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Castles, Orchards and Vineyards

A multitude of destinations gives a visitor a deeper insight into the historical and cultural development of the Styrian thermal region.


Life in the South

Sun-kissed Styria. Tuscan flair in southern Austria. Rich fruit harvests and fine wines. Outdoor living. Sunny and sensual. Enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere, on the terrace, in the evening bar, pleasant nights. Swim in the pool from early morning till late evening. Let the warmth of the sun dry your body after bathing. Gain colour in your skin and a happy smile on your face. Exercise in the fresh air. Explore the sunny side of Der Steirerhof, Bad Waltersdorf.

The Castles Tour

A feast of natural beauty coupled with cultural highlights. Follow the story of this collection of castles in the region. They once served as a bulwark against the East.

Today the Riegersburg castle with a witch's museum and numerous special exhibitions is a favourite excursion. Kornberg castle, the ``Wine castle`` in Kapfenstein, Herberstein castle, Pöllau castle, Güssing castle and Obermayerhofen castle invite you on a journey of discovery.


The Styrian Apple Route

In 1986, some 40 farmers joined forces and founded the association of the "Styrian Apple Route". The basic idea was to strengthen the economic power of the region and to bring the wonderful people of the local fruit-growing community closer together. The result is the 25 km long apple road, which begins near Gleisdorf and extends over five municipalities. In April the beautiful flowers can be seen on many fruit trees. The center of fruit growing is Puch bei Weiz. The "natural resources" of the farmers are waiting to be discovered: fresh fruit, cider, apple juice, spirits, honey, and the rural tradition, with all its arts.

The Styrian Wine Tour

Viticulture is one of the oldest cultural traditions in Austria. As early as 2500 years ago (about 400 BC), the Celts knew and used the grapes that grew wild here. But it was the Romans who first cultivated extensive vineyards. Evidence of the Roman wine culture is shown by the findings of vineyard remnants and drinking vessels in southern Styria. Archduke Johann was responsible for an upswing in Styrian viticulture with his concern for systematic improvement and development. He created an experimental vineyard with 425 different varieties. Meanwhile, wine-growing is a major industry of South-east Styria, favored by the combination of warm and humid Mediterranean climate, hot and dry Pannonian climate, as well as by a variety of soil types. Wine routes in this region are the Klöcher Weinstraße, the south-east Styrian Hügelland Weinstraße, the Thermal region Weinstraße and the East Austrian Römerweinstraße.

The Styrian Provincial Capital - Graz

Graz, Austria's second largest city, impresses with its Mediterranean flair and charm. As a center for industry, science and culture, the city has an important role as a hub. Graz is not only a young city, a school and university city, but also a city of style and culture. The colourful and vibrant Graz art scene covers the entire spectrum, from classical to avant-garde. This particular cultural climate at an important crossroad of cultures led to the awarding of the title, ``City of Culture Europe 2003``. The medieval old town with the Armoury (largest historical armoury in the world), the Graz clock tower on the Schlossberg, Eggenberg castle with its 365 windows and the newly created Murinsel, are all sights that are worth visiting.