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The Island of Love 

Experience the magic of nature, cookery, büjraštvo, people of Prekmurje, the Mura river and the mill which grinds cereals once again!

The Mura River

The river Mura springs in Hohe Tauern in Austria and is 444 km long. It mouths into the river Drava near Legrad in Croatia. The river undergoes an interesting journey: starting as an alpine river it turns into a flatland river in Slovenia. The latter used to need a wide river space with numerous meanders, sideway river branches, bays, gravel pits, flooded groves and lethargies.
Nowadays the vast part of the river is lead into a permanent riverbed. Nevertheless, one can still find many plant and animal species alongside the Mura – species that have vanished completely elsewhere due to the destructive influence of mankind.
The river Mura is hailed as something special, mystical and almost exotic among lovers of nature.
It is said that: “ … Mura is a river one keeps coming back to, but afterwards one keeps carrying it along oneself…”


The Floating Mill

Only a couple of decades ago there were still over active 40 floating mills on the river Mura that produced energy from the river with help of mill wheels and used it for grinding. The mill in Ižakovci was reconstructed in 1999 from the original plans that were left from one of the bygone mills on the river Mura. The mill is completely wooden. Together with a huge mill wheel it is positioned on two boats called kumpi. In the mill there is a special miller’s room where buckwheat, wheat, spelt and maize flour is ground.


The Ferry
There are only three ferries left on the river Mura which keep ferrying:  the ferries in Ižakovci and in Melinci are two of them. The ferry is made up of  two shallow boats called kumpi and linked with a connecting and carrying platform on which there is the ferryman’s little hut. The platform with its enclosure is attached to a steel riverside rope that carries the pulley with the hanging rope. The ferry moves on the river with help of the river’s current.

»Büjraštvo on the river Mura« Permanent Exhibition in the Riverbank House


The exhibits show the history and activity of the so called büjranje on the Mura river, as well as the people - büjraši who took part in it. The aim of these constructions was to consolidate the riverbed and the banks of the Mura river (büjranje - consolidation, damming up of the riverbed or the riverbank of the Mura).
The basis for any natural building on Mura were branches which grew alongside Mura; mostly willow, poplar and maple branches, which were bound into sheaves called “fašina”.
Dependent on the damage of the river the type of the building was chosen. “Fašine” were untied and a 15cm thick wrapping was made. On the willow wrapping river stones were put and all together was tied with a burned wire…

-St. Nicholas, patron saint of the büjraši, as well as of the millers, ferrymen and boatmen

The Point on the Road of Renewable Energy Sources

Cycling and hiking paths
The Mura River offers immense delights to all cycling, hiking and rafting lovers…


"The Days Of Büjraši"

Since 1992 the village of Ižakovci celebrates an annual festival named »Büjraški dnevi«, which is dedicated to the lives and work of the people who have lived alongside this restless river for decades. Furthermore, it is a remembrance of the büjraši in particular who always were in the right place at the right time.
Through this traditional cultural and entertaining event in August cultural heritage and folk tradition is being preserved.

Basic offer:

  • Visit of the floating mill
  • Visit of the permanent exhibition »Büjraštvo – Consolidation of the riverbanks of the Mura river« in the Riverbank House
  • Ferrying
  • Chance to purchase various sorts of flour
  • Chance to purchase souvenirs, drinks, tourist guidebooks and postcards

Basic offer with light meal »büjraška malica«

  • Visit of the floating mill
  • Visit of the permanent exhibition »Büjraštvo – Consolidation of the riverbanks of the Mura river« in the Riverbank House
  • Ferrying
  • Light meal Büjraška malica - pajani krüj (rye bread roasted on open fire with garlic and bacon spread zaseka, love potion)
  • Chance to purchase various sorts of flour
  • Chance to purchase souvenirs, drinks, tourist guidebooks and postcards
  • Programmes by prearrangement:
  • ethno – cultural presentations (»büjraštvo« - consolidation of riverbanks, production and manufacture of flax and hand-woven linen, mythological performances, old customs) rafting
  • culinary delights (fish on a stick, bograč, Büjraši meals, bujta repa, prekmurska gibanica, retaši, krapci, kukarčne pogače ...)

Equipped facility with kitchen and pantry in the wonderful nature on the bank of the Mura river is ideal for parties and different occasions.

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