The green heart of Austria!
Summer in Styria
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Your holiday can be so green!
There are many possibilities to discover Styria: during mountain hikes or along the climbing paths of the Dachstein and the Hochschwab in the north, or along the walking trails around apple, wine, and pumpkin in the hilly south. But also by bike you have the possibility to get to know the country and its people. The cycling trails along the rivers Mur and Enns are the longest cycling routes through Styria. If you prefer it less demanding, take advantage of the great offer of easy-going routes in the “Green Heart of Austria”. Even if you are with children, there are suitable walking and cycling trails as well as family-friendly accommodation. And also if you are simply looking for some time to unwind and relax you have come to the right place: the spas and culinary offer will enchant you.
Are you a hiking enthusiast looking for a challenge? Then you will be attracted by the northern part of Styria with its cliffy mountains. The offer reaches from Alpine tours and long distance trails to Via Ferratas. However, if you prefer rather easy and short distance hikes, the pleasure trails of Styria’s south and east are the perfect choice for you and your family. During your hiking holiday, you are well looked after in one of the walking hotels.
A perfect mix of mountains, forests and Alpine waters await us. It is he multi-facetted nature between Dachstein, Hochschwab, and wine country that makes hiking and walking in Austria a particular experience. It gives us strength, and body, mind, and soul become one. Holiday in Styria is also a contrast between the Alpine north with mountain lakes, Alpine pastures, and mountain huts and the gentle hills around apple, wine, and pumpkin in the south. Explore Styria hiking in the mountains of the northern regions or walking on the gentle walking trails of the southern parts. Also by bike there is a lot to discover. Bike along the rivers Mur and Enns, or choose the easy-going cycling trails of the ‘green heart of Austria’. And also if you are simply looking for some time to unwind and relax you have come to the right place: the spas and culinary offer will enchant you.
Cycling & Biking
The river and pleasure cycling trails guarantee pure splendid biking. Eventually, the Mur cycling trail is considered to be Austria’s most beautiful bicycle route. The youngest of all Austrian river bike trails along the Enns, takes you across great scenery with mountains and waters. The pleasure cycling trails are round trails in the south and score with culinary treats along the route.
For all those who prefer more demanding mountain bike tours, there are manifold offers. The routes lead across gorges, valleys, and mountain tops, demanding a high level of fitness.
Wellbeing and Health
For a while now, Styria has been well known as Austria’s delicatessen store and fruit orchard. This love for Styrian culinary delights can get on and under the skin. Freshly pressed apple juice is mixed with warm linseed oil, revitalising your skin. The grape-pomace peeling helps stimulate the circulation, the barrique bath can even be enjoyed with a glass of wine. The pumpkin seed oil face pack is also one of the Styrian beauty secrets. Besides the spas, wellbeing in the mountains is a real fountain of youth – your blood pressure drops, red blood cells increase while loosing weight easily. For all those who would like to give themselves a health-treat, there are health resorts with specialised hotels in Styria, offering manifold treatments including fasting cures, purifying, and prevention.
A great way to enjoy the wide of the green scenery is golfing. In the north, the hilly courses with demanding obstacles and fast greens are characterised by majestic mountains, thick forests, and Alpine torrents. In the south, it is vineyards, castles, and fruit orchards that make the golf-backdrop for beginners and advanced golfers.
Styria is a region of culinary delights. The creative Styrian hosts serve treats such as apple, pumpkin, volcano ham, Styrian cheese, and wine. Take to a delicacy tour and visit award-winning restaurants and wine taverns. Johann Lafer, culinary ambassador of Styria, recommends: simply indulge in the delights of the authentic and high-quality Styrian cuisine.
Talking about sustainable alimentation, there is no way around seasonal and regional produce. This is also an advantage for you, as guest. You can get to know specialties that are served nowhere else. And it does taste best when sun-ripened and not harvested too early and stored for a long time. Also, it is healthier, in particular because the good Styrian cuisine commits to ecological farming. If you like to play it safe, visit a restaurant with a quality award.
In Styria with the whole family
In particular for the little explorers, Austria’s green heart has a lot to offer. Majestic mountain tops and dark, mystic forests, blooming Alpine pastures, as well as crystal clear lakes in the north, and gentle hills, fruit orchards, vineyards, and hot thermal springs in the south: nature at its best for healthy and exciting holidays for big and small.
There are many hotels and even entire holiday villages that have a heart for families, specialising on the little guests.