Maribor is the second biggest city in Slovenia located in the northeastern part on the banks of the River Drava and near the border with Austria. It’s a small but charming city with great history and many places to visit. Continue reading and discover why Maribor is the perfect next Erasmus destination for your Erasmus+ internship.

History of Maribor

Maribor has a long history and has witnessed many historical events.  

It was founded in the 12th century and soon became the most important town in Lower Styria (the historical province to which it belongs). Proof of the city’s antiquity is the cathedral built in the 12th century. 

It was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and its population consisted of 80% Germans and 20% Slovenes. After the First World War it became a part of Yugoslavia. In 1941 the region was annexed by Nazi Germany. At the end of the war in 1945 a large part of the German population was evicted from the city which became a part of Yugoslavia until Slovenia’s independence in 1991.

Plague column of Maribor
Plague column of Maribor
Main square of Maribor
Main square of Maribor

What to see in Maribor

Maribor is a charming city with many sights to see. The advantage of being a small city is that it makes it possible to visit all the sights quickly and efficiently. Below we will tell you which are the places that you should not miss when you visit Maribor.

If you like the culture and art and you are looking for museums to visit, Maribor has many. All of them are interesting but you should not miss the ones that are written below:

Franciscan church of Maribor
Franciscan church of Maribor
One of Maribor's bridges
One of Maribor’s bridges

If you are looking for sports activities to give the best of yourself, Maribor is the perfect city for you. It has a lot of activities that will make you enjoy the city.

The women’s alpine skiing world cup is held in Pohorje. The Zlata Lisica FIS World Cup event is attended by 85 competitors from all over the world and it is held in January and February.

Erasmus student experience in Maribor

After living in Maribor for almost two months I can say that it is a city that never ceases to amaze me. You always find something new that fascinates and amazes you. For me, the fact that it is more or less small has many advantages compared to other cities. The entire city can be explored on foot and thanks to this the atmosphere is much more homely and personal than other cities. Maribor is a city that is definitely worth visiting and exploring because it has a lot to offer, especially to tourists. You will meet charming people and visit places worth seeing.