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 […]

My favourite cafes in Vienna and other tips

Vienna is famous for it’s Viennese coffee houses where you can order a coffee and sit for hours. You have probably heard of the famous ones (Cafe Central , Cafe Sperl , Cafe Museum, Cafe Landtmann for example) but here are some of my favourite ones which are often much quieter, have friendly service and […]

Easy Teichalm hike

This is one of my favourite easy hikes, an hour from Graz, at Teichalm lake. It’s about an hour mostly through the woods with lovely meadows and mountain views. So good for warm days and it’s not very steep so family friendly too. The destination is the Tyrnaueralm hütte, a small rustic hut with simple […]