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Stainz

Most famous wine-growing community in the Austrian wine-growing region West Styria with the cadastral communities of Gamsgebirg, Kothvogl, Neurath and Stainz. It is the center of the region for the most famous Styrian wine, the Schilcher, Stainz Castle, enthroned above the village, was founded in 1229 as an Augustinian canon and in 1840 by the Austrian Archduke Johann (1782-1859) acquired. This popular Habsburg was mayor of Stainz at the time and made special contributions to Styrian viticulture. Today a museum is housed there and numerous wine-cultural activities take place. The historical reindeer Angel Weingarten in the cadastral community of Kothvogl at the beginning of the 20th century with the endangered variety Blue Wildbacher planted - for the first time with phylloxera-resistant documents. The Stainzer "Flascherlzug" is a tourist attraction with 20,000 passengers annually. The name of the train comes from the time when the wonder doctor "Höllerhansl" (1866-1935) practiced in Rachling. He had a reputation for being able to identify various diseases from urine. That is why many people traveled with this narrow-gauge railway, had a bottle of urine in their hand luggage and went to Höllerhansl. One of the wagons is called "Schilcherschaukel", here you can enjoy Schilcher with the Styrian specialty "Hacked" during the journey.

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