In the expanse of the granite highland
This country is built of granite that has been sanded down over millions of years by wind, weather and water. The Mühlviertel between the Danube in the south and the Bohemian Forest (Böhmerwald) in the north is a country with a strong character. Its hills open a vista over unimagined open space. At the time it rises up to heights beyond 1000 metres. The rough land has left its mark on the people, their life, their traditions. And it makes the hills and dales into a challenging athletic playground.
The Mühlviertel has always forced its inhabitants to look to the future. Whether it is the horse railway from Linz to Budweis, or the Schwarzenberg Flood Canal. With great inventiveness, the people extracted progress from the granite, although that progress only springs from the deep roots of tradition, as the people of the Mühlviertel remember even today. Old handicrafts remain alive and highly valued here. Weaving is as established here as the technique of blueprinting onto textiles. The art of beer brewing finds its culmination in the Mühlviertel. There is not doubt that the brewers are experts in concentrating the taste of the region into the finest essences. The Mühlviertel herbs, golden linseed oil, crisp beer hold those aromas that make the granite country what it is.
No question, this strip of land is impressive, and makes you want to move. Cyclists and mountainbikers, riders and hikers - they all invest their physical strength to discover the shape of the highland. They want to find out what the land is made of. The Mühlviertel rewards their taking with large amounts of giving: it is a vibrant region that counters the fast pace of every day. The Mühlviertel replaces it with emotion the view of wide open space and thus continuously recharges the internal batteries. Where Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic are neighbours, the matter of relaxation is has taken a leap ahead in the future.