Kraftstein | © Margret Orthofer Kraftstein | © Margret Orthofer

Emperor Karl circular hiking trail

On historical ground you hike from the former imperial hunting lodge at the Orthofer Inn in St. Jakob im Walde, past various power points, water sources, game feeders, prominent trees and to the place where Emperor Karl shot his first capercaillie. The magnificent view of the Joglland-Waldheimat region and a cozy stop at the Orthofer Inn make this hike an experience.
At the starting point, you are truly standing on historical ground, because the former hunting lodge of Emperor Karl I and Empress Zita stood here. During hunting season, the imperial family always came to St. Jakob im Walde and in May 1902 the then Archduke Karl shot his first capercaillie with imperial hunting guide Erhard Orthofer. Due to a chimney fire, the entire hunting lodge burned down in 1922. Only the emperor's table could be saved and can still be seen today in the Orthofer Inn. The bell tower in front of the inn is also original and still reminds of that time.


The starting point is surrounded by a magnificent mountain landscape, by the Fischbacher Alps, the peaks of the Hochschwab and the Hohe Veitsch in the northwest, as well as the Pretul and the Stuhleck in the north. Also on the whole further tour you can expect again and again fantastic views and interesting places, for example the place where Emperor Karl shot his first capercaillie.



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
5,8 km
2:00 h
177 hm
177 hm
1159 m
Highest point
982 m
Lowest point

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Aus Wien über A2 bis Ausfahrt Friedberg und B54 nach Rohrbach ~ von Graz über A2 bis Ausfahrt Rohrbach – Vorau, danach bis Rohrbach und weiter nach Waldbach und St. Jakob/W. Vom Ort St. Jakob/W kommt nach ca. 2 km in Richtung Ratten rechts die Abzweigung GH Orthofer und Jogllandloipe.

Von der S6 Ausfahrt Krieglach über das Alpl nach Ratten und Richtung St. Jakob/W. Die Anfahrt geht bis ca. 2 km vor dem Ort St. Jakob/W   wo dann links die Abzweigung zum GH Orthofer und zur Jogllandloipe hinweist.

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  • We start at the Orthofer Inn and follow the green signs "Kaiser Karl Rundweg".
  • Head north up the meadow, past the pond to the Riegler Kohlstatt.
  • Now we continue along the forest road to the next crossroads.
  • At this crossroads we follow the slightly sloping forest road and come to the place where Emperor Karl shot his first capercaillie.
  • Follow the signs downhill until you reach the crossroads for the Plenznerhütte.
  • At this crossroads we follow the green signs and take the forest road on the far left, which is flat.
  • We cross a small stream and then we go down to the right along the path
  • After approx. 800 m we come to a forest road, where the signposts point us left up to the Orthofer Inn.
You follow in the footsteps of Emperor Charles I and pass numerous historical places, for example the place where he shot his first capercaillie.


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Parkplätze beim Gasthof Orthofer

Tourism Association East Styria

Office Joglland - Waldheimat

8255 St. Jakob im Walde

church quarter 24

Tel.: +43 3336 20255


Orthofer Inn and Pension

Filzmoos 12

8255 St. Jakob in the Walde

Tel.: +43 (0)3336/8237




What the weather will be like

St. Jakob im Walde (927m)

5 km/h
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Sunny in the morning, but increasingly cloudy during the day. Showers will be possible towards evening.
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The day starts sunny, but will be partly cloudy in the afternoon.
9°C 17°C
10°C 18°C
11°C 18°C
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