Where Austria, Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia meet
The Bad Radkersburg region is located on the outer edge of Styria, but lies at the heart of the meeting point of Austria, Slovenia and Hungary. There is no shortage of attractions in the Styrian spa country, from walking, to cycling, to golf. There are a varied range of culinary and cultural highlights for your holiday.
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Today, Marburg or Maribor is the second largest city in Slovenia, and is the economic and cultural centre of Northeast Slovenia. Against the picturesque backdrop of the surrounding vineyards and the Poherje mountains, its well-preserved old town is a major tourist attraction.
Historic sights worth visiting include the cathedral, upon which construction began in the 12th century, the city castle, which was built in the 15th century and which houses the "Pokrajinski muzej Maribor" (regional museum) with its extensive collection; the so-called "Jewish Tower" from the Gothic period and the synagogue, which was built in 1480; the late Gothic City Hall; the neo-classical city theatre, and finally, the river district of Lent.
The town lies on the Drava river and is one of Slovenia's most beautiful cities. Visitors are impressed by the historic layout throughout Ptuj. Sights particularly worth visiting include the castle and regional museum "Pokrajinski muzej Ptuj"; the Dominican monastery with a cloister from the 15th century; the old City Hall with Venetian double windows; the City Tower from the 16th century, and the artistically designed town houses.
The elevated Renaissance fortress was first named in 1425. It was the residence of the Counts of Trautmannsdorf, among others. The elaborately decorated Gothic gateways in the inner courtyard are testament to its medieval predecessor. The Baroque Marienkirche (St. Mary's Church) below the castle is also worth a visit.
The town has a Renaissance castle from the 16th century. The central theme of the regional museum housed there is life on the Mur from its beginnings to the present day. Murska Sobota, the most northerly town of Slovenia, is currently the commercial, cultural and political centre of the region of Prekmurje.
Gornja Radgona Castle
The castle in Gornja Radgona (Oberradkersburg) on the south banks of the Mur can be seen clearly from Bad Radkersburg. The coat of arms of the Herberstein family can be seen above the entrance on the west side; above the gate to the courtyard, the coats of arms of the Herberstein and the Eggenberger families can be seen. These aristocratic families owned the castle in the 17th and 18th centuries. From 1789 to 1814, the castle was owned by the Counts of Wurmbrand. The building was used as a school under Yugoslavian state ownership. Today, the castle belongs to the community of Gornja Radgona and is leased. The Schlossberg affords magnificent views of the town of Bad Radkersburg
Jeruzalem wine-growing area
The two main places worth mentioning in the classic wine-growing country of Slovenia are Jeruzalem and Ljutomer. Jeruzalem is a small town at 338 m above sea level that has a superb panoramic view of the wine-growing hills.
A number of pretty houses are clustered around the Wallfahrtskirche der Schmerzensreichen Muttergottes (pilgrimage church dedicated to Mary of the Seven Sorrows). The biblical name of the town stems from the portrait of Mary, Mother of God, which pilgrims in the Middle Ages brought with them from the Holy Land. Legend also has it that knights who wanted to join a crusade to Jerusalem discovered here that they did not have enough money for the passage through the Adriatic and Mediterranean Sea. They therefore decided to stay in this area and named the place after the capital city of the Holy Land.
During the time of the imperial and royal monarchy, the wine-growing region around Jeruzalem was famed to have the very best vineyards. The small roads are ideal for hiking through the hilly countryside – simply follow the "Vinska cesta" Wine Route signs.
Varaždin is one of the oldest cities in Croatia and captures the imagination of visitors with its rich Baroque architecture. From the 15th to the 17th century, the town was extended and became a practically impregnable fortress. The fortress has retained all the typical features of a medieval moated castle. Besides the fortress and city hall, sights worth visiting include the cemetery, the neo-classical building of the Croatian National Theatre as well as numerous Baroque palaces and churches.
Varaždin is the twin town of Bad Radkersburg.
Čakovec used to be a significant fortress. The town enjoyed its heyday in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Velemér is home to the oldest murals of Johannes Aquila, a 14th century artist from Radkersburg. In the Pfarrkirche der Heiligen Dreifaltigkeit (parish church of the Holy Trinity) in Velemér, the succinct facial features of the figures portrayed are particularly striking. The works originate from the 70s of the 14th century.
Under the reign of the Zrinski family, the fortress was converted into one of the most magnificent Croatian castles of all time.