Styria/Steiermark – The Green Heart of Austria
Lying in the Southeast it is the second largest province of Austria. Nature, enjoyment and conviviality merge when you holiday in the green heart of Austria. Styria/Steiermark has an outstanding reputation, mainly for its nature and its natural resources: the forest, plus wine, pumpkins, pure drinking water and health-giving thermal water are typically Styrian. The people of Styria have a sense of humour, a zest for life, are honest, homeloving and love sport.
The pleasure of diversity:
In northern Styria, the magnificent mountain world awaits hikers, cyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts – the near 3,000 m high Dachstein, 800 peaks of 2,000 m, 3,500 alpine pastures, 7 nature reserves and one national park. Southeast Styria with its 8 thermal spas has become the nation’s most attractive wellness tourist destination with the highest amount of 4* and 5* hotels.
And in between lies Graz, Cultural Capital of Europe 2003 and birthplace of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Graz’s historic city centre, after Vienna the second largest city of Austria, has been awarded the prestigious title UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, forms a splendid backdrop for a pulsating city life. It is
Culture and sport events:
Throughout the year, the Styrian event calendar boasts an abundance of attractive events covering all fields: exciting sports events, culture festivals, culinary delights or traditional festivals, the choice is yours.
Highpoints of the events calendar:
The Night Race - Men’s Night Slalom World Cup in Schladming/Planai (Jan)
- Graz Opera Ball (Jan)
- Carnival in Ausseerland (Feb/March)
- Ethnological exhibition, Kunsthalle Leoben (Apr-Nov)
- the Welsch run – a vineyard marathon, Ehrenhausen (May)
- Open Cellar Days (June)
- the Ausseerland narcissus flower festival (May/June)
- ‘Styriarte Graz’ (June – July)
- ‘La Strada Graz’ (July – Aug)
- Ennstal Classic (July)
- Styrian Autumn (Sept/Oct)
- Junker (young wine) presentation (Nov)
- Advent in Graz and Mariazell (Dec)
- World Cup Nordic Combination Ramsau (Dec.)
2013: Styria will once again host the World Alpine Ski Championships in Schladming!
For more press information, please contact:
Steiermark Tourismus, St.-Peter-Hauptstraße 243, A-8042 Graz
Photos: www.steiermark.com/foto , texts: www.steiermark.com/presse