Height above sea level
in the countryside
Average summer temperature:20 °C
Average winter temperature:-2,5 °C
The village of Križevci lies in the far north-east of the Goričko region in the municipality of Gornji Petrovci. The settlement consists of five separate hamlets on four ridges and in three valleys which come together at Dol, where they meet the Mala Krka river. Križevci can be reached from Martjanci and through Ivanovci or along the regional Murska Sobota-Hodoš road from Moščanci either by macadam track or the more comfortable and longer asphalt road from Gornji Petrovci. The name Križevci derives from the Holy Cross chapel (Sveti Križ in Slovene). The oldest historical reference to the name Križevci dates from 1405. The chapel of the Holy Cross in Križevci is first mentioned in the records of a bishop's visitation in 1627. A report from 1698 reads as follows: "The chapel stands in the village itself and is dedicated to the veneration of the Holy Cross. Around the chapel is a cemetery. The chapel has a shingle roof. The stone tower contains two bells and has a shingle roof. The nave has a wooden ceiling. The choir gallery and pulpit are also made of wood. The sanctuary is vaulted and contains a stone altar table. The parish feast day is celebrated on 14 September, the Feast of the Cross. The chapel is maintained and tended by the parishioners. The chapel has a meadow for two cartloads of hay, on the north side of the chapel. A wooden bell tower with one bell stands in Kuštanovci." Today there is a large Protestant church in Križevci, built in 1785. A new priest's house stands next to the church. Nearby is the Križevci cemetery, offering a wonderful view over the ridges of Goričko. To the right of the church, a macadam track leads to Tetajni Breg and a giant chestnut tree which, say the locals, is at least 700 years old. The trunk has a diameter of three metres and the tree is 20 metres tall. It is the third-largest chestnut tree in Slovenia. People say that it was even marked on old military maps as a "giant tree". More and more visitors to the Goričko region come to see the tree. Križevci Lake in Dol is home to numerous birds, aquatic fauna and fish and is particularly popular with anglers seeking a quiet day's fishing in peaceful coexistence with unspoilt nature. A few hundred metres from the lake, still in the valley of the Mala Krka, the municipality, in conjunction with the Križevci football club, has built a modern sports centre with several football pitches, covered stands, a children's playground, club premises and a large car park. The sports centre is the home of the sports club NK Križevci, which introduces football to young players from all over the municipality of Gornji Petrovci and other municipalities too. Other events held here include international football matches, cross-country runs, recreational hikes, bikers' meets and vintage car rallies with participants from Slovenia and abroad. The area next to the sports centre is frequently used for cultural events that preserve the cultural heritage of the district. One popular event is the "rustic games", an inter-village competition based around traditional skills such as corn husking, dismantling and reassembling a cart, grass mowing, tug of war, and so on. The main tourist attraction of Križevci is the pleasant hilly landscape with its large mixed forests and tranquil and unspoilt environment, with opportunities for excursions of different lengths, hunting (small game, deer and boar), mushroom picking, strawberry picking and chestnut gathering.