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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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Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz, Austria
Graz, Austria's second biggest city, is sometimes overlooked by travelers, and thus remains a somewhat secret jewel of the country's green south. One of the most striking aspects of this historic town is its integration of modern design and...
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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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Eggenberger Allee 90, 8020 Graz, Austria
Schloß Eggenberg is all but traditional - even though it dates from the 17th century. The first hints of its commissioner’s eclectic taste are the many peacocks that greet you in the palace gardens. But it is only on a tour of the state rooms that...
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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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The high-end department store Kastner & Öhler is famous not only in Austria, but far beyond its boarders. It was one of Europe’s oldest of its kind. Today, “Kastner,” as the locals call it, is busier than ever. The beautiful stucco columns still...
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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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Enzenbach 32, 8114 Stübing, Austria
Be transported back in time in one of Europe’s largest open-air museums. The Freilichtmuseum Stübing offers an amazing look into the past of Austrian farming that will leave both children and adults spellbound. The 100 traditional structures show...
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Admont 1, 8911 Admont, Austria
Stift Admont is so much more than a Benedictine monastery. Often called the eighth wonder of the world, Admont has a history of great artistic productivity, serves as an impressive exhibition space, and houses the largest monastery library in the...
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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...