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A paradise for sports enthusiasts and relaxation seekers


If you spend your holiday in the Hochsteiermark, you can look forward to a wealth of opportunities when it comes to hiking, e-biking, cycling, swimming and all kinds of winter sports. In addition, the region boasts numerous cultural highlights and traditional events. There are also countless attractions waiting for you between Bruck an der Mur, Mariazell and the Styrian Semmering. Plus, the region is a great choice for food lovers, boasting numerous fine dining restaurants and inviting inns.

The best thing about it: Hochsteiermark can easily be reached by car, train or plane from all directions. For instance, Vienna (160 kilometres) and Budapest (about 300 kilometres) are both just a few hours’ drive from the natural highlights of Hochsteiermark. Thanks to the region’s extensive railway network, it’s also easy to travel around the picturesque mountain region.

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Natural gems from Mariazell to Bruck an der Mur

If you love outdoor adventures, you will be spoilt for choice in Hochsteiermark.

Hiking trails

Would you like to explore the region’s landscapes from up close, ideally during a multi-day hike? If you like long hikes, you will love the BergZeitReise long-distance hiking trail. The trail covers a total distance of 300 kilometres, running from the Hochschwab to Peter Rosegger’s Waldheimat region. The trail is also part of the extensive “From glacier to wine” route.

The Mariazellerweg 06 pilgrimage trail that leads to the famous pilgrimage church in Mariazell offers perfect opportunities to find inner peace. One section of the star-shaped trail network runs right through Hochsteiermark.

In addition, numerous themed hiking trails, for instance those at Mürzer Oberland Nature Park, invite you to explore the region and marvel at its hidden gems. Or how about a mountain tour that takes you to the chamois and deer of the Hochschwab region?

All hiking routes & mountain tours at a glance

Cycling along rivers and in the mountains

Leisure cyclists and e-bikers will love the scenic 68-kilometre Mürz Valley cycle trail that runs from Mürzsteg to Bruck an der Mur. Our tip: Take your time and spend a few days on this great trail – it’s dotted with great attractions! If you feel like a bit more cycling when you reach Bruck, just continue along the Mur Cycle trail.

Mountain bikers will love the Mürztaler Oberland region, the Mariazellerland region and the Styrian Semmering and Waldheimat regions.

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Sports in the Styrian winter wonderland

Six ski resorts invite you to explore Styria’s snow-covered landscapes while skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ski touring or snowshoeing. The slopes of Hochsteiermark are particularly suitable for families.

Skiing in Hochsteiermark

Poets, composers & railways

Culture in Hochsteiermark

In the Waldheimat region, you can follow in the footsteps of Peter Rosegger. The area surrounding Krieglach and Langenwang owes its name to one of the famous Austrian writer’s novels. For fascinating insights into his life and work, visit the place where he lived, the forest school or Rosegger museum.

Talking about museums: In Mürzzuschlag, you can find several of them. For instance, Brahms-Museum is dedicated to the life of the famous romantic composer. If you’re a fan of contemporary art, we recommend Kunsthaus muerz, if you’re interested in seeing exhibits from 2,000 years of skiing history, visit WinterSportMuseum.

What would Mürzzuschlag be without the Semmering railway, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage since 1998? At the venerable locomotive halls of SÜDBAHN museum, fans of railway history can expand their knowledge.

If you’re looking for even more excursion destinations, we recommend Erlebniswelt Holzknechtland, Kaiserhof glass manufactory or Oberkapfenberg Castle.

Accommodation and restaurants in Hochsteiermark

Whether you’re looking for a luxury hotel, a boarding house or a holiday flat: Hochsteiermark has it all! Plus, the region boasts all kinds of restaurants, ranging from fine-dining places to traditional inns and mountain huts. At all of them you can enjoy freshly prepared regional delicacies.

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