Kapfenberg, with around 23,000 inhabitants, is the third-largest town in Styria and the largest town in the judicial district of Bruck an der Mur as well as the political district of Bruck-Mürzzuschlag.
KAPFENBERG – STYRIA
Kapfenberg signals and opens the way to a varied holiday offer, which goes from breathtaking nature to culinary delicacies. The city also offers numerous leisure, sports, cultural and shopping opportunities. In other words, everything the heart desires!
FROM SEMMERING TO THE IRON-ORE ALPS
The region around Kapfenberg, characterized by imposing mountain ranges, bubbling springs, and mountain pastures, offers a wide variety of experiences. Beautiful hiking tours, cycle paths along the Mur river or adventurous rafting on the Salza river ensure that you won’t get bored in summer. But the Upper Styria region also has a lot to offer in winter. Many ski areas such as Stuhleck, Präbichl, Bürgerlape, and Wald am Schoberpass offer a very special flair to the region.
Experience a unique natural spectacle. Every year after the snow melts, the Green Lake fills with crystal clear water from the melted snow of the surrounding mountains and shines in its unique emerald green color.
THE ROMANTIC BRÜNDLWEG, A HIKING PARADISE AT THE POGUSCH ALPINE PASS!
Discover the unique features and the beautiful views around the Pogusch Alpen Pass and experience the quality of the natural water resource and enjoy the magnificent landscape!
For generations, our farmers have cultivated and cared for this area. The element of water has significantly shaped the habitat and is an indispensable, valuable asset!
There are eight refreshment stops along the way, which offer culinary delicacies in rustic surroundings to hikers! Whether blooming, lush meadows in spring, wonderful shade-giving forests in summer, paradisiacal splendor of colors in autumn, or dreamlike white landscape in winter, hiking can not possibly be more beautiful.
NATURE EXPERIENCE IN ITS MOST ORIGINAL FORM
Nowadays, the Mürzer Oberland Nature Park stands on four solid pillars through the interaction of nature conservation, education, recreation, and regional development. In this area you will find, for example, the famous Neuberg Abbey with its cathedral, the Kaiserhof glass manufactory with its glass blowing workshop or the natural jewel “Wasserfall zum Toten Weib” (engl. the waterfall to the dead woman).
THE BIGGEST PLAYGROUND IN AUSTRIA
Not only motorsport fans get their money’s worth a little far from Kapfenberg. The Projekt Spielberg, around the Formula 1 ring, attracts numerous enthusiasts throughout the year. Formula 1, MotoGP, DTM and other kinds of events (with and without an engine) offer variety and provide impressive experiences.
ENJOY CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING AT A SUNNY ALTITUDE.
You don’t have to look for long to find wintry white sugared landscapes in Eisenerz. The sunny area at the foot of the Kaiserschild is known for its copious amounts of snow. Even the professionals know that Frau Holle is often well disposed to Eisenerz in terms of weather. Did you know that the young Austrian ski jumpers and many world cup stars like Mario Stecher train here?
MARIAZELL IS CONSIDERED THE MOST IMPORTANT PILGRIMAGE DESTINATION IN CENTRAL EUROPE
Mariazell is not only worth a visit as a pilgrimage destination. Even though the impressive Basilica is clearly in the center of the town, many other highlights, such as the Pirker Lebzelterei or the experiences on the Mariazell Bürgeralpe are also just as recommendable.
FROM BODENBAUER PAST THE HÄUSLALM TO LAKE SACKWIESEN
The lake is the highest and yet warmest lake in the Hochschwab region. You can reach it after a moderate hike surrounded by untouched nature. After the tour, it is worth visiting the Hochschwab Museum at Bodenbauer.
ANIMAL PARK MAUTERN
DER WILDE BERG (THE WILD MOUNTAIN)
The “Wilde Berg Mautern” offers in addition to numerous attractions, a varied program. 300 alpine animals such as foxes, bears, wolves or lynxes look forward to the visitors. Other animals such as goats, sheep or rabbits wait to be petted at the children’s farm. Witness kings of the air such as vultures, eagles, and falcons at the exciting bird of prey show. There is also fun and games waiting for the younger ones in the play park or the Children’s’ Barn. Guests are spoiled with regional culinary specialties at the Steinbockalm Restaurant.
CITY OF GRAZ
THE CAPITAL OF THE PROVINCE OF STYRIA
The capital city is only a few kilometers away and invites its visitors to a wide range of cultural activities. The Kunsthaus, the Schloss Eggenberg or the Joanneum Universal Museum are just a few of many highlights. Or how about an extensive shopping trip to the numerous stores and boutiques in the city?
RAFTING ON THE SALZA
EXPERIENCE AN UNFORGETTABLE ADVENTURE
Different providers are available to choose from when it comes to the wettest experience in the region. The Salza meanders through the Gesäuse National Park over a length of 55 km. The longest unspoiled river in Central Europe is unique in its natural state and can be navigated almost all year round. On sunny days the river, which is a drinking water source, sparkles emerald green.
GUIDED TOURS OR FREE VISIT
High above the town of Kapfenberg is the Burg Oberkapfenberg. First mentioned in 1173 as Chaffenberch Castle (Burg am Ausschauberg), it is a popular destination for excursions in the region. Experience the stunning bird of prey show of the own falconry, discover exciting exhibitions or concerts or use the unique atmosphere for your own knight’s meal – with or without cutlery.
THE KINGHTS’ FESTIVAL
EXPERIENCE THE MIDDLE AGES A WHOLE WEEKEND
Once a year, the Oberkapfenberg castle is the venue for the now legendary Knights’ Festival (Das Ritterfest). With over 400 participants from 7 nations, visitors to the castle awaits a medieval atmosphere, showmen, culinary delights and impressive tournaments and performances. Up-to-date information about dates and programs can be found directly on the event website.