Styria: The Green Heart of Austria

Enjoyment in 4 different types of landscape between the glacier and hot springs

How do you describe what guests love best about Styria, this Styrian attitude towards life? We will try it with a recipe: you take...

  • 1 pinch of landscapes, from high alpine mountains to gently rolling hills
  • 1 dash of culinary delicacies from the region
  • 1 pinch of Styrians as hosts and
  • 1 dash of great holiday offers

mix them lovingly, spice them with humour and self-irony, let it mature and then serve with cordiality. Have a beautiful holiday!

Dachstein with Neustattalm | © Steiermark Tourismus |

The 4 Different Types of Landscape of Styria

Mountains, Alpine Pastures & Forests

Between the Dachstein, Hochschwab, Zirbitzkogel and Almenland, between floodplains and in gorges, the Green Heart of Austria spreads its vitality as the most forested and therefore greenest state. These landscapes, especially in the north of the state, are ideal for hiking, cycling, climbing and exploring ... or simply just for looking.


Styria is…

… 16,401km2  (2nd largest state)

… 61.3 per cent forested (the most forested state in Austria)


Styria has…

… 1 almost 3000-er (Dachstein: 2,995 m)

… 788 peaks over 2,000 metres

… 2000 alpine pastures (total area: about 50,000 ha)

Vineyards in autumn (Southern Styria) | © Steiermark Tourismus |

Wine & Garden

The delicatessen of Austria. The belly of Austria. The fruit orchard of Austria. Whatever you call Styria, one thing is certain: especially in the south it is the most fertile state, which provides great foodstuffs in high quality and diversity. And Styrians are very aware of this wealth of the culinary trilogy of wine, pumpkins (seed oil) and apples, which contribute significantly to the Styrian attitude towards life. The symbol of wine country: the klopotec (the windmill).


Styria has…

… a winegrowing area of 4,546 hectares

… the largest apple-growing area in Austria at 5,200 hectares

… 17,000 ha of pumpkin cultivation area.


Growing in Styria area…

… grapes for 200,000 hectolitres of wine (80% white wine)

… about 180,000 tonnes of apples annually (80% from Ö)

… more than 3 million litres of original Styrian pumpkin seed oil

© Steiermark Tourismus | Tom Lamm

Cities & Villages

From the culture of capital Graz as the largest city to Oberwölz as the smallest city, cities and cultural assets form ideal starting points to get to know Styria, its history and the resulting traditions that still characterise Styrians today. From the Lipizzaners to the Erzberg, from the Riegersburg Castle to the garden castle of Herbertstein with the animal world, from the over 200-year old Joanneum as the first museum in Austria to the Graz Art Museum and the modern architecture of vineyards: a wealth of history and exciting contemporary art treasures ensure a high quality encounter with history and the present. From the Daffodil Festival, classic styriarte and the electronic Springfestival, to the contemporary festivals like the Styrian Autumn and elevate, we have it all.


The state capital city of Graz...

… has a population of 280,258, while the metropolitan area of Graz has a population of 429,088.

… is a student city with four universities, two technical colleges and around 50,000 students.

… was the European Capital of Culture in 2003 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and City of Design.

© Österreich Werbung | Udo Bernhart

Thermal Water & Spring Water

The thermal springs are one of the mainstays of Styrian tourism. They represent the optimal basis for "regeneration with natural resources" and offer a harmonious holiday experience through comprehensible health offers. Fresh spring water is more than just something to quench your thirst. Lush springs, rushing water taps from which the healthy drinking water gushes, serve as the source for tingling regeneration and a unique natural experience.

Styria has…

… 9 thermal springs whose thermal water significantly lowers the stress indicator cortisol

… a long spa tradition in Bad Gleichenberg of over 180 years 

… many regional typical treatments involving apples, wine and pumpkins


In Styria …

… Grundlsee is the largest lake at 4.3 km²

… the Riesach waterfall is the highest at 140 m

… the pumpkins are 90% water.