Hiking route Planetary path "Heaven on Earth, Rettenegg - Touren-Impression #1 | © Gemeinde Rettenegg Hiking route Planetary path "Heaven on Earth, Rettenegg - Touren-Impression #1 | © Gemeinde Rettenegg

Planetary path "Heaven on Earth, Rettenegg

The size of the universe is made tangible to the visitor during the hike. For example, it takes the light of the sun about the same time to reach Saturn as it takes a hiker to cover this distance on the planetary path.
The planetary path "Heaven on Earth" Rettenegg - Stuhleck is a scientific - touristic project in cooperation with the Institute for Astronomy of the University of Vienna. On the planetary path, the celestial bodies of the solar system are represented in models in size and distance to each other on a scale of billions on the approximately 7 km long stretch between Rettenegg and Stuhleck.

The arrangement of the classical planetary bodies took place thereby after their position of 5. May of the year 2000.

At the starting pavilion and the locations of the planetary models are boards with descriptions for Earth, Moon, Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, the asteroid belt, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. These descriptions additionally provide a link between modern astronomy based on today's worldview and the astronomy of past cultures and eras.

The green signposts with the inscription Planetenweg and the symbol show you the way from the starting pavilion to the Stuhleck.



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
7,1 km
3:00 h
920 hm
18 hm
1782 m
Highest point

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Rettenegg is located in the Fischbach Alps at the confluence of the Pfaffenbach and Feistritz rivers. The roads coming from Pfaffensattel and Feistritzsattel also meet there. The southern part of the area belongs to the Styrian Joglland.

By car
From Graz: via the A2 to the Gleisdorf-West exit; follow the B64 to Weiz; B72 to Birkfeld, Ratten, Rettenegg

From Vienna: via A23 to exit Bruck a. d. Mur; continue on S6, follow L117 to Rettenegg

Detailed information on how to get here can be found here
  • We start at the Sternenpavillon in Rettenegg
  • We go over the bridge to the Rettenegger Dorfstadl
  • After the information boards about the sun and Mercury we reach the planets Venus and Mars.
  • We always follow the markings and come to the next planets
  • Through a piece of forest on a forest path we walk to Uranus
  • After the Trollengasthof Joglland a steep section begins
  • We hike until we come to the next planet, Neptune.
  • Here we turn right and come to the Stuhleck, to the last planet, Pluto.
  • At the Stuhleck we have the possibility to stop at the Alois Günther haus.
The Planetenweg is also a feeder trail to the alpannonia long-distance hiking trail to the Stuhleck!
Timetables and travel information can be found at Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB) or at Verkehrsauskunft Verbundlinie. For local transportation we recommend the SAM-Sammeltaxi Oststeiermark
Retenegg, municipal office, “Simml” inn (free)
Tourism Association East Styria

Office Joglland - Waldheimat

8255 St. Jakob im Walde

church quarter 24

Tel.: +43 3336 20255


Eastern Styria

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Mobility Eastern Styria with shared taxi SAM

Regio Bus

Community Rettenegg

Tel.: 03173/8020



Wanderheft "Zu Fuß durch das Joglland und die Waldheimat" erhältlich beim Tourismusverband Joglland-Waldheimat, Tel: +43 3336 20255 Folder Planetenweg


What the weather will be like

Spital am Semmering (774m)

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Early clouds will clear to leave the region with a dry and sunny day.
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Dry and partly sunny throughout the day, with cloudy periods from time to time.
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Kindererlebnis-Bauernhof Perhofer, Silvia | © Oststeiermark Tourismus, Rene Strasser

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