Graz - Hallstatt
Stage 6: Graz - Hallstatt
Stage 6: Graz - Hallstatt
Stage 5: Villach/Velden – Hochosterwitz Castle - Graz
This 9-stage itinerary takes you from Vorarlberg, Austria's westermost provice through the Alps to the lowlands of Burgenland.
A walkable city with an intimate Southern flair, Graz boasts an array of cultural attractions, festivals and culinary delights. Though it's Austria's second-largest city, a day is plenty to tour the historic Old Town -- a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site -- and its most important sights.
From a historic perspective and a culinary one, the province of Styria is well worth discovering. Just two hours south of Vienna you'll find rolling hills lined with vineyards, orchards and bright pumpkin patches. Sprinkled throughout is the perfect mix of medieval castles and manufacturers of local delicacies.
Austria’s wine regions are both beautiful and easy to visit. In fact, once you step off the plane in Vienna, you have already arrived in one of the world’s most unique wine region. Vienna. Then about one hour south east of Vienna lies the Burgenland, and one hour west of Vienna is the region of Lower Austria with many beautiful valleys. Many of them along the Danube.
Christmas is one of the most magical times in Graz, when the city dresses to impress in full holiday splendor. Enchanting Christmas Markets open their gates in the historic city center a week before the first of four Advent Sundays, and are so popular that today Christmas counts as Graz’s fifth season.
For a new taste of Austria’s wine country, come explore the South Styrian Wine Road. Aimed at oenophiles-in-training, a self-guided hike takes travelers to the countryside 2.5 hours southwest of Vienna to learn about the Styrian terroir. This new experience uses modern tech touches to bring travelers closer to the land, allowing them to learn about the special set of characteristics of the local geography, geology and how this interacts with the grape vines.
Foodies will tell you that the town’s most important attraction lies just a little off the historic city center of Graz, tucked away behind the Neoclassicist Opera House. The local farmers market is both a testament to local culture and a paradise for gourmets foraging for new ingredients and fresh local produce.
This easy dish is a specialty of Styria and home to famous pumpkinseed oil. This salad recipe combines the crispy aspect of the breaded chicken bits with the freshness of salad.
During their centuries-long domination of Europe, the Habsburgs proved to be not only passionate builders, but also keen travellers - a fact that is manifested in the diversity of imperial structures all across Austria.
Roads used to be for the sole purpose of getting from A to B. Today one can experience all sorts of interesting and delightful things while “on the road” on one of Austria’s theme routes.
While the architecture of a region obviously shapes its surroundings, the opposite is just as true. It is thus little wonder that Styria, which boasts such a richly varied landscape, is incredibly diverse in terms of its buildings as well.
Looking to rent a chalet, villa or an apartment for your stay in Austria? We have compiled a list with properties throughout Austria.
Traveling on a shoe-string budget? No problem. Throughout Austria you'll find affordable hotels and inns that don't lack the typical Austrian charm.
Ausseerland lies in the heart of the Salzkammergut. With its scenic lakes, meadows and mountain massifs it is the embodiment of a harmonious landscape. And this picturesque beauty is reflected in the colors of Aussee’s traditional costume.
Loden has been the high performance product of the Alpine population for centuries. And a fabric that is synonymous with the national identity. Nothing protects so naturally against cold, rain and wind. The “Schladminger Rock” is particularly famous, a robust men’s jacket. The cloth for this garment is produced in Austria’s oldest Lodenwalke (Loden fulling mill).
As loud as a scream or as melodious as a song – that’s the yodellers from Styria. Sung as a modulated “jo” syllable, the power of the voice is something which fascinates the world over and invites people to try it for themselves.
The Rogner Bad in Blumau is much more than just a spa: this facility, designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, unites therapeutic springs, sauna worlds, a hotel, and a park to create a harmonious total work of art.
Behind the massive, thick walls of this dignified country estate in the center of Trautmannsdorf, you will find a tried-and-tested country inn, but with one of the best mealtime offers in Styria.
The so-called Saziani Stub’n is the culinary pinnacle of an all-encompassing work of the art of fine living which the Neumeister family has created on the Sazianiberg in Straden.
A step toward overcoming barriers: every summer at the beginning of August, Graz becomes one huge stage for a festival of street and puppet theater.
Electronic music is the most important thing on earth. This, in any case, is the point of departure for Graz springfestival, Austria’s largest festival for new electronic music, which is held each year over one long weekend in June.
Austria possesses an incomparable source of richness which few people are consciously aware of: clear, clean mountain water. At Fish Restaurant Kulmer, with its own fish breeding facilities, guests have benefited from this wealth for decades.
A sign emblazoned with the name “Styria” greets travelers in twenty-five languages. This is a sign of a cosmopolitan spirit that is also found at the steirischer herbst.
Small, stylish, and anything but conventional: at Graz’s Dom Hotel the guest resides in the colourful, artistic ambience of a time-honoured city palace.
Everyone knows that wine and food are a marriage made in heaven. At the Sattlerhof, they discovered this a long time ago. For more than 20 years, this happy symbiosis has been lived to the utmost: fine eating, fine living.
Delicate food is something you can rely on here, at this age-old country inn: both in the dining room and in the manufacture, where exquisite homemade products are made for the tasting, and to take away.
Nestled in the gently rolling hills of Eastern Styria is the Steirerhof – a 5-star wellness hotel perfect for relaxation and regeneration.
Gerhard Fuchs numbers among the greatest chefs as far as the eye can see. On the Pössnitzberg, nestled in a cluster of wine estate and tip-top hotel buildings, he has found the ideal backdrop to celebrate his art(s).
Where once upon a time the host of the church inn ran a rather modest establishment, Thomas Riederer today operates one of the most exciting and least conventional kitchens in Styria.
The Jagawirt is perched way up in the wooded sectors and wine regions of west Styrian Reinischkogel. Unlikely as it may seem, this is an aged institution. Moreover, it fulfills every promise it makes.
On the castle mountain of Kapfenstein, you can eat, drink and live in ways not possible anywhere else in Styria.
What can you expect to get on a high alpine pasture? Bacon and bread, perhaps? Homemade cheese and a glass of milk? Not far off, in general. But at the Knödl Alm in the lake district of Salzburg, you get far more besides.
The many routes to pleasure.
In a setting of lush fields, gently rolling hills and green forests, the Lipizzaner Stud Farm Piber couldn’t be more picturesque. Once you round the Baroque palace, which serves as the visitor’s center, your view opens up to include herds of elegant, gleaming white Lipizzaners and their black foals playing in their corrals.
Geographically, politically, artistically and culinarily, all roads have led to Vienna for centuries. The results speak for themselves. Imperial grandeur. Cutting-edge culture. Stunning natural beauty. Austria doesn't just embody the great European traditions -- it's the essence of Europe itself.
Summer after summer Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s styriarte festival in Graz is the place to be when it comes to new interpretations of old masters.
During Advent, as the four weeks that lead up to Christmas are called in Austria, Graz literally lights up at night. All the main streets and squares are festively decorated, some in traditional fashion, some more adventurously...
Leave the commotion of city life behind and surrender to the unharnessed beauty of South Styrian vineyards with a stay at Wine-Genuss Pössnitzberg. From the comfort of your hotel room, enjoy tranquil views of Leutschach’s vineyards surrounding this boutique hotel. Pamper yourself in the on-site spa, and enjoy regional dishes with rare Styrian wine specialties at the hotel’s restaurant.
The first impression you’ll get of Eggenberg castle when you walk up to its gates, are the many peacocks roaming the extensive grounds. These unusual, stunning birds are not only harbingers of the beauty that awaits you inside the castle, they also hint at the eccentricities of its founder, who built the castle in the 17th century as a symbol of his newly acquired status in the Imperial Court.
Graz locals called it "the friendly alien," the unusual building that revived an entire neighborhood. The truly singular Kunsthaus hosts contemporary art exhibitions, a café and media lounge -- and happens to afford one of the best views of the old city.
The Old-Town is the heart and soul of Graz. Encompassing the city mountain, former fortifications, charming alleyways, medieval building facades as well as extraordinary modern architecture, it is a living museum with a modern twist. Summer and winter, the city is bustling with activity.
Walking through endless rows of heavy halberds, needle sharp spears and iron armor plates in the world’s largest original armory, you can’t help but picture the mighty warriors of old sitting on their heavy war-horses in ornate armor, riding to defend their borders.
Austria’s rural history comes alive at one of the largest open-air museums in Europe. Take a stroll through beautiful pastoral landscapes and admire more than 100 historic farm buildings from all over Austria.
Once upon a time - around 1990 - there was a master confectioner who thought that all the existing chocolate creations available were simply… boring. So he started to experiment and came up with the most fantastic creations, such as “hemp-mocha”. People liked them so much that he started his own factory and turned it into his own, very unusual, chocolate empire.
The simple perfection of classic Austrian cuisine, gracious hospitality, and local expertise makes “Der Steirer” a favorite eatery for everyone who enjoys food & wine. You’ll appreciate the warm leisurely atmosphere whether enjoying just a few appetizers or a full meal with local wines by the glass.
With 700 years of history clearly etched into its facades, this is a place where you can expect to stumble upon secret passageways and uncover stories of the knights and diplomats that called the castle their home.
Vineyards and castles dominate the landscape to the south and the west of Graz. An area rich in tradition, it is a favorite get-away for the people of Graz, who welcome any excuse for a culinary excursion into the wine region.
The Vinofaktur in Vogau, Styria, invites visitors to taste and experience the region’s truly spectacular culinary achievements in a stunning architectural masterpiece. There are plenty of discoveries that will bring even the most experienced foodies to swoon!
Located in the Southern part of Styria, the Südsteirische Weinstrasse (South Styrian Wine Road) is often compared to Italy’s Tuscany. Almost no other Austrian wine region has undergone such dramatic transformations in the past 20 years as this region, 1 hour south of Graz.
Austria’s southern beauty, the city of Graz, is a place of its own kind. Just two hours by car south of Vienna, the Styrian capital boasts culinary wonders from its nearby region that make your mouth water. Taste your way through this charming medieval city and don’t forget to bring back some delicatessen for your family and friends. Believe us, they will be upset if you don’t!
There are numerous fables surrounding the “Schlossberg”, the city mountain of Graz. It is the only rock formation on an otherwise large plain. As such, it not only sparked people’s imaginations, but it was also the perfect place to settle and build impressive fortifications.
Back in 1865, a fire nearly destroyed one of Austria’s most beautiful and inspiring art treasures. Luckily, the splendid Library at Admont Abbey survived and will awe you with its majestic interior and impressive collection of restored books. Often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world, this Baroque gesamtkunstwerk is complemented by a modern art museum that can hold its own.
Once upon the time around 1990 there was a master confectioner who thought that all the existing chocolate creations on the market are simply a little bit too boring. So after business hours he started to explore in the quietness of his company’s back room...
A jewel of the Baroque era meets contemporary art. 70.000 restored books, ceiling frescoes and sculptures in the magnificent library meet creations of Erwin Wurm, Rudi Molacek and Lois Renner.
Mysteriously hidden in the wild and romantic landscape of the Feistritzklamm is located one of Austria’s most famous castles: Castle Herberstein
Until recently he was the famous chef of the well established Hotel Sacher in Vienna and now Hans Peter Fink took over the traditional rural inn of his in-laws and was awarded with two "Gault Millau" hats right away.
In the Schilcherland with its vineyards and wine taverns is situated an entire piece of art: At the Rauch-Hof you are welcome to lounge idyllic, enjoy outstanding food and discover unusual culture.
The Styrian capital Graz, whose roots date back to the Roman age, lies on both sides of the River Mur, and is well-known for its medieval city center and modern architectural highlights.
Looking for an upscale dining experience? We have compiled a list of restaurants, that will enhance you travel experience. This list is in no way complete since there are so many of them throughout Austria.
Looking for an upscale dining experience in Styria? We have compiled a list of restaurants, that will enhance you travel experience.
Take a trip to the southern Austrian state of Styria and discover countless wine oases. Many wineries offer visitors surprisingly chic tasting rooms. Sauvignon Blanc, the region's signature grape, is often harvested on impossibly steep slopes of slippery schist and shale soils.