Step by step through Styria
Enjoy nature, relax and stay a while – it is the most beautiful way to discover Styria. The diversity of the country can be seen while hiking: whether the rugged mountains in the north or the gentle wine country in the south.
Touch the summit cross, make an entry in the summit register, take a sip out of your thermos and enjoy the great view of the country - conquering a summit is an unforgettable experience. A highlight in Styria is climbing the Dachstein in the northwest of the country, which at nearly 3,000 metres is the highest point in Styria. From there you can see over to the Grimming, the highest freestanding mountain in Europe at a height of 2,351 m. You can also see the High Tauern mountain range and all the way to Slovenia and the Czech Republic. The feeling of conquering the Dachstein is all the loftier. The high peaks that bear such impressive names as Hochschwab, Stoderzinken or Rax meander to the east of Upper Styria.
One day is not enough – long-distance hiking in Styria
Those who want to experience the magic of nature and the magnificent mountain world extensively should set out on one of the many attractive long-distance trails in Styria.
- Above all: the long-distance path "From the Glacier to Wine". A total of 60 stages, divided into a northern route (35 stages) and southern route (25 stages), offers everything the hiking heart desires.
More information can be found at: www.steiermark.com/wandern
If you are on your feet all day, you need special care. The hiking hotels of Styria have specialised in this. Nearly 40 accommodation properties in a gorgeous and wonderful setting offer everything hikers need. Special advice on tours, guided hikes, hiking taxis and much more. And for recovery after a strenuous day of hiking, the sauna and steam bath are heated and massages are offered before then heading to an enjoyable dinner.
Hiking in the realm of water
If the temperatures are rising, roaring streams and rushing rivers along the hiking trail offer a wonderful opportunity to cool off. With more than 300 mountain lakes in the Lower Tauern, Styria is an absolute realm of water. Whether glacier runoff such as the "wild water" in Rohrmoos - Untertal, bubbling springs such as the Palfauer Wasserlochklamm [gorge] in the Gesäuse or falling water such as the Bärenschützklamm [gorge] in Mixnitz. In Styria, hiking can be combined with a cool-off anywhere.
Hiking: a real pleasure.
The wind passes over your face and suddenly a fragrance from the nearby guesthouse hits your nose, making your mouth water. That's the pleasure of hiking in Styria. No matter where you are: in the north, south, east or west of the country, the connoisseur will find regional delicacies for which Styria is famous. Whether hiking between Sauvignon Blanc and Schilcher grapes and then tasting the wine at a wine tavern, or strolling through the orchards in apple country. Here you can walk through the gently structured orchards in the form of a figure-eight 3.5 km loop, learn interesting facts and enjoy a terrific overview of eastern Styria. For an enjoyable hike in Ausseerland, consider this: the largest Styrian lake, Grundlsee, the mysterious Lake Toplitz and the hidden Attersee. Combine them with appealing, flat hiking trails and garnish them with sun terraces that invite you to stop and be served the Ausseer freshly caught lake trout.
Hiking with little summiteers
Many small steps will also get you to your destination. Even if the length of their step is still not as big and their power still does not last for long day trips, children can still enjoy hiking - only in Styria it quickly becomes an adventure. For example on the fairy tale trail on the Rittisberg in the west of the Ramsau high plateau, or the teaching and nature trails on the Ramsauer Sattelberg and Ödensee in Ausseerland. The summit barefoot path and the Celtic cult trail in eastern Styria are just a few examples for young researchers and those who love to explore.
More information: www.steiermark.com/familienurlaub
Styria Tours App
Ideal for all those who love the natural treasures of Styria. From steep mountains, lush green alpine pastures and crystal-clear lakes in the north to the wine landscape in the south, there is a lot to discover in Styria - now also on your smartphone and tablet. You always have an overview with the map view in a full screen size. Helpful tools such as the compass, navigation and the possibility of offline storage complete the perfect companion for a hike in Styria.
Styria comes has more than 1,500 hiking trails over approximately 15,000 kilometres. There are 22 long-distance hiking trails, the longest of which is our route from "From the Glacier to the Wine" at over 540 km. Out of a total of 350 shelters (of which 97 are from alpine clubs), the highest shelter is the ÖAV-Austria in the Dachstein Mountains at 2,740 metres.
Styria also has 1 national park, approximately 1,900 alpine pastures and 15 summer cable cars. Different themed trails also play a role. There are about 122 of them are in the green heart of Austria.