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Waters

Mineral water springs

The story of the health resort Radenci is the story of water that has been determining the fate of inhabitants of Radenci and its vicinity and has taken the name Radenci in the form of three hearts into the world. A student of medicine in Vienna, Karl Henn, was travelling to Ljutomer by coach in 1833 when he saw the miraculous water in the marshy meadows in the Radenci surroundings, which the locals called "bublja". Upon having examined the springs thoroughly he established that they literally boil and that bubbles are raised during the process. 32 years later he returned to Radenci again and because no one was exploiting the wells at that time he, as a distinguished physician and an expert for balneology, the science of healing waters, decided to buy the piece of land and capture the miracle spring.

In 1869 his efforts paid off and the first mineral water flew through the oak pipe from 17 m deep. Henn named this mineral water Radeiner Sauerbrunn and built a reservoir above the spring. Proof that the experts too were aware of mineral water from Radenci can be found in an article, published in 1872 in the Vienna Yearbook for balneology, hydrology and climatology by professor Kisch - one of the leading experts-balneologists of his time. Unfortunately illness prevented him from realizing his dream of a health resort and he died at the age of 67, presumably of kidney cancer.



The Mura river

The beautiful river Mura features interesting fauna and flora in its rapids. Mura is mainly a lowland river covering a distance of 95 km in Slovenia which makes it one of the longest rivers we have. Its source is in Austria in Niedrige Tauern and there it is named Mur. As it does partly now it served as a border river in the past. From the 13th century until the First World War it served as a border river between Austria and Hungary which is also the main reason for the differences between the people on the left and the right bank. The difference is easiest to notice if you visit the Prleki people and the Prekmurci people separately. There are differences not only in customs and habits, but also in nutrition and, above all, dialect. You can pick up certain expressions fairly quickly when talking with the locals who are very hospitable on both banks of Mura and note the differences yourself. Once Mura served millers and turned the wheels in their mills, but it is obvious that this profession is now dying off. There were around 40 floating mills on the river as late as the beginning of the 20th century, but few are still around today. Nowadays they are being restored and offered as a trip to the past. Of course you can enjoy the walk on the Path along Mura and relish the most interesting plants growing here in lethargies and marshes.

Climate

Pomurje has subpannonial climate with great temperature differences between summer and winter, there are relatively few rainfalls which are more frequent in the vegetation season.
The microclimate of Radenci has been studied and it has been established that it has a favourable effect on human beings during treatment and recreation. On average, Radenci has 850 mm of rain per year, only 12 foggy days and the wind rarely exceeds 4 Beaufort. The average number of sun hours per year (1785) is 25 to 45 percent higher than in the depressions of central Slovenia. Optimum bioclimatic conditions last from the beginning of May to mid October, with the exception of hot and sultry summer days which are toned down by frequent crossings of thunderstorms. The microclimate of Radenci is soothing, has a positive effect on treatment, rehabilitation and recreation of patients; and it also helps healthy people increase their body resistance.

the stream in Boračeva
gravels in Hrastje Mota
wells
the stream in Radenci

Woods
park
trim track
meadow
grove

Hills
Kapela
Janžev Vrh