A paradise for outdoor enthusiasts & culture lovers


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The nature, culture and cuisine of Hochsteiermark

Hochsteiermark offers a stunning interplay of pristine nature and picturesque towns and cities that are well worth a visit. In the east and west, guests can explore Bruck an der Mur and the Styrian Semmering. In the south, there’s the Mariazellerland region and the popular pilgrimage site of Mariazell. In the heart of the region, you can find the impressive Hochschwab massif with its chamois and ibexes, its crystal-clear lakes, expansive Alpine pastures and dense forests.

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Fresh air & outdoor sports

Activities in SUMMER and WINTER

If you cross the Semmering from Vienna, you enter a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you prefer hiking, cycling, e-biking, mountain biking or snow sports – all of it is possible in Hochsteiermark.

Fans of long-distance hiking will love the varied 300-kilometre BergZeitReise trail through Hochsteiermark. Alternatively, you can explore the region’s stunning nature along the themed trails of Mürzer Oberland Nature Park or Austrian writer Peter Rosegger’s Waldheimat region. If you’re looking for a more contemplative experience, we recommend the pilgrimage routes of the Mariazellerland region.

The Hochschwab area is also a great choice for hiking and cycling. Talking about hiking: The area surrounding the Hochschwab mountain range is home to many local plants that you can explore during a herbal hike.

For some amazing river cycling or e-biking, ride the Mürz Valley cycle path or the Mur cycle path. Mountain bikers will love the mountain world of Mürzer Oberland Nature Park with its educational “klimawandeln” adventure trail, the Forest of Senses and guided herbal hikes.

During winter, you can swoosh down the slopes at six Hochsteiermark ski resorts. Cross-country skiers will love the region’s expansive trail network, while avid ski tourers should visit the natural snow paradise of the Mariazellerland region. If you’re a fan of snowshoeing, we recommend Mürztaler Oberland Nature Park or the region surrounding the Hochschwab.

Cultural highlights in the towns and cities of Hochsteiermark

Are you up for some city vibes? Well, there’s plenty of choice! For instance, explore the Kornmesser city of Bruck an der Mur with its charming Old Town, impressive historic buildings and lovely restaurants, cafés and shops.

The neighbouring city of Kapfenberg is another great choice for shopping sprees. Plus, it’s near Oberkapfenberg Castle, where you can catch a fascinating exhibition on knights and alchemists . Our tip: There’s a special tour for children!

Mürzzuschlag is a paradise for museum lovers, with Brahms-Museum, SÜDBAHN Museum, Kunsthaus muerz and WinterSportMuseum all located there.

Are you a fan of churches and concerts? Then Mariazeller Advent could be just the thing for you! During the Christmas season, numerous musical events take place at the local basilica. In Neuberg an der Mürz, the dormitory of Neuberg Abbey and impressive Neuberg Minster are used as concert venues for the Neuberger Kulturtage festival.

Did you know that Hochsteiermark also offers great opportunities and after-work activities for business travellers? For instance, you could visit a museum, a concert or a local restaurant at the end of a successful business day.

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The cuisine of Hochsteiermark

Fine dining restaurants, traditional inns or mountain huts: Hochsteiermark is packed with culinary delights. The local chefs prepare their delicacies from fresh, regional ingredients. Local specialities include venison from the Hochschwab region or “Feldkoch”, a dessert made from semolina, cream, raisins and other ingredients.

If you would like to combine culinary delights with natural highlights, we recommend having a picnic . Many delis and restaurants across Hochsteiermark offer the option of purchasing picnic baskets filled with local treats.


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