When the splendid dress of flowers in lavish abundance inspires the joy of life, spring is here. In Eastern Styria, this is a natural spectacle that touches and enchants. At clearings in the forest, on alpine meadows and in the orchards nature trumps with convincing staging. The senses have their joy.
Spring doesn't get any more beautiful than this... Styria is the green heart of Austria. Eastern Styria is Austria's garden. Mild temperatures tempt here already at the beginning of March. Warming sunrays tickle the nose, the clear air refreshes body and soul. The first long walks and hikes in the picturesque hill country up to lofty heights with a view of the expanse of the landscape invigorate. Get out into nature! Best medicine, works immediately. Eastern Styria does you good.
Colorful eye-catcher: a crocus rarely comes alone. The spring sun attracts thousands and thousands of white and purple crocuses, also known as alpine saffron, from the moist alpine soil. Crocus meadows as far as the eye can see! A hike across the Teichalm is beautiful. At the beginning of May, it is the sunny yellow carpets that roll out over the fresh green alpine meadows. The dandelion bloom along the Tischlein-Deck-Dich bike tour is an experience for the palate.
In mid-April, the Styrian Apple Road is transformed into a fragrant sea of blossoms when all the apple trees blossom in delicate pink and white. At the annual blossom festival in the apple village of Puch, the bike tour through blossoming orchards with refreshment stops is a feast for the senses. From April to May, the blossom weeks tempt you to enjoyable hikes. Delicious specialties attract visitors to the farm store and to the innkeepers in the apple country.
Spring announces itself. When the sun rises higher in the sky day by day, nature stirs. The first harbingers can be found in Mühlwald in the fertile valley of the Ilz. At the "Schneeglöckerlplatz" the spring knotweed adorns the forest floor. Keep your eyes open when cycling along the river in the Raab Valley. The delicate green play of colors colors the landscape with fresh verve. Spring is kissed awake and opens the round dance of nature.
The snake's head, or chess flower, is a species of lily that is now rarely found in Europe. The flowers are mostly single and nodding. At flowering time around Easter, thousands of chessflower heads turn the meadows into a dark red sea of flowers.
However, this coloring of the meadows lasts only one to two weeks. After that the plant disappears in the green of the new sprouting meadow grasses. Only in the east of Austria you can find chessflower meadows: in eastern Styria in Großsteinbach and in southern Burgenland.
In the Pöllauer Tal Nature Park, people love the Pöllauer Hirschbirn'. Pure white blossoms transform the gentle hilly landscape into an idyll. Orchard meadows and rows of fruit trees between old farms line the hiking trails. The Hirschbirne is an old Styrian pear variety and is refined into juice, must, jelly, liqueur, noble brandy, Hirschbirn ham, sweet variations and delicacies of the local gastronomy with a creative touch.
When spring announces itself, it's time to start cycling in Eastern Styria. The first tours challenge and awaken the spirits. From the joy of speed on the trails, from the secret of slowness along circular tours and from the knowledge that happiness has two wheels: In Eastern Styria, in Austria's garden, one gets philosophical while cycling. While being on the road on one of the eventful bike tours, the realization sets in: In Velo Veritas!
A region with lush alpine pastures, gentle hills and secluded forests, fabulous power spots and panoramic viewpoints reveals itself as a paradise on earth. In spring, the awakening of nature is refreshment for the soul. Nature gives itself all the honor. Raise the curtain! The spectacle begins. Buds stretch and stretch, fruit trees blossom in full splendor, fresh green turns into a variety of colors. For nature lovers and exercise enthusiasts, the spring awakening in Austria's garden is an adventure.
Festivals should be celebrated as they fall. The orchards put on their blossom dress, the landscapes wrap themselves in tender-green freshness. The traditional apple blossom festival marks the beginning of the East Styrian festive season. What the apple is in the apple country around Lake Stubenberg, the stag pear is in the Pöllauer Tal Nature Park. It is celebrated in a fitting manner at the annual "steirisch aufRETTERn" festival at the BioGut. The alpine meadows in the Almenland Nature Park are a brilliant sunny yellow. The dandelion carpets are rolled out. The dandelion festival days entice with culinary specialties. At the Easter Bunny Festival in Fischbach, at the Organic Festival in Hartberg or at the local plant markets to the garden festival of the region, it is the spring awakening that gives reason for many occasions to celebrate.