Active nature exploration
If you are looking for unspoilt landscapes and romantic moments you shouldn't miss out on a visit to East Styria – also known as "Austria's green garden". Both nature adventures and culinary experiences of a very special kind await you here in summer and winter alike. The region boasts a wide range of wonderful herb trails, castle gardens, apple routes and young wine trails nestling right at the heart of the scenic vineyards in East Styria. Activity fans enjoy walking from one "Buschenschank" tavern to the next, where young wine and local specialties are served, or head for the Kneipp trail. East Styria stands for rest and relaxation amid untouched nature. Spend unforgettable holidays in an area of outstanding beauty with a huge number of interesting excursion sites and places worth visiting, among them the Herberstein animal world or the Katerloch stalactite cave. Sports aficionados are fond of the countless multi-day cycle and bike tours.
Picture-book winter idyll
Lush meadows, wide open fields, shady forests, mountain villages covered all in white: East Styria wears its most beautiful winter dress! Winter holidays at their finest are scheduled amid snow-white, gently rolling hills. Superb winter walking, snowshoe hiking or fantastic cross-country skiing on the Hochwechsel panorama track in Waldbach or the Joglland nordic route in St. Jakob. This is the most romantic way to discover East Styria's winter wonderland. The scenic Almenland and Joglland Waldheimat ski lifts rank among the undisputed highlights for families, kids and leisurely winter sport fans. Off the beaten ski runs guests enjoy romantic horse carriage rides, fun-filled ice curling or challenging ice climbing tours.
During the pre-Christmas season a very charming event is scheduled every year: join us on a tour of the Peter Rosegger "Christmettenweg" trail leading from the poet's birthplace (Kluppeneggerhof farm) through meadows and forests to his favorite church, Laurentiberg in St. Kathrein am Hauenstein. Equipped with torches, headlamps and warm winter clothes this atmospheric walk creates memories of a lifetime.