Day 1: Start your adventure with the best view of the town – from the footbridge, or with a coffee in Mitra hotel’s Kipertz café. Walk up to the Ptuj Castle and explore its collections of national significance, and enjoy the views of the city’s rooftops. Take a stroll to the Panorama archaeological park, and visit the Dominican Monastery. Grab some lunch at Amadeus, and discover the Orpheus Monument, city tower, St. George’s church and Kurent’s room at TIC. True hedonists can follow up with a cup of coffee on Slovenski trg, while soaking in one of the best views in the town. Art lovers can swing by the Ptuj City Gallery or Mihelič Gallery, while the Ptuj wine cellar is there for those who enjoy a glass of good wine.
Ptuj’s ancient Roman and medieval gems
discovering the countryside
Day 2: Start the day on Mestni trg, where you can enjoy your coffee and pastry with a view of the magnificent town hall. Visit the Minorite Monastery with its well-stocked library, followed by a tour of the basilica on Ptujska Gora. Take a pit stop at the Babica Breda diner on Ptujska Gora and have some traditional gibanica layered cake, grab lunch at Špajza in Breg, and visit the Štatenberg castle near Makole. Upon returning to the city, take a break in the artistic atmosphere of the Muzikafe café, or spend an evening in thermal baths.
Day 3: Enjoy the pristine nature of Ptuj’s surroundings. Take a walk around the Ptuj lake (13 km), making a stop at the bird watching station, and visit the Šturmovci landscape park, protected as part of Natura 2000. If you prefer admiring the surroundings from the comfort of a seat, take a ride around the Ptuj Lake on the Čigra boat, and then have some lunch on Ribič’s terrace overlooking the Drava River. After lunch, you can also visit one of Ptuj’s numerous wine shops or treat yourself to a spa day at Primus or Mitra hotel, and you cannot miss by visiting a golf course or taking a bike to the Drava cycling route.
Day 4: Spend the day discovering gems around Ptuj. Start at the mighty Hince’s sequoia. If you are a fan of motorcycles, you should visit Puch’s museum in Sakušak, where you can learn about the legacy of the inventor Johann Puch. Swing by the Dornava mansion and admire the exterior of this unique baroque architectural gem. Discover traditional local architecture at the Dominko homestead, which was built in 1700 and later protected as immovable cultural heritage. It will give you a glimpse of the old times. End the day on a traditional note, and learn how Kurent’s costume is made at the Klinc workshop in Spuhlja.
Spend an evening in thermal baths.
Day 5: If you continue your journey in the direction of Ormož, you will reach Velika Nedelja, a village with a rich history, where you can learn about their knights of the German Order. The Holy Trinity Church holds the oldest baptismal font in Slovenia, which dates back to the 12th century, and the nearby castle houses an exhibition on Velika Nedelja’s history through centuries. The Ptuj-Ormož Regional Museum also manages the Ormož castle complex. Ormož and Ljutomersko-Ormoške gorice are known for their excellent wines. Jeruzalem in their center is a village with long and rich history, and above all, an interesting name.