Hiking route Zetz Round from St. Kathrein am Offenegg - Touren-Impression #1 | © Oststeiermark Tourismus Hiking route Zetz Round from St. Kathrein am Offenegg - Touren-Impression #1 | © Oststeiermark Tourismus

Zetz Round from St. Kathrein am Offenegg

Varied summit tour on the Hoher Zetz with a great view over Eastern Styria and out to the Pannonian Plain.
From St. Kathrein am Offenegg, the trail first leads along the Vogelbeer-Panoramaweg for a while before heading out over the Bendlerhöhe to the Hoher Zetz. The Zetz is the local mountain of the people of Weiz and is known for its beautiful view of eastern Styria. The way back leads over the Eibisberg and the "Zeil" back to the centre of St. Kathrein.

In and around St. Kathrein, a wealth of places to stop for refreshments and excursions await visitors: taste delicious chocolates in Eveline Wild's chocolate shop, explore Sissy Sichart's Sulamith Garden or uncover the secret of Michael Graf's fine brandies!

St. Kathrein is also a member of the "Styrian Flower Road" and is known for its lush floral decorations. The large Styrian Panther, a work by Almart artist Sascha Exenberger, who makes his imaginative figures out of horseshoes, already greets you at the entrance to the village. Another five figures can be found along the Kathrein hiking trails.



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
16,3 km
5:00 h
530 hm
530 hm
1274 m
Highest point

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  • via the Brandlucken on the Sommeralmstraße in the direction of Weiz to Klamm in der Weiz, the Karlwirt is in the turn-off to St. Kathrein am Offenegg.
  • from Weiz and Graz via the B64 to the Weizklamm exit, then drive in the direction of "Sommeralm, Brandlucken, St. Kathrein/O." to Schmied in der Weiz

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All information for the journey

  • We start at the Kathreinerhaus and take the path up to "Kircheben".Turn right and follow trail no. 22/"Vogelbeer-Panoramaweg" up the hill.
  • Follow the "Vogelbeer-Panoramaweg" over the "Schwoaghofer-Teich" to the "Lange Bank".
  • Immediately afterwards, we leave the "Vogelbeer-Weg" and follow the markings "Brandlucken/Schönes Kreuz/Schlaglkreuz" up to the left.
  • From the next junction, keep to the "Eibisberg via Bendler" markings and follow trail no. 23, past the "Schlagkreuz" up to the Bendlerhöhe.
  • On the Bendlerhöhe we pass the "Friends of Nature" house and the mountain rescue station.
  • Now we turn onto trail no. 745/21 and walk out to the Eibisberg. The path to the "Eibisberg refuge" is marked on the right.
  • However, we follow the "Zetz" markings, trail no. 11, and go out to the left as far as the "fire brigade cross".
  • Continue above the forest road, along the somewhat overgrown hiking trail to the "Zetz-Kreuz" (cross with summit book and stone table).
  • Go back downhill for about 100 m and then loop back along the forest road to the "Eibisberg-Schutzhütte".
  • From now on follow the signs to "St. Kathrein-Zeil" or "Edelbrennerei Graf/GH Spreitzhofer", trail no. 11.
  • Follow the "Zeil" (a country road) past the Edelbrennerei Graf, the Landhotel Spreitzhofer and the Sulamith-Garten to the Panoramahütte. In front of the Panorama Hut, a meadow path turns off to the right down into the centre of the village.
  • We rejoin the road at the hotel "Zum Steinhauser", now it is only a short distance up to the right and along the asphalt road back to the village centre/Kathreinerhaus.
If you still have time, walk down from the Zetz to the local history museum "Rauchstubenhaus", the GH Almer right next to it is a popular excursion inn.
Timetables and travel information can be found at: Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB) or at busbahnbim.at.

Bus line 205 runs regularly from Weiz to St. Kathrein.

For local transport we recommend the SAM-SammelTaxi.

At the Kathreinerhaus or in the centre of St. Kathrein am Offenegg
Further information and links
All information about the region, the places to stop and stay overnight and the excursion destinations can be found at

Tourismusverband Oststeiermark
Geschäftsstelle Naturpark Almenland
8163  Fladnitz an der Teichalm 100
Tel.: +43 3179 23000 
Email: almenland@oststeiermark.com
Website: www.almenland.at

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