View from the Schlossberg in Graz | © Graz Tourismus | Harry Schiffer View from the Schlossberg in Graz | © Graz Tourismus | Harry Schiffer

Cities and towns in Styria

Exciting stories of origin, buildings designed by renowned artists and culinary temptations you won't find anywhere else: This is what makes the cities and towns of Styria unique.

One-of-a-kind municipalities as part of a greater whole

Almost 300 cities and towns make up the multi-faceted cultural landscape of Austria's greenest federal state. Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Graz with its Old Town and Schloss Eggenberg as well as the Semmering Railway – enchant visitors. Murau, Leoben, JudenburgBruck an der Mur, Hartberg or Bad Radkersburg have been considered important hubs for trade for many centuries, impressing out-of-towners with the beauty of their historic centres. And then there's 6 thermal spas in the Styrian Spa Country whose soft, healing waters promote well-being and contribute to health and vitality. 

What's more, the various towns also cater to the culinary tastes of their visitors. St. Ruprecht an der Raab in East Styria, for instance, has devoted itself entirely to the cultivation and preparation of the scarlet runner bean with its nutty, peppery nuances. Leutschach in South Styria, on the other hand, is home to numerous wine-growing areas where exquisite wines are made. At the same time, it's also Austria's largest hop-growing region.

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The Alpine North: every town a highlight

In the towns and villages in the north of Styria, you can encounter true giants every day:

  • The Dachstein, Styria's highest peak, boasts an altitude of 2,995 metres.
  • The Gesäuse National Park is considered the "university of mountaineering", where everyone can get a taste of the magnificence of mountaineering and climbing.
  • Imposing and beautiful, the Grimming towers over the surrounding region as the highest isolated mountain massif in Europe.

Mediterranean charm in the East & South: cities with a fruity note

In a slightly warmer regional climate, surrounded by fertile land with vineyards, apple orchards and pumpkin fields – that's where you'll find the towns of the east and south. South Styria also holds a special highlight in store: The village of Kitzeck im Sausal is the highest wine-growing region in Europe.

The Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser immortalised himself in Bad Blumau: The Rogner Bad Blumau thermal spa with its overgrown roofs and a colourful and extraordinary design is an artistic masterpiece.

Fellowship & togetherness: Styrian hospitality

Despite their uniqueness, the cities and towns in the green heart of Austria all have one thing in common: Friendly hosts are happy to welcome you and tell you more about their homeland.

Particularly convenient: On the website of the respective municipality, the location-specific weather for the coming days can be viewed at any time. Find out if it will be sunny or cloudy at the excursion destination you're planning to visit!

Open to new things: Even in lesser-known municipalities, there is a myriad of hidden treasures waiting for you, such as the Murtalbahn train in Unzmarkt or a world machine in Edelsbach that amazes all its visitors.