In 2012, the second largest city of Slovenia,Maribor, proudly bears the title ofEuropean Capital of Culture. Together with its partner towns – PtujSlovenj GradecMurska SobotaVelenje andNovo mesto – Maribor hosts a unique cultural programme that covers a great variety of art forms. Throughout the year, over 1000 events and projects will take place. The partner towns are showcasing the rich cultural and historical heritage of the region, while numerous internationally acclaimed artists are providing unforgettable cultural experiences. If you are looking to spice up your holiday with culture, then the ECOC partner towns are the ideal destination for you. (Official website) (Tourist information)