Summerbreak in the Green Heart of Austria | © Steiermark Tourismus | Tom Lamm Summerbreak in the Green Heart of Austria | © Steiermark Tourismus | Tom Lamm
Timeless and enjoyable

Summer retreats in Styria

Pause, take a deep breath, draw new strength and inspiration from nature in the multi-faceted federal state of Styria, and then treat yourself to some culinary delights: Summer in the green heart of Austria is a joy for all senses.


Sind Sie der aktive Typ, der Berge erklimmt und Radtouren absolviert? Oder spazieren Sie lieber und lassen sich durch kulturreiche Städte führen? In beiden Fällen sind Sie bei der steirischen Sommerfrische genau richtig. Die diversen Landschaften der Steiermark bieten sommerliche Erholung von der Gletscher-Gegend bis zu sanften Weinbergen. Und nach jedem sommerfrischen Erlebnis darf eine kulinarische Belohnung natürlich nicht fehlen. 

Österreichisches Freilichtmuseum Stübing
  • Deutschfeistritz

Summer strolling in the open-air museum

In the middle of the Stübing Open-Air Museum you can enjoy fresh Buchteln or a picnic. Surrounded by culture, it's the...
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Schloss Eggenberg, Graz
  • Graz

UNESCO World Heritage: Strolling through castle gardens

The gardens of Graz in the Eggenberg Palace make the green heart beat faster - so you can breathe in the scent of...
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Barfußgehen im Wald | © Steiermark Tourismus
  • Neumarkt in der Steiermark

Relaxing forests in the Natural Park Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen

When relaxing in the forests (also called forest bathing) of the Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen Natural Park, you can leave...
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Die "Herzerlstraße" grenzt an die Südsteiermark
  • Leibnitz

Hiking through vineyards with a view

Vineyards, poplars and chestnuts ... The southern route of the hiking trail "From the Glacier to the Wine" promises...
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  • Laßnitzhöhe

Forest bathing in Laßnitzhöhe

Off into the countryside and finally let go! Forest bathing allows you to engage with the wonder of nature with all...
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Die imposante Riegersburg auf dem Vulkanfelsen
  • Riegersburg

Climbing the Riegersburg with a view

If you go for a summery walk here, you will have the imposing Riegersburg castle in your field of view the whole way up.
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Schifffahrt Grundlsee | © Schifffahrt Grundlsee/Florian Loitzl
  • Grundlsee

Shipping Company Grundlsee Toplitzsee

You certainly should not miss out on a boat trip in one of the most beautiful regions of Austria.
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Wandern in Murau
  • Murau

Hiking off the beaten track

Hiking over untouched forest paths and green alpine meadows - that's possible on the Niedere Tauern and Nockberge...
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vor dem Landhaus
  • Graz

Culinary walking tour through Graz

Graz is a wonderful place to stroll through the old town on balmy summer days, enjoy the sunny flair of the south and...
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Enjoying nature during a summer picnic

A cosy picnic with regional delicacies and exquisite wine promises wonderful summer moments in Styria. At Lake Grundlsee, a breakfast picnic on a flat-bottomed boat is an experience of the extraordinary kind. In the north of Styria, you can enjoy tasty delicacies during a picnic in the Schladming-Dachstein holiday region surrounded by lush mountain pastures and scenic views of Riesneralm. With a basked filled with hearty contents such as fried chicken or homemade spreads, a scarlet runner bean salad and a bottle of wine, you go on a tour on the wine roads in the south.

Time to treat yourself to something special

Culinary accompaniments

Styria's nature is full of surprises. Exploring well-hidden, secret gems and natural treasures is an exciting experience that awakens the spirit of adventure. The various culinary offers will be a constant companion on your personal tour of exploration in the green heart of Austria. Visitors get a taste of typical Styrian hospitality in rustic alpine huts, traditional inns and excellent restaurants. That's where regional delicacies are prepared and served with a passion and love for local ingredients.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the bathing lakes

There's nothing quite like a visit to the glittering bathing lakes that shimmer like diamonds in the sun. If you take a swim in the bathing lakes of Styria, you'll be surrounded by imposing mountains in the alpine north and garden landscapes in the Mediterranean south. At the accommodation options right by the lake, you can marvel at the beauty of the crystal-clear water both in the early morning and at sunset.

Camping by the lake will have you feeling even closer to the water. Those who decide early might even be able to get one of the sought-after pitches in a prime location. At the camping grounds, summer visitors can enjoy pure relaxation while fishing or while gliding comfortably over the smooth surface of the lake on a stand-up paddleboard.

High spirits and peak happiness

The summer cable cars take holidaymakers in Styria quickly and comfortably up the mountains. This leaves them with plenty of energy to marvel at the peaks in all their beauty and take relaxed breaths of fresh mountain air.

Those who prefer to make their ascent on foot can choose from numerous hikes to the mountain lakes in the green heart of Austria. And they're quite literally twice the fun: The surrounding summits are not only reflected in the water. A break at the lake is also the perfect opportunity to cool off in summer.

Hiking in harmony with nature

The hiking trails in Styria are a great way to feel grounded. Many of the diverse trails follow the water and lead you along rivers or around lakes. Perfect for savouring the moment as you enjoy the spectacle of nature and the elements. On hot summer days, you can keep cool on hikes through gorges or to waterfalls.

Experience the beauty of Styria

Styria is a popular destination for bikers of all kinds:

  • Mountain roads with rich scenic views are perfect for sporty tours on a road bike.
  • Varied trails make the hearts of mountain bike enthusiasts beat faster.
  • And with a gravel bike, you can explore both with ease.

Extensive cycling routes lead through quaint villages, historic cities and picturesque nature in several stages. They invite you to taste a variety of culinary delicacies and discover regional culture and the arts. On the Enns Cycling Route, the river Enns in the Gesäuse National Park shows itself from its adventurous side. The Mur Cycling Route leads cyclists through the mountain world around Murau and Murtal valley, but also through urban areas and cultural sites. In a pleasantly warm and Mediterranean climate, the Styrian Wine Country Cycling Route runs along the numerous wine roads and invites you to treat yourself to a tasty glass of wine at the many local taverns on balmy summer nights.

Tip: After a sporty or leisurely bike tour, the next opportunity to cool off at a lake or river is never far away. 

By the way: The green heart of Austria has become a paradise for e-bikers in recent years. Visitors are delighted to find a comprehensive network of charging stations, specialised accommodation options and rental shops all over Styria. 

Good things can lie so close

To find inner peace, you don't always have to take the plane. Just hop on a train, sit back, relax, and go. With the various mobility offers, Styria can be discovered in all its facets and in a comfortable way. The dense bus and rail network as well as mobility partners such as the local WeinMobil transport passengers from A to B in no time at all.

Holiday time means its time for enjoyment: In Styria, everyone can find a suitable offer.

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