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Hand-Crafted Chocolates ©

Styria’s Meisterstrasse

Traditional handicrafts, some using centuries-old methods, are very much alive in Styria. Fifty master craftsmen dedicated to handmade treasures can be found on a journey along the Meisterstrasse Austria.


  • Erich and Anneliese Kitzmüller Fabrics © Erich and Anneliese Kitzmüller Fabrics ©
  • Goldsmith Klemens Pointner © Goldsmith Klemens Pointner ©
The small village of Obdach has just 2,000 inhabitants, but  connoisseurs from all over the province of Styria know it well. This is home to Josef Kern, who produces hand-crafted Zirbenkugeln - dark chocolates filled with a truffle made of cocoa, fresh cream, pine schnapps and honey from the local beekeeper. 

In Bad Aussee, Sekyra Stoffe produces beautiful, hand-printed fabrics with antique pattern blocks. In Kainisch, shoe maker Sonja Grill crafts the original Aussee Haferschuh, a double stitched leather shoe that is worn with traditional costume. And in Neumarkt, Coloman Strohmeier produces air-dried ham from local game, much coveted by gourmets.

All these craftsmen form part of the network known as the Meisterstrasse Austria, which extends into Lower Austria, the Salzkammergut and Tirol. This umbrella organisation is dedicated to the preservation of authentic handicraft culture.

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