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1. Etappe: Path of the 100.000 steps, Arzberg - Schöckl


This trail leads in 6 stages around the southern Almenland, the 1st stage starts in Arzberg, leads up to the Schöckl summit and ends on the west side of the Schöckl.

This hike around the "Passailer Kessel" is an idea of the Kath. Männerbewegung Passail and was also planned and implemented by them. The six sections are designed in such a way that after each day's stage there is an opportunity to stop for a break or overnight stay. The stages run mainly along designated Alpine Club paths and were also marked with their own signposts. The small boards represent the colours of the hiked communities Fladnitz an der Teichalm (gold), Passail (blue) and St. Kathrein am Offenegg (red).

The trail starts in Arzberg, leads up to the Schöckl and on to the Rechberg. From there it goes via the Nechnitz up to the Teichalm, via the Osser up to the Sommeralm and via the Brandlucken to St. Kathrein am Offenegg. The last two stages then lead over the Patscha down into the Weizklamm gorge before returning to Arzberg via the Gösser and Große Raabklamm gorges.

The first stage is the "royal tour" up to the summit of the Schöckl, but it is worth the climb for the magnificent views, first into the Passailer Kessel and then as far as Graz and the Murtal. On the Schöckl there is a wide range of refreshment and sports facilities.



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
15,7 km
6:00 h
1110 hm
725 hm
1442 m
Highest point
578 m
Lowest point

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You can find all information about the journey here.

  • From the starting point, Arzberg parish church, past the primary schools in the direction of Gollerstraße.
  • Walk along Gollerstraße for a short distance in the direction of Rechberg/Passail and then turn left onto Mariazeller-Weg (path no. 730) in the direction of "Ruine Stubegg".
  • From the "Ruine Stubegg" continue uphill and then turn left into the forest, where a bench awaits you for a short rest with a beautiful view of Passail- continue in the direction of "Burgstall-Dorf" to the municipal road- follow the municipal road to the "Geigentaler Materl" (road junction to the Geigental district), from here continue uphill on the municipal road for approx. 300 metres
  • Continue left along the forest road in the direction of "Arztal" and "Burgstaller Höhe
  • After approx. 500 metres turn right into the forest in the direction of "Jägerkreuz
  • From the "Jägerkreuz", the path leads up to the summit cross of the "Burgstaller Höhe".
  • From there walk along the high trail to the pasture gate, then turn left down to the "Geigentaler Lacke".
  • From the "Geigentaler Lacke" (a marshy clearing with a hut) the path continues in a westerly direction (diagonally right)
  • Follow the forest road to the car park at "Ebner" at the road junction "Schöckl - Hammersberg - Burgstall".
  • Follow path no. 706/730 to the "Angerkreuz" at the road junction (Kumberg - Schöckl/St. Radegund - Plenzengreith)
  • The rest of the way leads along the country road (trail no. 730/706) to the "Schöcklkreuz", a small chapel at the foot of the Schöckl mountain
  • Follow the markings in the direction of Schöckl-Gipfl (trail no. 730) to the top station of the Schöckl cable car or to the transmitter installation
  • Walk along the plateau to the western summit with the summit cross (trail no. 730)
  • Leave the plateau through the passage near the pasture fence and walk along the gravel path across the "Schneidwiese" (path no. 19b)
  • Pass the "little Schöckl cross" until you reach the car park of the former Schöckl north lift
  • Now turn right and walk along the main road to the Jägerwirt inn (trail no. 16).

On the Schöckl plateau, several establishments invite you to stop for a bite to eat; the "Stubenberg-Haus" probably has the most beautiful view terrace.

Public transport: Timetables and travel information can be found at: Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB) or at

For local transport or for the return journey we recommend the SAM-SammelTaxi.

There are plenty of free parking spaces in the centre of Arzberg.

Info on the "Trail of 100,000 Steps"

More information about the region, where to stop, where to find rooms and descriptions of the excursion destinations and businesses:
Tourismusverband Oststeiermark
Almenland Nature Park Office
Fladnitz 100
8163 Fladnitz/Teichalm
Tel: +43 3179 23000
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