The lush province of Styria is often called the ‘Green Heart’ of Austria due to its beautiful Provencal landscape. Huge forests with centuries-old trees, vast vineyards and alpine valleys characterise the region, which is also home to the city of Spielberg – a hub of restaurants, cafes and bistros. You can sample locally-produced wines and beers, as well as some of Austria’s local delicacies, all while planning your next activity. The Murtal countryside is widely known for its excellent hiking trails, lakeside cycling, watersports and wine country, and in fact has been referred to as the ‘Styrian Tuscany.’ The longest bike path in Styria is the River Mur Cycling Trail which offers spectacular scenery all the way through to autumn. About an hour’s drive from Spielberg is the university town of Graz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is filled with interesting galleries, museums and Baroque architecture.