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.
Located 50km southeast of Graz at Riegersburg and perched on a 200m-high rocky outcrop, Schloss Riegersburg is a hugely impressive 13th-century castle built against invading Hungarians and Turks; today it houses a Hexenmuseum on witchcraft, a Burgmuseum featuring the history of the Liechtenstein family, who acquired it in 1822, and an impressive collection of weapons.
Southern Styria was once a stomping ground of the Celts, and this legacy has gradually been unearthed by archaeologists. Some of their finds are housed in the four exhibition rooms of the Hallstattzeitliches Museum in the small town of Grossklein, 26km southeast of Deutschlandsberg.