Ptuj is Slovenia’s oldest town, nestled between wine-growing hills and the Drava River. It has a beautiful Gothic old town with cobblestone streets and a whitewashed castle whose view of Ptuj’s red rooftops is unparalleled.
The castle houses the collections and exhibits of the Ptuj and Ormož Regional Museum whose entrance fee is charged, but if you don’t want to visit, you can still enter inside (free of charge) and enjoy “only” the beautiful panoramic view of the town from the top of its walls.
Ptuj and the Wine Route in Slovenia: lunch in the vineyards. Informations
Do not go into the old town with your car, park it in the streets adjacent to the center where there are paid parking spaces and continue on foot. The center is tiny, you can get around very well on foot.
To get to the castle, take the narrow Grajska ulica, east of the Mitra hotel, which leads to a covered wooden staircase and the Renaissance-era Peruzzi Portal.
Opening hours change depending on the season so I recommend checking out the official website before planning a visit.
➼ CURIOSITY – The side of the clock tower facing the castle has no clock. This is because the lords of the castle refused to contribute to the restoration of the tower so the people of Ptuj decided that they did not deserve to tell time!
Jeruzalem-Ljutomer wine route
The Jeruzalem-Ljutomer wine road starts 23 km east of Ptuj in Ormoz and continues north for 18 km to Ljutomer, passing through the charming village of Jeruzalem.
We took this unmissable scenic route because our trip was continuing in Hungary (if you want to see it – click here) but we recommend it to anyone in the area.
The landscape is wonderful, rolling hills covered with rows of vineyards, dotted with wineries and restaurants where you can taste local specialties. We chose this restaurant, which also rents rooms if desired.
It is truly a heavenly place! If you are in the area it is definitely worth a visit for food, wine and relaxation.