The stage from Bad Radkersburg to Deutschlandsberg, represents the home town of the famous Styrian pumpkin seed oil whilst leasurely passing by colorful pumpkin fields and idyllic oil mills.
One of those oil mills belongs to Thomas Hartlieb, whose pumpkin seed oil advanced to being an ambassador for culinary delights in Styria. Numerous yellowish red to green speckled pumpkins are lightning up the extensive fields in autumn until the harvest season begins. Interesting fact: Some pumpkin sorts such as the Cucurbita-pumpkin are still cored by the farmers immediately at the field.
After completion of the Styrian coring process, the pumpkins are further processed into the popular pumpkin seed oil. The history of pumpkin seed oil has its roots in 1735. Back then thickly skinned seeds were used for the production of the oil. Nowadays, a variety of seeds without skin, that was cultivated through the selection of mutations, is being used. Until the 1970es, the prominence within Austria did not exceed Styrian borders. Only in the 1980es the pumpkin seed oil started its unstoppable victory march within small as well as big kitchens in Austrian and in countries spread all over the world.
The GenussCard, the complimentary ticket for more than 240 excursion destinations spread all over East Styria, the regions Spa Country Styria and Southern Styria, allows a glimpse behind the scenes and entrance gates of various factories such as oil mills.
In addition to vineyards surrounding Leibnitz, Kitzeck and Deutschlandsberg, various oil mills line the route and wait do be discovered.