Styria is geographically the second largest state of Austria and referred as the "green heart" of the country. The largest part of the ground area is forested or consists of meadows and pastures. Even the variety of the Alpine north with the mountains - and mountain lakes differentiates from the hills in the south that are famous for hot springs and vineyards. In both, winter and summer, Styria offers a wide range of sport - and leisure activities: The 82 ski areas including Schladming, Turracher Höhe and Tauplitz, as well as several cross-country trails, will make it easy for you to enjoy the wide landscape of Styria. Other than skiing, also snowshoeing and sledding will let you relax on your holiday. There are also numerous climbing - and hiking trails with a breathtaking view: The Dachstein (2.995m) for example on the boarder of Styria and Oberösterreich, has a panoramic view over the peaks of Austria as far as the Czech Republic and Slovenia. The 7 natural park, based all over Styria, offer a centuries-old cultural landscape, suitable for young and old. The summer offers numerous other activities such as swimming, golfing, horseback riding, sailing, windsurfing, paragliding and tennis. Besides the stunning landscape-scenery, the various cities, including the capital city Graz, with its baroque roof landscape and red clay roofing tiles. Graz and Schloss Eggenberg was added to the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Sites. If you are in Graz, don’t forget to visit the Schlossberg, a tree-clad hill from which you can have an amazing view on the city, as well as the Kunsthaus, the architectural landmark in Graz containing contemporary art of the last four decades. It doesn’t matter if you are a city or country person - in Styria there is something for everyone.
Styria is ideal for:
- Nature lovers
- Outdoor activities
- Multifaceted landscapes between north and south