Styria – the green heart of Austria

With its forests, meadows and wine, it’s no wonder that Styria is known as the “green heart of Austria”. The lush green landscape naturally has particular appeal for golfers.

The state, which boasts a total of ten thermal baths, is also known for its springs, making Styria the ideal destination for a short break to unwind, accompanied by a few rounds of golf or a walking tour in the hills. The state has 788 peaks exceeding 2,000 metres and some 2,000 alpine pastures stretch over a total area of 50,000 hectares. Styria is without a doubt one of Austria’s most beautiful states.

Visits to the “green heart of Austria” are made even more pleasurable by the fact that the Styrians are exceedingly friendly people who love to spoil their guests, with their good-humoured and exuberant manner, plentiful charm and of course delicious food. A wonderful stay is guaranteed.

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… is Austria’s second largest federal state with an area of 16,401.04 km. Graz, capital of the state of Styria, is Austria’s second largest city.

… has more than 1.2 million residents.

… aside from Vienna, Styria has the shortest border length with neighbouring countries of all the federal states, with just 145 kilometres bordering Slovenia.
… borders the states of Carinthia and Salzburg, as well as Upper Austria, Lower Austria and Burgenland.

… is commonly referred to as the “green heart of Austria”, since more than 61 percent of its area is wooded, and another quarter is covered by meadows, pastures, orchards and vineyards.

… according to archaeological finds was already settled some 80,000 years ago during the Palaeolithic Age.

… is often referred to as the “sports state”, because it lends itself to sport and active leisure throughout the year, and also has a great tradition of hosting major sporting events (world championships and European championships).

… is defined by the River Mur. Austria’s fourth longest river (with a total length of 453 km) runs for 290.9 kilometres in Styria.

… is divided into several regions. In the north lies Upper Styria, which is mountainous and very densely wooded, while West Styria and East Styria are also known as “uplands”. South Styria has a significantly milder climate than the more northerly regions, earning it the name of the “Austrian Tuscany”.

… is known for good wine and delicious food, with apples taking pride of place. Styria is Austria’s leading apple supplier (it supplies 65 percent of the total apples produced). Yet Styria is known not only for its apples – it has also made a name for itself with its pumpkin seed oil in Europe and possibly even beyond.

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