The so-called green heart, Styria, is relatively easy to reach from Vienna. By train from Vienna in 2.5 hours in Graz, the center of the state. We have compiled our top attractions Styria for you here.
Top Attractions Styria
Schlossbergbahn and Schlossberg with clock tower in Graz
The Schlossberg with the Graz clock tower is the symbol of the city of Graz, but also known far beyond the borders. The clock tower is thus a symbol of Styria and is definitely a must-see attraction when visiting the city. Not only is the landmark located on the Schlossberg, but it is also rewarded with a wonderful view of the old town of Graz.
To get to Schlossberg there are basically three options: the Schlossbergbahn, the Schlossberglift and a footpath. The train takes visitors up a 60% gradient in just a few minutes. Another good option is the ride on the Schlossberglift, a glass cabin inside the mountain. Access to the lift is at the entrance of the Grazer Mörchenbahn and the Dom im Berg.
Alternatively, you can reach the mountain via the 260 steps of the Felsensteig.
Dachstein and Skywalk Dachstein
Although there is a skywalk in the immediate vicinity of Vienna, on the Hohe Wand and on the Hochkar, the most famous and spectacular one is on the Dachstein. Complemented with the attractions such as a suspension bridge, an ice palace or the “staircase to nowhere” and the glacier, this results in a real mountain experience.
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Castle and wildlife Herberstein
Near the Stubenbergersee is the castle Herberstein. The garden palace can already look back on 700 years, because in 1217 the castle was first mentioned. Wildlife is bordered by today’s castle Herberstein, which is a zoo with over 130 species of animals. The animal park is located on an area of 23 hectares through which runs a 6 km network of trails.
Zotter chocolate world of experience
The zotter Schokoladen Manufaktur is now known worldwide. The world of experience not only gives you an insight into the production of the biologically and fairly produced chocolate, but also allows you to taste many existing and new creations.
Castle Riegersburg and birds of prey
Close to the Zotter Erlebniswelt or visible from afar, the Riegersburg rests on a basalt cone. The way to the castle, which has never been conquered over the centuries, can be done over the already difficult footpath or effortlessly by means of an inclined elevator. For the adventurous there is also a via ferrata at the castle.
At the top of the Riegersburg there is a magnificent view of the East Styrian hill country and in the castle Guided Tours or a castle museum, a witch museum and a weapons museum to visit.
South Styrian Wine Route
In southern Styria is also the South Styrian Wine Road, which is also known as the most beautiful and oldest wine route in Styria. This region is also often called Styrian Tuscany, because the comparisons with Tuscany are quite given.
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Adventure Mountain Erzberg
In the Eisenerz Alps is the adventure mountain Erzberg. Iron ore has been mined here since the 11th century. Meanwhile, the sources expanded on the mountain and in addition to the mining of iron ore, there are also many adventures as a top destination and sporting events. Among the adventures is the one-hour Hauly ride, including live blasting and a mine.
As a big event there is the ErzbergRodeo since 1995, an enduro motorcycle race which takes place annually in May or June.
Stift Admont – Admont Abbey
The Admont Abbey in Upper Styria is very impressive not only from the outside, but also inside. The abbey houses the world’s largest monastic library, a natural history museum, an art history museum and a museum of contemporary art.
Therme Loipersdorf – Spa Loipersdorf
In the southeastern Styria, in the spa and volcano country, is the thermal baths of the spa Loipersdorf. The spa in Loipersdorf is the largest of its kind in Austria and many pools, relaxation areas, baby areas, slide park, sun sauna etc.