Floating pictures at the Rochusteich in Hartberg | © TV Oststeiermark | Bernhard Bergmann Floating pictures at the Rochusteich in Hartberg | © TV Oststeiermark | Bernhard Bergmann
Eastern Styria. Land of nature and culture

Cultural treasures

Eastern Styria is equally rich in natural resources and cultural treasures. Step into a treasure trove and travel across the centuries and millennia. Eventful journeys through time harbour many surprises.

Eastern Styria is a land of nature and culture. It wholeheartedly confirms the adage that one cannot exist without the other. Only where nature and culture form a cohesive whole can one enjoy the good life. This was already recognised by the Romans. As Eastern Styria’s first winegrowers, they enjoyed life in the luxurious country houses. Their era is documented by the Villa Rustica excavation site on Eastern Styria’s Roman Wine Road.  

Explore the rich and varied sacral landscape with the help of a digital trip planner and audio guide as you go “organ hiking” from church to church. Experience the enjoyment of authentic art and culture. The mystic Joglland reveals itself along the Lochstein-loop trail. Eastern Styria’s megalith centre is situated around Strallegg and Miesenbach, extending to Wenigzell. A few hundred of the striking stones are found here at the edges of fields, next to ancient trees, near farms, shrines and wayside crosses.
 
Hundreds of secrets slumber underground and on the surface around Vorau. The many “private” tunnels known by the name of “Erdstall” are especially mysterious. They can be viewed in the course of guided tours offered by the Sub Terra Vorau association. There is a museum in the Waldturm of the Vorau Abbey. After uncovering Eastern Styria’s jungle along the way, a tour leads to the mystic Lost Place around the Waxenegg ruin, culminating in culinary delights at the Rauchstubenhaus. A “Häfennigl” (tasty cake from a pot) is prepared and enjoyed over the open fire in the hearth.
 
Holidays in Eastern Styria are refined by overnight stays in extraordinary accommodations, ranging from the Waggonhotel or the chambers of Schielleiten Castle and Aichberg Castle to the historic walls of Neuhaus Castle or the silence of the Vorau Abbey. Eastern Styria is multifaceted.

En route to sacral art

Churches & Chapels

Eastern Styria features numerous routes, from historic pilgrimage trails to spiritual hikes. They extend from the Vorau Abbey to the Pöllauberg pilgrimage church to “Styria’s St. Peter’s Cathedral” to the basilica on the Weizberg. Hike the Pope Francis pilgrimage trail to the Maria Trost basilica near Graz.

Find all churches & chapels here.

Where history comes to life

Museum & finds

Searching for historic traces in Eastern Styria is an adventure. Arcane finds arouse curiosity. Fascinating places that tell stories of changing times. Where have we come from? Who are we? Where are we going?

 Find all museums here.

Art to Zeitgeist

From a to Z

From workshops centred on personal creativity to courses teaching ancient artisanal techniques, skilfully put into practice. A wealth of choices! Art and imagination know no bounds.

From regional permanent exhibitions to insightful perspectives at changing venues – always exciting. Radiation as a path through time can be explored in the Echophysics permanent exhibition in Pöllau Castle. Feed your curiosity.

Filter to
Choose filter
Chruch_Church_Eastern Styria
  • Kaindorf

St. Stefan Church

The little known cultural jewel is the unchanged village church from the 15th century. in the tiny village of St....
More Details
Pöllau Valley_Church_Eastern Styria
  • open today
  • Pöllau

Parish Church Pöllau

Visit the parish church Pöllau St. Vitus (former abbey church) in the Nature Park Pöllau Valley.
More Details
Open Air Museum Vorau_Entrance_Eastern Styria | © Freilichtmuseum Vorau
  • open today
  • Vorau

Open Air Museum Vorau

The remarkable collection of old rural buildings with original inventory documents the East Styrian working world of...
More Details
Hospital Cross_Cross_Eastern Styria
  • open today
  • St. Ruprecht an der Raab

Hospital Cross

Located at the northern exit of the village, at the fork in the road between Weiz and Mitterdorf, is the...
More Details
Aegydius Chapel_Chapel outside_Eastern Styria | © Ägydiuskapelle
  • open today
  • Fischbach

Aegydius Chapel

The chapel is freely accessible via a steep path.
More Details
Pilgrimage church_Church_Eastern Styria | © Tourismusverband Oststeiermark
  • open today
  • Hartberg

Pilgrimage church Maria Lebing

The pilgrimage church looks back on almost 600 years of history.
More Details
Museum rural crafts_individuals_Eastern Styria | © Museum für bäuerliches Handwerk
  • open today
  • Fischbach

Museum rural crafts

Here you will discover rarities and treasures from the old days, which our grandparents used to work with in the...
More Details
Parish Curch Kathrein_Flowers_Eastern Styria_Bergmann | © Tourismusverband Oststeiermark
  • open today
  • St. Kathrein am Offenegg

Parish Curch St. Kathrein/Offenegg

The parish church in St. Kathrein am Offenegg is located in the center of the flower village. It is raised and offers a...
More Details
Walk-in picture book_museum_Eastern Styria | © Familie Schwarz
  • Feistritztal

Walkable picture book

Local collection in Kaibing
More Details
Blessing place_PLace_Eastern Styria
  • open today
  • St. Ruprecht an der Raab

Blessing place for children

The “Blessing Square” for children is a piece of jewelery that was built and inaugurated in St. Ruprecht an der...
More Details
Kunsthaus Weiz_Outside by Day_Eastern Styria | © Kunsthaus Weiz - Bernhard Bergmann
  • open today
  • Weiz

Kunsthaus Weiz

The Weizer Kunsthaus is the heart of the regional art and culture business.
More Details
Frauenkriche_Outside View_Eastern Styria_Pollhammer | © Tourismusverband Oststeiermark
  • open today
  • Pernegg

Frauenkriche Pernegg

The pilgrimage church "Heilige Maria" in Pernegg an der Mur is also called "Frauenkirche". The special feature is the...
More Details
Concert at Jazzkeller in Weiz | © TV Oststeiermark | Bernhard Bergmann

Cultural events

In Eastern Styria, nature and culture simply go together. Enjoy culture in nature at authentic sites, often under the open sky. Allow yourself to be enchanted.

Calendar of events