Birkfeld was first mentioned as market town in 1265. It is a popular starting point for hiking tours in the Feistritz valley and the hill country of eastern Styria.
The castle Schloss Birkenstein [left, no. 558: background left] was formed in 1555 out of several older private buildings by the guardian of castle Waxenegg (see Anger). It remained in posession of his family until 1675. Later reshapings of the building in Baroque style determine the appearance of the castle today.
The town is dominated by the parish and deanery church Sankt Peter und Paul
[far left, no. 558: background right, and near left, no. 4081: right]. The church was first mentioned in 1295. Despite
enlargements, the original church became too small during the 17th century and was demolished. It was replaced by
the present church in 1709–1715.