Time is precious: The Thermen- & Vulkanland is a vibrant region in Southeast Styria. You can feel the life and the vital energy pulsing here, because this is a place where people and nature are in complete harmony.
Pumpkin fields sweep as far as the eye can see, while orchards and vineyards pepper the lush green scenery with wonderful colour. Visitors to the heart of Austria are bestowed with a patchwork of beautiful scenic backdrops, making for a wonderful break.
Styria ‒ one of Austria’s nine federal states ‒ is lovingly known as “the Green Heart of Austria”, with 60 % of its land covered by forest. With over 250,000 inhabitants, the capital Graz is Austria’s second-largest city and the beating heart of Styria.
Situated in the southeast of the state, the Thermen- & Vulkanland tourist region makes the perfect base for planning your dream holiday with a host of sights and attractions to be explored.
Embark on one of its hiking trails in the hilly south, discovering its apples, its wine, and its pumpkins. There are many opportunities to get to know the land and its people, particularly by bike too. If you prefer a more leisurely approach, you’ll find a huge range of pleasure cycling trails in the Thermen- & Vulkanland.
And if you’d like to relax your soul and spirit, why not visit one of the wellness spas or health complexes for some pampering. Local Styrian specialities work wonders on the skin in the form of peels, massages and baths. And there’s plenty of delicious food on the menu too – its regional delicacies make your stomach flutter in excitement.
The most interesting and inspiring people in life are always the ones who have seen and experienced a lot, and have plenty of stories and anecdotes to regale you with. “Experience holidays” have seen a rise in popularity over recent years: how else can you describe the woody notes of wine, its notes of hay flower or nutmeg, without having tried it yourself?
This doesn’t only go for food, but for all excursion destinations and the entire surrounding region too – only someone who has experienced the unmistakeable garlicky smell of ramsons on a spring stroll through the river wetlands of the UNESCO biosphere park in Bad Radkersburg can describe its pungent aroma and the lush forest growth around it. And only those who have climbed the Riegersburg castle route, and scaled its craggy cliffs, will know that you will work up a sweat even at 20 degrees on a sunny day, because the volcanic rock stores and radiates heat so well.
So it’s not actually too far-fetched to imagine that the “souvenir” you had long thought forgotten will come back to life – those who stay at home will be gifted a little piece of “holiday” and all your experiences will be perfectly encapsulated in the regional samples you bring back.