Cultural Enjoyment at chateau Herberstein | © Steiermark Tourismus | Tom Lamm Cultural Enjoyment at chateau Herberstein | © Steiermark Tourismus | Tom Lamm
Culture under starry sky 

Cultural enjoyment outdoors

Styria's culture, cuisine and diverse landscapes are a sight (and taste!) to behold no matter the season. However, from late spring to autumn, these three become even more inseparably intertwined.

Thanks to the well-thought-out programme of "Kulturgenuss im Grünen" (cultural enjoyment outdoors), visitors benefit from a variety of exquisite cultural offers and events. From late spring to fall, these three characteristics move even closer together - and with a coordinated program around the "cultural enjoyment in the countryside", unite exquisite cultural programs again this year.

Cultural events for connoisseurs

In green meadows, in lush vineyards, in flower gardens, on idyllic alpine pastures, in stunning palace gardens or in beautiful courtyards: Cultural events in Styria often take place outdoors, especially from May to October. That's when the event calendar holds a wide variety of activities and highlights in store – all the way from the alpine north to the fertile south, from the mountains to the Wine Country.

You could marvel at contemporary art in the Austrian Sculpture Park, for instance. Or visit Styrian castles and palaces along the Castle Road, surrounded by mountain views and vineyards. Historic monasteries and convents such as Admont Abbey can be explored on a guided tour. And we also recommend taking a stroll through the Valley of Stories in Stübing, where historic courtyards can be discovered ...

Seggau Castle | © Steiermark Tourismus | Sarah Valda
Austrian Sculpture Park near Graz | © Graz Region | Mias Photoart
Austrian open-air museum Stübing, surrounding area of Graz

The most impressive cultural treasures in Styria

From the courtyards of medieval castles to a modern sculpture park: The following sights and attractions in Styria invite you to go on a cultural journey of exploration from spring to autumn:

Cultural highlights in the green heart of Austria

Enjoying culture in nature is easy on a holiday in Styria. Find inspiration at music events and literature festivals. Stroll past contemporary works of art amidst a lush green landscape. Or travel back in time in historic buildings. In the green heart of Austria, every guest will find a cultural experience that takes their heart by storm.


From colorful street circus performances to contemporary art in the Capital of Culture Graz, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site Eggenberg Palace, to artistic workshops in the Pöllauer Tal Nature Park. The Green Heart lives up to its name and brings numerous events out into the countryside - under open skies and sometimes even under the stars. The stage for this is provided by enchanting landscapes, castles and palaces, and courtyards steeped in history.

An overview of the Styrian cultural programme

Visit fascinating exhibitions or traditional festivals and discover the regions of Styria with their numerous cultural treasures: The diverse offers and excursion destinations are just one reason to enjoy culture outdoors. The "Kulturgenuss im Grünen" programme is also a wonderful opportunity to learn more about regional customs as well as the country and its people.

And the best part: Visitors get to combine the enjoyment of culture and Styrian cuisine in an exceptionally harmonious way – from a hearty Brettljause after an art workshop to brunch at a castle or a cultural picnic outdoors.

Cultural tips from the regions

Culture plays an important role in many (sometimes well-hidden) locations throughout the green heart of Austria. From long-standing traditions and customs to small but impressive festivals: Styria's cultural heritage can be discovered and experienced in all regions.