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Magical Ptuj - Slovenia's Oldest Town

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A May 2008 trip to Ptuj by fizzytom

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Quote: Some reviews from our frequent day trips to the picturesque town of Ptuj, Slovenia's oldest settlement and a must visit place

Ptuj - An Introduction

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Ptuj - charming and picturesque Photo, Ptuj, Slovenia
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Ptuj is has the distinction of being the oldest settlement in Slovenia and it's a popular choice for day trips with tourists staying all over the country as its central location makes it accessible within a couple of hours from anywhere in the country. It's main attraction is the castle which I have also reviewed in this journal but there are enough other attractions - as well as just the enjoyment of strolling the quaint streets - to justify a visit and you can quite nicely occupy a whole day, even two or three if you take in nearby sights such as the monasteries. First things first - it's pronounced Puh-too-ee (its German name is Pettau) or something approximating that - the locals are q...Read More

Ptujska Gora

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Attraction | "A Treasure Chest Atop a Hill"

Ptujska Gora Photo, Ptuj, Slovenia
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Ptujska Gora is the tiny hamlet that has grown around the hilltop (352 metres) Church of the Mantled Virgin Mary near the Slovenian town of Ptuj (in fact the name translates as Ptuj’s Mountain). The imposing Gothic church can be seen from miles around and is situated about fifteen minutes drive from Ptuj on the Ptuj to Majsperk Road. It’s also possible to take a bus from Ptuj which stops about two thirds of the way up the hill and you must walk the rest of the way yourself. Although I was aware that the church contains some important treasures, part of my wanting to visit was the challenge of hiking up the hill. I was disappointed, then, when the bus driver, knowing I was going to Ptujska ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2009

Ptujska Gora

Ptuj, Slovenia

Eduardo Carmona's sculptures

Attraction | "How Many Can You Spot?"

Eduardo Carmona Vergara's sculptures Photo, Ptuj, Slovenia
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Spend more than a few minutes strolling around Ptuj's charming centre and you'll notice these oxidised iron sculptures. Some are quite prominently displayed, others hide behind old stone towers or are in quieter streets. You would think that it would be easy to find more information about such lovely pieces but even the tourist office could tell me only that the creator is Eduardo Carmona Vergara, a Colombian artist.A little digging after my first visit unearthed some more details. There are eight sculptures in all and they were installed in 2007 to celebrate Slovenia's National Day. Each one measures over two metres tall. Do you need to know anything more about them? They real...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 19, 2009

Bus Station Bar

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Attraction | "Retro Chic - But Avoid the Toilets"

Bus Station Bar, Ptuj Photo, Ptuj, Slovenia
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What do you do when you have a fifteen minute wait at a Slovenian bus station when it’s too cold and wet to wait outside for the bus to come? Why, you head indoors for a drink of course! Every Slovenian train and bus station has a bar, sometimes on a Sunday it might be the only one open in the area. There are some that are so nice I’d go there for a night out!Ptuj is no exception to this rule though I’d perhaps not recommend this bar for a night out. However the bus station bar in Ptuj really must be seen as it is a fantastic relic from the old days – the Communist days that is. If you didn’t know better you might think it was a retro theme bar. This place gives the impression that it mu...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 19, 2009

Ptuj Castle

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Attraction | "The King of the Castles"

Ptuj Castle Photo, Ptuj, Slovenia
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The highlight of a visit to Ptuj is the impressive castle that guards over the town from a position on a high flat plateau. Travelling to or from the far north east of Slovenia by train gives you the best overall view of the castle, in my opinion Slovenia's most attractive.Feudal lords built a castle here around the tenth century of which one tower still stands today. In the twelfth century Archbishop Konrad of Salzburg, the then feudal lord of Ptuj, ordered the construction of a new fortress; only the Leslijev wing of that construction can be seen today. The bulk of what visitors see today are the renaissance and baroque additions to the castle and the outward appearance of the castle is ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 17, 2008

Ptuj Castle
Muzejski trg 1
Ptuj
+386 2 78 79 230

Pizzerija Pivnica Zlatorog

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Restaurant | "A Good Choice - but not for Pizza"

Pizzerija Pivnica Zlatorog Photo, Ptuj, Slovenia
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Slovenians love pizza, who doesn't? There aren't many places now where you can't get a pizza and with the proximity to Italy it's should come as no surprise that pizza appears on nearly every menu.We regularly go to Ptuj on Sunday mornings, it's one of the only places we can get to by bus on a Sunday from Maribor. Having exhausted most of the possibilities we decided to give Pizzeria Pivnica Zlatorog a try. Judging by the number of people already there and who followed us in it seemed popular. Some people came in and had a drink at the bar then left again, but most people were eating. We chose a table in the bar area and were given a menu in Slovene but as we are learning it wa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 31, 2009

Pizzerija Pivnica Zlatorog
Slomškova ulica 20
Ptuj, Slovenia 2250
02 771 17 31

Gostilna Rozika

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Restaurant | "Tasty Food Near the Market Place"

Gostilna Rozika  Photo, Ptuj, Slovenia
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One of things I fell in love with on my first trip to Slovenia was the gostilna - the cosy restaurant, often with interjoining dining rooms, that serves good value traditional food. Every town has one and we make a point of seeking them out because they are usually the cheapest place to eat.This one - Gostilna Rozika - is situated just off the market place in the heart of Ptuj. It's very unassuming from the outside but walk in and you'll be plunged into typical Slovenian cosiness. It was a cold November day when we visited and it felt very welcoming.At Sunday lunch time the place was moderately busy but we had no problem finding a table. The menu is in Slovene only and the staf...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 1, 2009

Gostilna Rozika
Slomskova 7
Ptuj
(02) 771-34-31

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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