From business to personal travel: the tourism region of Weiz & St. Ruprecht an der Raab in the heart of Eastern Styria is worth a visit whatever the season, with excellent excursion options, sports and cultural highlights. From cycling holidays to voyages of discovery, a seminar or simply a couple of days to relax – you have come to the right place here! Nature, indulgence and hospitality take centre stage in the Weiz & St. Ruprecht region. Its outstanding reputation is largely thanks to the region’s natural treasures of apples, wine and pumpkins. Take a break from the everyday, get to know the region’s scenic and culinary variety and enjoy a couple of exciting or relaxing days in Eastern Styria, the Garden of Austria.
The Weiz caves
Two wonders of nature can be reached within no time at all: the Grasslhöhle and Katerloch caves. The Grasslhöhle leads visitors through an underground wonderland. You will find Austria’s oldest show cave between Weiz and Arzberg, on the edge of the Große Raabklamm. A wealth of stalactites and wonderful natural formations await you in the Katerloch. Open to visitors again since 2004, this cave displays the forces of creation, allows you to forget day-to-day life and encourages meditative thought.
For more than 50 years, Weiz has been earning itself an excellent trans-regional reputation as a town of culture. With a colourful and diverse programme, guests embark on an exciting trip around the world. Musical variety can be found at the Kunsthaus (concert hall), which regularly hosts big names from the Austrian and international theatre and music scenes. Its town gallery is home to exhibitions with a focus on modern art all year round. And all types of events take place across 1800 m² at the Kulturzentrum Weberhaus (culture centre), from workshops to readings and pop concerts.
When it comes to food, Weiz leaves nothing to be desired. There are plenty of little cafés and restaurants to take a break at when strolling through the old town that can easily be reached on foot. A couple of regional specialities stand out when visiting Weiz & St. Ruprecht an der Raab. One insider’s tip is the "Mulbratl", which is matured pork loin, thinly sliced and eaten with horseradish and farmhouse bread. There is even an entire festival dedicated to it.
St. Ruprecht an der Raab is the ideal starting point for anyone who wants to explore Styria by bike! Discover countless excursion destinations, stunning places of natural beauty and cultural highlights on two wheels. A variety of tours lead to the best spots between the Apple Land and the Eastern Styrian Roman Wine Road. As a stage of the Styrian Wine Country Cycling Tour and with two designated bike hotels, St. Ruprecht an der Raab is the perfect destination for your cycling holiday. An extensive network of trails awaits!
Walkers, pleasure hikers, Nordic Walkers and runners can look forward to well signposted routes. A reflective route, for example, would be up the hills and along the orchards to the chapel on the Lohnberg, which rewards your efforts with a panoramic view of Kulm and Schöckl.
In the Garden of Austria
Situated near the Natura 2000 reserve of the Raab Gorge, you will find a romantic hilly landscape surrounding St. Ruprecht an der Raab. Pristine meadows call for a picnic amidst nature.
Nature and sport in Weiz
In and around Weiz, you will find ideal conditions to actively enjoy nature. Be it in the local outdoors, nearby Nature Park Almenland or the Apple Land – tune into the Green Heart of Austria whilst cycling, hiking, swimming or skiing and conquer Styria’s delightful natural spaces using your own muscle power. Experience Styria on a small scale: short distances, great variety!
See and experience the town of Weiz
Go on an interesting journey into the past and future and learn about the turbulent history of Weiz! On a tour of the old town you will get to know all of the important buildings and sights. On an historic tour you dive into the town’s centuries old spiritual and economic roots. Those looking to get physically as well as mentally active can explore the key stations in and around Weiz by bike.
The town of Weiz
In many ways, Weiz is a town of energy, and you will soon discover its broad spectrum of visible and noticeable testimonies to this. It could be in the form of a historical look at the old town’s buildings or the Baroque pilgrimage church on the Weizberg, which a spiritual trail past seven "energy sources" leads up to. The Kunsthaus (concert hall) offers a contemporary perspective, with its accomplished architectural bridge to modern times in the heart of the old town. There is plenty to see between Weiz and St. Ruprecht an der Raab, and the many sights, exploration tours and events invite you to spend a holiday like no other in Eastern Styria.
The St. Ruprecht an der Raab region
St. Ruprecht an der Raab is the ideal base from which to explore Styria’s incredible variety. Countless excursion destinations and nature experiences such as the culinary and cultural capital of Graz, Herberstein Animal World and Castle, the Natura 2000 Raab Gorge reserve, Riegersburg Castle or the Feistritztalbahn narrow-gauge railway are easily reached from St. Ruprecht an der Raab. From the mountains to the wine – choose St. Ruprecht an der Raab as a window to your personal favourites and new perspectives.
Findings from three thousand years before Christ suggest that the area where today’s town of Weiz can be found was already populated in the Neolithic Age, and tombstones preserved from ancient times hint at a Roman settlement. In 1147, a castle "Wides" with Meierhof was first documented, from which the area was ruled and the forests were cleared. Weiz market was founded in 1188, replacing the by now irrelevant castle.
In the 12th century, the Weiz area was split between two reigns: one part belonged to the Archbishop of Salzburg and the other to the Lords of St. Dionysen-Waldstein. In 1288, Weiz and Gutenberg Castle were sold to the Stubenberger and remained in their possession until 1848.
Frederick William IV of Prussia granted Weiz the right to hold a "Katharinenmarkt" at the end of November in June 1447. Maximilian I extended the market rights at the beginning of the 16th century. In 1564, the Weiz residents opened a hospital, which looked after the region’s sick, elderly and those in need of care. It wasn’t until centuries later that Weiz became capital of the district in 1850. Engineer Franz Pichler was granted the concession in 1892 to commercially produce electrical machines and build foreign plants. This was the beginning of the ELIN corporation, which brought Weiz international economic acclaim. Prior to this, Pichler had already put the monarchy’s first polyphase system into operation, which was to supply Weiz with electricity. In November 1911, Weiz opened the doors to its first own school for the children of the region. Its steady growth led to Weiz being made a town in 1932.
The Second World War took its toll on the town with bombings and it claimed 19 lives. From May 1945, Weiz was under Soviet occupation, which only lasted until July 1945, as the area was then handed over to the Brits. In 1982, Austria’s then largest school complex opened in Weiz and just a few years later in 1990 the Weberhaus as the town’s new culture centre. January 2001 saw the opening of a new ice rink and town hall, followed by the Kunsthaus concert hall in 2005. The municipalities of Weiz and nearby Krottendorf were fused together in 2015, increasing the size of Weiz.
Basilica on the Weizberg
The Baroque pilgrimage church sits enthroned at the highest point of the district capital of Weiz in Eastern Styria. The first place of worship was said to have been built on the Weizberg in the middle of the 11th century, before Weiz had even been founded.
The St. Thomaskirche is the town’s oldest surviving structure and emblem. Romanic at its core, the church was dedicated to Saint Thomas Becket of Canterbury in 1188.
Learn about the true craftsmanship that goes into the "Tracht" (traditional costume) at the custom tailors on the main square. On a guided tour of the "glass manufactory", visitors can gain insight into the art of tailoring. You are introduced to different elements such as prints, synthetic fibres and fabrics through plenty of practical examples.
Schwindhackl pastry shop
Handmade chocolates and tasty apple truffles, delicious ice cream throughout summer and divine cakes and pastries can be found at Schwindhackl on the main square in Weiz.
Steirerkraft Kernothek pumpkin specialists
How does the seed end up in the bottle? Can you milk an oil cow? What do freshly roasted pumpkin seeds smell like? A tour of the Steirerkraft Kernothek has the answers, plus an oil mill. Experience pumpkin seed oil production with all senses and enter the world of the pumpkin, including a tasting. You can even fill up with pumpkin seed oil and other Styrian delicacies.
Köck aronia manufacturers
A small berry with a great punch! At the Köck aronia manufacturers you learn all about the superfruit aronia.
Weiz sheep farmers
Visit the Weiz sheep farmers’ interactive show dairy and enjoy a tour revolving around sheep and their produce. Find all of the sheep’s milk and lamb products in the shop, plus snug woollies and regional delicacies to take home as souvenirs.