In the heart of the Schilcher wine region, Deutschlandsberg is a bustling little town dominated by a well-restored castle, some 25 minutes’ walk uphill from the town centre. Inside the castle is a museum with exhibits on ancient history, the Celts, historical weapons and antique jewellery. The extensive collection, whose highlights include a delicate gold necklace from the 5th century BC, takes about 1½ hours to see. As with any good castle, there’s a torture chamber in the underground vaults.
The tourist office is a good source of information on the town and environs.
For sleeping arrangements, look no further than the Burg Hotel, which is located in the castle. Its crowning glory is the tower suite, with complimentary champagne and a fruit basket; rooms are large and quiet and have views of the woods.
If Burg is out of your budget, the Jugend- und Familiengästehaus Deutschlandsberg is a good option. It’s set in a vineyard at the foot of the castle. Wi-fi is in the foyer only.
At least hourly trains (€9.20, one hour) connect Graz and Deutschlandsberg.