More together – since early 2019, the tourism regions of Steyr, Ennstal, Upper Kremstal and Steyrtal have joined together to form Steyr and the National Park Region. This new tourism region comprises 18 communities and offers guests one-of-a-kind experiences – whether they’re looking for nature, cities and culture or culinary delights – as well as professional expertise when it comes to meetings and incentives.
Located at the confluence of the Enns and Steyr rivers, the 1000-year-old city of Steyr is the region’s cultural and economic centre. With 38,000 residents, Steyr is the third largest city in Upper Austria, an important employer with some 10,000 jobs in industry, as well as a school and university town. The heart of Steyr’s mediaeval old town is the oval-shaped city square with its centrepiece, the Bummerlhaus, which has been the city’s landmark for over 600 years. Above it towers mighty Lamberg Castle, which rests on the foundations of the Styraburg, a fortification built in 980 to which the city owes its beginnings. Today, the city square is still the perfect setting for a varied programme of events starting in early May. From the LEO Market, Schmankerl Market, City Festival or Ennstal Classic, to the Mountainbike Citykriterium or Plätzesingen choral performances – there’s always something happening on the city square. The city’s unmissable cultural event is its open-air Music Festival, which features own productions in the Lamberg Castle’s moat.
The idyllic valleys of the Enns, Steyr and Krems rivers are the region’s lifelines. Its heart is Kalkalpen National Park with its unique forest wilderness and UNESCO World Heritage beech forests. Thanks to the park’s protection zones, countless varieties of flora and fauna can still be found today in Upper Austria’s only national park. The region boasts an outstanding network of cycling and mountain biking routes as well as hiking paths. Active visitors in particular will love the Transnationalpark Mountainbike Tour and the Luchs Trail – the long-distance hiking route through Austria’s wild heart – which starts in Reichraming.
The Kremstal valley is known for its high concentration of organic farms. Producers and hosts in this area have a strong regional focus and serve up culinary products from the region. Particularly noteworthy are the cheeses produced by Stift Schlierbach and Bachhalm chocolate factory in Kirchdorf an der Krems.
Anyone who loves climbing is bound to find what they’re looking for in this region as well, with two climbing gyms, over 30 climbing areas and rock massifs with various rock climbing walls located between Steyr and Weyer.