Ski Season tips

There are a wide choice of ski resorts reachable from Graz between 1 – 2 hours drive. You can see a list of open resorts here. The Steiermark tourism page also has recommendations for ski resorts, including a section on family friendly resorts, plus sledging runs, fun parks for snowboarders, cross country skiing and ski […]

All Saints Day ‘Allerheiligen’ November 1st

For those familar with the Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations, Austria has a similar tradition, although more somber and less of a party atmosphere! On November 1st All Saints Day ‘Allerheiligen’ in German and November 2nd All Souls Day ‘Allerseelen’ Austrians visit their local cemetery and decorate their relatives’ graves with flowers, wreaths and […]

‘Pick your own’ berry fields in Graz

The start of summer is often signaled by arrival of local strawberries in the farmer markets. For the freshest berries (and a fun family activity), the pick-your-own strawberry fields around Graz are very popular. They usually open from around middle / end of May. Opening times can depend on the weather and after busy days […]

Hiking in the Wine Country

Autumn and spring are great times of the year to go hiking in the wine country, just south of Graz. You can read more about the area and it’s famous ‘Southern Styria Wine Road here. It’s a beautiful area to drive around and visit all the vineyard tasting rooms and buschenschanks. There are also lots […]

Hiking in Teichalm

Teichalm is about an hour from Graz and is a beautiful spot to visit for hiking. There is a small lake which is usually full of people on a sunny weekend, but just head out onto one of the hiking paths and the crowds quicky thin out. Be sure to check the weather as it’s […]

Hiking around Stift Rein

Founded in 1129, Stift Rein is the oldest Cistercian monastery in the world and is situated in a very picturesque spot in the hills about 25 mins drive from Graz (15 km). The monastery has a beautiful baroque interior, festival halls and library. Guided tours in German are provided daily at 10.30 am and 13:30 […]

Exploring the Reinerkogel in Graz

If you are looking for some wilderness within the city of Graz, the Reinerkogel hill is great spot for a 500 m climb up through pretty woodland. It’s situated between Andritz and Geidorf and can be reached by tram (Robert-Stolz-Gasse #4 /#5) – walk up Weg zum Reinerkogel and look out for the Jakobsleiter (Jacobs […]

Kalvarienberg (Calvary hill) Graz

The Kalvarienberg is a wonderfully quirky little hill alongside the river Mür in Lend. Perfect for a visit while strolling along the river bank path. Built in the 17th century and modeled on the Golgotha in Jerusalem, it has been a religious pilgrimage destination for several hundred years and connects with the Mariatrost Basilica. (Originally there […]