- Start Slovenski trg
- End Mestni trg
- Length 1.8km, 1½ hours
Begin in front of the Orpheus Monument, one of the few remnants of Ptuj's Roman heritage. Note the holes on the lower half of the tombstone. During the medieval era, Ptuj's criminals were shackled to iron rings attached to them. Admire the mix-and-match of different facades fronting the plaza before taking arched and cobblestoned Grajska ulica up the hillside as it rims the castle fortifications.
Enter the grounds of Ptuj Castle and peer back over the walls for Ptuj's best panorama, dominated by the clock tower's onion dome. From this vantage point you can see that the castle-facing side of the tower is missing its clock face. This is because the castle lords didn't chip in for the tower's building costs, so Ptuj's citizens decided to deny them easy viewing of the time.
Once you've visited the museum exhibits inside the castle, make your way down the cobbled path to the powder-pink stuccoed and statue-adorned facade of the Dominican Monastery, one of Ptuj's most interesting buildings. During summer its Gothic-baroque interior can be visited. From the monastery walk down Prešernova ulica, which had its heyday between the 11th to 14th centuries, when it thrummed with market activity thanks to Ptuj's strategic location upon the trade routes.
Take Cankarjeva ulica, rimmed with squat, square houses, down to the riverfront and cross the bridge over the Drava River to take in the views back towards the red-roofed Old Town. The entire town was once encased within defensive walls, which during the 16th century helped to repel the advancing Ottoman army. Backtrack over the bridge, to note the riverfront Drava Tower, the only restored remnant of these fortifications.
From here head up to Minoritski trg dominated by the stucco-facade of its Minorite Monastery, still home to Minorite order monks today. Walk from here up to Mestni trg, loomed over by the Town Hall built by Viennese architect Max Ferstl. Finish up by taking a seat in one of the square's pavement cafes to admire this mustard-yellow pile of a building at leisure.