11 municipalities form the Joglland-Waldheimat region in Eastern Styria. Nestled within the picturesque hills, peace and calm are still to be found here, far from the hustle and bustle. Nature is at one in this region and plenty of excursion destinations encourage you to explore the area. Regional delicacies are as easy to come across as perfectly marked hiking and cycle paths for all ability levels. Excellent air quality and relaxation – the region offers all of this and more. Switch off and enjoy your time in the Joglland-Waldheimat region!
The Joglland-Waldheimat region promises great variety, with plenty of ways to get to know the region in both summer and winter. Whether on foot through the villages, along gentle hills or up to impressive lookout points – nature shows its strengths here. Dense forests and wide meadows, herbs as far as the eye can reach and mystical rock formations. The Joglland-Waldheimat region fascinates with its many facets.
In recent years, the local municipalities have joined forces as the "Kraftspendedörfer Joglland" (energy giving villages). The focus is on "drawing energy for everyday life". Inevitably, Styrian poet Peter Rosegger is associated with the region. Follow in his footsteps and visit the many monuments and memorials that pay tribute to him. Explore underground passageways and hidden tunnels of the past as part of a Sub Terra Vorau tour and admire Baroque art at the Augustinian monastery. Its world-famous library, magnificent Baroque church and the sacristy, which is home to frescos by Johann Cyriak Hackhofer, are well worth a visit.
Make your way through the alleyways and streets of the villages, taking your pick of where to stop and enjoy the regional produce. From delicious fish dishes at the Forellengasthof Joglland in Rettenegg to the famous "Buchteln" (sweet rolls) in Wenigzell or coffee and a slice of Gugelhupf cake at Traditionswirtshaus Gallbrunner, there is something for everyone here.
Should you be looking for more action, we have a hot tip for you: the "Große Jogl" mountain bike trail. Ride from village to village, over rough and smooth terrain, spreading the tour across multiple days if you desire. This is a great way to get to know the region and its people even better. Those looking for further thrills should head to the Trail Land in Miesenbach, which comprises of six exciting trails. But the Fischbach Alps in the northern part of the region are not just suitable for bike pros. Many routes were designed with families in mind, promising a wonderfully relaxed tour.
There are plenty of opportunities for those who are drawn to the mountains in the Joglland-Waldheimat region. Discover countless hiking trails that lead across juicy meadows in summer and passed grazing cows. One mythical highlight is the Teufelstein Fischbach (Devil’s Stone). A delightful hike leads along the Mariazell pilgrimage route and up to the Teufelstein, from where the views are incredible.
You can recharge your batteries throughout winter in the Joglland-Waldheimat region too. Embark on a winter adventure with skiing or cross-country skiing. The family-friendly resorts and ski schools are ideal for young guests. Cross immaculate ice rinks on skates or whizz down the hill by toboggan. And when the conditions are right, you can scale one or the other peak in snowshoes.
The region stretches across the north-eastern part of Styria and its districts of Hartberg-Fürstenfeld and Weiz. People still gather at the table here, tell stories and stick together. The down-to-earth region charms visitors with its traditional values and unspoiled nature. Those seeking relaxation will flourish at the sight of the colourfully decorated villages along the Styrian Flower Road, and kids can have a real run around on the many meadows.
Wildwiesenhof in Miesenbach
The Wildwiesenwarte is a 36 m high lookout post, giving a wonderful panorama of the region from 1,256 m. The views are incredible and make a great Instagram or Facebook post.
Alpannonia hiking trail
The Alpannonia hiking trail leads from the Fischbach Alps, over the Bernstein and Güns mountains into the Pannonian Plain and Hungary, combining the best of Austrian and Hungarian landscapes and cuisine.
Wenigzell barefoot park
Get those shoes off at the barefoot park in Wenigzell. Enjoy the sensory experience of walking barefoot through different terrains, from bark to volcanic basalt chippings.
Speed down the mountainside in winter without having to carry your toboggan to the top. Family Ski Resort St. Jakob’s tow lift will do all of the work with its specially designed toboggans, leaving you to enjoy the ride up and the race back down.