Travel to Eastern Slovenia – Episode 816

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Travel to Eastern Slovenia (Podcast)

Hear about travel to Eastern Slovenia as the Amateur Traveler talks to travel writer Mark Baker from about a recent press trip that he took to less visited parts of Solvenia.

Mark starts us in eastern Slovenia with the beautiful cities of Maribor and Ptuj. Maribor, Mark says, “is a student town. It’s very lively. It’s got a lot of things to do in the evening. It’s got a really beautiful just renovated central square.” Mark recommends this area as the center for Slovenian wine production. The oldest wine-producing grapevine in the world is purported to be at the Old Vine House in Maribor.

Ptuj was originally a Roman garrison town where the Roman empire would settle retired soldiers. You can find artifacts from that time, including a Mithras shrine. Ptuj has an unusual carnival celebration called Kurentovanje, where locals chase away winter wearing large furry beast costumes. The city is capped with a castle overlooking the town and the Drava River.

But the most unusual part of Mark’s itinerary involved visiting an old lead mine in Koroška. Mark first did a mountain bike ride through the mine before boarding a claustrophobic mine train and heading well down into the mine, where they kayaked the underground waterways.

There is also a nearby coal museum and an old coal mine where you can have a gourmet meal underground. Koroška is also known for its mountain biking… above ground as well.

Mark then headed west to tour beautiful Lake Bohinj in western Slovenia in Triglav National Park. The area is a center for adventure tourism. You can go rafting or hiking, but Mark also was able to go for a ride on a small Icelandic horse. 

Slovenia is a beautiful country with a rich history. It has numerous well-loved sites like Like Bled, the caves of Postojna and Škocjan, and its small coastline. But, as Mark discovered, it also has less visited but equally wonderful places… some of them deep underground.

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Show Notes

Mark Baker
Travel Along the Volga River in Russia – Episode 605
Old Vine House (Maribor)
Ptuj Castle
Danube River Cruise – Episode 664
Lead Mine in Koroška
Podzemlje Pece tourist mine and museum
Ecohotel Koroš
Contacts and location – Coal mining museum of Slovenia
The Coal Mining Museum of Slovenia
Lake Bohinj
Mrcina Ranch (horses)
Travel to Slovenia – Episode 656


Stephanie on Travel to London, England – Episode 813:

Great episode! I’ve been to London 6 times and am going back in September. I still found some new things to check out when I go.
However, one thing she said I’d like to make a suggestion: Using a debit card vs. getting an Oyster card. You have to have a contactless debit card, and you have to make sure it doesn’t charge you foreign transaction fees. My card is not contactless, and I do get hit with FTF every time I use it, so I will continue to use an Oyster card when I go.

All the best, Stephanie

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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

2 Responses to “Travel to Eastern Slovenia – Episode 816”

Sarah L Little


We are interested in the Icelandic Horses Ride and are unable to find a working link to Mrcina Ranch (horses)here, google or trip advisor.
Do you know if they are defunct?
Thanks – Sarah

Chris Christensen


I don’t know about that specific ranch but there do seem to be horseback riding tours

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