About this Austria walking region
Styria’s colourful landscapes range from lofty mountains to verdant vineyards; from swathes of dense forest and sparkling turquoise lakes to pretty pumpkin fields.
The north of Styria is where you’ll find the highest peaks, including the 2,995 metre (9,826 feet) Mt. Dachstein, which borders on the Salzkammergut region. And this is also where you can discover Austria’s newest National Park: the Gesäuse National Park with its stunning gorges.
The south is characterised by more pastoral scenery. The gentle rolling hills of the vineyards, apple orchards and warm springs for bathing in make it a very pleasant place to spend some time. Throw in the wide range of walking and cycle routes and the temptations of welcoming wine taverns and you may find it hard to leave!
Styria’s scenery may be the main drawcard, but it is also a land of wonderful towns and cities. Graz, a designated UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, boasts one of the finest old towns in Europe and is a gastronome’s dream. If you do just one thing here, take a walk up to the Schlossberg, with its historic clock tower, and take in the beauty of this city with its trademark red rooves and vibrant character.
The wonders of Styria and neighbouring Slovenia can be enjoyed all year round. A wide range of hiking and cycling trails will lead you through the natural treasures of this varied land. In winter, the countryside becomes carpeted in snow and offers some wonderful opportunities for skiing, snow shoeing and winter walking.
Walking in Steiermark (Styria)
The sheer variety of walks on offer in Styria will leave you spoilt for choice. In the alpine north, you can marvel at the mountains, the highest of which are Mt. Dachstein (2,995m/9,826ft) and Mt. Hochschwab (2,277m/7,470ft), and crystal-clear lakes, while in the south, it’s all about gentle hills, orchards and vineyards. Both sides of this region are equally appealing and merit some serious exploration. Styria is a place where you can truly forget about the stresses of everyday life and simply enjoy nature at its finest.
There are walks in Styria to suit all ages and fitness levels, including a large number of leisurely hikes which all the family can enjoy. Best of all, they all take you to friendly wine taverns or welcoming mountain huts en-route, so you are never too far from refreshment. If longer hikes are what you’re after, then Styria has an impressive collection of long-distance, hut-to-hut or inn-to-inn treks lasting several days, some of which take you across the border and into Slovenia. We’ve picked out five of our favourite multi-day walks in our Styria Tips & History, Culture, Flora and Fauna section.