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Upper Styria extends from the Semmering and the Hochschwab regions to the Eisenerz Alps. It’s a delightful place for active holidaymakers and others who crave rest and balance. The area is brimming with hiking trails. And you’ll be delighted at the countless taverns lining the routes as perfect opportunities for refreshment. The family ski areas are ideal for novices and occasional downhill enthusiasts. Did you know that one of Austria’s most beautiful spots, the Green Lake in Tragoss, is located in Upper Styria? So off you go!
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Hiking & Climbing
The Hochsteiermark region is a paradise for hikers and climbers. Awe-inspiring mountains and lush alpine pastures are characteristic of the region between Mariazell and Peter Rosegger’s “Home in the Forest”.
The mountain Hochschwab (2,277m) in the heart of the region is an excellent hiking ground. And it’s home to some of the largest chamois populations in Europe. Beautiful hiking trails criss-cross the Eisenerz and Fischbach Alps and wind their way up the mountains Hohe Veitsch, Schneealpe and Rax.
Do you prefer a demanding hike up to the summit or a country walk on one of the themed trails? The choice is yours.
Family-friendly cycle paths along the rivers on the valley floor or demanding climbs on your mountain bike - there’s a route for every cyclist here. Lovely cycle paths and mountain biking trails suitable for all levels of ability criss-cross the Hochsteiermark region.
Once on top, mountain bikers and e-bikers will be rewarded with a breathtaking view. A ride on an e-bike is easy on the muscles.
Winter in the Hochsteiermark Region
The Hochsteiermark region provides the ideal conditions for a winter holiday with the whole family.
Delightful family-friendly pistes and slopes for mogul skiing - beginners and advanced skiers will find everything they’re looking for in the ski resorts. Cross-country skiers can look forward to 200km of tracks and trails.
Look out for the “Steirisches Loipengütesiegel”, a seal of quality awarded to four of the finest cross-country ski trails in the region. Would you like to soak up the beauty of nature in peaceful seclusion?
There’s a variety of winter walks and ski touring trails to explore.
What to Do Here
One of Styria’s most famous writers, Peter Rosegger, grew up in the Hochsteiermark region. In the village of Alpl, you can visit Rosegger’s birthplace and his school in the forest. Get to know what life was like in former times.
Set in the heart of the picturesque village of Mariazell, the Mariazell Basilica is worth a visit. It’s one of Austria’s most popular places of pilgrimage. Stop by the gingerbread factory “Pirker” and see how this sweet treat is produced. Of course, you’re allowed to try this famous culinary delight. The mountain Mariazeller Bürgeralpe right next to the village is a great place to go hiking in summer or tobogganing and skiing in winter.
Lake Grüner See in Tragöß was voted “Most Beautiful Place in Austria” in a TV show in 2014. It’s worth a visit, especially during the spring runoff. As the snow on the surrounding mountains melts, the lake fills up and the bridges and trees are submerged. Thanks to the lush landscape, the waters boast a striking emerald green shade.
- Ausseerland - Salzkammergut
Crystal-clear waters, tranquil mountain lakes, karstic peaks and of course the daffodils epitomise the Ausseerland in the Salzkammergut region, a particularly beautiful corner of Styria.
- Schladming - Dachstein
Breath-taking slopes of the Dachstein and the Schladminger Tauern – the region around Schladming, Dachstein, Ramsau and Grimming has everything you could possibly need for unforgettable summer and winter holidays.
The forest region. Here the green heart beats particularly hard. In the midst of proud peaks, gentle knolls, extensive alpine pastures and lots of forest. For motorsport fans - this is where the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg is located.
Wonderful mountain ranges, rare plants and animals, the impressive silence of the mountains, the rustling of the Enns and the world's largest monastery library in Admont Abbey.
A world of its own. Inviting and divers. From the Hochschwab along the mountain time travel to the pilgrimage sites and pilgrimage destinations.
- Region of Graz
Graz, a city of culture and design, has one of the most beautiful old towns in Europe and a lot of southern flair.
- Southern & Western Styria
The wine, horse and Klapotetz region. Well-known Austrians like the Lipizzaner, the Styrian pumpkin seed oil and the Schilcher are at home here between rolling hills and vineyards.
- Spa- & Vulkanland Steiermark
Soothing hot springs and great food! Green hills with their palaces and castles invite you to travel back in time. A stretch of land made for those looking for relaxation.
- Eastern Styria
Romantic flower villages, mountain pastures with wild herbs, sun-drenched orchards and vineyards – East Styria reveals the region from its idyllic side.
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