Winesome Foodie Travel Tips for Graz & Styria #InAustria

Graz. Gourmet capital city of Austria, sun kissed by the heat of the south and quite simply, a cradle of theatre, poetry, and good-natured people with an inclination for … food. Lots & lots of foodie delights! Each and every time I visit, the “gourmet capital” dishes up a new type of foodie travel experience. Apart from hosting the “Longest Dinner Table” event in Austria (an event I have already shared with you here!), we have been able to eat our way through some of the city’s newest foodie inventions. Watch out for “Lend is(s)t anders” (Lend city district is and eats different, in German), a tasty and totally new food tour of a kind south of the river Mur.

 

Go & stay in the hippiesque, one-of-a-kind Hotel Weitzer / Wiesler, throwing in perfect views of the old town of Graz to a really cool hotel experience.

Hotel rooms where “walls proudly display cracks” ..? Stand-alone bathtubs exuding a kind of imperial, almost Sissi-like flair? Oriental basins in the bathrooms? “Arnie’s favourite room”, complete with a smoker lounge and one of the best views of Graz? And a fancy bike workshop right by the reception …? Hotel Weitzer as well as its sister hotel Wiesler are proud (and prominent) to be different. “Share your Wiesler moments”, the Polaroid camera in the lobby beckons. A real treasure for us innately curious travel bloggers, spoiled to the modern technology comforts of today ..!

Willkommen im Genuss-Hotel Wiesler mitten in Graz ...

Welcome at Hotel Wiesler in Graz …

 

... dessen Zimmer uns von Anfang an aufgrund ihrer simplen und dennoch raffinierten Ästhetik beeindrucken.

… a hotel whose rooms are proud to be, a little “different”.

 

Wirklich schade, findet Ihr nicht auch?

“Such a shame we cannot touch wine” … true?

 

Das Hotel Weitzer bzw. Wiesler liegt direkt im hippen Trendviertel, dem Grazer Lendviertel, das derzeit besonders "hot" ist.

Both hotels, Hotel Weitzer & Wiesler, are located in the city district of Lend, a really cool, or rather, HOT city district of Graz!

 

Von hier aus machen wir uns auf zur "Grazer Food Tour" ...

Check out this new “Graz Food Tour” …

 

... einem genussvollen Rundgang durch das Grazer Lendviertel mit der charmanten Graz Guide Angela!

… a tasty walk with our Graz Guide Angela!

 

“Lend is(s)t anders” & “UNESCO City of Design-Tour”: Graz offers many tasty and trendy amuses-gueule.

The Lend district appears to be one large foodie mile here in Graz. From cute little bakeries at the Lendplatz, such as “Süße Liese” to the trendy food design shop “ParkArt”, we are able to taste all that is currently cooking up in Graz. From here, it is only a 15-minutes walk to the reach the most famous meeting point for true foodies in the city: The local farmers’ market Bauernmarkt am Kaiser-Josef-Platz as part of our Graz Design Tour.

Unterwegs in der Genusshauptstadt Graz ...

Making our way through Graz …

 

... vorbei am "Altstadt-Kern" ...

… we stop around the “Altstadtkern”, a stone fruit sculpture at the heart of the city centre …

 

... entdecken wir immer wieder neue Perspektiven ...

… opening up new perspectives …

 

... auf bewährte Leckerbissen.!

… upon traditionally popular food, such as big, juicy Styrian tomatoes.!

 

Gutes Bier gibt es im Rahmen der Grazer Food Tour "Lend is(s)t anders" ...

Beer, too, is always popular: Checking out the Graz Food Tour “Lend is(s)t anders” …

 

... interessante Design-Läden ...

… all the way to interesting designer shops …

 

... und ein wirklich köstliches, köstliches steirisches "Tapas-Menü" im Café-Restaurant Freiblick / Promenade im Stadtpark von Graz: Hier müsst Ihr unbedingt herkommen!

… and a classy selection of Austrian tapas at the Café-Restaurant Freiblick / Promenade right in the city park of Graz: Do not miss a visit there!

 

Not even one hour from Graz, the Styrian Wine Trails offer sweet seductions exploring the countryside around Graz. We talk to the wine growers. Taste vegan vineyard snacks. And really, really love the wines here!

Right on cue as we are out and about in the vineyards, the sun comes out bathing the surrounding landscape of Styria in its golden light. Beautiful vineyards there are, lush and green. The air is fresh, with views all the way south to Slovenia. “We love to come up here for a private tasting with our guests”, local wine grower Hannes muses about his favourite spot high up in the vineyard lanes, on top of the hills near the family wine estate Dreisiebnerhaus. From here, we take to the Weingut Steinberghof run by the Firmenich family, experts in turning traditional, meat-based Buschenschank snacks into delicious (and very tasty!) vegan alternatives. Check this out …

Ein letzter Blick auf die schöne Altstadt von Graz ...

A last glimpse of the city of Graz …

 

... bevor wir uns wenig später HIER wiederfinden.

… before we find ourselves out HERE in the magic countryside of Southern Styria …

 

... inmitten der zauberhaften Weinregion der Südsteiermark.

… a landscape that has a lot in common with the Italian Tuscany region, don’t you think?

 

Hier führt eine neue App zum Thema "Terroir Erleben" ...

Here, we are invited to taste a local app called “Terroir Erleben” …

 

... zu vielen wissenswerten Punkten rund um die Winzer der Region, wie beispielsweise hier das Weingut Dreisiebnerhaus.

…featuring lots of interesting local information about wine & wine growing, such as provided by the family wine estate Dreisiebnerhaus.

 

Besonders gemundet hat mir die vegane Buschenschank mit ihren köstlichen regionalen Spezialitäten ...

I really enjoyed our vegan food trip in Styria …

 

... der Herzlichkeit der Gastgeber, Familie Firmenich ...

… as well as the warm hospitality of the local Firmenich family …

 

... sowie die köstliche Nachspeise: Marillen-Zwetschken-Kuchen vegan. Einfach. Herrlich.!

… responsible for spoiling us to those vegan delights: A tasty apricot plum pie there.!

 

Ob regionale Produkte & Erlebniswelten in der Vinofaktur Genussregal, über die ich Euch bereits ausführlich hier berichtet habe ...

Check out a world of experience around the local viticulture of Southern Styria, such as this one provided by the Vinofaktur Genussregal …

 

... oder "einfaches" Landschaftserlebnis": Die Südsteirische Weinstraße bietet für jeden etwas.

… or simply enjoy the magic of the local surroundings: Likely, you will find something for everyone to enjoy.

 

My friends & fellow travel writers from Austria, on the occasion of our third annual travel blogger meet-up in the city of Graz, have also shared their views on how the city of Graz as well as the foodie district of Styria have helped them explore new horizons:

See you in Graz & Styria! 🙂

 

Disclaimer: Thank you to the city of Graz as well as the Styrian Tourism Board for hosting and supporting us on the occasion of the 3rd Austrian Travel Blogger Meet-up. All opinions are my own.

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