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Marian pilgrimage route, Hartberg

Hartberg - St. Anna - Pöllauberg | Pilgrimage and following the longing The pilgrimage route leads from Hartberg, the center of Eastern Styria, via Neuberg and the church of St. Anna to Pöllauberg.

In 1679, the year of the plague, the parish of Hartberg vowed to make an annual pilgrimage to Pöllauberg. This pilgrimage is still alive today and the route leads via St. Anna on September 8th. On the occasion of the first Hartberg pilgrimage, a votive picture was erected in Pöllauberg, which has survived to this day.

The Marian pilgrimage site of Pöllauberg lies in the middle of the Pöllau Valley Nature Park. The pilgrimage church, founded by Katharina von Stubenberg, is one of the most magnificent High Gothic churches in the whole of Styria.

The pilgrimage to the Pöllauberg began with the veneration of an image of the Virgin Mary in the 12th century. The attraction of the place has remained unbroken ever since. Due to the exposed location of the village, Pöllauberg is rightly called the "sun and panoramic terrace of Eastern Styria". You can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view over the entire East Styrian hill country all the way to Slovenia and far into the Hungarian lowlands.



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
12,6 km
4:00 h
610 hm
220 hm
751 m
Highest point

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  • accessible via the A2 Südautobahn exit Hartberg
  • in Hartberg follow the signs to Innenstadt/Zentrum

Hartberg, main square

  • Follow the red-white-red markings with the number 946 in the Statdpark past the old laundry pond into Brühlgasse past the Radl bakery and turn right into Brühlbachweg shortly after Schaumühle Posch.
  • Here we walk over steps and bridges to the Ringstraße. At the Winderlinde, which is a protected natural monument, we ascend along the Brühl (protected landscape section) past the "Marterl in der Brühl" to the Neubergsweg.
  • We follow this and pass the turn-off to the Steinbauer wine tavern and the Erlauer Kreuz until we reach a turn-off into a meadow, which we follow to a farmhouse, where we turn right again along a road and come to the Hofrichter Marterl above Neuberg Castle.
  • Here we follow the road uphill past the Postl cross and Schöngrundner cross to the junction with path no. 2.
  • We continue along Neubergstraße and come to a gravel path in the forest and over a hilltop, along the edge of the forest to the road to St. Anna, where we come to the church of St. Anna.
  • After the church, we keep left and walk along the road for approx. 2.5 kilometers to the Oberneuberg-Spitzberg junction.
  • Here we turn right and then immediately left into Sackstraße and left again towards the Pöllauberg church.
  • After the Boletz chapel, we climb steeply up to an access road, which we follow to the left, then pass the Lebenbauerkreuz on the right and also pass the house on the right.
  • On the path, we keep to the right steeply uphill until we reach the Pöllauberg, partly via steps.

Enjoy the delicious culinary delights and don't miss the highlights worth seeing in Hartberg and on the Pöllauberg.

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

For local transportation we recommend the SAM-Sammeltaxi Oststeiermark.

More information:

East Styria Tourist Board

Hartberg office

Alleegasse 6

8230 Hartberg


+43 3332 603300


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Mobility Eastern Styria with SAM shared cab

Cycling maps, hiking maps and excursion destination maps are available at the information office in Hartberg, Alleegasse 6, and on our website.


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