Imagine: You only pack the most essential things, get in the car and start driving! For many, a camping holiday equals pure freedom. In Styria, with its scenic diversity between the Dachstein and Wine Country, campers can enjoy their time off to the fullest.
Numerous campsites or mobile homes await nature-loving free spirits in the various regions: at the foot of mountain ranges such as the Dachstein or in the Gesäuse National Park. In the midst of extensive forests, along rivers such as the Mur, Enns, Raab, Feistritz, Salza or Mürz. Or surrounded by the fertile hills and orchards in the east and south of Styria.
There is no better way to feel closer to nature than going camping with your loved ones.
Holidaymakers can enjoy a close connection to nature at just over 100 campsites in Styria. Around 30 of them are among the camping specialists in Styria, which are characterised by the following features:
From the campsites, you can get to know the region. In the surrounding area, numerous excursion destinations such as museums, culinary manufactories or hiking trails are waiting to be discovered. In summer, you can explore the region on foot, by bike or from the water. For winter camping, the romantic snow-covered landscape invites you to go skiing, tobogganing and winter hiking.
When it comes to eating out, campers can choose from several restaurants either directly at the campsite or in the immediate vicinity. And if you talk to the campsite operators or other campers, they'll surely have a few culinary recommendations for you.
When you get up in the morning and are greeted by the breathtaking southern rockfaces of the Dachstein or other mountain ranges in the alpine north and your gaze slowly wanders over the impressive scenery: That's when you know, you're on a camping holiday in Styria.
The campsites in the north of the federal state are ideal starting points for hikes and mountain bike tours. Some of the sites are located along main cycling routes such as the Mur cycle path and the Enns cycle path or along the "From Glacier to Wine" hiking route.
If you love the element of water, you should set up camp right by a lake. Your children will love to play in the shallow waters along the shore. Water sports enthusiasts can go swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddling or water skiing. And if you are looking for absolute peace and quiet, you might want to go fishing.
A cosy, homelike atmosphere from waking up in the morning to the beautiful sunset at night: That's something you'll experience, for instance, at Lake Sulmsee, Lake Stubenbergsee or Lake Röcksee. All three campsite are also located along the Styrian Wine Country cycling route. The early bird catches the worm – and if you book early, you might get a spot right by the water.
Camping is fun for the whole family: Children especially love the adventure of sleeping in a tent or camper van and having their little kingdom right outside the entrance.
With special facilities and offers for children and teenagers as well as varied entertainment options, many campsites cater to the needs and wishes of families. In addition to the possibilities offered at the campsite, bathing lakes and numerous family excursion destinations in the immediate vicinity invite you to go on tours of discovery with your kids.
Four-legged friends are welcome at numerous campsites in Styria. On site, you will also find dog washing areas or dog showers. Adhering to a few simple rules ensures everyone gets to enjoy their holidays to the fullest:
Fresh, clean countryside air. As soon as you arrive, you will be greeted with the scent of herbs and animals. It is quiet and peaceful, and nature is waiting to be explored.
Children are bound to have a wonderful time amidst the farm animals and will quickly find their new best friend. Meanwhile, Mum and Dad can relax and learn more about local herbs or how the farmers prepare traditional foods. Some campsites in Styria are located right next to farms, which will add a few more colourful facets to your camping holiday.
If you're travelling by camper van and would like to really switch off, you might want to choose a campsite in the immediate vicinity of one of Styria's nine thermal spas. From the southernmost spa town, Bad Radkersburg, to GrimmingTherme in Bad Mitterndorf, visitors can relax and unwind in soothing thermal waters.
In Styria, camping enthusiasts can also pursue their passion in the winter months: in the middle of the mountains in ski resorts such as the 4-Mountain Ski Area in Schladming or right by a thermal spa such as the one in Bad Waltersdorf. Winter campsites are much less frequented than the ones open in summer, and it's precisely this tranquillity that has its special charm.
Whether you prefer cross-country skiing, skiing, winter hiking or relaxing at a thermal spa: Winter campsites can be found in all regions of Styria, and camping in winter is a truly unique experience.
A camping holiday with their four-legged friend is something many dog owners look forward to all year. However, for a variety of reasons, such as pet allergies or concerns about the safety of small children, some holidaymakers specifically look for campsites without dogs. And that's a wish that the holiday destination of Styria can easily fulfil.