The Styrian castle road
A trip along the strongholds of the knights
Thermen- and Vulkanland Styria is one of the richest in fortressed castles in Europe. For centuries Styria played a role as a bastion against invading people. The area is the meeting point of three cultures - Germanic, Latin and Slavic and as such was often attacked and had to be defended. Plenty of imposing edifices on the Castle Route are open to visitors and invite them to be witnesses of the past.
What is the essence of history? The value of tradition? Of cherished ancient walls infused with open-hearted cordiality? We are convinced that the appeal of so many things lies in their contrasts. We encourage you to visit the personalities behind the historic walls, and not be too taken aback by the youthful spirits you encounter wherever you go. We hope you derive the greatest joy out of these characterful lifestyle experiences.
An exploratory trip through Thermen- and Vulkanland Styria is always a trip into the past because there is no other region in Austria that can pride itself on an equal number. One example of the numerous palaces and castles is the impressive Riegersburg Castle, which for a long time was known as the most powerful fortress of Christianity. Or palaces like Schloss Herberstein with its wildlife park, Schlosshotel Obermayerhofen, Schloss Kornberg or Schloss Kapfenstein to name but a few. Feel like royalty for a night when staying in one of the magnificent rooms of the castles. Many of these witnesses of the past make a dignified setting for various events and exhibitions today.
On the Castle Road we didn't just recently discover what it means to live life well - we've been doing it for centuries. Powerful in its cultural aspirations, endearingly gentle in shape.
A holiday for your body and soul: whether a wish for peace and relaxation, an urge to get exercise, a yen for culinary specalities or the yearning to experience some culture. A weekend or longer in the land of castles and hot springs will fulfil all your desires. Leave the restless humdrum of everyday life as far behind as possible.
This region of thermal spas and castles offers recreation, an opportunity to slow down and enjoy a change of scenery for body and soul. The vibrations of life harmonize with the land - whether in a whirlpool, on the golf course or on a bike. Enjoy, savor, laugh, discover. The ideal time to escape the everyday. Take time to discover a different rhythm. Slow down to feel life.