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UNESCO World Heritage in Styria

What should you know about Styria? Cultural centres of particular value are listed on the World Heritage List - the green heart of Austria as two World Heritage Sites. Immaterial cultural heritage, i.e. lived and handed-down culture, is also very important in Styria and can be experienced in many places, exciting people throughout the generations.


The UNESCO World Heritage Sites include the Semmering railway and its surrounding landscape in Upper Styria and Graz's old city with Eggenberg Palace in the cultural and culinary capital of Graz.

On the one hand, the Semmering railway, which is the first mountain railway in the world, is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Inaugurated in 1854 and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, the 41 km long mountain railway connects Gloggnitz and Mürzzuschlag. The Semmering railway overcomes an altitude difference of 457 m. At the time, the railway was considered a great technical and innovative solution to physical problems. Today, the Semmering railway is a popular excursion destination, which skilfully combines a natural experience with history. There is a monument at the Semmering railway station in memory of Carl Ritter von Ghega, an Austrian engineer and builder of the Semmering railway. This is also the starting point of the railway hiking path.