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Comparing Koper w/ Piran & Maribor w/ Ljubljana

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Hi,

I was in Slovenia 4 years ago (omg, I just realized how much time has passed) and loved the caves, nature, capital and Piran. However, I did not visit Koper & Maribor. From my understanding, both destinations have ugly surroundings but historic cores. Starting with Koper, is its old town comparable (meaning as impressive, pretty, etc.) to Piran’s old town or is Koper’s old town more low-key with less to see? I have the same question about Maribor. Is its old town among the prettiest in Slovenia or is it more low-key with less to see? Maribor is definitely a detour, but I do not mind it if it’s worth it. On a side note, yes I am familiar with Ptuj.

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    Hello,
    Koper is actually a harbour, the town is kind of industrial extention of it. It's old town consists of two or three streets, which are much less interesting and beautiful like those of Piran. I don't know any of my fellow citizens (I'm Slovene) who would think about a day trip to Koper.
    I prefer Maribor, it's small and pictouresque but nothing special (especially in comparison with Ptuj). I wouldn't fuss about missing it. If you're interested in old city centres I'd recommend you Kostanjevica na Krki (it's about 50km southeast of Ljubljana) - a tiny but beautiful town founded in middle ages with a famous monastery. There's an open air exibition of wooden statues held all summer (check Forma Viva on http://www.galerija-bj.si/aindex.htm).
    My favourite town/village in Slovenia is Stanjel. It's in Primorska region, about 30min drive from Koper, near Ajdovscina. Originally the village was designed by Max Fabiani, a Slovene-Italian art nouveau architect. There's a magnificent castle where the art gallery with permanent collection of graphics is. The castle and gardens are on the hill - you can enjoy amazing view over the Karst region. Very good choice for a day trip, especially if you don't depend on public transport.
    Hope this was helpful. Enjoy your staying here!

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