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The Pöllautal in eastern Styria has an area of 122 square kilometers and consists of the municipalities Pöllau, Pöllauberg, Rabenwald, Schönegg, and Sonnhofen Saifenboden. The hilly landscape of forests, meadows, fields and many fruit trees offers a plenty of variety, beautiful views and wonderful places to stay for nature lovers.

Since 1983, is the Pöllauer Valley a nature park. This predicate get only scenically beautiful regions, with a lot of everyday customs that operate the regional development with special reference to nature conservation.

The Pöllautal region is also a great pleasure. Interesting are made from Pöllauer pear - brandy, pear juice, vinegar, jams, dried pears. Other typical products: apples, grapes, pumpkins, corn, etc. These and many other delicacies are available at the numerous restaurants and wine taverns. The Pöllauer Park offers many opportunities for physical activity. In addition to cycling and mountain biking, these are fishing, bowling, running, Nordic walking, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, curling, tennis, ice skating, cross country skiing, winter hiking and tobogganing. The original and rustic atmosphere affects all visitors a very soothing and relaxing.

The main town is the community Pöllau. In the first in the 12th Century documentary mentioned community now live about 2,200 inhabitants. Pöllau means "rock broad valley."  Pöllauberg is one of the most popular pilgrimage in Styria and counts about 100,000 visitors every year.

Attractions Pöllau: Flowers and views in Pöllauberg, Doll and Toy Museum, Ferrari Museum, late Baroque parish church of St. Vitus, the castle Pöllau, Mary statue at the main square of Pöllau, pilgrimage church of Maria Pöllauberg.

 

The beautiful Austrian region of Styria offers a scenic and cultural diversity, which ranges from about 1,700 m high Hochlantsch, Hochwechsel and Stuhleck to the plains and foothills of the Pannonian plain. The pastures, vineyards, orchards, vast plains and colorful boxes are a real delight for the senses.

Hiking trails lead from the mountain pastures into the Thermal Region Bad Waltersdorf. There are a lot of riding and cycling routes in the natural park Pöllauer Valley: Apelstreet, Joglland, Hartbergerland and Wechselland. Along the bridle paths, bicycle paths and roads can be found very often beautiful wine taverns, country inns and gourmet restaurants where you can consume local products. Typical dishes of the region of Styria are pumpkin seed oil, cider, naturally pure apple juice, honey, brandy, wine, styria beef and lamb. Stressed individuals found in eastern Styria a lot offers of wellness, by using the Kneipp, bath, sauna and so the mind and body will be regenerate and re-invigorated.

In winter you can ski in eastern Styria, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and ski touring, spas and thermal baths. Eastern Styria is divided into 6 tourist areas. 1. Holiday region Teichalp-Summeralp, 2. Jogelland Wechselland, 3. Nature park Pöllauer valley, 4. Country Hartbergerland, 5. Apple country and 6. Thermal region. In the holiday region Teichalp Summeralp one finds an almost alpine mountain pastures up to 1720 m, in which one can do in the winter skiing and great walks. In summer, the Teichalp offers a lot of hiking tours boat trip on the lake and then wonderful fish meals.

The Jogelland is to know a quiet holiday region in which one walks to the old mills and by wayside crosses along the mountain streams, forests and pastures in many places view the magnificent landscape. Trips are for example The Rosegger forest home (famous Austrian writer), castle and zoo Herberstein, monastery Vorau.
The nature park Pöllauertal offers around 120 km of marked hiking trails through the hills and valleys with pastures, orchards, vineyards, and vegetable fields in the original, rustic atmosphere. On the walks are old farm buildings and house mills. The "Pearl of the East Styria" is famous for its 40 kilometers long bridle paths, or known carriage rides and specialties in the rustic wine taverns. Pöllau is the economic and cultural center with about 2,200 inhabitants. The village is also geographically in the middle of nature park Pöllauertal. It belongs to the district of Hartberg and the Styrian Joglland.

On Hartberger country people will find favour with interest in history. In the often varied austrian history over the last approximately 3,000 years ago, Romans, Goths, Mongols, Slavs, the Franks, the Magyars, the Turks and Kuruc, celts were here. Excursions are Neuburg, the castle, with a wonderful view over the Hartberger country.

In apple country fertile soils, mild climate and abundant sunshine thrive the apples. Examples of delicious culinary diversity in the region of apple country: apple desserts, apple brandy and naturally pure apple juice. In addition to the kids park on Stubenbergsee the bike tours are for example on the apple road a wonderful experience. Points of interest are the Celtic village at the Kulm, the Roman burial mounds in Stubenberg, the largest apple in Puch and the cave in Hofkirchen. Even with the steam locomotive of the train Feistritz can explore the apple country. 

In the thermal region, there are spas in Bad Waltersdorf, Bad Blumau and Sebersdorf. A visit to one of the Styrian spa relieves the muscles, gentle on the joints, tones the skin, purifies and brings the circulation and the immune system in motion.
Particularly good leisure activities, it is also for cyclists, walkers, runners, ballooning, tennis and squash player, nordic walkers and golfers.

Very interesting traditional events are the New Year's Concert, Easter traditions, and especially the vintage festival on the last Sunday in September.

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