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Christmetten Circuit

Here you embark on a leisurely hike in the footsteps of Peter Rosegger in the heart of the Waldheimat - in St. Kathrein am Hauenstein.
In his story "In der Christnacht" from the famous book "Als ich noch der Waldbauernbub war" ("When I was still a forest farmer's boy"), the Styrian poet Peter Rosegger describes his first walk to Christmas mass from the Kluppeneggerhof down to St. Kathrein am Hauenstein. The Rosegger family walked this path every Christmas Eve, often in stormy weather and driving snow. It is still walked today in memory of the great son of the Waldheimat at Christmas on a guided hike. This Christmas Eve hike attracts numerous visitors every year on Christmas Eve.

In addition to Peter Rosegger's beloved church, there is also an exhibition in the village of St. Kathrein am Hauenstein dedicated to the life of the poet.

The path is marked with boards with the inscription Christmettenweg. Forests and beautiful vantage points alternate with each other, and culinary stops must not be missed in Styria, of course.


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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
15,0 km
5:00 h
737 hm
737 hm
1173 m
Highest point
789 m
Lowest point

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From Vienna via the Südautobahn A2 and the Semmering Schnellstrasse S6 to the Krieglach exit. Now via the Alpl to St. Kathrein am Hauenstein.From Graz via Weiz and Birkfeld to St. Kathrein am Hauenstein.

Detailed information on how to get there can be found here.

  • We start the hike on a hill near the parish church of St. Kathrein am Hauenstein.
  • In a bend we turn right and hike along the Hirschbach stream until we reach a sawmill
  • We follow the stream uphill until we come to two long hairpin bends.
  • Continue until you reach the Hochegger farm and a memorial cross (1126m).
  • Via a forest path we go further downhill to the Lendkreuz (1044m)
  • From the Lendkreuz we go uphill again over a road, past the Schmiedhofer homestead.
  • Along the hiking trail we go to the house where Peter Rosegger was born (1144m).
  • The descent via the circular path is partly steeper and leads past the forest school.
  • From the forest school it goes again slightly uphill in an easterly direction over the Großheidenbauer past the Schlagobersbauer inn.
  • At a crossroads we turn sharply to the left - in a few minutes we reach the Alpl federal road
  • Before we get to the main road, we turn right in the last curve of the gravel road
  • Now we are on a forest road
  • Follow this forest road until you reach the Roseggerhof Inn (+43 3173 2711).
  • Passing the Roseggerhof inn, a few meters below, a goods road begins, which we follow to the parking lot of the cemetery in St. Kathrein am hauenstein
  • From the parking lot it is possible to walk directly into the village of St. Kathrein am Hauenstein via the parish church (asphalted road next to the main road).
Every year on December 24, a hike is held along the Christmettenweg in memory of the great local poet - you have to experience it!
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Parking directly in the village, at the starting point (parish church) and at the inns in St. Kathrein am Hauenstein
TV Oststeiermark
Geschäftsstelle Region Joglland - Waldheimat
Kirchenviertel 24
8255 St. Jakob im Walde 


Gemeinde St. Kathrein am Hauenstein
Tel.: +43 3173 4030 


What the weather will be like

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Fairly sunny with scattered clouds. Showers will be possible towards evening.
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Dry and bright with plenty of sunshine, clouds will be rare.
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