Eastern Styria, also affectionately called the Garden of Austria, is perfect for hiking. Here, you can walk through lush alpine pastures and over gentle ridges, wander through wide valleys blanketed by meadows, or climb picturesque gorges following a meandering stream. On the way, you will explore the region’s most beautiful highlights and taste its finest products. After a long day hiking, you can relax in the wellness oases or thermal baths with free admission with the GenussCard.
In this Collection, we present the seven most beautiful hikes in Eastern Styria, the green heart of Austria. The hikes, ranging from easy to challenging, will reveal the region’s untouched nature, allow you to immerse yourself in its exciting history and culture and indulge you in its regional specialities. You will find a route that’s just right for you in Austria's diverse garden.
Between 1 March and 31 October, you will receive the GenussCard as a gift for your overnight stay in the region. Allowing you to make use of over 200 destinations free of charge, the GenussCard will make your hikes even more enjoyable.
This tour takes you from the idyllic Teichalm to the highest point in the Almenland, the Hochlantsch with a height of 1,720 meters, from which you can enjoy a magnificent view. On the descent, you will pass the pilgrimage church Schüsserlbrunn on the way back. On the way you can take a leisurely break at the famous "Styrian Jockl" inn, enjoy the view from the terrace and strengthen yourself with regional specialties.If you feel like expanding the hike, you have the opportunity to explore the Bärenschützklamm at the inn "Zum Guten Hirten". It is one of the most beautiful water-carrying gorges in Austria.A bit off the beaten track, you can also visit the Sulamith Garden. Here, Sissy Sichart shows her garden dream at a height of 1,000 meters - a unique paradise. Also worth a visit is the Ökopark Hochreiter: on a one-kilometer circular trail through the forest you will discover local animals and a water playground.
The Hirschbirnwanderweg direction Pöllauberg is suitable for families and designed as a circular walk. Most of the time you wander on broad trails through beautiful mixed forests or along mature cereal fields, which are often bordered by pear trees - including deer pear trees. These trees form beautiful tree-lined avenues that offer a picturesque sight and shade on sunny days.On the way you have charming views of the pilgrimage church Pöllauberg, which towers high above the valley. When the path leaves the forest after the first climbs, you also enjoy a beautiful view down to Pöllau with its castle and the impressive parish church.
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This hike takes you over alpine pastures and Schwaigen - this is what the alpine pastures are called here in Eastern Styria. And along with the Wetterkoglerhaus, the Rabl Kreuz Hütte and the Kaltwiesenhütte, these are arranged along the circular hiking trail so that you can always stop off in comfort. If you want to divide the tour into several stages, you can spend the night partly in the huts.In addition, the 1,743-meter high Hochwechsel awaits you on the hike with one of the most beautiful panoramas of the Alpenostrand.This round trip is one of the most beautiful in Eastern Styria, as not only the culinary delights on the huts spoil the palate, but also ensure the panoramic views for lasting impressions.
The "7 Bacherl Weg" leads at the beginning along the Feistritz through the Freienberger Klamm to the power station of the Feistritzwerke. Here you cross the provincial road and then hike uphill. After a steep climb through a forest, you reach the middle elevations of the municipality Stubenberg at the castle Neuhaus.From here, the trail between the ridges used for agriculture crosses five smaller streams in natural wooded trenches. After a last climb through a forest you reach the Gasthof Stelzer-Lex, where you can end the hike with a tasty refreshment.
The path through the Kleine Raabklamm leads you from Mitterdorf an der Raab to the Stoffmühle at Kleinsemmering and on to the Gasthof Jägerwirt, which lies at the southern end of the Großer Raabklamm.The easily accessible paths, the lush flora and fauna and an almost idyllic atmosphere make this section of the Raab a unique recreational area for young and old.The Kleine Raabklamm is also an exciting destination for your kids. Along the Raab River there are some places where children can experience nature in their own way on the sandbanks of the shore area and jump into the water.
On the Römerweinweg you walk in the footsteps of the Romans and enjoy the tour through orchards and vineyards of the 2-thermal bath Bad Waltersdorf. Along the Römerweinweg there are information boards that give you new insights into the Roman Empire and the wine.At the end of the themed trail you can visit the Roman Stone Collection in the center of Bad Waltersdorf with works of grave painting, which were created in the first and second centuries AD.
The Ringkogel is the local mountain of Hartberg and the Ringwarte the landmark of the city. Both refer to the fact that you are in the Celtic country, but the Romans were not far either.On this tour you will explore the mysterious history of the Celts and Romans. On a visit to the 30 meter high lookout tower at the destination of the tour on the Ringkogel, you can enjoy the view over the region of Eastern Styria.Back in Hartberg you can end the day in the heart of Hartberg, the Hartberg recreational and leisure center with indoor pool, outdoor pool, sauna and massage. Just outside the village you will find the "oekopark Erlebnisreich" with observatory, from which you can throw an unforgettable view of the universe.