Destrnik (pronounced [ˈdeːstəɾnik]) is a settlement in northeastern Slovenia. It is the seat of the Municipality of Destrnik. It lies in the Slovene Hills (Slovene: Slovenske gorice) north of Ptuj. The area was part of the traditional region of Styria. It is now included in the Drava Statistical Region.[2]

St. Urban's Church in Destrnik. The yellow buildings and the rest of the foreground is in the settlement of Janežovski Vrh.
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°29′32.13″N 15°52′48.36″E
Country Slovenia
Traditional regionStyria
Statistical regionDrava
  Total0.6 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
339.7 m (1,114.5 ft)


Destrnik was first attested in written sources in 1398 and 1441 as Terstenik, and as Dersternikh in 1495. The name is believed to derive from *Drstenik and, like similar names (e.g., Drstelja), is presumably based on the Slovene common noun drsten 'broken stone, rubble, scree'.[3]


The local parish church, built on the highest point in the settlement, dominates its landscape and appears in the municipal coat of arms. It is dedicated to Saint Urban and belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Maribor. It dates to the 16th century with 18th-century adaptations. The feast day of Saint Urban, 25 May, has also been chosen as the official municipal holiday.[4]


  1. Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. Destrnik municipal site
  3. Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, p. 326.
  4. Slovenian Ministry of Culture register of national heritage reference number ešd 3468
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