The sun has got his hat on and he’s out every day in the Solar City Gleisdorf region in Eastern Styria. Everything is easier with a smile on your face as you will find out here. The Solar City Gleisdorf region looks forward to your visit!
Find buckets of fun, relaxation and physical activity at the Gleisdorf wave pool. Two wave machines will have you feeling like you’re by the sea. As to be expected in the Solar City, the pools are preheated with solar energy, guaranteeing consistently warm water temperatures. Throughout the winter months, visitors can enjoy a sauna landscape with whirlpool, plunge pool, relaxation room and solarium.
Likeable people, an impressive culture and plenty of shopping opportunities make the city with the sun in its heart so special. Stroll past the solar tree and through attractive shops in the city centre or visit one of the many forumKLOSTER (seminar and event centre), MiR-Museum (museum in the town hall), Kulturkeller (culture cellar) or House of Music events. Follow in the footsteps of our Roman ancestors along the Austrian Roman Wine Road, which starts in Gleisdorf.
The Gleisdorf restaurant owners and innkeepers serve everything from fine cuisine to hearty snacks. People enjoy life here and end their day with a good glass of wine.
From the flat Raab Valley to the surrounding hills, the Solar City Gleisdorf region has bicycle and mountain bike routes for all ability levels. In addition to the trans-regional province and district trails, the "Sonnentour" (Sun Tour) combines the nicest parts of the region across around 50 km, leading you through the entire surrounding area.
The Gleisdorf hiking trails are waiting to be discovered, with the main routes in particular - the "Buschenschankwanderung" (Tavern Hike) and "Wandern mit Aussicht" (Hiking with a View) – showing the region from its best side and allowing you to recharge your batteries along the signposted paths. The trails lead through the surrounding forests, across sunny meadows with inviting benches and through shaded areas, offering spectacular views along the ridges and taverns to stop and refuel at along the way.
In the Garden of Austria
Gleisdorf city park stretches across 1.5 ha. 100 year old horse chestnut trees, a Celtic circle of trees, numerous flowerbeds, picnic lawns, lovingly arranged flowers and shrubs, a fountain with a water feature, a romantic pergola, an adventure playground, a rock spiral and more awaits you when you visit the city’s green lung. At the Street Workout Park you can work out using your own body weight. Whether young or old, large or small: come and see for yourself! The motor skills park has everything an active heart could desire, from stepping stones to a slackline and balance beams.
The city of Gleisdorf, which is also known as the "Gateway of Eastern Styria", has a wonderful selection of shops that can be reached on foot. Divided between the city centre and shopping centre GEZ West, you can shop in style here. The local gastronomy perfectly complements the shopping experience. And when crossing the sunny main square and its water features you will even come across the city’s iconic solar tree.
Gleisdorf’s settlement history goes all the way back to the Celts. There was also a Roman settlement, which building remains remind us of to this day, such as those of an amphitheatre used as a place of worship. And more than 200 tombs and tomb inscriptions from the first and second century A.D. found around Gleisdorf are further proof. The first documented mention of the city of Gleisdorf was in 1229 as seat of the Gleisdorf knights. In 1284, Gleisdorf was granted the right to hold a market. It was besieged and largely destroyed in 1532 in the wake of the Turkish attacks of the 16th century. A significant National Guard department was equipped by Gleisdorf in the revolutionary year of 1848. The second half of the 19th century saw economic advancement in Gleisdorf, which peaked with the construction of a hydropower plant in the Stubenberg Gorge. It was also around this time that the town hall was built. Gleisdorf was made a city in 1920. A fresh boom followed in the 1970s when it was connected to the south motorway, driving more industrial companies to make it their base.
Movies, "Kinderland" and adventure golf at the Dieselkino Gleisdorf
With its cool jungle design, there is more than enough room to play, climb, race the kid-carts and even celebrate birthdays in this cinema. Little ones will have a ball across 120 m². State-of-the-art auditoriums bring international blockbusters to your screen in Eastern Styria. And on fine days you can take advantage of the adventure golf course opposite the cinema.
Cinema bowling Gleisdorf
Bowling is an American version of what the Austrians call "kegeln". One of the main differences is that Austrian bowling balls are clasped with the whole hand, whilst the American ones have the three holes that you use to throw the ball with your fingers. Strike it lucky – the American way.
Kleeberg lookout tower
The lookout tower on the Kleeberg is probably the best known sight in the Solar City Gleisdorf region. The Kleeberg is a 499 m (metres above the Adriatic) hill that lies around 4 km south of Gleisdorf. The stairway with over 140 steps leads to a 31.7 m high lookout tower. On fine days you can see all the way across Eastern Styria – from the Schöckl to Riegersburg Castle – and beyond.