Hiking route Lafnitzau circuit, St. Johann in der Haide - Touren-Impression #1 | © Weges Hiking route Lafnitzau circuit, St. Johann in der Haide - Touren-Impression #1 | © Weges

Lafnitzau circuit, St. Johann in der Haide

Discover a part of Hartbergerland along the idyllic Lafnitz on an 11 km long, family-friendly circular hike on the border to Burgenland.

The 11 km circular hike through eastern Hartbergerland starts from St. Johann in der Haide train station. This family-friendly trail leads over gravel, meadows and forest paths and runs alongside the fresh Lafnitz river, close to the Burgenland border. The idyllic surroundings and gentle terrain make it an ideal jogging or Nordic walking route.



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
11,4 km
3:00 h
150 hm
150 hm
430 m
Highest point

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  • accessible via the A2 Südautobahn exit Hartberg
  • continue via the B50

St. Johann in der Haide, train station

  • We start at the Waldbad in St. Johann in der Haide, near the train station, walk briefly on an asphalt road and then continue on a forest road into the forest.
  • We walk upstream along the edge of the forest until we come to an asphalt road again and go straight ahead at the first junction.
  • After a few meters, we turn left onto the meadow path that leads past a farm.Along the asphalt road, we reach a bridge and continue on the left bank until we reach the Unterlugnitz crossroads.
  • Now we walk uphill for a while until we see a field path on the left.
  • After walking downhill through the forest, we continue over a bridge to the Maierhofermühle mill.
  • We then briefly cross the border to Burgenland via the asphalt road and then turn right onto a dirt track until we reach the Lafnitz.
  • When we reach the road, we keep right, cross the Lafnitz and are back in Styria.
  • We cross the B50 road and walk along a gravel road around the fish ponds. Shortly before the highway underpass, we turn left across the meadows and then uphill through the forest.
  • Along the forest path we reach the calorie trail sign again and follow the markings until we reach the starting point again.

If time permits, you are welcome to take a short detour into the center of St. Johann in der Haide and enjoy a refreshment at one of our restaurants.

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

For local transportation we recommend the SAM-Sammeltaxi Oststeiermark.

Eastern Styria Tourist Board

Office Hartbergerland

Alleegasse 6

8230 Hartberg


+43 3332 603 300


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Mobility Eastern Styria with shared cab SAM

You can order hiking, cycling maps and other information material online free of charge or pick it up at the Hartberg office, Alleegasse 6.


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

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