You can enjoy watching some excellent old town architecture and views from this square when you sit down for your glass of local wines from one the cafes by the side and the wines are excellent in this region!
The core and facades are (as you already know) finely conserved - for which work they were by the way awarded and that's very good for city to keep its 'original' shape and it keeps people interested in it.
So, there are cafes by the side of this market square and a few wooden shift stalls with local men selling local products - if you don't know yet, then try delicios pumpkin oil from this region! A plague column of modest dimesnion, one older town house (from medieval times and facade) and the newer one with large tower dominating the place, the toursim office and an interesting portal over the gates to Frauenkirche next to tourism office - in general compact line of houses both for living and services or business - and a fountain of water with outline of Radkersburg plan.
Some parts of the square are pleasantly shaded with trees and dotted with benches so it's quite better place to relax and watch the people on the street if you didn't go for your wine of coffee on the square already before.
A lot livelier than Murgasse is Langgasse - the old street connecting both ends of the old city core with its main square. The beginning of street served as one entry point to the town in past, low houses are linked with eachother into compact line, its facades finely restored, colorful yet remain in simple historic fashion. Each gates to the houses are different from eachother, and many small businesses, bars, restaurants and shops happen on lively ground floor while upper floor(s) continue to be used for settlers of Radgona.
Nicely restored side street that is! Parts of it were paved with gently round river stones from Mura, the river that marks entire Styrian region and towns upon its shores.
The street is compact line of one storey houses (ground floor plus upper floor) with high red tiled roofs, and some facades lightly ornated and colored - each unit (a house) stands for itself, but linked together they give the charachter to the street. Every house here has its own large entry gates - and when you observe closely you'll notice they are all unique, wooden - and some are more or less carved.
It is one of the most significant old streets here, although you may find it little too quiet; no bars and tables here outside on the pavements, no small businesses and a few people on the street in a daytime. Well, it's maybe great to live inside those ancient houses here and to conserve fine facades. It's like a open air museum, yet with people living in.
The river Mur forms the modern border between Austria and Slovenia.
But since the Schengen agreement came into force there is no border control.
So you can walk to the river, wander through both sets of border crossing buildings (now empty) and no-man's land and then explore the little Slovenian town of Gornja Radgona (part of Slovenia since 1919).
Bad Radkersburg was once fully-walled and moated....it was a major fortress against Hungary, and later against the threat from the Ottoman Empire.
Its walls had sixteen towers (four still stand) and encircled what was a properous settlement.
Bits of the walls still remain. I found the section in the photo whilst on my way to the Stadpfarrkirche. this bit of wall lies at the end of Dechanthofgasse, alongside the Palais Herberstorff (a Renaissance palace with Medieval tower adjoing the city walls).
Other, longer parts of the town walls are still visible along the banks of the River Mur. Walk to Grazertorplatz and turn left to explore them.
There are also sections to the north of the town, between Tabor and Stadtgrabenstrasse.
This is a really ancient church.
It dates from the 1400s, and was originally part of an Augustinian monastery. It was abadoned by the in the early 1600s, and then became a Capuchin monastery, also later abandoned in the time of Josef ll.
The only part of the monastery buildings now remaining is the church ...and, sadly, it is private property. A great pity, for I am sure it would be fascinating to explore the interior.
The very obvious tower (Stadtturm) attached to Bad Radkersburg's Rathaus is in the Hauptplatz, orginally Bad Radkersburg's marketplace.
Dating from the 1500s, the tower functioned as the town lookout post. gothis in style, is was restored in the early 1800s.
The tower now also serves as a memorial to the war dead, with plaques set into its sides.
Murgasse is a wide, cobbled street running parallel with Hauptplatz.
Its cobbles......large flat stones.....came from the bed of the River Mur and are called 'Murnockerln'.
It's a very pretty street, with old buildings on either side and, if you look closely, some late Medieval architectural details still visible.
The Frauenkirche is a rather twiddly, Gothic structure originally dating from the early 1500s, with a tower erected in the early 1800s.
Over the main doorway is a rather lovely sculpture of the Virgin Mary....and the cast metal doors are beautiful.
Inside, there are late 19th century frescoes.
The area outside and under the church......the Frauenplatz......was where once the Jewish synagogue stood. In the 1500s Jews were driven from Austria under by order of Maximilian l, and the church was built on the synagogue site.
A lovely church, this, with a beautifully carved doorway.
Dating from the 1400s, with additions in the 1600s, its mellow sandstone blocks absorb the sunlight.....
I did not get chance to properly explore the interior, because a school party arrived and (accompanied by the priest) began a service. It felt wrong to be there, so I tactfully removed myself. But I think it would be worth having a good look inside.
There are some old gravestones displayed on the church exterior too.
The Mariansaule, in the middle of the Hauptplatz, was erected as a plague memorial in 1680.
It now forms a focal point for the Hauptplatz, the large and pleasant mostly-pedestrianised town square.
There are a lot's of sculptures all around the city, try to see them all hehehe, here are just few of them....
St. Mary's chapel is gothic-style chapel built in 1496 and restored few times since then.
It is located in the beautiful park in the center of the city.
You can see a host of people cycling around Bad Radkersburg everyday.... Be one of them... Join the crowd... Live a healthy life....