Theme path Immerse yourself in nature in the Hartberger Gmoos, Hartberg - Touren-Impression #1 | © Oststeiermark Tourismus Theme path Immerse yourself in nature in the Hartberger Gmoos, Hartberg - Touren-Impression #1 | © Oststeiermark Tourismus

Immerse yourself in nature in the Hartberger Gmoos, Hartberg

Explore natural history up close. The Hartberg Gmoos has changed: from a silted-up lake to an ecologically valuable green island. A theme trail provides insight into the world of ecology.

Location & History

In a shallow depression, at an altitude of 319 to 328 meters above sea level, it borders directly on the built-up urban area of the district capital Hartberg. The fen developed through silting up of the "Edelsee", the remains of which can still be found in the deepest parts. The average sea level is 324 m.

Typical animals of the Hartberg bog are warblers, water rails, white storks, insects like butterflies and dragonflies, frogs and toads. The area is structured by rows and groups of alders and willows (Alnus glutinosa, A. incana, Salix cinerea, S. fragilis). On the Safenbach there are remains of a hardwood meadow with oaks, elms and ashes (Quercus robur, Ulmus laevis, Fraxinus excellsior).

The area of about 65 ha has been a nature reserve since 1992 and was declared a European nature reserve in 2005.



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
3,7 km
1:00 h
16 hm
16 hm
330 m
Highest point

Map & downloads

More information

  • accessible via the A2 Südautobahn exit Hartberg
  • in Hartberg follow the signs to the Hartberg recreation center.

Hartberg, HERZ recreation center

  • Starting from the Hartberg recreation center (HERZ), we walk south past the Hartberghalle and past the Hartberg carpet factory Durmont to the railroad tracks of the Thermenbahn, which connects Eastern Styria to the railroad network from Vienna via Wiener Neustadt, Aspang and Friedberg,
  • at the railroad crossing the red-white marked path No. 12 to Loretto Chapel turns off to the left. We go straight until the Safen forces us to follow the path to the right. Over the bridge we cross the Hartberger Safen to the Safenau tennis courts,
  • after the tennis courts we follow the accompanying path of the Safenau road on the right to the brick chapel wayside shrine called "Sankl Kreuz" and are now also on the yellow and white marked pilgrims' path from Maria Heiligenbrunn via St. Johann in der Haide to Maria Lebing St. Stefan and Fieberbründl,
  • about 300 meters after the chapel wayside shrine we leave the Safenauer Straße to the right and walk past the dog school to the fish ponds of the district fishing club Hartberg,
  • here we continue over 2 bridges over the Brühl to the view Hartberger Gmoos on the right side and left past the natural pond and right past the tennis courts back to the starting point.

A beaver moved into the small ponds in November 2017, the traces of its activities can be easily seen.

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

For local transportation we recommend the SAM-Sammeltaxi Oststeiermark.

The nearest Citybus stop is at Hauptplatz.

Information about the region, places to stop and stay, excursion destinations etc. can be found here:

Eastern Styria Tourist Board

Hartbergerland office

Alleegasse 6

8230 Hartberg

Tel.: +43 3332 603 300

Vacation in Hartbergerland | Eastern Styria

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Mobility Eastern Styria with shared cab SAM

Find out about maps, hiking brochures and other tour tips at the tourist office.

You can also order information material from the comfort of your own home on our website

Eastern Styria Tourist Office

Hartberg office

Alleegasse 6, 8230 Hartberg


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