The house to enjoy

I have the simplest taste. I am always satisfied with the best!Oscar Wilde

The Vulkanland region; the heart of which is the Riegersburg and within which lies our grüningrün estate, is a climatically gifted region rich with agricultural produce that offers visitors a wide variety of culinary pleasures. Not to forget: the region’s Viniculture which characterises the landscape and, similarly to Southern Styria, evokes impressions of Tuscany.

Seebad Riegersburg
swim in a natural lagoon with views of the Riegersburg castle and the vineyards

Freibad Fürstenfeld
Austria’s largest outdoor swimming-pool, ideal for children and young adults

Styria’s largest swimming permitted lake, on Apfelstraße – close by to Schloss Herberstein

Therme Bad Gleichenberg
for many (architecture connoisseurs) the most attractive thermal baths on offer, despite the region being spoilt for choice of thermal baths

Hundertwasser-Therme Bad Waltersdorf
sourced from Styria’s hottest and most minerally enriched hot springs

Within 10 minutes walking distance

Buschenschank Bauer
the “Vulkano-schinken” – volcanic ham – cured by the owner and the “Weißwein-Cuvees” – speciality white wine – made by the owner’s daughter have both won prizes for their quality

Buschenschank Pitter
the next closest option for a “Brettljause” –a traditional Styrian delicatesse cold meat and cheese board- and a glass or two of “Welschriesling”- the local white wine produce

devin gin
this is where Lisa Bauer’s gin creations are distilled, retailed and, naturally, also sampled

Recommended food and drink establishments

wine made by our family cousins in Maierhofen – classic styrian white, astonishingly good red, the shop is open daily with all wines and regional specialities available to sample and to take away

in the Wippl winery the Wine menu is complimented by specialty warm styrian cuisine – the winery enjoys views over the Riegersburg castle

Beim Borckenstein
styrian style Tapas bar in the centre of Fürstenfeld – outstanding delicacies, local produce and styrian culinary classics and a large selection of regional wines

the best public house in Fehringer’s main square, in the evening the superb kitchen opens for casual fine-dining and wine to accompany

Seehaus Riegersburg
aine at the waters edge (Seebad Riegersburg’s natural lagoon) – and directly at the foot of the Riegersburg castle

wine produce and restaurant – at 2-Hauben level (Saziani-Stubn, Saziani-Gwölb)

an old weir with a sensational view, an extremely good restaurant with exceptional wines

More local establishments with culinary delicacies

east styrian speciality sausage and hams

“Schokoladentheater” (Chocolate-theatre) – a museum demonstrating the entire process of chocolate production from bean to end product. There are tastings at every step of the process and of course the finished products

The Cheese Artist – the ageing (affinage) and refining of cheese as an artform

schnapps distillery and vinegar producer with cult appeal

De Merin
gourmet food for the region surrounding Straden

the landmark of the region, it can be ascended by foot or by elevator. Features at the peal include the castle, a witch museum, a snack bar and an impressive falconry show.

Schloss & Tierpark Herberstein
renaissance era castle including a museum displaying works by Bruno Gironcoli and a zoo

everything you could possibly want to know about apples, in the gentle hills of eastern Styria

Schloss Kornberg
a country palace with a beautiful Renaissance courtyard, also offering art and craft exhibitions and medieval banquetting

Udo Preiss – a true music freak and admirer with a deep knowledge of many international music scenes – organizes real gems of concerts for music fans in simply the best locations around eastern Styria and southern Burgenland

Schandor Werner, Steirisches Wein- und Hügelland, Falter-Verlag, 2017

Stermann Dirk, Der Hammer, Rowohlt Verlag, 2020

Schölnast, Die Gallerin und die Riegersburg, Verlag für Sammler, 1985

The world belongs to those who enjoy it

Giacomo Leopardi