There is modest Neo-gothic church in the centre of village Križevci called St. Cross (Sveti Križ - this later gave name to the village): the oldest remaining part is in fact Romanesque and it dates to 1265 when the settlements in this area were first time mentioned in historical documents - and only fragments of that period are now traced within...more
There is very nice mixed (broadleaf species are dominant) forest at the edge of Boreci-Krizevci-Kljucarovci- Dobrava villages, the old remains of Pannonian flood plain type (broadleaf Querco-Carpinetum) that dominated the area hundreds years ago before it was turned to agricultural land. It is popular among locals for hiking/walking, cycling and...more
You can visit horse farms in the area - there are many of them around here and they're famous in Slovenia. Usually, the owners won't mind if you feed them with grass but won't let you ride a horse, as they use them for racing competitions. Most famous are horses of Slavic family from Kjucarovci but there are several other bigger farms. All these...more
You'll come around that scene after the harvest in autumn sometimes, at some places in villages. This is pumpkin growing region (as well) and people like to make something useful with leftovers. Either they feed pigs with or make 'dolls' like here on the photo. To my knowledge this is recent fashion - in past you couldn't just use your old clothes...more
This is typical landscape for the municipalty - flat, with semi-intensive and intensive agriculture and rare patches of lowland mixed forest (some are part of Natura 2000 system because of habitat to rare insect). In past there used to be wet meadows but since the 1970ies they 'improved' the water balance in the soils by building a network of...more
This is a special add to your visit in Krizevci - visit to the local cemetery. Its foundation dates back to Halstatt time when there was an ancient burial site - earthen mound. The present location lays exactly at the same place. In 19th centrury there were laid first graves with heavy iron crosses for those who could afford to have one like that....more
They used to have good pizza here and I usually take my foreign friends to that place for food. The staff is friendly - depends who works. It still has that socialist charm of old restaurants and they hold meetings and weddings from time to time in bigger dining hall. Therefore, the atmosphere can be quite lively. There aren't many places of that kind left here. Mostly because they all want to look 'modern'. And they have fair choice local food here (postrzjaca, kvasenice, krapci, zobl, tunka, gulas) which is probably one of things you want to try when here.
Favorite Dish: My carnivore friends like 'postrzjaca' which is local thing... flat bread dough with piles of white pig's grease on top - all baked in the wooden owen.
About the only night life in the village happens in local bars and restaurants; the Rock bar by the main road being the most popular place among younger people. It isn't big place but music got better when they changed owner. Older people like to go to Sadl and Zorko (both by the main road). Sadl is next to church and makes it perfect place to meet locals before and after sunday's mass. For glass of wine or something stronger.
Village streets look like that on the photo. If you pass by late... after 11. A lot of light but noone walking.
Though disappearing fast, a few of the old traditional houses can still be found. Some of the best kept are scattered around nearby villages, and I found a few of them in Iljaševci, a village next to Križevci by the main road to Radgona.
This kind of house was norm for the farmer in the northeast Slovenia, for the poorer one. Back in past they used to use a lot of native material such as wood, clay and straw for construction. Here, the roof was all made by thick layer of straw which had to be done by skilled craftsmen, in this case 'cimerman'. If roof was done bad, you had big problem. These roofs then needed to be changed every a few decades and then finally, they began to be replaced by roof tiles.
Each of those houses had a stable attached to the other end of the building and most common animal held by farmer was pig, hen, horses and cows (if you were better off).
This kind of houses were low, warm with small windows (main construction material was wood with the layer of clay and paint on the walls) and they had fewer rooms - the main place was kitchen and the other place was dorm for the whole family; toilet was outside in a separate room (usually built of wooden planks). In larger houses, dorms were separated between parents, grandparents and children - it all depended on how much they could afford.
Not only bad things vanish, also fine traditions are endangered. These traditional houses became rare but even with them you won't know how long people (or conservation office) will take care of. Sometimes the reason is money, because you need to use old and traditional materials to make them look original (and old skilled craftsmen who are virtually gone - and so the prices are high for everything from work to material). Other reason for disappearing from this place is that people bother less of tradition and stick with main stream. Which means - make everything big, use new, abandon old.
The old house on the photo is in such miserable state - forgotten there in the edge of village in Berkovski prelogi, it could serve as classic example of old tradition if it was in right hands. Future generation may forget how it was some 50 years ago when this style of house was a norm, still.