Set on the Drava river, Ptuj is the oldest town in Slovenia and one of the oldest of whole Europe. With a population of about 18,000, it’s the eighth largest city in Slovenia. It is located in the northeastern area of the country, about 130 kilometres from Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana (a little less than an hour and a half drive).
The city has a very rich history dating back to the Stone Age. Even before the arrival of the Romans, this place was an important settlement. Once the Romans got there in the first century AD, they granted the settlement town rights and named it Poetovio.
Ptuj now has a charming old town with beautiful historic buildings (which are all protected as monuments), many interesting churches and monasteries, lovely squares, a medieval castle built in the mid-12th century, Slovenia’s oldest wine cellar, a lovely thermal spa, lots of storks nesting on its red-tile roofs and one of the most impressive carnivals in Europe called Kurentovanje, which draws tens of thousands of visitors each year!
Ptuj’s best-known landmark is the mid-12th century castle strategically located high on a hill overlooking the Drava River. The castle offers great views over the town and has a functioning sundial on the top floor. The entrance fee is only €5 and for this one gets to visit a large number of exhibits including weapons, paintings, tapestries, furniture and the castle itself.
View our image gallery with 26 high-resolution photos that proves you absolutely have to visit Ptuj!
Two photos below by Jure Korber and Tjasa Borsnak
A beautiful view over the town of Ptuj from an aerial photography platform.
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The town is set on the Drava river.
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The most prominent tourist attraction in Ptuj is the castle which stands at the top of a steep hill in the center of town.
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Ptuj Castle is located high on a hill overlooking the river.
Photo by Denis Sodrznik
The town features a wonderful mix of well-preserved medieval, Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles.
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A beautiful panorama.
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Elevated view of red-roofed houses in Ptuj.
For more photos visit our picture gallery: 30 Beautiful Ptuj Photos to Inspire Your Next Trip!
Location of Ptuj on the map
Address: Presernova ulica 1, 2250 Ptuj, Slovenia
Latitude and Longitude Coordinates: 46.419804, 15.869589
GPS coordinates: 46° 25′ 11.2944” N 15° 52′ 10.5204” E
Region: Slovenian Styria