The holiday region of Hochsteiermark is remarkably green – from the Styrian Semmering to the Waldheimat region and the Kornmesser city of Bruck an der Mur. Nature also abounds at Mürzer Oberland Nature Park and in the Mariazellerland region. Right at the centre of the region, there’s the impressive Hochschwab massif with its mighty limestone plateau. Expect breathtaking rock faces, crystal-clear lakes, picturesque Alpine pastures, meadows and lush green forests!
Fans of pilgrimage routes should visit the pilgrimage site of Mariazell with its basilica. The Mariazeller Weg 06 trail runs right through Hochsteiermark. Plus, the region offers many more activities in both winter and summer.
Hike along themed trails about climate change, join the NaturErlebnisProgramm, or visit the Forest of Senses: The Mürzer Oberland region is all about experiencing nature. The area is also great for cycling and mountain biking, offering varied cycle routes and trails. Culture lovers should visit Neuberg an der Mürz with its great choice of historic buildings, concerts and readings.
If you visit the Waldheimat region, you can follow in the footsteps of famous Austrian writer Peter Rosegger. Visit Rosegger‘s birthplace at Alpl for fascinating insights into the life of mountain farmers in the 19th century. At the Waldschule forest school, which Peter Rosegger had built in 1902, you can see a historic classroom. Or how about visiting the famous poet’s office at Rosegger-Museum or seeing one of the varying exhibitions there?
The UNESCO World Heritage site of the Semmering railway, SÜDBAHN Museum and other museums in Mürzzuschlag, as well as all kinds of sports: The Styrian side of the Semmering pass offers plenty of highlights.
If you go hiking in the Hochschwab massif, you might spot one of the local chamois or ibexes. Expect varied themed trails and a wealth of Alpine plants, which you can explore during a herbal hike. Winter sports enthusiasts love the region’s abundance of natural snow, while culture lovers appreciate the sights of the municipality of Thörl, including Hammerherrenhaus or Schachenstein Castle Ruins.
If you’re interested in historical architecture, you will love the Old Town of Bruck an der Mur. Fans of knights and falconry should visit Oberkapfenberg Castle in the neighbouring city of Kapfenberg, a centre of sports and high-tech innovations. What’s more, both cities offer great opportunities for city walks and a great choice of lovely cafés and restaurants.