The Eastern Styria’s towns are full of variety. One thing they all share is being embedded in the natural landscape. From tree-covered mountain ridges to fertile river valleys, Austria’s garden is on the doorstep. Towns in nature are worth the trip.
Explore marvellous old towns with unique, inspirational settings as you enjoy a stroll. The buildings – churches, museums and occasional palace in the middle of town – have a story to tell. Get touched by the atmosphere, immerse yourself in green oases ranging from parks to herbal gardens, and give yourself all the time in the world.
Embedded in a NATURA 2000 region, the Hartberger Gmoos, and the Brühlwald landscape conservation area, Hartberg is delightfully surrounded by nature.
Hartberg is Austria’s second town and the first in the Steiermark to be accepted into the international “Città-Slow” organisation. Thus Hartberg scores points as a loveable and liveable town with both locals and guests. Take a stroll and immerse yourself in medieval times as you explore the two defence towers and parts of the town wall.
Surrounded by natural treasures such as the Raabklamm, Austria’s longest gorge, and two flowstone caves, the Katerloch and Grasslhöhe, the old town core is nestled against the Weizberg.
A bridge to the modern era has been built in the old town core with the Kunsthaus Weiz. It meets all requirements and integrates harmoniously with the old town. The simultaneous revival of the old town hall with the Hannes Schwarz Saal and the link to the Kulturzentrum Weberhaus have created a unique cultural zone in the centre of Weiz.
The solar city of Gleisdorf lies at the confluence of the Raab, Lassnitz and Rabnitzbach. It is a contemplative town but always open to new things. If one wants to ascribe a symbol that represents the town, that would be the solar tree. This trendsetting sculpture measures nearly 18 metres. Its leaves are made of solar panels that supply electricity to numerous households. It is a gift from mother earth and an unmistakable symbol pointing the way to the future. Away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy.
In keeping with its symbol, the town’s development pulses with energy. New life is breathed into structures that have fallen behind the times. The forumKLOSTER event centre is the highlight and lifeblood of the town. The MiR Museum in the town hall serves as a cosmopolitan hub. Expansive vistas open up from the lookout on the Kleeberg. Thanks to the location on Eastern Styria’s Roman Wine Road, the good life is cultivated in and around Gleisdorf
The town of Friedberg is located on the southern edge of the Wechsel mountain range in the Styria – Lower Austria – Burgenland border triangle.
Small but nice, it is a favourite of summer visitors offering a panoramic view over the rolling hills of Eastern Styria and the Southern Burgenland. True stories, legends and sagas surround the town’s founding. The parish church, “Stadttor beim Steg” town gate, Thonet Museum and green oases near the town, such as the Bärengraben, wait to be explored.