Municipality of Moravske Toplice
The Municipality of Moravske Toplice lies in the central part of Prekmurje, which is a region in the north-eastern part of Slovenia. Geographically speaking, the Municipality of Moravske Toplice is considered the largest urban administrative unit of Pomurje (145 km²), where three varied landscapes unite and spread across the left bank of the Mura river, i.e. Ravensko, Dolinsko, and Goričko.
In addition to the popular tourist destination of Moravske Toplice, which is the centre of the municipality, the area comprises 27 other settlements: Andrejci, Berkovci, Bogojina, Bukovnica, Čikečka vas (Hungarian:CsekefaI, Filovci, Fokovci, Ivanci, Ivanjševci, Ivanovci, Kančevci, Krnci, Lončarovci, Lukačevci, Martjanci, Mlajtinci, Motvarjevci (Hungarian: Szentlászló), Noršinci, Pordašinci (Hungarian: Kisfalu), Prosenjakovci (Hungarian: Pártosfalva), Ratkovci, Sebeborci, Selo, Središče (Hungarian: Szerdahely), Suhi Vrh, Tešanovci in Vučja Gomila.
Two official languages are spoken in five settlements of the Municipality of Moravske Toplice. These settlements are tightly linked with the neighbouring country of Hungary. The inhabitants of the bilingual area within the Moravske Toplice municipality, most of them belonging to the Hungarian ethnic group living in five different areas, provide the region with a multicultural feel. In the framework of cultural and tourist societies, the representatives of the Hungarian ethnic minority make efforts to preserve the diverse Hungarian culture, which also makes an appealing offer for tourists.
Interesting places to visit include the villages of Selo, Bogojina, Martjanci and Filovci. In recent years, the villages of Ratkovci and Berkovci have also become popular with tourists.
The slogan of the municipality, which reads "We are wealthy, for we appreciate what we have," was chosen for a reason. It reflects the beauties of nature, cultural gems, and architectural marvels:
- the bountiful, bubbling thermal springs (Terme 3000 – Moravske Toplice, Terme Vivat);
- religious diversity (Protestants, Catholics, Calvinists (Protestant Reformed community), Baptists, members of the Pentecostal Church);
- ethnic diversity (Slovenes and Hungarians living side-by-side);
- pristine natural beauties and unique cultural treasures (Plečnik's Church in Bogojina, The Romanesque Rotunda in Selo, and St. Martin's Church in Martjanci);
- and, last but not least, the friendliness of the local people (the settlements of the municipality combined are inhabited by a population of over 6000).
The area of the Municipality of Moravske Toplice is also part of the Goričko Nature Park – a preserved Natura 2000 site.
The name of the village of Moravci was changed to Moravske Toplice in 1985. Ten years later, Moravske Toplice became the seat of the Municipality of Moravske Toplice. The municipal holiday is celebrated on 7 September. On that day in 1962, the waters from the local geothermal wells were subject to a thorough chemical analysis by experts at a specialised laboratory in Sweden for the very first time.