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Municipality of Cerkvenjak

 Občina Cerkvenjak grb   CERKVENJAK

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Cerkvenjak EN

Cerkvenjak was first mentioned in 1460, and we can talk about the settlement of this area in Slovenske Gorice as early as the 3rd millennium BC. The place was named after the church of St. Anton the Hermit, which was first mentioned in 1299. The church received its present shape after several alterations in the 16th century, and the entrance portal is adorned with the coats of arms of the butcher's and hatters' guild. In the area of ​​the municipality we can find many sacral elements, especially chapels and plague signs, and the place is known mainly for the Roman mound cemetery, as archaeologists have listed about 60 mounds from the 2nd century. The well-kept archeological park takes us back to Roman times, and the walking path is also of an educational nature.

There are also some rural villas in the place, and in one of them there is a rich ethnographic museum collection with more than 800 exhibits of furniture, accessories, musical instruments, photographs, etc. Rich architectural gems are also represented by numerous cimper- houses in the hamlets, which are a living heritage of the local architecture. Cimper-houses are built of wood, plastered with clay, whitewashed with white lime and covered with straw. These were homesteads in which both living and commercial spaces were combined.

The natural heritage of Cerkvenjak includes the Lüba vodica- spring, an old Župetinci-oak and a descendant of the oldest vine in the world. The spring of Lüba vodica does not dry up even in the driest periods, and it was also a constant source of water between the two world wars. Legend has it that a settlement that was destroyed by an earthquake once stood on this site, and the water still springs there today. The oak in the Župetinci settlement is said to be about 400 years old, and the trunk circumference measures about 7 meters. It has survived for so long because it once grew on the three borders of the three economies that used it instead of the landmark.  

Local offer

Cerkvenjak offers a wide range of wine and culinary offerings. In the center of the town reigns the restaurant Gostišče pri Antonu, which is one of the largest in Slovenske Gorice, and they satisfy even the most demanding guest. Representatives of excellent local cuisine are also Firbas-homestead and tourist farm Breznik, where you can try both traditional Slovenian delicacies and more modern dishes, and the gastronomic pleasure is complemented by local winegrowers, who in recent years have raised the quality of wines to a very high level. There is also an offer of organic cheese production and a bio-dynamic farm with an apple orchard, and a special stamp is added by local beekeepers associated with the association.

Tourism

The tourist offer in Cerkvenjak is very diverse, as the landscape is a paradise for cyclists, nature lovers and gastronomy. Added value is also the take-off point in Čagona, where you can also see Slovenske Gorice from the air, and for adventurers there are also stands for motorhomes, which can continue their way to Ploj-pond in Smolinci, where there is more space for socializing. and picnics. History lovers can visit the archeological park with Roman mounds, the restored market town of Cerkvenjak, the ethnographic museum, or indulge in an experience at the Firbas-homestead, where you will be pleasantly surprised by a wide list of activities. 

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The place has been a modern football and recreational facility for many years, where young football players are diligently educated.

Cerkvenjak has its own exit from the motorway, which continues directly into the industrial zone, so it represents an ideal transport connection to neighboring cities, including neighboring Austria.


 

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Municipality of Lenart

Občina Lenart grb   LENART IN SLOVENSKE GORICE

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Lenart EN

Lenart is a friendly little town in the heart of the hilly region called Slovenske Gorice. It is a town where the urban beat is intertwined with the countryside spirit on a daily basis. It is an intersection point of the surrounding places and the center of the municipality.

Lenart and settlements of the Municipality of Lenart today

Once a small settlement, it is today the economic, cultural and administrative center of the central area of Slovenske Gorice. Various industrial plants, service and social activities provide employment for 4,000 people. New residential neighborhoods are being constructed. Renovated, paved streets and squares adorned with heritage-protected buildings create an old-fashioned look of the market-town core. A town with a vibrant cultural beat where tradition and modernity blend.

In the valley along the Rupert stream, there lies the village of Volicina. The settlement was first mentioned already in the 13th century. A special feature of the village is the St. Rupert’s church from the 15th century, adorned with the works of the Baroque sculptor Joseph Holzinger. The hilly and picturesque area of ​​Volicina with many chapels scattered throughout the region, invites mostly cyclists and hikers. The area is well-known for growing apples, which locals present to visitors going along the Fruit Road. Particularly picturesque is the area of Volicina in autumn when the grapes ripen. It is surrounded by autumn-colored vineyards, which announce good harvest and abundance of wine.

A place called Zavrh is a picturesque settlement, at an altitude of 370 m, where the Maister’s observation tower stands. From Zavrh, the view extends from the Pannonian plains to the Austrian mountains, into a space where the present meets the past and welcomes the future. It is a landscape, where you will be overwhelmed with its diversity, colorfulness and rich gifts of nature but also with peace, which you will find in shelter of the hills, vineyards and forests. You will enter a small world offering many opportunities.

Today, you will be attracted to the destination of the Municipality of Lenart by all that’s pleasant - unspoiled nature, cultural and natural sights, picturesque settlements, walking, cycling and riding trails; but above all, excellent local wine and culinary offer, on the surrounding tourist farms and in guesthouses, which will be served to you by friendly locals.

Traffic connections

Lenart lies on a higher terrace between the Globovnica and Velka streams in the Pesnica valley. Due to its location and well-organized routes, the town is easily accessible from all parts of Slovenia and neighboring countries. It has a connection to the A5 motorway that runs between Maribor and Lendava.

The easiest way of getting to Lenart is by car, as it is located along the Maribor - Lendava motorway and thus accessible from all major and smaller airports. Roads and parking lots are arranged and marked.

Bus connections to places in the destination are arranged by long-distance bus services.

Lenart is a great destination for motorhome visits, and in recent years it has become interesting especially for cycling enthusiasts.

Distance to important neighboring cities

Ljubljana: 146 km

Vienna: 267 km

Zagreb: 134 km

Budapest: 321 km

Graz: 79 km 

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Municipality of Sveta Ana

 Občina Sveta Ana grb   ST. ANA IN SLOVENSKE GORICE

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On a high hill, above the idyllic valley of the river Ščavnica, there is a unique vantage point with views of Pohorje, the northern Slovenske Gorice, the Ščavnica valley and the hills beyond the border with Austria. This green world, surrounded by wine-growing hills, is a small rural municipality of Sveta Ana, which boasts a picturesque natural and cultural heritage, unspoiled nature, charming villages, rich folk tradition and excellent local food and top wines from St. Ana winegrowers. Few people know that the highest peak of Slovenske Gorice - Lokavec is also hidden here.

Interesting corners offer visitors countless opportunities for a variety of leisure activities, as well as many walking, hiking and cycling trails. One of them is Ana's path, along which the now traditional 1st of May walk takes place every year. The preservation of cultural heritage and forest areas is also helped by well-kept and marked learning paths, which today serve not only school lessons, but also walks through natural and cultural sights with a treasure trove of stories from the past. The school educational trail and Postič's viticultural educational trail each with their content invite you to a relaxed exploration of local sights, and the latter especially reminds us of the rich viticultural tradition at Sveta Ana. The beginnings of the viticultural tradition date back almost 200 years, when the famous doctor, fruit grower and winegrower Franc Postič lived near Sveta Ana. He cultivated around 300 wine varieties in his vineyards, including the French vine "pinot meunier", for which the Styrian winegrowers, due to his recommendations and dissemination, established the name "Blaue Postitschtraube", which means "blue postič". The municipality of Sveta Ana preserved the memory of Franc Postič with the discovery of a memorial plaque on his former house and with a comprehensive, in 2013 renovated typical brick winery on Pergarjev vrh from the beginning of the 19th century. The winery is a local cultural monument with a wine museum collection and a permanent exhibition on the life and work of Franc Postič.  

The municipality of Sveta Ana is a rich treasury of preserved old houses, which revive the image of typical homesteads in Slovenia. In addition to the winery, the latter also include Grafonž's homestead from Zgornja Ščavnica and Kapl's and Perko's homestead from Dražen Vrh. Grafonž's and Kapl's homesteads are a real paradise for a few days' escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and unforgettable experiences and learning about old customs in a pleasant rural environment. At the ecological learning farm Pri Fridi, they are also aware that experiences are what count. Their learning workshops are a real journey into the past, into the time of our grandparents, into a time characterized by coexistence with nature. The farm offers you organic produce and handmade products.

For lovers of fairy-tale dimensions, we recommend a visit to tee-house Kolarič, their herb garden and dugout, where they will introduce you to the collected herbs and preparations from them, their meaning, characteristics and use. During the walk, you will definitely be greeted by bees from a nearby apiary.

The place also boasts a rich wine and culinary offer. You are invited by Gostilna Eder and many farm tourism and winegrowers: Mihelič tourist farm and other hospitable agritourism farms: Bauman, Senekovič and Šenveter and Hafner Winery. They offer traditional delicacies from local ingredients and a diverse selection of local wines, which each year achieve high marks at various evaluations.

The diverse offer of local produce and products is the result of hard work and creation of people in the countryside. Sustainability, self-sufficiency and locally grown food are the guiding principles of the locals, who are engaged in additional supply on the farm (milling, herbalism, oil production, vinegar production…).

That Sveta Ana is a place worth visiting is certainly proven by the award for the most beautiful market town in Slovenia, which the municipality received in 2018 as part of the project My country - beautiful and hospitable and the silver sign Slovenia Green destination for participation in Green scheme of Slovenian tourism and green sustainable development in the direction of quality and innovative tourism products of high added value.

Fresh air, idyllic location with beautiful views, friendly people, excellent local cuisine and fine wines and an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city on vacation, hiking or biking, are just some of the reasons to visit us and spend a day, two or three among the picturesque settlements of our municipalities.


 

Municipality of Sveti Andraž v Slovenskih goricah

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The municipality of Sveti Andraž (St. Andraž) in Slovenske Gorice stretches across the hilly world of Slovenske Gorice, where from afar at the top of the hill you can see the church of St. Andrej.

It is an idyllic, charming, at first glance fairytale place where the past and the present are harmoniously connected.

The inhabitants are mostly engaged in animal husbandry, viticulture and fruit growing, but there is also a hospitality and tourist offer.

The first written mention of the Vitomarci is from 1297 on a document issued by the archbishop and kept in the Vienna State Archives, but no written documents on evidence of life and work in this area have been preserved until the middle of the 19th century.

The area of ​​the municipality is interesting for both visitors and researchers, as it has a long history of existence. Archaeological finds, including mounds and mound cemeteries, testify to the settlement of the area, and the old Roman road between Ptuj and Gornja Radgona also leads through Vitomarci.

Visit the church of St. Andrej, which reigns on a hill above the Pesnica valley and from where the view extends from Donačka gora, across Pohorje all the way to the Austrian Koralps. In the nave part of the building, firing lines are visible, which we associate with the permission of the Salzburg Viceroy, issued in 1297, to build a defensive tower with residential premises to defend against the Ogres. The later endangerment of the place in the Ottoman invasions is also evidenced by a legend written in the parish chronicle, namely that the church was built between pines and spruces so that the invaders would not see it.

There are three plague signs in the area of ​​the municipality, which testify to group graves when the plague killed in the area, and it is also interesting to hear the oral tradition about the plague survivors circulating among the inhabitants.

Education also has a long tradition, as the first mentions of the implementation of lessons are mentioned as early as 1791. Once an old school, today it is a municipal building, which houses a permanent exhibition of the development of education in the Municipality of St. Andraž, briefly introduces us to the implementation of education in our country. In the museum's interactive classroom, located in the Vitomarci Branch Primary School, you can experience the lessons experienced by our grandparents. Strict teachers, a stick in the corner, sitting still and straight in a bench, and kneeling on corn in disobedience take you to school 100 years ago.

If you want to learn how to work and make a living as a small farmer, the best way is to visit Hrga's homestead. The thatched cimper-house offers you an insight into how a farmer's life unfolded more than 100 years ago. At the homestead, local associations hold workshops showing old customs, in which you can also try yourself, various cultural events, tourist guides, and the bravest have the opportunity to spend the night on straw.

You can also experience the hospitality of the residents on tourist farms, wine shops and museums in your own private (Čuček and Gomzi Museum).

When thinking about where to retreat from everyday worries and constant hustle and bustle, don’t forget the countryside, where peace, nature and genuine, hospitable and simple people prevail.

Tourist farm "Pri Marti" is located in the heart of Drbetinci. On the farm, in addition to accommodation, abundant, varied and home-grown food, they serve you several varieties of homemade drops, which you can pour yourself in the stone cellar. For larger groups who like to spend their time in nature, it is possible to rent barbecue place. The space under the hayrack is suitable for various activities, as there is a small pond, a grassy playground in the immediate vicinity, as well as animation for the youngest and the use of children's toys.

On the Drbetinci hill, which offers a beautiful view of the valley, stands the tourist farm ‚Pri kapeli‘. The family makes sure that guests who come to their farm remember this part of Slovenia fondly. When you smell food, the delicacies of traditional Slovenian cuisine from home-grown food come to the table. The farm offers products from home storage: jams, cottage cheese spreads, butter, meat products, homemade bread, teas, apple juice and other apple products. In the company of a sommelier, they offer you a tour of the wine cellar with tasting.

The lower part of Drbetinci is home to top-quality SiSi wines. The Druzovič family has been involved in cellaring for more than a hundred years. The art of growing vines, producing and processing wine has been passed down from father to son for several generations. At the homestead, they bring you closer to the history of the development of viticulture and winemaking, serve home-made products, and it is also possible to buy top-quality, award-winning wines.

The beginning of beekeeping in the area of ​​the municipality goes back a long way. Some of the most recognizable men who have left their mark in the development of beekeeping come from the area of ​​the Municipality of St. Andraž. Interesting facts and tastings of honey products are presented to you by the members of the Vitomarci Beekeepers' Association, together with the Fridau Beekeeping, where you can also buy honey and honey products.

For all of you who like to return to nature, as it offers us the most, if we know how to use it, the right address is the natural science educational society Sapientia and the ecological farm Forštnerič. On the farm, they run workshops caring for local produce in a natural way, producing teas, natural cosmetics and nutritional supplements that you can buy on the farm or through the online store.

Life in the area of ​​the municipality of St. Andraž is very socially developed and it is worth mentioning some traditional events that take place and attract both locals and visitors: Sandi‘s Memorial - a multi-day sporting event, Wine in a Glass of St. Andraž - culinary oenological event, Rope pulling for the Prekmec‘ Cup - sporting event, cultural events - Love in the village and fun games performed by a well-known local cultural association.


 

Municipality of Sveti Jurij v Slovenskih goricah

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Municipality of St. Jurij in Slovenske Gorice is one of the youngest municipalities in Slovenia. It lies on the northern edge of the central Slovenske Gorice. It spreads over a varied 34 km2, where meadows and fields predominate, which turn into forest on shady slopes. The center of the municipality is the settlement of Jurovski Dol, which is one of the typical villages in Slovenske Gorice with a "valley" along which the Globovnica stream flows.

The municipality is named after the church saint St. Jurij, who was the patron saint of knights, soldiers, as well as farmers, stockbreeders and winegrowers. The Gothic church is also dedicated to him, the largest cultural and architectural monument in the place, which at the same time represents the dominant, in 2012 renovated village core, which also consists of a cultural center, Slomšek-home, parish and Špindler restaurant. East of the church is an old cemetery surrounded by stone walls. In the center of Jurovski Dol is a modern primary school named after the famous Slovenian writer, sculptor, painter and teacher Jože Hudales, who lived in Jurovski Dol for many years and taught many generations of children at the local school.

Every year in April and May, St. Jurij Days (Jurjevi dnevi) take place in the settlement, reviving the rich cultural heritage of the place with folklore and peasant games. The highlight of St. Jurij's Days is St. Jurij's Sunday, when the central square in Jurovski Dol is especially lively and full, as on this day we can follow the procession and blessing of horses led by St. Jurij, a solemn mass, a brass band and a rich accompanying program.

Municipality of St. Jurij in Slovenske Gorice in recent years, with the help of applying for EU funds, it has built a central cleaning plant for the settlement of Jurovski Dol. With the completion of the project Transport connection of the urban center with the motorway, even the village core itself and culture-hall were renovated. As part of the renovation of the village core, a walking path was also arranged - Hajnč's path, which leads as a shortcut and a walking path to the center of Jurovski Dol for years. More than 20 years ago, the villager Janez Bauman - Hajnč showed a great desire to arrange the route and started the work himself. After his death in 2003, the path remained abandoned, the Municipality of St. Jurij in Slovenske Gorice, as part of the project Arrangement of the village core Jurovski Dol, in 2012 it was completely renovated and named after him. The trail leads to the Outdoor Gym, which came to life at the end of 2019 and was co-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. With the Outdoor Gym we want to encourage and support a healthy lifestyle, not only athletes who join the Sports Association, but also to take care of the active aging of citizens and to establish intergenerational cooperation.

In 2016, the village core acquired another landmark, as Roškar's vine, a descendant of the Old Vine from Maribor - the oldest vine in the world - was planted on the green between the cultural and Slomšek's home. The vine is named after the local Ivan Roškar, Minister of Agriculture and Member of Parliament in the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.

As part of the Revival of the Market Core project, a book about Ivan Roškar, authored by Milena Kokol, a history and geography teacher, and Aleksandar Purgaj, an amateur historian, was also published. At the end of August 2019, it was presented to the general public at an event called the Symposium on the Farmer and Politician Under His Vine.

There are also many associations in the municipality that give a stamp to life and events in the place. The Ivan Cankar Cultural Society is proud to boast of the Jurovčan Folklore Group, which has been operating continuously since 1973 and has danced various dances from all over Slovenia and presented various customs over the decades. Recently, the Jurovski oktet (Octet of St. Jurij) has been active within the cultural association. There is no lack of sports activities in the place, as within the Sports Association has been germinated by good athletes since they were children, with football players predominating. Great support among the citizens is enjoyed by the members of the local Voluntary Fire Community, which take care of the fire safety of locals and residents of the surrounding areas, and also place great emphasis on the training of young firefighters.

It is also worth mentioning the housewives from the Association of Housewives, who provide home-made culinary delicacies at every major event, as well as organize numerous cooking courses, which allow their members to acquire new knowledge and skills. Local winegrowers produce a good drop of wine, their main event is the Martinovanje event, which is now traditionally held every year on the square in Jurovski Dol. They upgrade their operations with the selection of wines and the viticultural tasks that need to be done on Roškar's vine throughout the year. One of the most numerous associations is the Association of Pensioners, which is primarily concerned with socializing and connecting citizens in the autumn of life. We must not forget the Beekeeping Society, which tries to pass on knowledge about bees to younger generations with an organized training apiary.

 
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