There are many interesting and exciting things to discover in and around Radkersburg. We would like to present a few classic excursions and insider tips to you. As a border town, Bad Radkersburg is the ideal starting point for an excursion to our neighbouring countries. You can find out more about this here: Quadripoint
Pichla near Mureck – Artisans' Village
In the "Village on the Border", as the artisans' village is now called, Gerhard Seher has rebuilt a small village with historical buildings transported here from their original sites. Visitors can see an old grocer's, a blacksmith's, a wainwright's, a shoemaker's, a barn floor with old farming tools, a wine press, an apiary, a farmhouse with a smokery, a simple cottage and a weaving mill.
Contact details: Gerhard Seher, Pichla bei Mureck 71, 8481 Weinburg, Tel. +43 (0)664/38 32 963
Approx. 26 km / 25 min. by car.
Ship mill in Mureck
A rare type of watermill, based on the invention by Vitruvius (Marcus Vitruvius Pollio) was built in 1996/7 by the "Murecker Murmüller" (Mureck Mur millers) association using historical building plans. The ship mill is fully functional and comprises a houseboat and a well boat with a waterwheel in between. This mill is unique in this form in Central Europe.
Next to the ship mill is the Mühlenhof, a 250-year-old farm, which is today home to a traditional Styrian tavern.
Contact details: Kurt Eisenpass, Am Mühlenhof 1, 8480 Mureck, Tel. +43 (0)3472 / 29 52 www.schiffsmuehle.at
Approx. 21 km / 24 min. by car.
Castle Kornberg was first mentioned as early as 1284. Originally built as a fortified bulwark, the castle has served as a residential castle since the 16th and17th centuries. Since 1871, the castle has been owned by the Counts of Bardeau who, to this day, are keen to preserve what has been built and cared for over centuries by using the castle for cultural events and exhibitions.
The two-storied castle, with its four towers and magnificent Renaissance courtyard, houses the annual arts and crafts Easter Exhibition and Christmas Exhibitions.
Contact details: Castle Kornberg, Dörfl 2, 8330 Feldbach, Tel. +43 (0)3152/41 68
Approx. 40 km / 42 min. by car.
Riegersburg Fortress on the volcanic mountain
More than 850 years old, Riegersburg is visible from afar and rises up on the top of a volcanic mountain. The view over the gently undulating valleys, the green forests and the lush vineyards is breathtaking.
The climb up to the castle is a journey back in time: Three kilometres of fortified walls with crenels, seven gatehouses and eleven bastions. If the climb up to the castle is too strenuous, you can take the cable car at the north side of the castle, which takes just 1 ½ minutes.
Highlights include the Rittersaal (Knights' Hall), built around 1600, with its ornate intarsia in the wooden doors, portal superstructures and coffered ceiling, and the Weiße Saal (White Hall), completed in 1658, with its beautiful stucco ceiling and wonderful treasures. Riegersburg has been owned by the princely family of Liechtenstein since 1822.
Current exhibitions: "Hexenmuseum" (Witch Museum) and "Sagenhafte Riegersburg - Legendäre Frauen" (Legendary Riegersburg – Legendary Women)
Contact details: Castle Riegersburg, 8333 Riegersburg, Tel. +43 (0)3153 / 82 131 veste-riegersburg.at
Approx. 46 km / 45 min. by car.
Graz – Culture and Zeitgeist
Graz earned its reputation of being a lively cultural place in 2003 when it became the first Austrian city to be chosen as Cultural Capital of Europe. The unique flair of the "Murtropolis" has only been brought about by the success of the cultural capital project. This is why Graz calls itself "City of Culture" today and, of course, because of its unique cultural activities.
The "steirische herbst" festival fills the city each autumn with the latest artistic trends. Since 2006, this has been under a new and engaging artistic director: Veronica Kaup-Hasler. The "styriarte" music festival creates new avenues for old music. This is totally in keeping with its artistic figurehead: Nikolaus Harnoncourt. The "La Strada" festival of street and puppet theatre in summer presents street art as a festival of international theatre production: at the highest level. The Austrian film festival DIAGONALE begins each spring. Also in spring, and also the biggest festival in the whole of Austria, is the spring festival for electronic art and music. Graz is also ruled by jazz. This is proven by the annual Jazzsommer festival: all-star jazz on a large scale at a small price.
These are just some of the highlights of the Graz cultural year. Added to these are the opera house, theatre, three symphony orchestras and the largest state museum in Austria.
Contact details: Graz information bureau, Herrengasse 16, 8010 Graz, Tel. +43 (0)316 / 8075 0
Approx. 80 km / 1 hr 10 min. by car.