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.
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 ...
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Of course! Some of the cultural events can take place no matter the weather, because if it rains, they can simply be held in another location. Some other events, such as musical hikes, unfortunately, cannot be moved indoors and will have to be cancelled ahead of time in case of bad weather. To be on the safe side, it's best to contact the organiser of the event directly if you're not sure if it will take place.
Perhaps taking a look at the weather forecast for Styria will help.
If you enjoy being active in nature, you can combine fascinating cultural experiences with a marvellous hike or bike tour.
Hiking "From Glacier to Wine"
The pleasure is in the details: The long-distance hiking route from the Dachstein to the gently undulating Wine Country is perfect for some exercise amidst a magnificent landscape. In addition, you'll enjoy wonderful encounters with locals, and there are numerous cultural treasures and events to discover along the route.
Out and about on the Styrian Wine Country Route
Combining exercise with cultural enjoyment – that's an excellent idea. The more than 400-kilometre-long circular cycling route leads you through beautiful vineyards and eight wine roads in southern and eastern Styria. Exciting cultural festivals and historical sights in the countryside will spice up your time in the saddle from spring until autumn.