Maribor Journals

The City Squares of Maribor

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A travel journal to Maribor by fizzytom

Trg Svobode, Maribor Photo, Maribor, Slovenia More Photos
Quote: A look at the different squares in Maribor and the sculptures and notable buildings you'll find in each one
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Being rectangular, Trg Generalna Maistra is one of Maribor’s more conventional squares, though thanks to the effect of changes to Maribor’s traffic system, it’s often mistaken for an extension of nearby Trg Svobode . It’s easy to find, just behind the castle and Partizanska Cesta. Cross Trg Svobode, and climb the short flight of stairs just beside Vinag Wine Cellars; then cross the road, making sure not to step in front of one of the many tourist coaches that drop off their passengers on the southern side of Trg Generalna MaistraLined with handsome neo-renaissance buildings and with lawns, a fountain and sculptures in the centre this is a rather grand square. It’s a popular place for people to ...Read More
Trg Svobode, Maribor Photo, Maribor, Slovenia
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With there being several squares in the centre of Maribor it's easy to think, on first visiting the town, that you've hit the heart of the town, only to find another bigger and more impressive square. I would say that Trg Svobode - literally Freedom Square - should be referred to as the heart of the town, if indeed one needs to attach that name to any part.The square is at the town end of Partizanska cesta (the other end being the bus station) and it is beside the castle (which fronts on to Grajski Trg). As soon as you see the square you will know that this is the perfect place for a market yet the food market is now at a recently (purpose) built site in Lent. However, each day a small num...Read More
Monument to Boris Kidrica Photo, Maribor, Slovenia
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If you arrive by train the sombre and striking monument in Trg Borisa Kidrica may be the first sight you see in the city as this square is directly opposite the train station which, in fact, forms one side of the square. It’s an attractive square with plenty of grassy areas, well kept flowerbeds and plenty of seats so you can sit down and watch the world go by for a while.There are a couple of bars and a fantastic bakery on one side of the square (on the right as you face the train station) or you could buy some fruit from the excellent stall that stands in front of the square as you look with the station behind you. There’s also a bread kiosk where you could by snacks for a picnic lunch o...Read More

Rotovski trg - A Handsome Short Cut

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In Slovene "trg" means "square" or "place", the equivalent of a Spanish "plaza" or an Italian "piazza"; it’s pronounced "turg". Rotovški trg (in Slovene the second word of a name is not capitalised) is basically the "town hall square" although the "front" of the old town hall is actually on the more impressive Glavni trg ("Main square" – except that, really, Trg Svobode, or "Liberty Square" is the biggest and most central of Maribor’s many squares). The name derives from the old German name Rathaushof, literally the courtyard of the town hall and this eventually morphed into the Slovene Rotovški. The first town hall was built in 1515 and before this time this area was the site of a market...Read More

Glavni trg (Main Square)

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Attraction | "A Heads Up on Glavni trg"

Glavni trg (Main Square) Photo, Maribor, Slovenia
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Glavni trg (pronounced "glowny turg" – the "ow" pronounced as in "how") is something of a misnomer; the name is derived from "glav" meaning ‘head’ and translates more or less as the "Main Square" but, with the changing shape of Maribor, it no longer feels like the heart of the city. The sixteenth century town hall with its striking clock tower and the magnificent plague column always look fantastic in photographs but the truth is that Glavni trg is a shadow of its former self, and is almost pushed to the edge of the city centre. Many of the shop units on Glavni trg are empty although with 2012 – when Maribor assumes the mantle of European Capital of Culture – fast approaching, a few have been taken up...Read More

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Glavni trg (Main Square)
Glavni Trg
Maribor, Slovenia