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Introducing Ehrenhausen

The picturesque town of Ehrenhausen, near the A9 that connects 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. Towering above Hauptplatz, this white-and-yellow building is guarded by two Roman-like bruisers.

Hourly trains (€9.20, 45 minutes) run from Graz to Ehrenhausen. The train station is about four minutes’ walk east of Hauptplatz.