Welcome to Ptuj, the oldest town in Slovenia and one of the oldest of whole Europe

Introducing Ptuj

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.

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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.

Ptuj Pictures

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
Aerial view of Ptuj, Slovenia with its hilltop castle and bridges over the Drava river
A beautiful view over the town of Ptuj from an aerial photography platform.

Aerial view of Slovenia's oldest town Ptuj with its hilltop castle
Another extraordinary view of Ptuj from an aerial photography platform.

Next 10 photos below by Bostjan Kersbaumer
A beautiful view of the town of Ptuj, Slovenia, which is situated along the Drava river
The town is set on the Drava river.

A view of the town of Ptuj and its hilltop castle on a sunny spring day
Ptuj oozes charm thanks to its lovely town centre.

A view of the town of Ptuj from a footbridge over the Drava river
A footbridge over the Drava river.

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A beautiful elevated view of the town Ptuj, Slovenia
The castle offers stunning views over the town, river and lake.

The town of Ptuj, Slovenia and River Drava at sunset
A beautiful sunset.

A view of the town of Ptuj with a bridge over the Drava river
An evening in Ptuj.

Milky Way over the footbridge in Ptuj, Slovenia at night
Ptuj’s footbridge illuminated at night.

Two bridges over the Drava river in Ptuj, Slovenia
The history of Ptuj has close ties with the Drava river and the various bridges over it.

Ptuj Castle above the footbridge in Ptuj, Slovenia
Ptuj Castle towering above the town.

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The beautiful Mestni Trg Square in the town of Ptuj, Slovenia, surrounded by interesting architectural buildings
The lovely Mestni Trg Square is surrounded by interesting architectural buildings.

Next 2 photos below by Piotr Skrzypiec
Beautiful view of Ptuj, the oldest town in Slovenia
The most prominent tourist attraction in Ptuj is the castle which stands at the top of a steep hill in the center of town.

Kurent, a traditional Slovenian carnival mask with cow bells, dressed in fur and special headgear
Kurent is a traditional Slovenian carnival mask with cow bells, dressed in fur and special headgear that originates from Ptuj.

Next 2 photos below by Peter Zajfrid
Ptuj, a charming historic town in the Styria region of Slovenia on the Drava River
Ptuj Castle is located high on a hill overlooking the river.

Night view of the town of Ptuj with pedestrian bridge across the Drava river, Slovenia
Night view of the town with a pedestrian bridge across the Drava river.

Photo by Denis Sodrznik
The town of Ptuj stretching out across the Drava River in eastern Slovenia
The town features a wonderful mix of well-preserved medieval, Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles.

Next 7 photos below by Erich Reisinger
A beautiful panorama of Ptuj, the oldest town in Slovenia
A beautiful panorama.

Panoramic night view of Ptuj, the oldest town in Slovenia Ptuj
This is how peaceful and serene Ptuj looks at night.

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A street view in the historic centre of Ptuj, Slovenia
A street view in the old part of the town with the town tower in the background.

A street view in the old town centre of Ptuj, Slovenia at night
Another street view in the old part of the town at night.

Ptuj Castle illuminated at night
The castle illuminated at night.

The Puhov Most bridge over the Drava river in Ptuj, Slovenia at night
The Puhov Most bridge over the Drava river at night.

Ptuj bridges at night
Ptuj bridges at night.

Next 4 photos below by Daniel Tomanovic
Elevated view of red-roofed houses in the town of Ptuj, Slovenia
Elevated view of red-roofed houses in Ptuj.

A view across the town of Ptuj, Slovenia
A view across the town.

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A street view in an old town centre in Ptuj, Slovenia
The historic town centre is beautiful and very friendly.

A street view in the festively decorated Ptuj, Slovenia
The old part of the town at night during the festive season in December.

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

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