Austria has beautiful villages and towns with its surrounding mountains, rivers running through its cities and preserved medieval buildings. Small towns like these should be visited alongside the big cities. Frohnleiten is one of the well-preserved villages with a view of the green mountains.
Frohnleiten is a small village in the northern district of Graz-Umgebung in the Austrian state of Styria (Styria), 30km from Graz. Just like Graz city center, Frohnleiten is built on the banks of the Mur River. After parking our car in a suitable place, we first walk around the Mur River and its surroundings, which divides the village in two. Only the bell tower of the church called Pfarramt rises in this cozy place with houses with a maximum of three floors.
To reach the square, we walk up the hill after the bridge. On our way up the hill we have to pass through a 16th century gorge called Tabor. Then you will suddenly find yourself in a corner of the square. There are no touristic places or unusual buildings in the village. The beauty of the village is that it is quiet. It has a small but very cute square called Hauptplatz. It has the famous mountains of Austria behind it and has not lost its charm. There are buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries in this square. The church collapsed in a fire in the 17th century and was rebuilt in the 18th century.
We decided to eat in the square near the church and sat down at a pide restaurant. Guess what? Turks run the restaurant. We had never thought that there would be Turks in this quiet town, but we were not jealous of this lovely family of Turks living in Graz2 waking up every day in this quiet environment. As we traveled around the village we met a few other locals and guess where they were from? Apparently there are more Turks here than we thought.
Before leaving the city, take a small walk in the Volkshauspark and watch Frohnleiten from here, sit on the benches and relax. This park won the city an award in 2000 for being well maintained and decorated with flowers.
Another great thing about Austria is that there are camping facilities in almost every town. For those who want to camp in Frohnleiten, there is a caravan camping area called Camping Lanzmaierhof. There is a fee of 23€ during the season.
We reached Frohnleiten with the private car we rented during our trip to Austria, but you can reach Frohnleiten Bahnhof from Graz central train station in 25 minutes using line S1. The ticket costs 6,50€. If you visit Frohnleiten, you might also be interested in the Lurgrotte Cave in the village of Peggau, just south of Frohnleiten.