Austria: Hochsteiermark – Alpine Land of Adventure
Today we head to Austria where we visit the mountainous landscape of Hochsteiermark. We introduce you to it. As it is an area of the idyllic, sports and recreational activities. We will not forget to give you some tips for interesting events.
The region of Hochsteirmark is located, as it name suggests, in Styria (it takes about 2 hours by car from Bratislava). Its border runs from Semmering to the Hochschwab Mountains and continues beyond the Eisener Alps. Current Regional Tourist Association of Hochsteiermark, which administers tourist industry in this area, was established only recently, in 2007. It administer the northeastern territory of Styria, including Semmering - Waldheimat - Veitsch, Kindberg - Mürztal plantation area, Pogusch - Styrian romance, Bruck - Kapfenberg, Leoben - Styrian iron trail, trails of Palten - Liesing, nearby mountain range Hochschwab, Mariazell region and natural park Mürzer Oberland.
When we answered where Hochsteiermark is located, we move on to what a tourist can experience here. First of all, fantastic skiing in unique ski areas. Perfectly maintained ski slopes with guaranty of high quality snow and the possibility of ordering a personal ski instructor. Other services include car rental, shuttle bus or refreshments and accommodation directly at the slope. Local residents have also prepared alternative for those who do not ski. So what do you think? Would you go to experience active recreation in Hochsteirmark?
Another and by far not the last attraction this year is also World Championship in Skibob in Stuhleck near Spitale in Semmering. Of the 14 world countries, 120 athletes who demonstrate their performance will compete there. This will be held already on February 26th 2014 (Wednesday). The opening ceremony will take place on that day. It will a march of competing nations accompanied by people with torches. On following days athletes will compete in the superslalom, giant slalom and slalom. Winners will be officially awarded. For those who want this championship and personally visit, the organizers have the opportunity to try skibob for themselves along with an experienced instructor who will teach you how to control it.
Maybe you ask, what is a skibob? It is a "steerable wheeled sleigh." But magical winter world of Hochsteiermark offers both tourists and sports enthusiasts a rich program of leisure. Even tourists would enjoy their time there, they can go, e.g. to snowshoe tours. For a more romantic nature is again the possibility of moving the horse-drawn carriage. An uncommon experience can be a trip by moonlight or fast horse sleigh . For lovers of cross-country skiing there are over 200 km of cross country tracks.
Locals just love people from abroad. However, the prices thereare little higher. But the services that are on offer here will exceed your expectations. For example, humans and four-legged friend here literally relaxes. Not only can enjoy themselves with their master cross-country routes, but may also be provided to relax by the fireplace, massage, dog blanket or feeding bowls with goodies.
Among the gems of Hochsteiermark, excluding ski resorts and magnificent nature, is the town of Mariazell. Beautiful basilica and pervasive calm atmosphere makes you charming experience that you will long remember. Of course, other municipalities, such as tournament Eisenerz, Radmer or Vordernberg offer interesting nooks and rich history, but we will talk about some other time.
Hochsteiermark is a beautiful country that still remains unexplored by our fellow citizens. Therefore, do not hesitate for a moment and travel there to reveal its secrets active relaxation, adventure, knowledge and fascinating wildlife.
Text: Oskár Mažgút
Source : TRV Hochsteiermark
Photo : Stuhleck ( title photo ) , © PLOHE2323 Iris Lienhard AUT , © Präbichl Bergbahnen GmbH , © cc noste ! Ski ! Team ! Mürzzuschlag - Austria, © TRV Hochsteiermark_Harry Schiffer , Rodeln © TRV Hochsteiermark_Harry Schiffer , Oľga Maňáková
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