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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.