Dravograd

Dravograd is a small town in the northern part of Slovenia on the border with Austria. Its population is just over 3,300 people and many have not even heard of it.

First of all, it is worth noting that there is no sense in travelling to Dravograd for noisy entertainment and shopping. They are simply absent here.

The town is known for its fresh and pristine nature. People here breathe amazingly clean air. The mountains are literally within the city boundaries. Many sources of clean drinking water are available for everyone.

The highlands of Košenjak located close by the town are full of alpine plants that deserve special attention. It is believed that they have been preserved since the ice age.

The name Dravograd comes from the similarly named Drava River, which flows through the town. The main attraction of the town is the Parish Church in baroque style. It is devoted to St. John the Evangelist.

In the centre of the town, there is a hotel, a stadium, another church, a post office, a bank, a hydroelectric station, a school, shops, a fitness centre, a gas station, and a café. There are three bridges in the town.

The Dravograd railway station is located along the Drautalbahn line connecting Maribor with San Candido in Italy. The Slovenian Highway No. 3, running from Maribor to the Austrian border, passes through the Dravograd. Here, the 10-10 highway branches from it leading to Celje. Dravograd is so close to Austria that you can walk there even on foot. The distance to the border is about 3 km.

In Dravograd, there is only a secondary school, where pupils study up to grade 9. But in a 10–15 minute drive from the town, there are several professional educational institutions.

In Srednja sola Ravne, children can receive education on the following programmes: metallurgist, computer technician, metal designer, electrical engineer, auto mechanic.

The Slovenj Gradec Solski Centre offers study programmes in trade and nutrition, economics, woodworking, pre-school education, and tourism. It is possible to study here on a Nursing Programme.

Despite its compact size, the town is known for its people. In 2012, singer Eva Boto represented Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest. Being just 10 years old, the artist won the international contest in Austria.

Players of the national football team Andrej Pečnik and his brother Nejc were also born and brought up in Dravograd. They started their careers in the local football club. Moreover, Marko Šuler and Robert Koren started their careers in FC Dravograd.

Source: dravograd.si