At the confluence of the three rivers of Koroška Drava, Meža and Mislinja surrounded by hillsides overgrown with forests lies the crossroads of ancient and new paths of Dravograd. The roots of the town which began to take the shape it has today in the 12th century, thanks to its happily situated traffic location have been noticed even in the antiquity period. The well preserved town centre underneath the castle ruins bears witness to the important medieval role the town had once upon a time. It is enriched by the Roman church of St. Vid (Sveti Vid). Life in the Northeast of Slovenia, bordering on the neighbouring Austria between the untouched mountain chains of Kozjak, Pohorje and Strojna is marked by rivers and the bridges and the banks they connect between them. There are many interesting trails. They lead through the valleys, over the mountain lands and they are the very reason for Dravograd’s existence and development and a tool for locals to create a colourful history filled with tradition inspired by the gifts of nature.
Visiting Koroška represents a trip into the essence of the landscape among the proverbially individual people of the land and in Dravograd you can string colourful memories due to its particularities, united in the central geographical position of the region.
In the heart of Koroška, next to the border with Austria, you can find Dravograd, a community of 105 km2 where 9.069 locals live in settlements united in five smaller local communities. The entire left bank of the river Drava on the north side belongs to the main community of Dravograd. At the river mouth of Meža to Drava the town stretches even further over bridges and a hydroelectric power plant and from there on towards the villages Libeliče and Črneče and in the west towards Ravne na Koroškem and Austria. On the right bank of Drava in the east towards the city of Maribor, Dravograd borders with the village Trbonje and in the south the town Šentjanž at Dravograd alongside the river Mislinja towards the town Slovenj Gradec which directs the path into the heart of Slovenia itself. The urban town centre of Dravograd represents the civic and service heart of the community. The large part of the economy is centred in the industrial area in Otiški Vrh, but the majority of the community is typically countryside. The transit character of Dravograd has been preserved throughout its history. It remains an important traffic crossroads for the traffic of the twelve regions of Koroška as well as with the Austrian part of Koroška. The railway connections in the area are modest. Interestingly the tradition of ferry traffic down the river Drava has been coming back to life in recent years as well as the development of cycling paths in the region in the connection with the European cycling network.