Steiermark (Styria) is a state located in the southeast of Austria. In area it is the second largest of the nine Austrian federated states,. It borders Slovenia as well as the other Austrian states of Upper Austria, Lower Austria, Salzburg, Burgenland, and Carinthia. Called the ‘Green Heart’ of Austria, it's replete with large forests and inviting vineyards. Styria has many activities and excursions for visitors such as hiking, skiing, castles and traditional local festivities.