Winter landscape in Eastern Styria | © TV Oststeiermark | Kurt Elmleitner Winter landscape in Eastern Styria | © TV Oststeiermark | Kurt Elmleitner
Experience Styrian heartiness


The Joglland-Waldheimat region lies between the Wechsel mountain range, Rabenwaldkogel and Masenberg. Peter Rosegger the poet spent parts of his life here as well.

The legend of how the Joglland got its name, which goes back to Empress Maria Theresa, shows that it is an ancient cultivated landscape. At the time, many men were named after St James, the patron saint of pilgrims. Thus the land around St. Jakob was and remains a land of pilgrims and a vast alpine garden to boot, enwrought by archaic mountains and alpine pastures, clear brooks, deep gorges, dark forests and sunlit fields, numerous historic and religious sites, cult places and subterranean passages. This mystic landscape alone reveals why the first major forest clearing operations in medieval times set out to make the surrounding land usable, led for instance by the monastery of canons in Vorau.

Winter landscape at the Rabl Kreuz Hut at the foot of the Hochwechsel mountain | © TV Oststeiermark | Klaus Ranger

Winter Joys in Eastern Styria

Active winter vacation to affordable quality for families and cross-country skiers offers the region Joglland - Waldheimat in the winter Almgarten of Eastern Styria.

Particularly pleasing: the prices of the ski day tickets for children have not increased, so nothing stands in the way of a family day on the slopes. Ski schools and equipment rental make it easy to get started in winter sports.

The ski lifts and cross-country ski trails can be reached from Graz and Vienna in about 1.5 hours - perfect for a winter vacation, but also for a day trip to the snowy winter landscape.

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Skiing in Joglland

The small but fine ski areas in the Joglland - Waldheimat region are particularly suitable for families: clearly arranged slopes, special children's areas, trained ski instructors and affordable prices ensure perfect conditions for a ski vacation in Eastern Styria in the family ski areas in Fischbach, St. Kathrein am Hauenstein, Strallegg, Mönichwald, St. Jakob im Walde, Miesenbach, Wenigzell and Rettenegg.

cross Country Skiing on the certified slope

Away from the slopes, there is also a cross-country ski trail to discover, the Joglland Loipe in St. Jakob im Walde, which has been awarded the Styrian cross-country skiing seal of approval. 40 kilometers of slopes with guaranteed snow thanks to snow-making facilities and snow depot as well as floodlit trails make the hearts of cross-country skiers, whether beginners or professionals, beat faster. The Rabl-Kreuz trail or the Teufelstein trail - both natural snow trails with a fantastic view - round off the cross-country skiing offer in the Joglland - Waldheimat region in Eastern Styria. 

Snowshoeingtobogganing, ice skating or simply enjoying the winter landscape during a walk - these are the other ingredients for an affordable winter vacation in the Joglland - Waldheimat region.

Experience the Joglland-Waldheimat

The Joglland-Waldheimat region is extremely varied. It offers numerous possibilities for getting to know the region, both in summer and winter. As you walk through the communities, along gentle hills or on imposing lookouts – here, nature reveals its powers.


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