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Introducing Ehrenhausen

The picturesque town of Ehrenhausen, near the A9 connecting Graz with the Slovenian border, makes a fine base for exploring the vineyards of southern Styria.

The town is little more than one street of pastel-coloured houses dominated by the baroque Pfarrkirche. Before setting off for the wine country, follow the path (three minutes’ walk) on the right of the Rathaus up to the mausoleum of Ruprecht von Eggenberg (1546–1611), hero of the Battle of Sisak against the Turks. This attractive white-and-yellow building is guarded by two impressive Roman-like bruisers.

If travelling the wine roads, consider the newly opened Wine & Spa Resort Loisium Südsteiermark, which brings together wine and bodily TLC in a contemporary hotel and spa facility.

Hourly trains (€10, 45 minutes) run from Graz to Ehrenhausen. The train station is about four minutes’ walk east of Hauptplatz.