Municipality of Brežice

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Municipality of Brežice
Občina Brežice
Municipality
Location of the Municipality of Brežice in Slovenia
Location of the Municipality of Brežice in Slovenia
Coordinates: 45°54′N 15°35′E / 45.900°N 15.583°E / 45.900; 15.583Coordinates: 45°54′N 15°35′E / 45.900°N 15.583°E / 45.900; 15.583
Country  Slovenia
Government
 • Mayor Ivan Molan
Area
 • Total 268.1 km2 (103.5 sq mi)
Population (2002)[1]
 • Total 24,483
 • Density 91/km2 (240/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02)
Website www.brezice.si
Source: Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, census of 2002.

The Municipality of Brežice (Slovene: Občina Brežice) is a municipality in eastern Slovenia in the Lower Sava Valley, near the Croatian border. The seat of the municipality is the town of Brežice. The area was traditionally divided between Lower Styria (territory on the left bank of the Sava River) and Lower Carniola (territory on the right bank of the Sava River). The entire municipality is now included in the Lower Sava Statistical Region.[2]

Brežice is one of the largest municipalities in Slovenia. It lies at the confluence of the Sava and Krka rivers and also stands at the junction of a number of international traffic routes.

The area's many hot springs have contributed to the development of the largest natural spa and the second largest tourist center in Slovenia, Čateške Toplice (the Terme Čatež Thermal Health Resort).[3] The Municipality of Brežice also offers visitors recreation and entertainment, as well as sports including hunting and fishing. The surrounding hills are ideal for fruit growing and viticulture. The vineyards of the Bizeljsko and Pišece districts are renowned for their top-quality wines.

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