The town is known for its castle, thermal spa and its dramatic new theatre
As a part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Slovenia was separated from Hungary by the Iron Curtain which followed their relatively short 107 km shared border. The Slovenian section of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail is consequently quite short but it passes through a geographically, linguistically, culturally and ethnically defined region known as Prekmurje. Geographically it lies between the Mur River in Slovenia and the Rába Valley in the most western part of Hungary. It maintains certain specific linguistic, cultural and religious features that differentiate it from other Slovenian traditional regions.
This is a relatively quiet corner of Slovenia with small communities scattered across the landscape.The most significant settlement along this border region is Lendava, which is located close to the border crossing with Hungary at Dolga Vas-Rédics. The town is the centre of the Hungarian minority in Slovenia and is known for its castle, thermal spa and its dramatic new theatre.
Although the region is quiet now, Slovenia’s border with Hungary was actually heavily controlled during the Cold War because even though the Yugoslavian state was socialist, it officially had a non-aligned status. Peculiarly Slovenia, as part of Yugoslavia, had borders with three states with different statuses during the Cold War: the Western state of Italy, the neutral Federal state of Austria and the Socialist Republic of Hungary.
EuroVelo Slovenija is a project of Zavod EuroVelo, the national coordination center, which aims to develop EuroVelo routes throughout Slovenia. The main activities of Zavod EuroVelo, along with coordination of EuroVelo route development, are the promotion of the EuroVelo project in Slovenia and providing information about routes, tourism, cyclist-friendly sites, points of interest, etc. Zavod EuroVelo was established as a result of common interests of different individuals and organizations from fields such as cycling advocacy, design, tourism, marketing and traffic engineering.