USEFUL INFORMATION

important numbers stores health care wine
practical information water pharmacies shopping tips
border formalities phones, mobiles slovenian food restaurants

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

  • 113 - police
  • 112 - fire dept., ambulance

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Local time is Central European Time (GMT+1, summertime: GMT+2) - the time zone is the same as for Berlin.
  • Slovenia has Alpine, Continental, Mediterranean climate. For daily forecast please see link1 or link2.
  • For the electricity use europlug or schuko with 220V and 50Hz.

BORDER FORMALITIES

  • Since Slovenia is a Schengen member country, there are no border controls at borders to Austria, Italy and Hungary. However, there is a border control at the border to Croatia.
  • Border formalities are minimal and correspond to European standards.
  • Citizens of European Union countries, Switzerland, Hungary and Croatia may cross the border using a valid personal identity document only.
  • Please consult The Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the details regarding the visas.

STORES, BANKS, POST OFFICES, MONEY, EXCHANGES

  • General Stores are opened throughout the day (without lunch time), from 8am to 7pm (weekdays), and from 8am to 1pm (Saturdays). Almost all stores are closed on Sunday, except for shopping centres outside the city centre.
  • Some stores are opened longer Saturdays and Sundays - please ask the locals.
  • Currency is EURO€. 1€ = $1,29, 1€ = 126 Yen, subject to change.
  • Payment is in Euro €, credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners) are widely accepted.
  • Maestro cards are widely accepted, there are ATM cash machines widely available.
  • Banks are opened daily from 8am to5pm, usually with a lunch break (12am-2pm); Saturdays 8am to 11 am.
  • Post offices are opened daily from 8am to 7pm, Saturdays 8am to 12 am. Stamps are sold in tobacco shops or souvenir shops.

WATER

  • The water is safe and drinkable throughout the country.

PHONES, MOBILES

  • Public phones operate on magnetic cards that are sold at post offices and other stores. International outgoing call prefix is '00'. Incoming prefix is '386' for Slovenia and '2' for Maribor. Please add a '0' when making an intra-Slovenian call (for Ljubljana, for example, dial 01 xxx yyyy).
  • Making a telephone call from a Post Office or a Hotel is possible, but substantially more expensive.
  • GSM and UMTS (3G) networks are available by two service providers: Mobitel and SiMobil.

HEALTH CARE FOR FOREIGN VISITORS

The level of health care in Slovenia corresponds to European standards. Every city has a major health care where clinics operate from 7am to 7pm. On-duty health services are also organized as well as home visits by doctors.
Over-the-counter and prescription medicines are sold in pharmacies. Pharmacies are open from 7am to 7pm, and for urgent needs certain pharmacies are open at night.
Every foreign visitor has a right to emergency medical care. Slovenia has signed conventions on free emergency medical care with several countries (check with your health authorities and ask for the appropriate bilingual form). In this case the patient is entitled to free emergency medical help. Other services must be paid in cash, and a receipt will be given on the basis of which the patient may apply for a refund in his own country.
Citizens from countries with whom no convention has been signed are also guaranteed emergency medical care; however, they must bear the costs of such services themselves.

PHARMACIES

  • Pharmacies are opened daily from 7am to 7pm
  • At least one pharmacy is opened throughout the night for emergency; please ask at the hotel for details.

SLOVENIAN FOOD

Slovenia's location at the meeting point of Pannonian, Alpine, and Mediterranean cultural regions is reflected in its culinary heritage, and many Slovenian dishes spring from these three great cultures.
The oldest Slovenian food are dishes made from flour and groats. The best known are the breads made for holiday occasions which today appear in the form of braided loaves or wreathes, the "štruklji" which Slovenians prepare in 70 different ways stuffed with sweet fillings, meat or vegetables, and "žganci". A real Slovenian speciality is "potica", a dessert for holiday occasions also prepared with the widest variety of fillings. A major event in the countryside still today is the slaughtering of a pig from which many various products are made: groat and white "klobasa", blood sausage, roasts, stuffed tripe, smoked sausage, salami, ham, bacon, and, of course, the highest quality and most prized karst pršut. Recipes for the preparation of poultry, especially goose, duck, and capon, have been preserved for many centuries.
And it is obvious that in a country beside the sea there is a large choice of the fish and sea fruits which we find most often on Primorska menus.

WINE

Winegrowing was established in our part of the world by the Celts, and the Romans greatly improved the vine and spread winegrowing throughout the country. Medieval records speak in particular of monastery and castle vineyards and the fame of the wines which were taken to Salzburg and into Bavaria.
The north-eastern part of Slovenia is well known for outstanding white wines. In this region dominated by "Laški "and "Renski rizling", other top quality wines are also widespread. The largest wine cellars are in Maribor, Ptuj, Ormož, Ljutomer, and Gornja Radgona. The Ptuj cellars have the oldest archives, and wines have been preserved here since 1917. In Gornja Radgona, production of sparkling wines began in 1852. The best known are "Zlata" and" "Srebrna Radgonska Penina", which is produced using the classic champagne method.
To the south is the homeland of the light, agreeably fresh russet-coloured "cviček" wine, and grapes are successfully grown for other quality white, red, and rose wines as well. The cellars in Brežice, Šmartno, Krško, Novo mesto and Metlika are well known.
In the south-western part of Slovenia, the vines grow under the influence of the Mediterranean climate. Along the coast of the Adriatic and in the Karst region mainly red wine varieties are grown. The best known wine of this region is the "karst teran" made from the "refošk" grape variety. You can visit cellars in Dobrovo, Vipava, Sežana, and Koper.

SHOPPING TIPS

Worth of buying:
  • Crystal glasses and other products from Rogaška Slatina: You can get some of world-wide-known Rogaška glassworks at their shop in the shopping center Europark and downtown.
  • Laces from Idrija: The Idrija lace is now registered as a trademark, and care is being taken to preserve the craft itself. The Idrija lace proper was established in 1870's and was made with 7 pairs of bobbins. A nice selection of laces can be found in the shop Ajda which laso has a great selection of other souvenirs.
  • Traditional Slovenian music: Slovenian national music was taken into the world by Ansambel bratov Avsenik (Ensemble of Avsenik Brothers), better known under Original Oberkreiner Group.
  • Ribnica woodenware: Ribnica woodenware and pottery have a distinguished and ancient tradition and are closely connected to nature
  • You may get some excellent honey as trade with honey and beeswax goes as far as 15th century. A Slovenian guy Anton Janša was the first teacher of bee-keeping at the court of the Empress Maria Teresia in Vienna.

Major shopping places in Maribor:
  • Europark Mall
  • City Mall
  • other smaller shops and boutiques can be found in Gosposka, Jurčičeva, Slovenska, Partizanska, Vetrinjska streets and at Glavni trg Square.

RESTAURANTS

Even though lunches and social events at evenings should be sufficient, you might try some local taste. Please ask at the desk for details how to get to the restaurants and pubs listed below.
  • Toti Rotovž - Restaurant at Glavni trg (Main Square) (Slovenian food)
  • Gril Ranca - at Lent or Glavni trg (Main Square) (try "Lepinja")
  • Mexican restaurant Takos at Lent
  • Chinese restaurant Chang Xing at Ključavničarska ulica near Lent
  • Šarika Restaurant at Vetrinjska street (Slovenian food)
  • Rožmarin Restaurant at Galerija Gosposka at Gosposka street
  • Novi svet pri stolnici Restaurant at Slomškov trg (Slomšek's suqare) (fish restaurant)
  • Ancora Restaurant at Jurčičeva street (italian restaurant)

PUBS

All major pubs are located near the Drava river - at "LENT"
  • Samsara - Four birds with one stone! The Italian restaurant, the Cafe, the Cocktail bar and the Discotheque
  • Wine-o-theque Rožmarin - Hearken to Rožmarin’s wine story, that offers more than three hundred Slovenian and foreign wines!
  • Niagara Falls bar - The major professional cocktail bar in Maribor
  • Piranha Cafe Bar - coffee and more
  • Bowling center Strike - modern social-relaxation centre
  • Patricks J&B pub - the original Irish pub, one of the first ones in Štajerska, offers a warm environment with music, a big variety of different drinks and Irish dishes drinks and Irish dishes
  • Jazz Club Satchmo - enjoy jazz deep under the city in the arcaded club or under the arches of the summer garden friendly service and a pleasant atmosphere.
  • KiBar - Multimedia centre Kibla, where local culture throughout connects with global culture