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Northern Styria/Austria

Introducing Northern Styria

Heading north from Graz the landscape of Styria begins to change; gentle hills and flat pastures are replaced by jagged mountains, virgin forests, deep valleys and cold, clear mountain streams. This is also the region’s industrial heartland, home to the Steirische Eisenstrasse (Styrian Iron Rd), where for centuries iron mining was the backbone of the economy and, in places such as Eisenerz, left the landscape scarred.

Huddled beneath the soaring peaks are the towns of northern Styria, home to impressive churches; the best are the pilgrimage church of Mariazell and the abbey of Admont.