Maribor is the second largest city of Slovenia. It has about 114000 inhabitants. A lot of the city is dominated by grey Soviet era apartment blocks.
Maribor was first mentioned back in the 14th century. Though the city had been attacked by the Turks several times, it was constantly under the rule of austrian Habsburgs until the end of the World War I. After the war was over the city was claimed by the austrians and by the new state of Yugoslavia. Finally it fell to Yugoslavia, had been occupied by the Nazis during World War II and got part of Yugoslavia again after the war was over. After Slovenia declared independence back in 1991 the city suffered from the economic consequences causing the population to decrease rapidly. In 1975 the University of Maribor was founded and since then the city is becoming more and more an attractive, vibrant student city.
Take road A1/E57 from Ljubljana. (about an hour). Arriving from Austria, take A9 and take road E57 and E59 then. Maribor is located only a few minutes away from the austrian border. If you are in Zagreb take road 1/E59 (about 2 hours). There is no direct connection to Italy, so it takes about 2 and a half hour to get to Maribor from there.
Maribor has an international airport, which operates only cargo flights at the moment. Styrian Spirit offered direct schedules with Salzburg, but went bankrupt a few months ago. There are huge plans to extend the number of scheduled flights. Nearby aiports include Graz, Ljubljana, and Zagreb. Several companies offer charter flights during summer to various destinations.
Maribor is quite a small town, so it's easy to get around by feet. There is an extensive bus network as well though there is no need to use it unless you want to go to the outer districts of Maribor. Maribor has two tourist information centres in the city: One is located opposite of the railway station, the other one in Partizanska cesta which is currently closed due to maintenance work on the building. The tourist information centre are providing free maps and help you with arranging accommodation. Maps of central Maribor (aerial photos) can also be found in the streets fitted on the walls of houses.
If you go to Maribor by car, it might be difficult to find parking space during weekdays. Most of the inner city is covered by short-term-parking space. A good change to find toll-free space might be in the area of Mestini park. A good alternative is the parking garage below Trgovski city center. Expect to pay around 150 to 200 SIT per hour. The longer you stay, the cheaper it gets.
Ski or snowboard at the local resort. There are a few parallel slopes with drag lifts. Moving between the different slopes can be hard work if the snow is sticky. During the summer, cycle trails are available.
There is an internet cafe in Partizanska cesta called Mark's cafe. The cafe can be found on the right side of the street (heading towards the centre of the city) between Cafova ulica and Cankarjeva ulica.