Autumn in the Almenland Nature Park in Eastern Styria | © Oststeiermark | Johannes Zöhrer Autumn in the Almenland Nature Park in Eastern Styria | © Oststeiermark | Johannes Zöhrer
    Enjoying in Eastern Styria

    Autumn pleasure

    In autumn, when the colorful play of colors spoils the eye, experiences close to nature under the open sky get under the skin. The gaze expands and the thoughts become light as a feather. The vacation heart laughs, life feels good.

    In the harmonious harmony of nature and pleasure, vacations in eastern Styria are pure bliss. A culinary tour, from the rustic Buschenschank to the award-winning Hauben restaurant, freshly harvested from the garden of Austria and traditional recipes, creatively refined, seduce to enjoyable flights of fancy. Where vacation goes through the stomach, collecting bonus points for your own happiness account is easy. A breeze of spicy air rounds off with active enjoyment while hiking and cycling pleasantly seasoned.

    Guide to happiness in Austria's garden

    Dive into pure life

    Fertile landscapes, nurtured and cared for by the hands of farmers, are the hallmark of eastern Styria. In the cycle of nature, the big picture is kept in mind with care. The harvest is rich. The palate is delighted with premium delights ranging from apple with abacus, the finest noble brandy made to a closely guarded recipe, to delicate apple risotto. In the Pöllauer Tal Nature Park, the Hirschbirn, an old Styrian variety, thrives in meadow orchards under the best conditions. Hirschbirn brandy, Hirschbirn liver cheese, to refine sweets of any kind, the origin-protected Pöllauer Hirschbirne gives the authentic touch.

    Vacation in Austria's garden is a sensual pleasure, which was already celebrated in epicurean times. After all, the Romans are considered the first promoters of wine culture in the region. Today, it is the winegrowers along the East Styrian Roman Wine Route who are the ones who understand the culture of wine and hospitality. It should be noted: stopping at a traditional Buschenschank is only possible at certain times. If the Buschen is ausg'steckt by bundled branches, then wine is poured out. This is the custom. In a contemporary form, the virtual Buschenschank calendar informs about the current opening hours of the Buschenschänken.

    Beef salad at the Buschenschank in Eastern Styria | © TV Oststeiermark | Bernhard Bergmann
    © Steiermark Tourismus | Harry Schiffer
    Kastanien und Sturm | © Oststeiermark Tourismus, Rene Strasser
    Chestnuts and storm | © TV Oststeiermark | Bernhard Bergmann

    Autumn vacation offers

    Experience the most colorful season in Eastern Styria: The beautiful landscape in the garden of Austria shows its most colorful side. Enjoy your autumn vacation with the whole family on a leisurely hike or on a bike tour. Eastern Styria also has a lot to offer in terms of culinary delights in autumn: The fruits are harvested and processed into tasty dishes and drinks.

    The panorama is the goal. Just start hiking, immerse yourself in the variety of landscapes, enjoy eastern Styria from above.

    From classic turn-of-the-century lookout towers to landmarks steeped in history, lookout towers offer wonderful views as well as a wide variety of interesting architecture.

    Cycling and enjoying freshly harvested cuisine

    Top cycling routes in autumn


    1. Hilmtor-Runde in the Herbal region Wechselland
    2. Set-the-table cycling tour in the Almenland Nature Park
    3. FunErgy-Tour in Gleisdorf
    4. Pleasure cycling to Weiz Sheep Farmers and Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil 
    5. Garden-Tour 1 with start in the Hartbergerland
    6. Beetle bean tour for families in St. Ruprecht an der Raab
    7. Der große Jogl - Stage 1 in the region Joglland-Waldheimat
    8. R8 Feistritz valley cycling route in the Apple Land Stubenbergsee
    9. GenussCard-Tour: Nature Park Pöllauer Tal - Apple Land Stubenbergsee

    "A guate Jaus'n" is the goal. Cycling in the autumn season gives you a feeling of freedom in Eastern Styria. The colorful landscape tempts you to take frequent breaks to pause.

    The stopover is not just for skiing. We recommend: Stop at one of the numerous Buschenschänken and enjoy freshly harvested regional specialties from the surrounding vineyards and fields.

    Brettljause on the Bratlalm | Rene Strasser | © Oststeiermark Tourismus, Bernhard Bergmann

    Wine Farms and Wine Taverns

    Rustic and tasty - this is the best way to describe the Buschenschänke in the region. In the autumn harvest season, the popular drop "Sturm" is served from the freshly pressed grapes and the well-known dishes, such as Brettljause, sandwiches, sour plate, colorful garden salad in all variations.

    Along the East Styrian Roman Wine Road you can get from wine farm to wine farm in no time. Numerous hiking and biking trails are located in the immediate vicinity of the cozy inns. 

    The new Buschenschank calendar for the whole of Eastern Styria provides an overview of current opening times, bus capacities, and much more.
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    List of all wine taverns

    Lay the table in ApfelLand


    This year's Apfelstraßen (German for apple street) Autumn gets off to a delightful start with a circular hike along the apple orchards on Sunday, September 4. Juicy, ripe apples line the hiking trails, and in between there are always opportunities for refreshments with regional delicacies.

    The businesses of the Styrian Apple Route will spoil you with specialties around the apple throughout the entire autumn. Family-friendly hiking and biking routes through the ApfelLand lead you through the colorful autumn landscape. Enjoy a picnic at one of the five adventure stations or stop along the bike and hiking trails at the numerous farm and self-service stores.

    Lay the table in Hartbergland

    Wine festival in Hartberg

    A colorful supporting program, as colorful as autumn itself, is offered to you at the Harvest Festival and Wine Festival on 1st of October 2023 in Hartberg! Typical Styrian delicacies directly from the producers, along with hearty Styrian music and award-winning wines await you in the unique ambience of Hartberg's main square. Admire the festively decorated harvest wagons from the surrounding communities and enjoy a glass of fresh Sturm while you're at it.

    Lay the table in the Pöllauer Tal Nature Park

    Hirschbirn hiking day

    At the big ORF Radio Styria Hiking Day in Pöllau, everything revolves around the stag pear. On October 26, hikers will follow in the footsteps of the Pöllau stag pear. Numerous refreshment stations with regional specialties are located along the hiking route and invite you to taste and linger. In the Pöllau Tal, the stag pear is processed into schnapps, meat loaf and juices, among other things.


    Handpicked from Austria's garden


    Where the rhythm of nature sets the pace, regional delicacies simply taste better. With a lot of love, they are refined on the basis of old recipes. Contemporary eating styles always in mind, the palate is surprised with culinary innovations. The high handicraft quality ranks among the best which the garden of Austria has to offer. Directly at the producer may be tasted.