Pannonian Plain Natural Region, in Podravska District. Located in the northeastern part of the country, the city of Ptuj is home to great wealth as far as Slovenia’s historical heritage is concerned.
there was also a historically important crossing over the Drava, where a trade route between the Baltic and the Adriatic Sea called the Amber Route took place.
Ptuj is the oldest Slovenian city for which there are sources. There is evidence that the area was inhabited during the Stone Age. During the Late Iron Age, the Celts settled in the region.
In the 1st century AD, the area was ruled by the Roman Empire as part of the province of Pannonia. In 69, Vespasian was proclaimed Roman emperor by the Danube legions in Ptuj, the first written mention of the city being that year. Poetovium is the base camp of the XIII Twin Legion, where its legionary fortress (kastrum) is located. The name is derived from the times of Emperor Traian, who gave him the status of a settlement and called it Colonia Ulpia Traiana Poetovio.
The Middle Ages
In 570 the city was occupied by Avar and Slavic tribes. Ptuj became part of the Frankish empire after the end of the Avars at the end of the 8th century. Between 840 and 874 he belonged to the Principality of Blatna of Pribina and Kotzel. Between 874 and 890 Ptuj gradually came under the influence of the Archdiocese of Salzburg. The city rights obtained in 1376 marked the beginning of economic growth for the city.
The city of Ptuj is full of Roman and medieval history, as well as castles and monasteries. Ptuj is the oldest city in Slovenia and since medieval times it has been known for its fairs and festivals.
The Ptuj area and Maribor region is well known for its hot springs spas.With several vineyards in the valley surrounding Ptuj and a long history of 700 years making wines, Ptuj is a fantastic place to taste wines.
Access : Coordinates: 46.416667, 15.866667 / Ptuj is an important road junction. It is located on the E59 Maribor-Zagreb road. / From Ljubljana to Ptuj there is just over an hour by road, and from Ptuj to Velenje there are just over three quarters of an hour by car.
- Ptuj Old Town : The most emblematic and historical buildings of Ptuj are located within a very short radius of this street: colorful facades, shields, murals and endless details of Slovenian medieval architecture dot the historic center of the city
- church buildings are St. George (in the neighborhood of the Town Hall), St. Peter and Paul, St. Oswald and the former monastery church, now Assumption.
- Old Town Hall of Ptuj, seat of the city administration until the beginning of the 20th century, moved baroque facade.From the Orpheus you can go down Murkova Street until you reach Mestni Square, where the Town Hall is located, located in a beautiful neo-Gothic building
- Castle of Ptuj – Grad Ptuj : Ptuj Castle or Ptuj Castle stands on a hill above the city center of Ptuj. The view from the castle offers us a view of Ptuj with its surroundings and Lake Ptuj. it has very interesting collections of Gothic and Baroque art
- The Kurent or Korant Carnival : Ptuj is the center of the carnival of Koranti (Kurenti), characters masked and covered with sheep skins supposed to hunt winter and bring back spring. The carnival lasts several days, but the Koranti do not occur until the end of the winter.
- Monastery of St. Peter and Paul, Ptuj : Monastery of St. Peter and Paul – Minorite monastery in Ptuj is a Roman Catholic monastery, which stands at the end of the old town center of Ptuj, along the Drava Bridge, in Minorite Square.
- Orpheus’ monument : The Orpheus monument stands on Slovenian Square in Ptuj. The marble tombstone was erected in the 2nd century by the mayor (duumvir) of Mark Valerius Ver in the then Roman province of Upper Pannonia. It is 5 meters high and 1.8 meters wide.
- Dominican monastery Ptuj : The Dominicans who came from Bruges in Carinthia were the first monks in Ptuj. The monastery and church were founded in 1230 by the widow of Frederick III. Ptujskog. She was assisted by Archbishop Eberhard II of Salzburg.
- Church of St. Yuri : It is believed that an early Christian basilica, perhaps even the larger of the two that once stood here, was standing in this place as early as the 4th century. The smaller one is supposed to be from the 9th century.
- Opposite the Town Hall is the column of San Florian, a saint very popular in the Central European countries.this monument is built as a result of the numerous fires suffered by the city in the 18th century, its inhabitants decide to ask the Saint to help them and for that reason they dedicate this statue to him.
- the Baroque church of Sveta Trojica, known for its impressive towers, / The Clock Tower / Ptuj-Ormoz Regional Museum / The Mihelic Gallery in the Drava Tower
- Wines ; in this region near Maribor, as in all of eastern Slovenia, there are many wineries that are dedicated to the production of white and red wines.
- Presernova Ulica : Head to this narrow street in the center of the old city to see some of the most beautiful historic buildings in Ptuj. The street was once the place of the medieval market in the city and is now the place of shop windows and hotels along the wide pedestrian paths.
- the treasures of the winery : Visit the oldest wine cellar in Slovenia, which has preserved the best wines of Haloze and Slovenske Gorice for 700 years.
Activities : sightseeing / photo opportunities / Drive at the famous Slovenian Wine Route includes the places of Slovenske, Gorice and Haloze, where you can enjoy the tastiest wines in the area / try desserts such as Potica, famous throughout Slovenia / enter the Ptuj castle museum, just for the view, climbing up to this spectacular viewpoint is worth it./ Relaxing in Terme Ptuj / meet the excellent local white wines.
Go next : Velenje, in the center of the Sales valley / the Sturmovec Park, a protected area where educational visits are made./ Ptujska Gora is a small village 15 km southwest of Ptuj