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Sights in the area around Terme Ptuj

Ptuj, Slovenia’s oldest town, and the area around it

Ptuj is the oldest town in Slovenia. Some two thousand years ago, in the time of ancient Rome, Poetovio was a large town with a population of around 30,000. It was bubbling with life, much like the thermal water that was later discovered on the right bank of the Drava, the river that wends its way past Ptuj. Special energies have always featured in the lives of the locals: Dravus, the energy of the Drava, washes away negative energy; the ancient temples dedicated to the god Mithras help achieve inner balance, and the Kurent brings vital energy and good cheer. Just what the modern-day warrior needs after facing the daily challenges of professional and private life. Find the motivation for new triumphs by relaxing around the Ptuj thermal springs, exercising and enjoying the fine wines from the local hills.

Daytrips in the surrounding area

  • Ptuj – the treasury of the millennia

    Ptuj, Slovenia’s oldest town, boasts a rich and colourful past. Most of the town centre is protected as a monument of cultural and historical significance. Walk around the old town centre, enjoy the beautiful view from Ptuj Castle and relax on the shores of the Ptuj Sea. From Terme Ptuj, the town can be reached on foot or by bus. There is a bus stop next to the resort.

  • Ptuj Castle

    Situated on a hill overlooking the town centre, this majestic fort boasts enchanting views of Ptuj, its surroundings and Lake Ptuj. In the castle, you can see the sumptuously furnished rooms, furniture from the feudal period, carnival masks, collections of weapons and musical instruments and the castle gallery.

  • The Ptuj wine cellar

    Distinguished by over 700 years of tradition, the Ptuj wine cellar is the oldest in Slovenia. The oldest wine in its archive is Zlata trta (Golden Vine), which dates back to 1917. The wine cellar features sound and light effects that make the beautiful carved wooden barrels even more memorable.

  • The wine-growing area of Haloze

    There is a long tradition of wine-growing in the Ptuj area. Haloze is a landscape of low, rolling hills. To the south across the Dravinja, there are steeper hills such as Donačka gora and Boč that are popular hiking destinations. Between Ptuj and Zavrč, Borl Castle stands on an imposing rock overlooking the Drava.

  • Slovenske gorice

    There are a number of themed, cycling and hiking trails in Slovenske gorice, the hilly wine-growing area between the Mura and the Drava. The countryside is dotted with countless small churches and agritourism farms, where visitors can enjoy a homemade lunch and a tasting of local wines.

  • Kurentovanje

    Kurentovanje is the largest organised carnival event in Slovenia and Central Europe. It usually begins on Candlemas (2 February) and lasts until Shrove Tuesday. During this time, Ptuj and the surrounding area are taken over by masked characters. The main event is the traditional international carnival parade on Shrove Sunday.

  • A visit to the Kurent workshop (Spuhlja)

    The Kurent is the most popular of all the traditional carnival characters in the Ptuj region. For generations, the Klinc family in Spuhlja near Ptuj has been involved in making the traditional Kurent costumes. They are created in the “Kurent workshop” by the renowned costume-maker Marko Klinc.

  • The Roman games

    Held in the second half of August in Ptuj, the Roman games bring to life the customs and events of the year 69, when the Roman encampment of Poetovio hosted a meeting of the commanders of all the legions in the Podonavje region. The stories of the nobles, soldiers, free citizens and slaves of the day play out in various shows and performances.

  • Mystical heritage

    In the area around Ptuj, you can relive the Medieval adventure of Parsifal’s quest for the Holy Grail and other hidden treasures and visit one of the ancient temples dedicated to the god Mithras, the mystical Ptujska gora mountain or the Jupiter temple on Grajski grič. These are believed to be special areas of harmonious balance.

  • The Ptuj Sea – Ranca

    For our active guests, a visit to the Ranca sports and recreation centre on the shores of the Ptuj Sea is a must. From Terme Ptuj, it can be reached on foot or by bike. Cycling and running enthusiasts will enjoy the trail that loops around the lake. In the summer, the lake offers a wealth of water sports and activities.

  • The Šturmovci Nature Park

    During your visit to Lake Ptuj, don’t miss the Šturmovci Nature Park, where a completely different world awaits: gravel deposits, shoals, floodplain forests and beautiful meadows sparsely dotted with trees and resembling a manicured castle park.

  • Ptujska Gora

    Ptujska Gora is a village nucleated around a square and an imposing Gothic church, which stands atop a hill and is visible from a considerable distance. The beautiful views of Dravsko polje and Haloze make the hill a popular destination for hikers and cyclists.

  • Mariborsko Pohorje

    Mariborsko Pohorje is the largest ski centre in Slovenia. Visitors can take a ski lift to the summit to enjoy the magnificent views. In the summer, Pohorje offers a bike park, a summer sledding track and countless hiking trails. It can also be explored on horseback.

  • The Vurberk Castle and Adventure Park

    Visit the remains of the mysterious Vurberk Castle near Ptuj and absorb the healing energy at the many energy points there. The Vurberk Adventure Park is situated nearby. Climbing enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies can try their hand at three treetop courses of various difficulty levels.

  • Little Red Riding Hood’s fairytale forest

    Enjoy a family adventure in Little Red Riding Hood’s fairytale forest (Mohorkova graba). In the fairytale houses set in natural green surroundings, you will find scenes from famous fairytales. The fairytale houses are open from Friday to Sunday.

  • The Puh Museum

    The perfect choice for classic car enthusiasts, this museum houses exhibits created by the inventor Janez Puh, the man who laid the groundwork for the Rossis and Lorenzos of today. During World War I, he built the famous Puch motorcycle and one of the most reliable cars.

Events in Terme Ptuj and the Surrounding Area

  • The greatest wine holiday – St. Martin’s Day
    Mestni trg square, Ptuj city marketplace 
    11 November 2023 

    The St. Martin’s Day celebration in a city that boasts the oldest wine cellar in Slovenia is always a special experience. Visit Ptuj during St. Martin’s Day and enjoy the best wines, a wine-themed cultural programme and guided tastings and tours through the hidden corners of the city.

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  • Sunday themed brunches
    The Grand Hotel Primus restaurant 
    Sunday, 12.00 – 15.00 

    Culinary indulgence for the whole family. A rich selection of dishes from the buffet and dishes, prepared directly in front of you (show cooking).

    24/09/2023: Brunch Zlata jesen
    22.10.2023: Brunch Oktoberfest
    12/11/2023: Brunch Martin's feast

    26.12.2023 (Tuesday): Brunch Magical Christmas

  • Open Kitchen Ptuj
    Town Square, Ptuj 
    7 October 2023 from 11:00 

    The flavours of Slovenia and of the world in one place. The Open Kitchen caravan, a unique culinary market that has taken the Slovenian and international culinary scene by storm, also likes to stop in Ptuj. It is a veritable treasure trove of local Slovenian cuisine, modern cuisine, exotic flavours from distant lands, and boutique confectionery. Welcome!

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  • Fairy-tale December
    Mestni trg square, Ptuj 
    18 December 2023 – 31 December 2023 

    In December, the old town centre is decorated with twinkling lights, offering the perfect atmosphere for the magical figures that create a real-life fairy-tale on Mestni trg square. Two fairy-tale weeks are devoted to a festive holiday fair and colourful events in the heart of the city. Welcome!

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  • Outdoor New Year Celebration
    Mestni trg square, Ptuj 

    Spend the longest night of the year in good company, swaying to the rhythm of music in the heart of the city. A varied musical programme with plenty of entertainment and good cuisine! The longest night you can’t afford to miss! (Foto: Stanko Kozel, TZ Ptuj)

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The remains of a thousand years of history in Ptuj

In the area around Ptuj, there are five temples dedicated to the god Mithras. Next to the ancient sacrificial stones, it is easier to access your inner strength and absorb the energy to face the daily stress of modern life. Alternatively, you can find inner strength by the Drava, whose mysterious energy – Dravus – is believed to wash away negative thoughts. While you’re walking, remember to check the ground beneath your feet – you may stumble across an ancient gold coin. Somewhere near Ptuj, a treasure is believed to be buried next to the grave of the infamous Attila the Hun.

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