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STYRIA – THE "GREEN HEART OF AUSTRIA"

Holidaymakers in Styria are truly spoilt for choice. As the most densely forested of Austria's provinces, Styria boasts some of the country's most spectacular landscapes, while providing culinary diversity as well as balm for the body and soul.

 

Basking in lush green landscapes – in Austria's most densely forested province

The Dachstein, Hochschwab and Zirbitzkogel mountains, the alpine pastures, the floodplains and gorges provide the perfect terrain for hiking and biking. Click here for a list of Styria's most spectacular hiking trails  and bike trails. Insider tip: the "Vom Gletscher zum Wein" (From Glacier to Wine) hiking trail.

 

Relaxation Styrian style: wellness the natural way

The green landscapes of Styria are balsam for the soul: let your heart rate return to normal and leave the chaos of everyday life behind. Styria boasts a total of nine spas, where you can relax and recharge your batteries on natural resources: see for yourself just how relaxing bathing in one of Styria's thermal springs can be, or spoil yourself with a spa treatment with local specialities such as apples, wines or pumpkins. Click here for the latest spa offers.

 

Culinary delights and culture in Styria

Austria's most fertile province is home to Styrian farmers, wine growers and restaurateurs offering specialities  unique to the region: original Styrian pumpkin seed oil, aromatic wines from Southern Styria and the hearty "Brettljause" (vegan options also available) from the cosy taverns are absolute musts.

Perhaps you might also like to immerse yourself in the culture of the region: Riegersburg Castle and Herberstein Castle are perfect for excursions with the kids, the Freilichtmuseum Stübing provides a comprehensive introduction to rural life in Austria, and the Joanneum Universal Museum boasts some exciting exhibitions in 12 locations. A stroll through the centre of Graz is a journey of discovery for culture vultures: the romantic courtyards around Herrengasse and Sporgasse, or the Glockenspielplatz with the Glockenspiel that comes to life with song and rotating dance figures three times each day. And climbing the 421 steps to the Schlossberg will afford you a stunning view of the old town's sea of red roofs, to which the modern Grazer Kunsthaus offers an impressive contrast.

Click here for more culture tips. 

 

Recommended Styrian events in 2016/17

Narzissenfest

May 26-29, 2016

styriate festival

June 24 to July 24, 2016

La Strada

July 29 to August 6, 2016

World Single Driving Championships

August 3-7, 2016

Festival St.Gallen

August 11-27, 2016

Rostfest

August 18-21, 2016

Lange Tafel der Genusshauptstadt (Long Table of Graz)

August, 20, 2016

Thermal-Wasserwochen

January 13-March 22, 2017

The Nightrace

January 24, 2017

 

For an exhaustive list of all events in Styria visit: www.steiermark.com/events

  • Radfahren in der Steiermark © Steiermark Tourismus / Gery Wolf

  • Das waldreichste Bundesland Österreichs © Steiermark Tourismus / Gery Wolf

  • Wandern in der Steiermark © Steiermark Tourismus / Herbert Raffalt

  • Wellness in der Steiermark © Steiermark Tourismus

  • Murradweg und Kunsthaus Graz © Steiermark Tourismus

  • Apfel, Wein & Kürbis © Steiermark Tourismus