Fancy a spot of vineyard wine tasting? The region is famous for the South Styrian Wine Road, where you can sample and buy the produce as you travel. The vineyards hug the steep slopes and are clearly quite difficult to harvest.
Autumn is the time of wine festivals, chestnuts and new cider. All the taverns selling the fresh produce are open during this period, and visitors are warmly invited to step in. Have you heard of the Schilcher? It is produced from the grapes of the Blue Wildbacher vines. Its home – and that of the legendary Lipizzan breed of horses – is West Styria.
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Destined for Greatness: Meet the Lipizzaner Horses
The world-famous Lipizzaner horses call the Piber stud farm in western Styria their home. Those elegant horses, known for their performances in the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, are bred and raised here, giving rise to the region’s name “Lipizzanerheimat” (“home of the Lipizzaner horses”).
In Bärnbach, not far from Piber, you can visit the church designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Look forward to an abundance of hiking trails on the hill ranges Gleinalm and Stubalm which are part of the Styrian Prealps.
Take a refreshing dip in the Pack or Hirzmann Reservoir, two idyllic lakes in western Styria. Visit the “Celtic house”, a museum in Ligist, and learn how the Celts used to live here. Wine aficionados can look forward to exploring the Schilcher Wine Road.
Wine Region “Schilcherland”
Uncover the origins of the “Schilcher”, the region’s most popular wine, as you drive along the Schilcher Wine Road. It’s made from the indigenous “Blauer Wildbacher” grape that grows here, in Austria’s smallest wine region! Savour all kinds of local delicacies made from it: wine, sparkling wine, fruit brandy, grape juice or fruit spirit.
We recommend hopping on the colourful steam train “Stainzer Flascherlzug”. It’s the most comfortable and delightful way to travel through the region which is known as “Schilcherland” (“land of the Schilcher wine”).
Are you looking for a more active pastime? Explore this special type of landscape on foot or on your bicycle. You’ll pass countless traditional wine taverns called “Buschenschänken” that serve mouth-watering local delicacies.
A themed road trip along the Styrian Oil Road will take you to the origins of “Styria’s black gold” - pumpkin seed oil. The Styrian Oil Road crosses six municipalities on its way from Stainz to Eibiswald. Look forward to immersive experiences all about pumpkin seed oil.
The South Styrian Wine Road winds its way through the stunning scenery of southern Styria. It often runs along the Austrian/Slovakian state border, past award-winning wine taverns (“Buschenschänken”), inviting wineries and wine cellars that are outstanding in terms of their architecture.
Stroll through the vineyards along lovely (loop) trails, stop at the lookout points and take in breathtaking country views. It’s area of outstanding natural beauty. Apart from the South Styrian Wine Road, there are two more inviting roads to explore, the Sausal Wine Road and the Klapotetz Wine Road.
Winter in Southern & Western Styria
Winter is a special time of the year along the wine roads in southern and western Styria. Now, it’s quiet in the vineyards. The work has been done. It’s not until January that the winegrowers have to start pruning the vines. When life seems to calm down ... winter time in southern and western Styria is unforgettable.
Soak up the beauty of the scenery on a country ramble. Enjoy a glass of wine and a hearty snack next to the crackling fireplace. A very special moment!
Do you love winter sports? The Lipizzanerheimat region has great activities on offer: skiing on the mountains Salzstiegl or Gaberl, in Modriach or St. Hemma, cross-country skiing on the snow-covered pastures of the Hebalm and on the mountain Gaberl or snowshoeing on the Stubalm. Speed downhill from the mountain Salzstiegl with your toboggan. The bus takes you back to the top - as comfortable as it can possibly get!
- 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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