Discoveries around Tieschen
Heavenly holiday in Thermenland Styria
Picturesque areas, warm medicinal springs and culinary delights - you will find all this in Thermenland Styria. With the GenussCard (pleasure card) you can even take advantage of 120 of these excursion destinations free of charge!
The motto in the Styrian Volcano Land is “what grows here is valuable”. There is hardly a week in which a new culinary delicacy is not created in this fertile region...
Wild garlic, versatile in use, covers the boggy countryside in the spring, late summer is pumpkin season, and the year is rounded off with the wine harvest in the autumn. Get ready for culinary discoveries. Around Tieschen there are many farmsteads, wine taverns and other culinary establishments where you can enjoy regional specialities.
A visit to the Zotter chocolate factory is a must, and not just for those with a sweet tooth! The very special varieties of chocolate such as mountain nuts, walnut & grapes or toasted nuts and lavender are known far beyond Austria’s national borders.
A total of 6 thermal resorts were created after hot thermal water was discovered instead of crude oil during drilling. All thermal resorts are fed by several, partially highly mineralised springs from different depths. They are the remnants of volcanic activity in this region. You will find the thermal resorts Bad Radkersburg and Bad Gleichenberg only 15 minutes away from Tieschen vicarage by car. Whether as a day excursion or for relaxation after a bicycle or hiking tour: visiting a thermal resort enhances well-being and regenerates the body!
Fortresses, castles and churches
The Southeast Styria region is characterised by a density of cultural sights. Fortresses and castles attest to a different time and allow us to trace the lifestyle of our ancestors. Southeast Austria is among Europe’s richest regions in terms of fortresses and castles. These witnesses of great epochs are located along the Styrian castle route known as the Schlösserstrasse and are waiting for your visit! The many churches in the surrounding area are also worth seeing.
Riegersburg, the gem of Styria
Riegersburg Castle is enthroned on the steep cliffs of a volcanic cone and is visible for miles around. It is an impressive fortress that could never be conquered during its eventful history. In only 45 minutes by car you are in the town of Riegersburg, where you can ascend up to the mighty fortress by foot or by means of an inclined lift.
One of the most picturesque towns in Southeast Styria is enchanting due to its unique silhouette. The tour starts at the parish church known as "Maria am Himmelsberg", leads to the fortified church known as "St. Sebastian", after that towards the lower church known as "7 Schmerzen Mariens" and ends in the filial church known as "St. Florian". Four church towers are visible high above on a ridge. The fifth church is still hidden underground. From the elevation above Straden there is a great vista over the region as far as Slovenia.
Gleichenberger Kogel and dinosaurs
Bad Gleichenberg is a traditional spa town with many buildings from the late Biedermeier period. Parts of the spa gardens featuring a magnificent stand of old trees are under historical protection. Stroll in the spa gardens and let the mighty old trees, partially over a hundred years old, affect you! After that, take a dip in the soothing warm water of the Bad Gleichenberg thermal resort that will relax your body from head to toe. The town is located at the foot of the hills known as Gleichenberger Kogel, whose peaks once formed the rim of a mighty volcano and are a popular hiking area today.
Truly lifelike, life-sized replicas of dinosaurs can be seen in an extensive forest area near Bad Gleichenberg. “Styrassic Park” is a popular excursion destination for young and old.
St. Anna am Aigen
The picturesque wine village St. Anna am Aigen is located high above on the ridge of the Gleichenberger Kogel. The mighty parish church is located on the ridge. Take in the view over the countryside, where the visibility extends as far as Hungary. One of the most beautiful wine trails in the region starts at the wine store next to the church. The circular route is laid out as a “trail of senses” and provides lots of variety for adults as well as children and invites visitors to experience the senses. The total length is about 14 kilometres.
Many events take place in this well-known wine village. Among the most well-known are the vintner’s parade and Terra Vulcania wine festival.
Klöch castle ruins
The castle rock is an important, old place of power in the surroundings. The eponymous, mighty castle ruins with their 35 metre-high lookout tower (accessible from 1 April to 1 November, 12 noon to 6 pm) are located on a basalt hill and tower above the idyllic nearby wine village Klöch. On clear days the view from the 35 metre-high lookout tower extends far beyond Southeast Styria to the mountains of Slovenia and Croatia.
During the summer months you can listen to a concert in the Klöch castle ruins.
Located in the south of the province, Bad Radkersburg has many hours of sun. The town was the first Austrian town awarded a prize for preservation of historical monuments.
The historic old town centre with its magnificent houses once belonging to aristocratic merchant princes is cohesively preserved and a real gem. The museum in the old arsenal reveals the historical secrets of this town. A stroll through the old town with its lovely churches or a visit to the Parktherme thermal resort are always an experience. Bad Radkersburg offers a wealth of events year-round, among them also guided hikes through the floodplains.
Mur River floodplains
One of the most beautiful floral paradises in Styria are the Mur River floodplains which border the course of the Mur in varying width from Spielfeld to Radkersburg. Remnants of an alluvial forest with magnificent old trees are preserved around Radkersburg. In early spring, around the beginning of March, the moist soils are transformed into a thin forest of alder. The “snowdrops” (Galanthus nivalis) are so thick here that there is a snow-white carpet! In May, wild garlic covers many floodplain areas along the Mur in a white carpet. Let yourself be enchanted by this natural grandeur during a hike.
Along the Mur River is a short side trip to Mureck to see the Mureck ship mill. The large wheels of the ship mill turned for hundreds of years thanks to the inexhaustible power of water.
Rural flair, hospitality and cosiness characterise the market town Halbenrain. In Halbenrain Castle you can admire an herb garden that was designed according to the decree by Charlemagne or climb up to the vantage point in Frutten-Gießeldorf not far from Tieschen.
Medieval Kapfenstein Castle was mentioned in a document for the first time in the 11th century. The castle has a very turbulent, belligerent history behind it. For instance, it was conquered and destroyed by the Hungarians in the 13th century. In the course of the Ottoman Wars it was also besieged, but not captured. The culinary offer from the castle restaurant consists of local specialities.