View of Pöllau castle and church in eastern Styria | cmvisuals | © Oststeiermark Tourismus, cmvisuals View of Pöllau castle and church in eastern Styria | cmvisuals | © Oststeiermark Tourismus, cmvisuals
Welcome to the sunny valley

Nature park Pöllauer Tal

Nature, art and culture display a unique appearance in the Pöllauer Tal Nature Park. Few places let you experience a natural and ancient cultivated landscape as vividly as this wide, sunny valley between Rabenwald and Masenberg.

Highlights include “Styria’s St. Peter’s Cathedral”, the imposing baroque monastery, the well-maintained historic building façades and beautiful alleys. The landscape ranges from wooded hills to meadow orchards gleaming yellow in the autumn. Nature still reigns in the Pöllauer Tal Nature Park. Simply because it has room. This is probably also the reason why the ancient pear trees have not yet died out here. The name of their fruit, the “Pöllauer Hirschbirne”, is an indication of origin protected across Europe.

Basket with stag pears from the Pöllau Valley in Eastern Styria | © TV Oststeiermark | Helmut Schweighofer

Pöllauer hirschbrine

This is an ancient Styrian pear variety. Its name comes from the word for autumn (“Hiascht”) since it is ready to harvest in mid-October. The trees grow up to 16m tall. Snow-white flowers with crimson stamens open up at the beginning of May. The leaves of the trees are very hairy and soft on the underside. From mid-October to the beginning of November, the fruit is ripe and can be shaken from the trees for easy collection.

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Discover the best destinations

Your visit to the Pöllauer Tal Nature Park would not be complete without seeing “Styria’s St. Peter’s Cathedral” and the Pöllauberg pilgrimage church with a fantastic view of the valley. Aside from the vista, ten themed gardens also await you on the Pöllauberg. Culinary delights are offered by the Ölmühle Fandler and the Konditorei und Lebzelterei Ebner.

Get active in the Nature Park Pöllauer Tal

Cyclist explore the Pöllauer Tal Nature Park on a bike tour. Enjoy the picturesque landscape and follow the region’s unmistakable gentle hills on your bicycle. Savour the indescribable beauty of the scenery as you hike in nature. Escape the stress of daily life, relax, unwind and recharge on one of the many hiking and themed trails or in one of the flowering gardens and parks in the Pöllauer Tal Nature Park.

A visit to the Nature Park Pöllauer Tal

Blooming meadow orchards and the delicate fragrance of the Hirschbirne pear trees welcome visitors to Eastern Styria’s Pöllauer Tal Nature Park in the spring. Enjoy the contents of your bursting picnic basket under the magnificent pear trees. In the autumn, the pears are traditionally harvested by hand with lots of manual labour. The region’s leading product is processed in many ways after the harvest. An extensive range of products, from fine brandies to juice, cider, dried fruit and the finest fruit spreads, is produced here year after year.