Activities

Walking

There are heaps of easy walks and more difficult hikes in every direction from the upper ski station atop Žigartov Vrh (1347m). Following a stretch of the marked Slovenian Mountain Trail, which originates in Maribor and goes as far as Ankaran on the coast, first west and then southwest for 5km, will take you to the two Šumik waterfalls and Pragozd, one of the very few virgin forests left in Europe. Another 6km to the southwest is Black Lake (Črno Jezero), the source of the swift-running Lobnica River, and Osankarica, where the Pohorje battalion of Partisans was wiped out by the Germans in January 1943.

PZS produces a 1:50,000-scale Pohorje map (€8.10). Kartografija also makes a 1:40,000-scale version (€12).

Biking

Cycling is an ideal way to explore the back roads and trails of the Maribor Pohorje. The TIC offers the 1:100,000 Pohorje Cycling Map encompassing the entire Pohorje region, and the simple but useful Kolesarske Poti na Mariborskem Pohorju (Cycle Trails in the Maribor Pohorje).

The sport centre rents GT DHI Pro mountain bikes from the lower cable-car station (four hours/one day €40/50).

Sleeping

There are plenty of places to stay in the Maribor Pohorje, including more than a dozen mountain lodges and a lot of private apartments; ask at the Maribor TIC for a list and basic map.

Eating

Almost everyone takes their meals in their hotels in the Maribor Pohorje; there are no independent restaurants except for snack bars. Be on the lookout for dishes and drinks unique to the region, including pohorski pisker (Pohorje pot), a kind of goulash, and pohorska omleta, a pancake filled with cranberries and topped with cream.