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Styria: The Green Heart of Austria

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Styria, or Steiermark, is Austria's second largest province and known as The Green Heart of Austria, for its lush green forests, vineyards, and culinary endeavors. The Styrian Wine Route takes visitors across rolling hills and small villages, allowing them to savor some of Austria's best local varietals. Its capital, Graz, is Austria's second largest city and home to an exciting art museum and charming old town. Check out the green heart of Styria for a nice break from Austria's bigger cities.
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Hauptpl. 1, 8010 Graz, Austria
Graz is Austria's second-largest city and the capital of Styria. Its old town is filled with beautifully adorned architecture from the Middle Ages and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Begin at Hauptplatz and check out the 19th-century Town Hall...
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Herrengasse 16, 8010 Graz, Austria
Between 1642 and 1645 an armory was built to stockpile weapons to fight against invading Turks. Today the Graz armory (Landeszeughaus) has over 32,000 pieces in the collection spanning four floors. Cannons, armor, muskets, and an interesting...
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Belgiergasse 1, 8020 Graz, Austria
Styria is a great foodie destination and the warm atmosphere and creative menu of Der Steirer in Graz is sure to leave an impression. Try Styrian Tapas paired with regional wines, or enjoy a special Sunday dinner.
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Grazbachgasse 33, 8010 Graz, Austria
Though certainly not typical Austrian fare, the pay-by-weight buffet at Ginko does offer fresh vegetarian options, many with a healthy dose of Indian influence.
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Tummelpl., 8010 Graz, Austria
Easter can be a great time to experience Styria. In Graz, there are three notable Easter markets. Pick up local meats and cheeses at Franziskanerplatz, browse handcrafts at Hauptplatz and sort through an assortment of more international items at...
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Hochschwab, 8621 St. Ilgen, Austria
Styria's Salza River Valley is a sparsely populated region filled with mountain streams, dense forests, and the crystal-clear waters of the Salza River itself. The Hochschwab massif, with its 7,470 ft high summit of the same name, towers...
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Bad Blumau 100, 8283 Bad Blumau, Austria
Ecologically minded architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser designed this compound’s central spa, living roofs, and buildings topped by onion domes. A portion of your bill goes to the World Wildlife Fund. Rogner Bad Blumau, 43/(0) 33-835-1000, from...
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8461 Ratsch an der Weinstraße, Austria
Southern Styria is covered with vineyards, producing an assortment of excellent wines, most of which never make it out of the country. Fear not, the Styrian Weinstraße offers plenty of opportunity to sample wines from the region, such as Schilcher...