The 10 Best Things to Do in Styria, Austria

September 11, 2017 Giuseppe Pratt

Styria (German: Steiermark, German pronunciation: [ˈʃtaɪ̯ɐˌmaːk] ( listen), Slovene: Štajerska, Hungarian: Stájerország, Czech: Štýrsko) is a state or Bundesland, located in the southeast of Austria. In area it is the second largest of the nine Austrian federated states, covering 16,401 km (6,332 sq mi). It borders Slovenia and the Austrian states of Upper Austria, Lower Austria, Salzburg, Burgenland, and Carinthia. The capital city is Graz which had 276,526 inhabitants at the beginning of 2015.

1. Admont Monastery

Admont 1, Admont 8911, Austria +43 3613 23120
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4.5 based on 143 reviews

Admont Monastery

A jewel of the Baroque era meets contemporary art. 70.000 restored books, ceiling frescoes and sculptures in the magnificent world largest monastery library meet creations of Erwin Wurm, Rudi Molacek and Lois Renner in the huge museum of the Abbey. The new gothic exhibition 'Close to Heaven' is putting on display a major collection of medieval sculptures and painted panels of the collection Mayer. -The artworks of the late Middle Ages continue to exert a powerful fascination on us even today. Beside there is a Natural history museum with exhibits dating to 1866 - 1906 (the 'Museum in the Museum') and a Museum of Fine Arts as well as plays host to special Exhibitions and a multimedia Abbey presentation.

Reviewed By LostALot22 - Lombard, Illinois

The library is really awesome looking and has some really old pieces. It apparently would have a lot more except for the 2nd war but it's still impressive. The manuscripts on display in the room across from the library are amazing. Totally worth a visit.

2. Grazer Schlossberg

Graz, Austria 433168873391
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4.5 based on 610 reviews

Grazer Schlossberg

Reviewed By Anne Margaux A - Manila, Philippines

From the iconic photos of Graz, this point in the city should definitely be in your to-visit list of any person who would be going to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are various options for all kinds of visitors- if you’re feeling a tad adventurous and up for the stairs leading up to the clock tower, by all means, you can ascend via the stairs. But if you are lacking in time and would like to conserve your energy, you can take the lift for a minimum charge of €1.50.
Up the hill, there are walkways, park benches, Gardens, restaurants and various points at which you could soak in the city skyline. This is a really nice place to spend the morning or end a day.

3. Altstadt von Graz

Altstadt Von Graz, Graz 8047, Austria 4331680750
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Altstadt von Graz

Reviewed By Madshus - Canberra, Australia

The old city of Graz is really lovely. Wander along the streets, look at the buildings, watch the trams, people watch, enjoy the fact that this is a living old city - not one just for show or just for tourists.

4. Wilde Wasser

Rohrmoos-Untertal, Schladming, Austria +43 3687 61166
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4.5 based on 92 reviews

Wilde Wasser

Reviewed By TimisoaraMarius - Timisoara

Bodensee (Styrian) is a small Alpine lake close to Schladming. It is completely surrounded by Mountains and this makes the landscape more spectacular. The full tour around the lake lasts for about 30 minutes (slowly) and you may add another half an hour to visit the waterfall. Maybe of equal interest is the performance given in the water by thousands of Forellen. Usually I plan half a day for Bodensee and it is better to be a sunny day but it is also nice during bad weather. Fishing is not allowed and swimming is not indicated.... Cold water. There is no boat cruise on the lake but you can rent small boat (ask at reception of Forellenhof) and drive yourself). Find below some details.
1. Access to Bodensee: on Alpine road from Haus bei Schladming (that I recommend) or by Aich, both along B320.
2. Follow the Alpine road. The one that starts in Aich is narrow and indicators are lacking in many branching points. If not indicated, follow the rule "always up".
3. From the parking you have to walk down about 10 minutes till the lake. Cars are not allowed and this is very good. Parking is free of charge.
4. The tax is 3 Euro per person (1 Euro for children), free admission with Schladming Sommercard.
5. Forellenhof restaurant is excellent (nice location, Panorama from the Terrace, good food).
6. If you travel to Liezen-Graz, you may use the road to Aich (6 km) and Grobming (13 km) on the same B320.
You may combine this trip with a half day in the swimming bath from Schladming, Aich or Grobming.

5. Uhrturm

Schlossberg, Graz 8010, Austria +4231680750
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4.5 based on 952 reviews

Uhrturm

Reviewed By Shukile

It’s a must. Can’t be in Graz and not be there. And walk up it’s worth the hike There is a lovely restaurant up there and great view.

6. Basilika Mariatrost

Kirchplatz 9, Graz 8044, Austria +43 316 391145
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4.5 based on 115 reviews

Basilika Mariatrost

Reviewed By izi f - Ljubljana, Slovenia

The Basilika is quite far from the Graz city center but worth a trip. We could take a tram but it was more comfortable going by car. Nice trip to the outskirts, with great views and impressive church!

7. Red Bull Ring

Red Bull Ring Strasse 1, Spielberg 8724, Austria +43 3577 2020
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4.5 based on 175 reviews

Red Bull Ring

Reviewed By Kokkelol - South Africa

It was extremely easy to reach by car and there is plenty free parking in open fields with grass. No mud. Honestly, it was not very far to walk, but of course you should not wear your high heels. It might take you a while to get there then. Easy access overall. We encountered no traffic queues. We drove straight in all three days of the F1 Grand Prix. Toilets were plentiful and very clean. We sat in the Red Bull Tribune Section J Row 13 seat 7 and 8. Perfect view of at least 60% of the track. Open stand, not covered but we find that when there is rain, sitting on a covered stand does not help anyway because wind always blows the rain in. Sun block and hats are the only absolute 'must' on an open stand. We loved our seats. They were right in front of the screen. The scenery is stunning!
Well organised track and events.

8. Mariazell Basilica

Benedictus-Platz 1, Mariazell 8630, Austria
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4.5 based on 136 reviews

Mariazell Basilica

Reviewed By NarisaB - Vienna, Austria

Mariazell Basilica, Basilica of the Birth of the Virgin Mary, located in the middle town small room city Mariazell. It is the most important pilgrimage destination in Austria, today around a million pilgrims visit Mariazell each year and the place interest famous tourist attraction, the Church entry Free!!

9. Planai & Hochwurzen

Coburgstrasse 52, Schladming 8970, Austria 43368722042
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4.5 based on 274 reviews

Planai & Hochwurzen

Reviewed By stephenskier123 - Newtownards, United Kingdom

This is a good resort for intermediate skiers with lots of really good cruising runs spread over 4 Mountains.
Not a lot of blues or blacks and when we were there the snow wasn't suitable for off-piste.
Well managed resort with good grooming and an efficient list system which interlinks all the Mountains efficiently.

Herrengasse 16 | 8010 Graz, Graz 8010, Austria +43 316 80179810
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4.5 based on 293 reviews

Landeszeughaus

Among the 21 departments and institutions of the Joanneum Universal Museum, founded as the Joanneum in 1811, the Armoury is in a class of its own. Attracting around 55,000 visitors annually, it is the Joanneum's most-visited institution without an Exhibitions role. Moreover, as the largest historic armoury in the world, it is a living memorial to a chequered, conflict-ridden past, whose bogeymen and prejudices are still with us.

Reviewed By VoixDuChocolat - Walla Walla, Washington

Sometimes called The Styrian Armoury, this is an unrivaled collection of historical armour. Four floors packed with cannons and cannonballs, pole weapons, ancient rifles that must have been a nightmare to fire and maintain, old pistols, and more. So crowded is this armoury that there are literally helmets and powder horns mounted on the ceilings. Some of the armour and weapons are etched or otherwise decorated, a sign that they belonged to the wealthy or nobility, but the majority are unadorned. This “defense warehouse”, for lack of a better term, now houses weapons and armour constructed between the 15th and 18th centuries, and how lucky we are that it has been preserved for so long. There are two downsides. One is inconsistency between employees in what is allowed in the museum and what must be checked. The second is more serious: a complete lack of information on the weapons and armour you'll see. I can understand not wanting to affix signs to an old historical building, and the laws on that may be strict in Austria. But there are small alcoves on every floor not being used. Put up a stand of some sort, and have some descriptions on it just so visitors know what they're seeing; if you want to make history live for people, you're going to have to provide some explanations. Even at that, this armoury is worth a special trip to see.

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