There is so much nature in Eastern Styria that the region is blessed with two nature parks. The Almenland Nature Park and the Pöllauer Tal Nature Park invite you to marvel, pause and experience.
The Nature Park Pöllau Valley counts as one of the most beautiful Nature Parks in Austria. It sits right at the green heart of Eastern Styria and encompasses the two Nature Park districts Pöllau and Pöllauberg. Out of the seven Nature Parks in Styria two are located in Eastern Styria – the Nature Park Pöllau Valley and the Nature Park Almenland.
From its highest point, the Rabenwald at an altitude of 1280 meters, to ist lowest point in the south at an altitude of 345 meters, the Nature Park covers in all its glory a total of 124 km². In this rural idyll between soft hills and the protected, unique meadow orchards you find a beautiful landscape which has a lot to offer all year round. Hikers and nature enthusiats can look forward to 180 km of well-maintained hiking routes. The Nature Park Pöllau Valley uniquely combines diverse natural beauty, interesting history and culinary delights.
The Pöllauer Hirschbirne is an old Styrian variety of pear. The name derives from the word „Herbst“ („Hiascht“), which means autumn, because the pear is harvested mid-October. It has a round shape. In May 2015 the geographical origin of Pöllau’s Hirschbirne was declared protected by the EU.
On a culinary round trip through the Genussregion (Austrian Region of Culinary Delights) you will be presented with a broad range of local delicacies. Products form local farmers, homegrown wine in a Buschenschank (wine tavern) as well as gourmet menus from Kulinarium Steiermark approved restaurants will tickle your taste buds.
From sightseeing, tastings and guided church tours to nature and sports adventures. See, hear, smell, feel and, most of all, taste your way through the GenussRegion with its flagship product the Pöllauer Hirschbirne. Relaxation, fun and games for children and grown-ups, in good and bad weather, alone, à deux or in a group – the Nature Park has the right holiday activity for you.
Natural culinary delights from the farm shop in Pöllau
Oil presentation and tasting at the oil mill Fandler
Poisonous and healing plants in the Nature Park
In the Pöllauer Tal Nature Park there are many ways to really feel nature: adventure tours in the gardens and parks, tastings at our regional producers or learning interesting facts on the nature and adventure trails.