Health is not everything, but without health everything is nothing. To ensure our Green Heart does not get out of rhythm, Steiermark not only offers excellent healthcare, but also countless activities to strengthen your physical and mental health.
The Green Heart of Austria - a true paradise for sports enthusiasts! From skiing in Schladming to hiking between the Dachstein and Weinland and cycling or swimming, the Green Heart offers a variety of sporting activities in the midst of nature. But there are plenty of indoor options too, with numerous bouldering and tennis halls, squash centres and yoga studios.
Less action-packed but just as beneficial for body and soul, thermal spas are known for their healing water. In addition to various health resorts and rehabilitation centres, there are also an excellent range of doctors, hospitals and health centres at their disposal. Find out what else Steiermark has to offer to promote, strengthen and maintain physical and mental health below.
Healthcare facilities are better in Austria than anywhere else in the world. No other European country can boast such comprehensive medical care as the Alpine Republic. On average, there are around 525 general practitioners for every 100,000 inhabitants.
Every second counts: the emergency services, with its more than 37,000 volunteers, needs an average of eight to 15 minutes to get to the scene. Seamless help is is also guaranteed in rural and remote areas.
With its well-established network (municipalities, sports clubs, educational institutions etc.), the "Bewegungsland Steiermark" initiative promotes long-term, sustainable and successful collaboration in the field of physical activity and aims to improve access to more exercise through sports clubs.
„From a young age all I could think about was becoming a ski racer. The 1982 World Championships in Schladming were the decisive point.“
Patients are in good hands: Ten state hospitals and four state care centres run by the Styrian Hospital Corporation - KAGES, one of the largest hospital companies in Europe - are available for emergencies. In addition, around 6,500 doctors and a further 15,000 people within the non-medical health sector look after the physical well-being of the population. This means that Austria has the highest density of doctors in Europe.
This infrastructure has a positive effect on the quality of life. 71.7 percent of people living in the province rate their health as (very) good, which is partly due to the excellent coverage through pharmacies (around 210 in total) as well as specialised care services and facilities such as old people's homes and rehabilitation centres.
Nine thermal baths invite you to relax and enjoy a spot of wellness in Steiermark. There are also countless spa centres, wellness hotels and health resorts.
The Green Heart of Austria is not only known for climatic health resorts such as Aussee, Fischbach or Grundlsee, but also for medicinal, thermal and mineral water springs.
More than 4,300 organic farms supply regional direct marketers with fresh and seasonal produce from Steiermark.
The Green Heart of Austria is an active province. According to an Austria-wide survey on the frequency of physical activity, the proportion of people who exercised five or more times a week was highest in Steiermark. For this reason, more and more sporting events have been established in the Green Heart of Austria over the past few decades in order to celebrate the joy of exercise together.
Events range from competitions that you can join in with to international ski races such as the Nightrace in Schladming or Formula 1 races at the Red Bull Ring, which attract tens of thousands of visitors to Steiermark every year.
Summer season is racing season: the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg is not just the venue for Formula 1 races, but also for other well-known sporting events such as the Moto GP.
From the "Erzberg Dirtrun" to the "Grazathlon", "Ladiesrun", "Drei-Gipfel-Lauf" and "Businesslauf" – the Green Heart of Austria hosts a number of marathons and spectacular hurdle races.
The Nightrace on the Planai is a regular fixture in the Austrian event calendar. Another reoccurring highlight: the Ski Flying World Championships on the Kulm.
Thomas Muster has won a total of 44 ATP tournaments, including the French Open in Paris. As a former world number one tennis player, he has never forgotten his roots and has settled near the impressive Eggenberg Palace. He shares his greatest moments and deep connection to his Steiermark with us in an interview. (interview in german)
Strength-giving forests, breathtaking via ferratas, unique hiking tours, winter mountain retreats or health resorts and thermal spas where you can switch off – the Green Heart of Austria promises all of this and much more.
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