Burg Rabenstein Castle
Frohnleiten is a town in Styria, Austria, close to Graz. Approx. 6,000 inhabitants live on 2,700 hectares and it is a great place for sports, culture and sightseeing.
The city is located on the river Mur, the most important river in this Austrian federal state, where the valley between the traffic junction Bruck an der Mur and Graz, the capital of Styria, becomes rather narrow and offers picturesque views.
Frohnleiten is a small town in Austria’s southwestern region of Styria, in the district called Graz-Umgebung. The population is around 6,000 and consists of 2.700 hectares. It is an ideal place to visit for sports, outdoor activities, culture, and tourism.
The city of Frohnleiten lies in a very quaint and atmospheric part of Styria, along the river Mur where neighbouring mountains from Bruck an der Mur and Graz meet. It lies right in the valley, along the riverbed, providing for an exquisite panorama of the neighbouring area - you see the great mountain "Gleinaple" (over 2000m) on one side, and on the other "Hochlantsch" (1720m). Frohnleiten is easily reachable from the highway (Autobahn) for visitors coming from the south, or the north via the tunnel "Gleinalm-Autobahn".
Frohnleiten is a beautiful and quaintly situationed ancient town, founded around 700 years ago. It has a great atmosphere, providing for a myriad of tourism encompassing culture, architecture, historical buildings, sports, and outdoor activity:
- Folk music, Austrian brass-band music, markets, and concerts in town and at Burg Rabenstein Castle.
- Hikings, rock-climbing, isolated traditional Austrian resting points where you can have a snack in a rustic tavern called "Jausenhütten," ice-skating, biking, and swimming in the river and surrounding lakes.
- Large limestone caves with stalactites and stalagmites in the "Lurgrotte" as well as a place called the Bärenschützklamm close to Mixnitz; a gorge that can be negotiated only on steps and ladders but is nevertheless worth visiting for its spectacular foaming waterfalls.
- Many hiking trails through mountain passes and steep valleys. One can visit the "Gleinalm" and "Tyrnautal" or go to the "Schremser Gräben".
- Graz – named the "Cultural Capital of Europe" in 2003 is only 25 km away.
- Historical buildings include: Pfarrkirche (1679-1701) built in the Rococo style (ca. 1764); Mariensäule (1732) Column of the Immaculate Mary; an old fortification called (Leobner Tor, Tabor); castle ruins in Pfannberg, Palace Neupfannberg (1737) with English gardens, a charnel house, or ossuary built around 1500 in the village of Mauritzen.
- Up-river from the Mur is a town called Adriach, once a Roman Post office with Romance - Gothic Filialkirche Holy Georg (1076-1786 Parish Church) and frescoes by J.A. Mölk and tombs from the 15.-16. Century. There is a well-preserved Roman Bridge (2-3 Century A.D.); southwest of Adriach is the Schloss Rabenstein (around 1670) with Medieval Ruins. Lying off the Mur river is Gamsgraben, a mote to Schloss Weyer (13th Century, alterations dating from the 16-18th Century ).