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Ptuj, Slovenia – a charming little gem

Visit Ptuj, Slovenia
(Last Updated On: 13/09/2018)

I’m always ready for a good hunt of charming Central European towns. They might look similar, whether they are located in southern Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia or Slovenia, but I still keep falling for them all the time.

There’s just something about Central European vibe, the distinctive architecture and the multicultural past that makes me excited. I can’t even fully explain this feeling but every time when I find this kind of unknown place with Austria-Hungary legacy I feel just right there. And that was also the story with Ptuj, Slovenia.

Visit Ptuj, Slovenia


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Before my visit I only knew the place called Ptuj exists in Slovenia but I couldn’t really locate it on the map, say if it’s a big, important city or name famous monuments. I went there with open mind and no expectations at all and let the town charm me.

From the moment we crossed the river Drava and saw the picturesque view of castle towering above the city with red rooftops I knew we will be friends with Ptuj. The town looked so beautiful in the warm afternoon sun, like a painting!

In next few hours the more I was learning about Ptuj, Slovenia, the more I was falling for it. The town turned out to be such a little gem!

Visit Ptuj, Slovenia

Ptuj – the oldest town in Slovenia

Ptuj is the oldest town in Slovenia, dating back to the Stone Age. In 1st century BC Ptuj (then named Poetovium) was an important center and legion-camp in the Ancient Roman Empire. It might not look so obvious right now as the majority of the town’s center is build in the finest style of Austria-Hungary but the grounds below Ptuj still hide some valuable remnants of the old times.

It is forbidden to dig deeper than 1 meter (in the very center it’s only 70 centimeters) as no one really knows what still might be found down there. These days the town is rather languorous place at the outskirts of the country where life goes by at its own, calm pace. But the charm is definitely there and you can feel the city was up to some grand things in the past.

Visit Ptuj, Slovenia

Ptuj Castle – the best viewpoint in the city

The town is dominated by the castle, standing proudly on the hill above Ptuj. Due to the strategic position at the bank of Drava river the castle hill was occupied since the early days of Ptuj and it played an important role over the centuries. The look of the building we can see now dates back to the 18th century and it actually reminded me a lot of the castle in nearby Maribor or the courtyards I could see in Brno or Bologna.

These days Ptuj Castle is home to the museum that hosts the biggest collection of music instruments in whole Slovenia. But that’s not the only reason why it’s worth climbing up the steep hill to the castle. The view from up there is the best one you can get in Ptuj, with the whole town, the nearby Ptujsko Jezero and the surrounding idyllic countryside at its best.

The river crossing the city and the sea of the red rooftops reminded me a lot of similar views I could admire in Novi Sad or Graz and I was falling for them as much as I did for the one in Ptuj, Slovenia.

Things to do in Ptuj, Slovenia

But the castle is only one of few interesting things to see in Ptuj. The maze of the colorful lanes is typical for Central Europe and so pleasant to wander around. Every corner hides some little gems, whether it’s street art, small cafes or interesting backyards. Whenever your curiosity pushes you to enter a gate in Ptuj center do that as chances you will find something exceptional are really high, for me it was an absolute success!

Each year in August an interesting festival takes place in Ptuj – Days of Poetry and Wine, gathering established artists from all around the world. While the event itself lasts only for few days the outcome can be seen on the walls at Jadranska ulica in the heart of Ptuj. All these small details were the reason why I enjoyed Ptuj so much.

While wandering around Ptuj don’t focus only on the details as there’re some grand monuments around too! Don’t miss Orpheus Monument – a Roman tombstone from the 2nd century, the Town’s Tower – probably the most distinctive landmark of the city or the Town Hall built at the beginning of 20th century in the beautiful art nouveau style, reminding me or the exceptional architecture of Subotica, Serbia. I was really surprised how many amazing things this small town has to offer!

Ptujska Gora – the Gothic masterpiece

Not far from Ptuj, on the hill at the border between Drava flatlands and Haloze hills yet another little gem can be found – the parish church of Ptujska Gora. It was built in 15th century and is one of the best examples of the Gothic style in the area.

The church is devoted to the Virgin of Mercy whose statue is standing proudly in the center of the altar. When you look closer you can see it is a real masterpiece that was made by artists from the circle of Peter Parler – the architect of St. Vitus Cathedral or Charles Bridge in Prague. Visiting Ptujska Gora church is a must for every art and architecture fan!

Relaxing in Terme Ptuj

There’s one more reason to visit Ptuj – to relax in Terme Ptuj Thermal Park. This is one of the youngest spa resorts in Slovenia, even if the bathing tradition in this places dates back to the Antiquity. Now the whole complex is designed in the style referring to the old times, being a connection between the great past and present.

Terme Ptuj offers not only a swimming pool (that hosts numerous national teams on the trainings on regular basis) and water park but also a wellness center, and of course both places use a local thermal water for the treatment and activities. But the best thing about Terme Ptuj are the accommodation options that can satisfy everyone: from the 4* Grand Hotel Primus to the camping and holiday huts.

However the most unique way to spend the night is to sleep in the former wine barrels! How cool is that?! I haven’t seen a similar spot anywhere else and now I just wish I could have spent a night there!

Visit Ptuj, Slovenia – a hidden gem of Central Europe

Ptuj has a perfect location, next to the highway connecting northern Europe with Croatia yet it seems that not many tourists heading for the seaside holidays decide to stop there. Huge mistake!

The town has so much to offer: interesting history, beautiful architecture, great monuments, thriving culture and perfect relaxing options. Basically it has all you might ask for so why don’t you make yourself a favor and visit Ptuj next time you’re in Slovenia! You won’t be disappointed! Visiting Ptuj was definitely one of my favorite things to do in Slovenia!

Visit Ptuj, Slovenia

Have you been to Slovenia? Do you like Central Europe as much as I do? Would you like to visit Ptuj?


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30 Comments

  • Reply
    Adi Adrian
    12/06/2016 at 18:37

    For me the town was also a very positive surprise. I also recommend another town in the area, in Croatia, Varazdin :)

    • Reply
      Kami and the rest of the world
      15/06/2016 at 11:49

      Thank you! I knew the name but never really looked up the city. Just googled it and it look really lovely!

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    Ibazela Krawczyk
    13/06/2016 at 00:08

    Chcę tam jechać na festiwal folkowy :)

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      15/06/2016 at 11:48

      Koniecznie! Przeurocze miasto!

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    Bartosz Wojdon
    13/06/2016 at 07:56

    Bardzo ładne miasto ten Ptuj :)

    • Reply
      Kami and the rest of the world
      15/06/2016 at 11:49

      Bardzo ładne!

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    Agnieszka Ilnicka
    13/06/2016 at 08:40

    Beczki z dachem są świetne!

    • Reply
      Kami and the rest of the world
      15/06/2016 at 11:48

      Bardzo!

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    Darek Sekula
    13/06/2016 at 10:42

    o maj! piękne to! :) jestem zachwycony Twoim blogiem!!

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      15/06/2016 at 11:49

      Dziękuję ;)

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    Ewa Serwicka
    13/06/2016 at 10:51

    Ej nieźle, ja nawet nie wiedziałam, ze jest takie miasto. Teraz wiem :D

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      15/06/2016 at 11:13

      brawo my! ;)

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    Anna Nadia Bandura
    13/06/2016 at 11:12

    Też nie wiedziałam :D

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      15/06/2016 at 11:49

      Dobrze ze nie byłam jedyna!

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    Asia
    15/06/2016 at 09:13

    Wow, night in wine barrels – amazing! And bottle of wine before sleeping:)

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      kami
      21/06/2016 at 22:21

      exactly! wouldn’t mind trying that one day ;)

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    Pattravel
    15/06/2016 at 09:17

    Po pierwsze, świetna nazwa miejscowości, a po drugie czarujące miejsce. Na 100% tam się wybiorę, tym bardziej że mam ze Słowenia pewną rodziną relację ;)

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      kami
      22/06/2016 at 06:46

      to koniecznie musisz tam zawitać, urocze miasteczko!

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    Emilia
    17/06/2016 at 08:02

    I wish to go back to Europe for backacking and visiting ALL European countries.
    Thank you for sharing your feelings about Ptuj and reminding your followers that Europe it’s not only France, Germany, Italy and Spain :)

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      kami
      22/06/2016 at 06:59

      Europe is definitely more than these top countries! It’s such a fascinating and diverse continent, I hope you will be back soon to do some sightseeing around!

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    Agnieszka Ptaszyńska
    17/06/2016 at 20:20

    I’ve read about Ptuj few days ago and put it on my list of thing to do in Slovenia. To be precise to drink the wine here.

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      kami
      22/06/2016 at 07:22

      I haven’t tried wine in Ptuj but I did in many other places in Slovenia and let me tell you you’re in for a real treat!

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    Marta - Podróżniczo
    23/06/2016 at 07:33

    It must be amazing place! I really would like to visit Slovenia, but still it isn’t on my road. I hope it will change someday and then I’ll come back to your posts about Slovenia and find out very practical and interesting information :)

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      kami
      04/07/2016 at 22:03

      Fingers crossed you will have a chance to visit Slovenia soon, it’s such a wonderful country! One of the cutest in Europe!

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    Tatiana
    23/06/2016 at 23:53

    After your trip to Slovenia it’s my one big dream :) Such a beautiful country!And I am ready to sleep in wine barrels :D Hope there is welcome wine inside!!

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      kami
      04/07/2016 at 22:05

      And I really hope this dream will happen soon, I’m sure you’d love Slovenia! I guess there’s no need for welcome wine, you’d be tipsy just from being inside the barrel ;)

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    Jules ( shadesofcourage.com)
    15/11/2017 at 12:40

    We have been to Ptuj and like you ended up loving it there. Such an unexpected hiden gem. the place is not on the radar of many tourists but we are glad we stumbled upon it.

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      kami
      22/12/2017 at 22:09

      I couldn’t agree more!

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    Leo Aguilar
    06/02/2018 at 20:40

    beautiful slovenia!

    • Reply
      kami
      29/03/2018 at 20:41

      indeed!

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