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Along the 3 castles hiking trail (part 1)


This 14 km long tour is a partial stage of the 3 castles hiking trail and thus a moderate day hike. If you would like to hike even further, then you are welcome to join "Along the 3-Castles Hiking Trail (Part 2)" or discover the entire "3-Castles Hiking Trail incl. Stairway to Heaven" (approx. 22 km).

This hike includes a part of the 3 castles hiking trail and is therefore a shortened form with about 14 km. Starting from Grafendorf, this leads us to 2 of 3 castles in the region (Reitenau and Kirchberg). Signs with texts and illustrations along the way point us to special places and to the history. A special feature is the Hammerwald Bründl in Seibersdorf - with excellent drinking water to fill up the water reserves - and also the adventure and water park with playground at the water body "Kleine Lungitz" near the castle Aichberg.

Very varied with field, forest, meadow and ravine paths and along streams.

Refreshment stops along the route are in Grafendorf the Kirchenwirt Gasthaus Koller, Hösl's Dorfstub'n in Stambach 21 (about 10 minutes walk from Reitenau Castle), the "Villa" in Seibersdorf.

Since 2020 there is a shared taxi offer, called SAM, which you can use.



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
13,6 km
3:40 h
165 hm
165 hm
497 m
Highest point
378 m
Lowest point

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Grafendorf can be reached via the A2 exit Hartberg and further via the B50 and B54.

Start of the approx. 14 km long, signposted tour is the main square in Grafendorf. (or Park & Ride parking lot at the traffic circle on the B54, near the fire department).

- heading south we pass the bus company Gruber to the fire department and past the ADEG market Kogler to Seibersdorf,

- In Seibersdorf we turn right along Reitenaustraße and then left at Hammerwaldbründl to Stambach. Here we come to a Bründl and to the station "Water - Source of Life",

- along the Stambach, over wooden bridges and past resting places, we reach the station "Fememord",

- and continue until we reach the Reitenaustaße at the Waldpension Mara and cross it,

- here we turn right along the road to Grafendorf, and then we turn left at the information board "Land at the border",

- here we follow the Marbach along the information board "Schloss Reitenau" until we reach a staircase, which we climb.

- at the top there is the information board "The repopulation" and we go through meadows and woods to the station "Roman barrows",

- we follow this path. Here you can still see the contours of the tumuli in the forest. We then come to the information board "Roman Period Gravestones",

- Viewpoint: magnificent view of Grafendorf. We continue to the information board "Roman period manors" with a view of the fish pond and in the background we recognize the Kirchberg castle,

- now we pass the fish pond and a peacock volary to the information board "Prehistory and early history" and further into the forest, where we cross the Hartberger Safen,

- Further on we come to the information board "Dangerous round around the Ringkogel" before we cross fields and reach the dirt road which we follow uphill,

- at the information board "Die Sage vom Masenberg" we enter the forest and cross a ditch over a wooden bridge,

- At the edge of the forest you will find the information board "Geological structure". Across a meadow we reach a resting place and the information board "The village of Count Eckbert",

- at the water reservoir we have a great view of Grafendorf

- now we follow the path to Kirchberg Castle where the information board "Castle Kirchberg am Walde" informs us about the history of the castle and the information board "Agricultural and Forestry College" tells us about the school housed in the castle,

- after Kirchberg Castle we come to the information board with the title "The Styrian Farmers' Heaven VI", on the right the forest path called "Himmelsstiege". Over bridges and stairs we cross the Kirchbergbach and climb, past the information board "Der steirische Bauernhimmel V", to Reibersdorf where we come to the information board "Der Steirische Bauernhimmel IV",

- in Reibersdorf there is another information board "Der Koart'nspüler",

- we follow the road to Eichberg for a while, we pass the information board "Da Suntogsjäger" and turn right at the information board "Der steirische Bauernhimmel III",

- now we follow the Reibersbach over some wooden bridges at the information boards "B I T T E !", "Der oststeirische Mistausführer" and "Der steirische Bauernhimmel II",

- at the information board "The cave of the beautiful Charles" we see the railroad culvert Kleinlungitz, which we use,

- then we keep to the left and follow the marking of the hiking trail L5 past the fish pond along the Kleine Lungitz,

- at a pedestrian bridge we keep to the right, use this bridge over the brook and follow the path no. 13,

- after crossing the railroad tracks we keep to the left along the tracks to the railroad station and the Schöngrundner inn,

- from here we follow the road to Wagendorf until we turn right from the road to the Hubertus Chapel,

- from the Hubertus chapel we go under the power line and we can already see Grafendorf. Past a pasture, under the Wechselbundesstraße through, past the former cold store, we get back to the center of Grafendorf.

By train from Wiener Neustadt (Vienna connection) and Fehring to the train station Grafendorf entrance to the round tour about 200 m away.

By bus to Grafendorf Hauptplatz Farhplanauskünfte under timetable information ÖBB.

Grafendorf can also be reached from Vienna with the Bulinie 311. Interconnected line

You can also use the service of SAM, a call sameltaxi system. SAM

Main square Grafendorf, Park & Ride at the traffic circle B54


What the weather will be like

Grafendorf bei Hartberg (382m)

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Dry and partly sunny throughout the day, with cloudy periods from time to time.
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The day starts sunny, but will be partly cloudy in the afternoon.
10°C 25°C
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12°C 22°C
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