Southern Styria | © Steiermark Tourismus | Harry Schiffer

Styria - The ideal conference destination

As the ideal conference destination, Styria offers everything a guest could possibly desire.


The ‘Green Heart’ recipe for unforgettable events comprises the finest ingredients: 

  • A pinch of landscape – from high alpine terrain to gently rolling hills
  • A smattering of regional culinary delights
  • A dash of Styrian hospitality
  • A touch of extraordinary offers
  • All served with a large helping of warmth and cordiality.

Savour the typical Styrian zest for life and the wonderful backdrop as the seasons roll around – whether cycling in spring, hiking in summer, enjoying gourmet harvest time in autumn or skiing/cross-country skiing in winter! Wellness and cultural options as well as the excitement supplied by events such as the Nightrace and Formula 1 are the cherry on the cake for successful conferences and congress events all year round. Organise your event with us – Steiermark Convention provides competent support and professional organisation!

Lake Spiegelsee (Reiteralm) | © Steiermark Tourismus | Herbert Raffalt

Nature & Movement 

Bring your seminar day to an invigorating close amidst some breathtaking natural scenery; boost your team spirit and recharge your batteries for meetings. Hike from glaciers to wine valleys – between the Dachstein, the Hochschwab and the Almenland Nature Park until you reach the gently rolling “Weinland” (wine country). Incentives offered during the winter include 677 kilometres of slopes, snowshoe tours through unspoiled nature and traditional tavern nights.

 

Highlights in the nature: 

  • International sports events: NightRace in Schladming and Sky Flight World Cup on the Kulm
  • Dachstein glacier, skywalk and the "Treppe ins Nichts" (Stairway to Nowhere) observation point at an altitude of 2,995 m
  • Enjoy an outdoor break during your meeting on over 1,300 hiking routes

More Information: www.steiermark.com/nature

Skiers having a sweet break with doughnuts at the Hochwurzenhütte, Dachstein-Südwand in the back, Schladming-Dachstein | © Steiermark Tourismus | Pixelmaker

Culinary delights

“Eating and drinking brings people together,” they say around here – and for very good reason. Its remarkable warmth and hospitality makes Styria the ideal gourmet destination for conference and congress guests. Surprise your customers or employers with culinary experiences featuring regional specialities and local producers.

 

Culinariy highlights: 

  • 200,000 hectolitres of the finest wine, 180,000 tons of apples and three million litres of Styrian pumpkin seed oil
  • Delicious Almenland cheese, creative Zotter chocolate and smokey Vulcano ham
  • High-calibre: Numerous "chef's hat" awards, Falstaff forks and "Kulinarium Steiermark" accolades for our members

More Information: www.steiermark.com/food-and-drink

Mental training with Felix Gottwald at Therme Loipersdorf | © Therme Loipersdorf

Regeneration & Wellness

Relax and unwind at your conference hotel’s wellness area after a productive day of workshopping. Styria’s numerous oases of tranquillity and thermal spas tucked away amidst alpine meadows and forests inspire the mind to come up with fresh business ideas and allow your creativity to soar. Find your inner balance and start your next meeting feeling refreshed and restored.

 

Relaxing Highlights: 

  • 9 thermal spas and 19 spa resorts for pure relaxation
  • Thermal springs bubbling up from a depth of 3,000 m
  • Deep relaxation: moutain yoga in lofty heights, Traditional Styrian Medicine (TM), healing herbs and sound bowl meditation

More Information: www.steiermark.com/wellness

 

Graz with clock tower, view over old town | © Steiermark Tourismus | www.christianjungwirth.com

Culture in town and country

Discover and enjoy culture out in the countryside as an incentive activity, a business trip or as part of your event’s supporting programme: attend a variety of traditional celebrations such as the annual “Aufsteirern” folk culture festival in Graz, the “Narzissenfest” flower festival in Bad Aussee or a trip to the openair museum in Stübing. Whether relishing a cup of hot glühwein at one of the many Christmas markets, visiting the famous Lipizzaner horses at the Piber Federal Stud Farm or admiring the basilica in Mariazell, conference guests can experience Styrian culture in all its facets.

 

Cultural highlights: 

  • Styrian cultural highlights: styriarte, Narzissenfest and Bauernbundball
  • Regional capital Graz: Capital of Culture, UNESCO World Heritage Site, City of Design and gourmet capital
  • World's biggest klopotec and world's largest monastery library in Admont

More Information: www.steiermark.com/culture

Kunsthaus Graz | © Universalmuseum Joanneum | Eduardo Martinez

Economy & Science

Styria in facts and figures
Styria has long been known as the Green Heart of Austria, which today beats vibrantly in the centre of Europe. Whether in agriculture, tourism or industry, this Austrian state with its 1.2 million inhabitants is a powerhouse of innovation at the core of one of Europe’s most up-and-coming regions, the Alpine-Adriatic region.


Austria’s top innovation site
With by far the highest research and development quota among Austrian states, Styria has taken a pioneering role in the country. As a result, it is considered one of Europe’s most innovative business hubs. One main reason for this success is the close collaboration between business and science.


Living and working where others go on holiday
When it comes to quality of life, Styria ranks as one of the highest places in Europe. Its geographical variety and climactic diversity – from the idyllic mountain realms of the north to the southern style of the Weinland – makes Styria the most popular destination in Austria. 90 per cent of visitors come here for its diverse landscapes, award-winning cuisine and friendly people.

 

Good to know: 

  • University City of Graz: More than 63,000 students at five universities, two universities of applied science, and two teacher training colleges
  • The power of Styrian innovation: Over 500 science facilities and a research and development quota of 5.14 %
  • International companies of a global standard: 72,684 Styrian businesses, generating an export rate of 44 %
  • Green Styria: 28.2 % renewable energy from solar facilities, wind farms and hydropower plants

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