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Nature tour

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Culture and culinary delights go hand in hand on the approximately 65-kilometre circular route and offer us various insights into the diversity of the region.

The garden tour takes us through the hilly landscape that characterises Eastern Styria, past many cultural and culinary places. We cycle past numerous historical buildings such as the pilgrimage churches of Maria Lebing and Maria Fieberbründl as well as the magnificent castles in Schielleiten and Herberstein and we always have the opportunity to take a culinary break. Let's spoil ourselves with local delicacies and good wines in the various wine taverns or taste our way through the beer assortment in a regional microbrewery. On hot days we can take a dip in Lake Stubenberg and refresh ourselves at the numerous beach bars. For those who appreciate flora and fauna, the Herberstein Animal World with its castle and museum is just right, or we can stretch our feet at the Harter natural pond with its adjacent pond tavern. 

Characteristics

Technique
Level of fitness
Result
Scenery

Best season

January
February
March
November
December

The tour in numbers

medium
Level of difficulty
64,5 km
Route
4:00 h
Duration
609 hm
Ascent
626 hm
Descent
480 m
Highest point
293 m
Lowest point

Map & downloads

More information

Detailed information on how to get there can be found here.

We have chosen Hartberg as the starting point. The town is well connected via the R12 Thermenradweg coming from Rohrbach a.d. Lafnitz, Grafendorf, Greinbach. Coming from the direction of Kaindorf, the R57 is a good choice.

From the garden castle to the vineyards of the RomansCastle Herberstein is one of the most impressive artistic monuments in Styria, as the development from the original fortified building to the magnificent Renaissance castle is still visible today in all construction phases. Many secrets entwine around the Herberstein dynasty, great names have made the castle a venerable witness to history.

In the historic garden, which has been reawakened, you can stroll through the Green Garden of Harmony, the White Garden of Perfection, the Blue Garden of Consistency and the Yellow Garden of Hope. The cultural country tour continues to St. Johann bei Herberstein. The vineyards on the south side of the Hoferberg have been cultivated since Caesar's time. Artful Roman stones on the wall of the church and the vicarage can be read as an ancient picture book. The Centaur relief is particularly worth seeing.

Let's treat ourselves to a dip in the cold water at Lake Stubenberg!

  • Collective taxi "SAM" - Mobility in Eastern Styria: SAM closes the gaps in the public transport network and offers affordable mobility for EVERYONE (bicycle transport partly possible).
  • ÖBB - Austrian Federal Railways (bicycle transport possible)
  • BusBahnBim - timetable information of bus, train and Bim in Styria (and in the whole of Austria)
  • MOBILZENTRAL - Central information point for all questions regarding public transport.

With the BusBahnBim app of Verbundlinie, timetable information has never been easier: all connections by bus, train and tram in Austria can be queried by entering places and/or addresses, stops or important points. The app is available as a free app for smartphones (Android, iOS) - on Google Play and in the App Store.

Stress-free parking is possible in Hartberg's city centre in the comfortable "Sparkassen-Parkdeck-Alleegasse". 

Connection/ networking: R12 Thermenradweg, R57

More information:

East Styria Tourist BoardHartberg office

Alleegasse 6

8230 Hartberg

+43 3332 603306

 

The Styria Tours App, which is available free of charge on Google Play and in the App Store (Android, iOS), offers detailed first-hand information: short facts (length, duration, difficulty, ascent and descent in metres of altitude, ratings), map, route descriptions, altimeter, compass, summit finder, navigation along the tour. In addition, you can create your personal list of favourite tours and points, save tours and excursion destinations offline, use social media channels and more.

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What the weather will be like

Hartl (364m)

Morning
17°C
0%
5 km/h
Noon
27°C
5%
10 km/h
Night
22°C
25%
10 km/h
Dry and bright with plenty of sunshine, clouds will be rare.
Morning
18°C
10%
15 km/h
Noon
27°C
20%
5 km/h
Night
23°C
25%
5 km/h
Unsettled with showers, especially in the early morning and towards evening.
17.08.2022
15°C 31°C
18.08.2022
16°C 31°C
19.08.2022
16°C 25°C
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