Snowy churches in the Pöllauer Valley | © TV Oststeiermark | Michael Fischer Snowy churches in the Pöllauer Valley | © TV Oststeiermark | Michael Fischer
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.

Tourism advertising likes to talk about people who live in harmony with nature, where tradition and customs are expressed as a matter of course throughout the year. If such regions still exist, then the valley around the market town of Pöllau with the "Styrian St. Peter's Cathedral", the imposing baroque abbey, the well-kept historic house facades and the picturesque alleyways is certainly one of them. Relax on vacation in the nature park, enjoy the Hirschbirn delicacies and let your soul dangle in the garden of Austria.

Countless wooded hills characterize the landscape here, orchards glow golden in the autumn light. Old gnarled lime and beech trees still tower into the sky in elevated places, often at weather crossings. In the Pöllau Valley Nature Park, nature is still allowed to be nature. Simply because it has space. This is probably also the reason why the deer pear tree has not yet died out here and its fruit, the "Pöllauer Hirschbirne", is a protected designation of origin throughout Europe.

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

Pöllauer hirschbrine

The Pöllauer Hirschbirne is an old Styrian variety whose name is derived from the word "Hiascht", meaning autumn, as it can only be harvested from mid-October. The pear has a rounded shape and has been protected by the PDO quality seal since May 2015. 
Experience true culinary delights on a culinary tour through the Genussregion.  A wide range of wine taverns and self-marketers as well as selected gourmet menus from certified Kulinarium Steiermark businesses in the region will tantalize your taste buds.

Hirschbirn Hirsch'n

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.

CONTACT INFO OFFICE NATURE PARK PÖLLAUER TAL

Schloss 1
8225 Pöllau


naturpark-poellauertal@oststeiermark.com
+43 3335 4210


Monday to Friday: 09:00 to 16:00