Attractions in Styria and Vorarlberg, Austria

Styria – sights

Styria is rich in sights. Holidaymakers, day trippers and visitors are guaranteed not to get bored.
In addition to the churches and pilgrimage sites such as the Marien- Pilfahrtskirche, the Benedictine Abbey of Admont and Mariazell, the Erzberg in Eisenerz is a particularly attractive point of attraction for excursions.

Animals and plants

According to, the Piber Federal Stud is located here in Styria, as is the Herberstein Castle animal and nature park. The nature park in particular is worth a visit. Here you can learn everything about the regional plants and animal species. The park is nicely laid out and well maintained.

The park was established to keep and preserve wild animals. This goes back to the 17th century. The park has been an animal park since 1960 and shows not only regional animals, but also animals from all five continents. The park is located in the immediate vicinity of the Herbsteiner Schloss. This was opened to the public for the first time in 1960.

Part of the castle has been preserved from the 12th century. The beautiful arcades in the castle courtyard date from the 17th century when the castle was rebuilt. The historical gardens were reconstructed based on images from bygone times. So these are presented today in a particularly beautiful form and splendor.

Herberstein Castle is located on a rock, underneath is a Nature reserve. The area is under particularly high protection, as it is home to rare and endangered species of insect, the great horseshoe bat species, the gray woodpecker and the eagle owl.

Other sights include the Dachstein and the Riegersbrug. The Kulm ski jump also has a special charm.

The Stübing open-air museum is a very special place. Here you can experience and see what life must have looked like in earlier times. In summer, a walk through the area is especially fun.

The whole old town of the provincial capital Graz is a sight. This became a world heritage site appointed.

Palaces and castles

Styria is known for interesting palaces and historical castles. Eggenberg Palace in Graz is particularly popular. The baroque palace complex now houses the old gallery of the Landesmuseum Joanneum. The castle park is also a feast for the eyes. This is visited by over a million people every year. The Riegersburg is the largest castle in Styria. It was reached in the 11th century. In terms of popularity, it is closely followed by B urg Strechau in Upper Styria, which is the second largest castle. An absolute must for every visitor and tourist: The Oberkapfenberg Castle. It is located in the city of Kapfenberg. Today there is an impressive collection of historical weapons in the castle itself. In addition, there is a bird of prey show that you should definitely see.

Styria’s largest fortress, the Graz Schlossberg, earned a record entry in the Guinness Book. It is in the book as a record fortress because it could never be captured. The Schlossberg only surrendered when Napoleon had conquered Vienna and threatened to destroy the city.

Vorarlberg – sights

The Austrian state of Vorarlberg has plenty of everything to offer. Whether culture, recreation, hiking, museums, sports and holidays. You can find everything here.
A ride on the Pfänderbahn is a great highlight. You so to speak float the way up the 1,964 meter high Pfänder and can already enjoy the wonderful view during the “ascent”. Here you get a view over Lake Constance, Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The lookout point is so popular and famous because it can shine with a view of 240 Alpine peaks in the Vorarlberg region. You should definitely experience this trip once, you will never forget it.

Also in the adjoining Alpine Game Park can be experienced a lot. You can take part in a bird of prey show here and visit the eagle observatory. Walking and cycling are also allowed. You can enjoy a wonderful view from the terrace of the Berghaus Pfänder.


There is the Bregenzerwaldbahn-Museumbahn association in Vorarlberg. Since 1987 this association has been successfully trying to preserve a section of the former Bregenzerwaldbahn. From 1902 to 1980 the train ran from Bregenz on Lake Constance to Bezau. Here in the association, original vehicles are prepared by volunteer members and the route is maintained.

The so-called Wälderbähnle enjoys the same popularity today as it was then and is one of the highlights of the Bregenz Forest. Trains are even running again according to the rhythm of the old days. You can get from Bezau to Schwarzenberg train station and back again. As was customary back then, steam locomotives and historic diesel locomotives alternate today.
A romantic trip like this should be taken on. It goes past pretty little houses, flower meadows and impressive landscapes.

The Jewish Museum

In 1864 the Villa Heimann-Rosenthal built. Today there is a permanent exhibition on the rural Jewish community of Hohenems and their contributions to the development of Vorarlberg. Special exhibitions take place again and again. Many of them deal with the topic of the Jewish present in today’s Europe, the Diaspora and Israel in the context of the European Einwaderungsgesellschaft.

Rolls Royce en masse!

This is offered by the world’s largest Rolls-Royce Museum, which is located in a 150-year-old historical building. The magnificent design of the car and its timeless beauty inspire every visitor. Automobile history can be experienced here in a beautiful ambience.

Here you get to the bottom of the similarities between horse-drawn carriages and Rolls-Royce, or answer the question of how cars were built 100 years ago. It took half a century until the exhibition existed in its present form. In total there are more than 1,000 exhibits here. In addition, the building has its own restoration workshop for Rolls-Royce.

You can also experience a leap in time on the second floor. Here are small and large treasures from England. An original picnic basket, a suitcase and items of clothing from that time can be viewed here.
You can take a break here on original Victorian furniture. Families with children are also catered for; if the little ones are less interested, they can take a seat in the play area.

Vorarlberg, Austria

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