Plenty of space, nature and strong companies: this is how the alpine north of Steiermark presents itself. The focus is not just on the fantastic range of holiday and leisure activities between the Dachstein and Semming, but also on internationally renowned companies such as Böhler Edelstahl and voestalpine.
The variety of Steiermark becomes clear as soon as you look at the map. While the south of the province is characterised by delicate vineyards and a Mediterranean hilly landscape, the north presents itself with impressive mountains and deep forests. But the north has even more to offer than beautiful landscapes and breathtaking nature.
Around the largest cities in the north of Steiermark (Kapfenberg, Bruck an der Mur and Leoben) you will find the highest density of world market leaders in materials technology in all of Austria. And yet the alpine north proves its strengths in other industrial sectors too. Pengg Kabel GmbH, for example, produces around 600,000 km of fibre optic cables every year (1.5 times the distance between the earth and moon) as well as 150,000 km of copper cables, while Pankl Racing Systems enjoys a worldwide reputation as a supplier for the aviation and automobile industries. And AT&S, which produces around 160 million printed circuit boards for mobile phones every year, is a further example of the outstanding business enterprises at home in the Green Heart of Austria.
But the Enns-, Mur- and Mürztal show their economic power in other areas too. Mayr-Melnhof Holz is considered to be the leading timber-processing company in Central Europe and the Gösser and Murauer breweries are also known far beyond the provincial borders. One of the largest dairies in Austria, the Obersteirische Molkerei which is known for its fine cheese specialties and milk products, is based in Upper Steiermark as well.
The Erzberg, on the other hand, is the largest open-pit mine in Central Europe and the most important ore deposit in the Alps. It is seen as a symbol of industrialisation and is a central part of the Iron Road. Rock has been mined on the Erzberg for more than 1,300 years. Today, a total of around 12 million tonnes of rock is produced annually in the multi-level open-pit mine using the latest technology. The entire annual amount of 3.2 million tonnes of pure iron ore is shipped to voestalpine.
The voestalpine site at Donawitz gives visitors unique insights into steel production, from the drilling of the blast furnace to the casting of steel into solid blocks and the rolling of the 120 m long rails.
The Rax and Hochschwab massifs, which are made of limestone, drain underground and cover most of the catchment area of the first and second Vienna Mountain Spring Pipelines which supply the cities of Graz and Vienna with water.
Not just US actor Ashton Kutcher is a big fan of the Grüner See. Every year, thousands of people head to Tragöß to admire the spectacular emerald green water of the lake.
Probably the most beautiful race track in the world: embedded in the mountain of the Murtal, the Red Bull Ring not only offers exciting races, but is also one of Upper Austria’s most popular destinations.
The conurbation of the three cities in the middle of the local mountains impresses with a broad mix of regional and international companies, many of them world market leaders in their field.
The Planai in the middle of the 4-Mountain Ski Area Schladming has twice been the venue for the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships and also fascinates thousands of people year after year with the now legendary Nightrace. New: in addition to the slalom, the FIS racing calendar now also includes a floodlit giant slalom on the Planai.
What else does the north of Steiermark stand for and is there to discover in the Enns-, Mur- and Mürztal?
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More Europe, fewer borders: the Southern Line with the Semmering Base Tunnel and Koralm Railway is one of the largest and most spectacular infrastructure projects of the present. 200 km of railway lines are being modernised and 170 newly built. Over 5,000 people are working on the project and a further 15,000 will be employed here in the future.
3.5 million people live in the catchment area of the Southern Line which will provide fast connections between cities such as Vienna, Graz and Klagenfurt – adding great sustainable value for the people and living spaces along the route. But the connections to the Southern Railway are being optimised too, giving the whole of Upper Styria a boost.
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