Gästehaus Feldkirchen for bikers
The bike path “Murradweg R2” passes only 500m from our Guesthouse and it is one of the most beautiful tracks in the region of the Alps. Due to only slight gradients it is ideal for leisure or family tours and visits many architectural and culinary attractions – a real enjoyment. Bike path R2 starts in Salzburg, High Tauern National Park and it goes along with the river Mur to the south of Styria, which is famous for its vine and thermal spas.
We offer you a lockable room for your bike and the possibility to use our laundry machine. More information to the bike path, the sights you will pass by and other hosts you can find under www.murradweg.com.
Sights in and around Graz
The castle, which originally was built more than 1000 years ago on the hill in the center of the city, right on the banks of the river Mur, gave its Slavonic name Gradec (for ‘little castle’) to our city, which later evolved to Graz. The Schlossberg hill with its clock tower is not only the city’s landmark, it offers a natural spectacle, central recreation area and vantage point as well. It takes just a short time to ascend and you will enjoy the beautiful views on Graz and surroundings.
The Kunsthaus floats like a mysterious blue balloon between the roofs of the historic city centre. Named “friendly alien” by its creators, its fascinating magic invites visitors to have a look at the many inside exhibitions.
The special historical setting and sheer number of collector’s items make a visit to the Graz armoury a treat not to be missed. Marvel at an unbelievable 32,000 exhibits arranged on four floors, where many a visitor, large or small, drifts into dreams of heroic sagas of times past.
With the river Mur swirling cheerfully by on both left and right sides, from the Murinsel you can appreciate a completely new perspective of the city of Graz.
Formerly the city theatre, the Opera House itself is now a splendid stage for breathtaking productions in Graz ranging from musical theatre to ballet.
Even official architecture can harbour surprises. The Burg in Graz, official headquarter of the regional government, is a real gem. Centuries of reconstruction have yielded interesting elements of the Gothic, Renaissance and Biedermeier eras.
Royal-imperial church architecture is crowning the historic city centre. The cathedral is definitely not to be missed on any sightseeing trip round Graz. Don’t be fooled by the relatively restrained exterior. Inside the cathedral, a multitude of ecclesiastical along with general historical treasures is waiting to be discovered.
Cobblestones, beautiful buildings, as pretty as a picture. The Franciscan church is in one of the most beautiful and popular locations in Graz.
Come dance with me! The Glockenspiel in the eponymous square in Graz leads the way. A sweet maiden and hearty lad clad in traditional costumes pirouette three times a day (11.00, 15.00 & 18.00) up in the gable of the building on Glockenspielplatz squareto the unrivalled tunes of a carillon.
An armadillo in the mansion district? Resembling a large, exotic animal, the botanical garden greenhouses lie between art nouveau mansions in one of the most beautiful districts in Graz. They bring together exotic flora from four distinct climatic zones and world-class Graz architecture, without parallel. A place for science, inviting visitors to study, marvel, linger and unwind.
365 windows, 31 rooms on each floor, 24 state rooms with 52 doors and, in all, 60 windows, 4 corner towers – all allusions to time, to the seasons, to weeks, days, hours, minutes. This number symbolism based on the then new Gregorian calendar is the architectural programme of the palace.
Sunflowers, pumpkin seeds, freshly baked bread, tasty ham and cheese, juicy apples and brilliant red tomatoes – images from a farmers’ market in Graz.
Trips around Graz
Past roaring waterfalls, bizarre rock formations, rare flora and fauna, the route surges on through one of the longest active gorges in Austria. The exciting ascent involves 164 wooden bridges and ladders along 1300 metres.
Despairing maidens and precipitous views. The ruins of Gösting castle offer the perfect destination for a trek within easy reach of the city. The steep but short ascent passes by the ‘Jungfernsprung’, the place from which, legend has it, the lovesick and grief-stricken Anna von Gösting dropped herself to her doom.
The countryside immediately around Graz is wild and romantic. Among the natural attractions hidden away here are narrow gorges and gullies, through which busy streams rush. The beautiful Kesselfallklamm is like a little sister to the mighty Bärenschützklamm.
Stala‘c’tite from the ‘c’eiling, stala‘g’mite on the ‘g’round. This mnemonic can help you to identify the wonderful stone formations at the Lurgrotte, Austria’s largest dripstone cave.
Written on the village school blackboard are the German words for “Anna eats an apple”, but today’s kids can no longer read that writing style. It’s an all but lost world of rural life and work, living on in around a hundred original farm buildings in a remote tributary valley by the river Mur.
At 1445 metres not really the highest, but the Schöckl, local mountain north of Graz, is an extremely popular leisure destination. Featuring everything from steep slopes to an extended plateau, it holds an almost supernatural fascination for families and passionate hikers.