Tom am Kochen
Hallstattzeitliches Museum is in the small town of Grossklein, 26km southeast of Deutschlandsberg. Most of the exhibits are from the nearby grave mounds and include coins, pottery and tools, and a copy of a bronze mask dating from 600 BC (the original is housed in Schloss Eggenberg in Graz; see p000). The museum has a children’s playroom where you can leave the kids.
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 who seem to be suggesting you don’t mess with the baroque.
museum split into four parts: ancient history, the Celts, historical weapons and antique jewellery. The extensive collection, whose highlights include a delicate gold necklace from the 5th century BC, takes about 1½ hours to see. As with any good castle, there’s a torture chamber in the underground vaults.
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, and a collection of weapons.
Day courses based on preparation of a five-course meal deep in the picturesque heart of south Styrian wine country.
The town is little more than one street of pastel-coloured houses dominated by the baroque Pfarrkirche .