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Introducing Riegersburg

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 and the Burgmuseum featuring the history of the Liechtenstein family, who acquired it in 1822. A war memorial is a reminder of fierce fighting in 1945, when Germans occupying the castle were attacked by Russian troops.

A cable car on the north side whisks you up in 90 seconds (one-way €2).

For more information on the Schloss or activities, contact the tourist office

If you have your own transport, consider stopping in at Schloss Kapfenstein, a hotel-restaurant 17km south of Riegersburg. Weekdays rooms cost significantly less and can be booked for one night or more, but on weekends only Friday-to-Sunday packages are possible. The restaurant serves delightful Styrian cuisine in its outer courtyard overlooking the valley; a four-course meal as half-board costs €32.

Frequent trains run from Graz to nearby Feldbach and from there seven weekday buses head for Riegersburg (€1.90, 20 minutes). The last bus back is at around 6pm (check before setting out).