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Village of Moravske Toplice

Short History of Moravske Toplice

The tourist resort of Moravske Toplice is located in the far north-eastern part of Slovenia, at the junction between the plain (flatland) and the hilly landscape, close to the tripoint of Slovenia, Austria and Hungary, and in proximity to the Croatian border.

In addition to the invigorating thermal springs, the place offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor leisure and recreational activities to both hiking and cycling enthusiasts.

Thermal water was first discovered over five decades ago, when – instead of oil – hot springs began to gush from the local geothermal wells. A thorough chemical analysis of the water springing from the geothermal wells of Moravci, conducted by a specialised laboratory in Sweden  on7 September 1962, confirmed its beneficial properties. Two decades later, the local spa tourism truly began to flourish. The gradual increase in accommodation capacities and a wide and varied array of gastronomic delights have facilitated a transformation of the village from a distinctly rural community to a premium tourist destination.

Almost three decades ago, the village of Moravci changed its name to Moravske Toplice.
Today, Moravske Toplice is the seat of the municipality by the same name (Municipality of Moravske Toplice), which was founded almost 20 years ago.  

With 763 inhabitants, Moravske Toplice is the largest community in the municipality. A historically important part of Moravske Toplice, the area named Zgornji Moravci, is located approximately 3 km from the village centre.

During the Ottoman Conquests, Moravske Toplice was pillaged and partially burnt to the ground by the ravaging Turks (1587–1610). To avoid the invaders, the local people fled from the lower part of the village to the upper areas, establishing a number of hamlets which have, to this day, preserved their original names, i.e. Breg, Lešče, Brezje, Žgaline, Brzinšček, Gaj, Cuber, Rumičev breg, Sepov breg, Papičev breg, Vinska graba and many others.

A few milestones for Moravske Toplice

Due to a quick, comprehensive development of the spa complex, the former rural settlement has been transformed into a tourist resort,

During for oil carried out at 1175 to 1467 metres below ground, workers discovered thermal mineral water with the temperature of 72°C.

A chemical analysis of the water, conducted by a specialised laboratory in Sweden  on 7 September 1962, confirmed its beneficial properties. Every year on this day, Moravske Toplice celebrates its municipality holiday.

28 July – the first swimming pool complex was opened; at that time, it was called the Martjanci Community Swimming Pool.

18 August – the official opening of additional 12 changing cabins with new toilet facilities and a water pump installed. Subsequently, a new 15 x 8 m swimming pool was built. The date 18 August 1963 went down as the official beginning of spa and medical tourism in Moravci.

During this period, the hotel facilities were built.

The opening of commercial camping facilities.

Moravci officially became a spa resort (through a decision by the federal health committee).

Hotel Termal***, the first hotel in Moravci, was opened.

The name of the Moravci village was changed to Moravske Toplice.

Hotel Ajda, the first superior hotel for high-end service was built in the village.

The Municipality of Moravske Toplice was established, comprising 28 villages on 145 km2.

On 18th May, the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) was opened.

In this decade, Moravske Toplice became a popular holiday destination. Through the development of tourism, the outlay of the complex was changed constantly, for example by building the Prekmurska vas 1*** apartment resort or setting up the golf course.

Upon the opening of the new swimming pool complex, the entire thermal spa centre was renamed Terme 3000.

The Hotel Vivat was opened.

The Livada golf course with 18 holes is opened.

The Hotel Livada Prestige***** was built.

Today, Moravske Toplice and its surrounding area record about half a million overnight stays by both Slovenian and foreign guests per year.