Whilst traveling through the Styrian Wine Country one cannot avoid to cross the biggest apple cultivation area of Austria. The stage from St. Ruprecht an der Raab to Hartberg leads directly through East Styria with its amazing orchards, that can definitely compete with the scenery of the Austrian vineyards.
The apple is by far not the only culinary star in East Styria, various delicacies such as the Pöllauer Hirschbirne (a Styrian pear variety) and the butter bean are famous treats within the nature park Pöllauer Tal and the area surrounding St. Ruprecht. The biggest apple growing area in Austria, as well as various palace and show gardens in East Styria transform the cycling tour along rivers and through fruit orchards into a quite romantic tour.
The GenussCard, the complimentary ticket for more than 240 excursion destinations spread all over eastern Styria, the region Spa Country Styria with its thermal spas and volcanoes up to Southern Styria, additionally enhances the journey.
Tip: Culinary delights straight from the garden – does not only sound nice, tastes very delicious as well. Whilst enjoying a dinner in the middle of a garden or having a romantic picnic near one of the comfortable restaurants or rustic vine taverns, one can entirely experience the broad variety of regional treasures.
Within the biggest apple cultivation area in Austria surrounding the idyllic village Puch bei Weiz, it's all about the Styrian flagship products wine, pumpkin and obviously, the apple.