Judenburg – The Styrian market place for over 900 years

11 June 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Seen from Reifling © David Bauer

Seen from Reifling © David Bauer

Judenburg is a historic town in the state of Styria in Austria, the capital of the Murtal district. It is located on the western end of the Aichfeld basin at the banks of the Mur river. The municipality also comprises the Katastralgemeinden of Tiefenbach and Waltersdorf. The town was first mentioned in 1074 near Eppenstein Castle, the ancestral seat of the Eppensteiner noble family, who ruled as Styrian margraves in the 11th century. The name literally means “Jews’ Castle”, referring to the town’s origin as a trading outpost on the route across the Alps, in which Jews played an important role, being represented in the city’s coat of arms.   read more…

Hoher Dachstein

2 December 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Hoher Dachstein with Vorderer Gosausee © Einer flog zu Weit/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hoher Dachstein with Vorderer Gosausee © Einer flog zu Weit/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hoher Dachstein is a strongly karstic Austrian mountain, and the second highest mountain in the Northern Limestone Alps. It is situated at the border of Upper Austria and Styria in central Austria, and is the highest point in each of those states. Parts of the massif also lie in the state of Salzburg, leading to the mountain being referred to as the Drei-Länder-Berg (“three-state mountain”). The Dachstein massif covers an area of around 20×30 km with dozens of peaks above 2,500 m, the highest of which are in the southern and south-western areas. Seen from the north, the Dachstein massif is dominated by the glaciers with the rocky summits rising beyond them. By contrast, to the south, the mountain drops almost vertically to the valley floor.   read more…

Graz in Styria

28 October 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: European Union, General, European Capital of Culture, UNESCO World Heritage

City Hall © Tamirhassan

City Hall © Tamirhassan

Graz is the second-largest city in Austria after Vienna and the capital of the federal state of Styria. On 1 April 2010 it had a population of 292,000. Graz has a long tradition as a student city: its six universities have more than 44,000 students. Its “Old Town” is one of the best-preserved city centres in Central Europe. Graz is situated on the Mur River in the southeast of Austria. It is about 200 km (120 mi) southwest of Vienna. The nearest larger urban center is Maribor in Slovenia which is about 50 km (31 mi) away. Styria is a green and heavily forested area.   read more…

Theme Week Styria – Bruck an der Mur

23 November 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Main Square © Darinko

Main Square © Darinko

Bruck an der Mur is a city with some 12,500 inhabitants in Styria. It is located at the confluence of the Mur and Mürz Rivers. Its manufactures include metal products and paper; located on the main line between Graz and Vienna, Bruck is an important regional railway hub.   read more…

Theme Week Styria – Köflach

22 November 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Holy Andreas Church © Isiwal/cc-by-sa-3.0-at

Holy Andreas Church © Isiwal/cc-by-sa-3.0-at

Köflach is a small city in the district of Voitsberg in Styria, at the foot of the Stubalpe mountain. The town has a population of roughly 10,000 and contains a federal stud in the village of Piber that supplies the Lipizzaner horses to the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna.   read more…

Theme Week Styria – Hartberg

21 November 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Main Square with Mary column © Josef Moser/cc-by-sa-3.0

Main Square with Mary column © Josef Moser/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hartberg is a city in Styria, the capital of the Hartberg-Fürstenfeld (district). As of the census of 2001, it has a population of 6,500 in an area of 21.54 km². The city is approximately 68 km away from Styrias capital Graz.   read more…

Theme Week Styria – Leoben

20 November 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Leoben © tobias b. köhler/cc-by-3.0

Leoben © tobias b. köhler/cc-by-3.0

Leoben is a Styrian city in central Austria, located by the Mur river. With a population of about 24,000 it is a local industrial center and hosts the University of Leoben which specialises in mining.   read more…

Theme Week Styria – Mürzzuschlag

19 November 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Doronenko/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Doronenko/cc-by-sa-3.0

Mürzzuschlag is a town in northeastern Styria, the capital of the Mürzzuschlag District. It is located on the Mürz river near the Semmering Pass, the border with the state of Lower Austria, about 85 km (53 mi) southwest of Vienna. The population is 8,500. Originally an industrial area, the nearby mountains are today a popular ski resort.   read more…

Theme Week Styria

18 November 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Graz - Clock Tower © Philipp Steiner/cc-by-sa-3.0

Graz – Clock Tower © Philipp Steiner/cc-by-sa-3.0

Styria (German: Steiermark) is a state or Bundesland, located in the southeast of Austria. In area it is the second largest of the nine Austrian federated states, covering 16,401 km². It borders Slovenia as well as the other Austrian states of Upper Austria, Lower Austria, Salzburg, Burgenland, and Carinthia. The population is at 1,2 millione. The capital city is Graz.   read more…

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