Hiking route Circular hiking trail Ringwarte - Touren-Impression #1 | © Oststeiermark Tourismus Hiking route Circular hiking trail Ringwarte - Touren-Impression #1 | © Oststeiermark Tourismus

Circular hiking trail Ringwarte

Nature's wanderings. Once like Peter Rosegger From the city of Hartberg via the Brühlweg to the Warte and after a delicious Buschenschank snack back to the city - simply wonderful! A hike for the mind in Eastern Styria.

The district capital of Hartberg is a wonderful starting point for hikes in Eastern Styria, as you can harmoniously combine the historic town with the scenic attractiveness of the surrounding countryside. The destination of this hiking tip is the Ringkogel, Hartberg's local mountain, with the Ringwarte, built in 1906, which is considered the town's landmark. The lookout tower towers over the dense forest areas in the summit area and offers a sensational panoramic view. With the descent via the Buschenschank Postl you experience a double pleasure, as you can combine the regional delicacies with the beautiful view of Hartberg. Before or after the hike, you should plan time to look at the city center: the historic buildings, the castle park and the "floating pictures" in the city pond.



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
7,3 km
2:45 h
450 hm
450 hm
789 m
Highest point

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  • accessible via the A2 Südautobahn exit Hartberg
  • in Hartberg follow the signs to the city center/centre

Hartberg, main square


Peter Rosegger already raved about the hike up to the Ringkogel. However, he was not yet allowed to enjoy the view from the Ringwarte. The lookout post was not built until 1906. Peter Rosegger, however, already appreciated the journey by train. This was opened in 1891, three days later he arrived. In his essay "The new cosmopolitan city of Hartberg" he raved in the highest tones about the "little country town" that was opening up to modern times. The first municipal swimming pool and a bathing establishment already existed near the town pond, furnished in a contemporary manner as a warm bath with showers above the tubs.


From the main square in Hartberg (1), 359 m, we walk along Preßlgasse to the crossroads. Here we see the signposts with the inscription "Ringwarte" and we go to the left. After about 500 meters we go right uphill parallel to the road to the Brühle entrance (2), 431 m. From now on we go uphill a bit steeper along the Brühlbach, always following the hiking trail 746. After the forest section we come to meadow areas and cross roads to continue on the well-marked paths, enjoying the view of Hartberg again and again. A beautiful section leads us along the artificially created watercourse, until we then reach the parking lot Spielstätte Ring (3), 692 m, via a forest road. Various information boards can be seen along the gravel road, which leads in serpentines uphill to the Ringkogel (4), 789 m, and to the lookout point. The entrance to the return path is marked by signposts "Hartberg Zentrum". Through the forest downhill leads a clearly recognizable, much used path. Arrived at an asphalt road, we keep to the right and follow it to the bus stop Ring/GH Schreiner, where we hike left on a gravel road across meadows and farmland comfortably downhill. Having arrived again at an asphalt road, we now turn left and after a few meters we reach the Buschenschank Postl (5), 512m. At the parking lot you can see the entrance to the hiking trail, which now leads directly down through the vineyards and is clearly recognizable by the red-white-red markings. Continue on paths along meadow and forest areas until we finally reach an asphalt road again and now follow the signs towards the main square.

A little tip: The Ringwarte can be reached from the venue (car park) in about ½ hour via the hiking trail.

Book tip: This hike is one of 50 tours in the new Rother hiking guide East Styria, which will be available in bookstores from July 2021.

Timetables and travel information can be found at Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB) or at Verkehrsauskunft Verbundlinie.

For local transportation we recommend the SAM-Sammeltaxi Oststeiermark.

Tourist Office Eastern Styria

Hartberg office

Alleegasse 6

8230 Hartberg

+43 3332 603300


Cycling maps, hiking maps and excursion destination maps are available at the information offices of the Eastern Styria Adventure Region and on our website.

You can order further information material on the Eastern Styria Adventure Region from the comfort of your own home on our website, or you can obtain it at the offices.


What the weather will be like

Hartberg Umgebung (349m)

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Kindererlebnis-Bauernhof Perhofer, Silvia | © Oststeiermark Tourismus, Rene Strasser

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