Styria is a federal state in south-eastern Austria. In addition to the capital of the region – Graz, which boasts an Old Town inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the region attracts with its idyllic climate and breathtaking Alpine landscapes. Most of the area of the region is mountainous. The Low Tauern Mountains rise to the west, the Salzburg and Lower Austria Alps to the north, and the Styrian Alps to the center, and the high Alpine foothills to the southeast.
A camping in Styria can provide many unforgettable experiences and is a great way to spend an active holiday for the whole family. In addition to numerous mountain hiking trails, there are many lifts here, so even people with a lower physical condition can enjoy the wonderful mountain views. In winter, however, the region attracts snow skiing enthusiasts with many well-groomed ski runs.
It is worth noting that Styria was a dynamically developing cultural center already in the Middle Ages. The Styrian chronicle from around 1300 is considered to be the first extensive historical work in German. Styria is also famous for its music – the Styriarte Classical Music Festival is held here every year. It is also worth visiting one of the many museums, such as the Kunsthaus Graz, Eggenberg Castle, the State Armory, the Trautenfels Castle Landscape Museum, the Stainz Castle with its hunting and agricultural museum or the Neue Galerie Graz. Folk culture is also alive in Styria – folk music, costumes and dance are cultivated, which can be seen at events such as the Aufsteirern Festival or the Narcissus Festival.
Among the most famous monuments of Styria, it is worth mentioning: the largest castle in the Riegersburg region from the 11th century, Strechau, Oberkapfenberg and Schloss Herberstein castles, the Benedictine monastery Admont, Dachstein glacier, open-air museum in Stübing near Graz, Old Town of Graz, baroque palace complex Eggenberg in Graz.
The culinary specialty of Styria is pumpkin seed oil. The name Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil has been a registered trademark since 1992. One of the most famous typical Styrian dishes is Sterz (a type of polenta), which is prepared in many different ways. Lovers of good wine will also find their way to Styria. Typical Styrian wines are made from the grape varieties Welschriesling, Pinot Blanc, Morillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Gelber Muskateller, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Traminer. The bright red and shimmering Schilcher comes from West Styria.