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Bad Radkersburg (Austria) & Gornja Radgona (Slovenia)

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After World War I the Treaty of St. Germain established the river Mur as the border of Austria and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croatians and Slovenes (later to be Yugoslavia). The southern part of Bad Radkersburg became part of Gornja Radgona. In 1941 the German troops occupied the Slovenian Lower Styria, which became a part of Styria. In the last days of World War II the SS destroyed the bridge between Bad Radkersburg and Gornja Radgona, and the river Mur once again served as the border of the two countries. A provisory bridge was not rebuilt until 1952; the temporary bridge was replaced then by the “Most prijateljstva”/”Brücke der Freundschaft” (friendship bridge), which was ceremoniously opened on October 12th, 1968 by the Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito and the Austrian President Franz Jonas.

 

Cross on the bridge between Gornja Radgona and Bad Radkersburg
Cross on the bridge between Gornja Radgona and Bad Radkersburg

Border of Slovenia and Austria

Border of Slovenia and Austria