Hartberg - St. Anna - Pöllauberg | Pilgrimage - following the longing
The pilgrims' path leads from Hartberg, the centre of Eastern Styria, via Neuberg and the church of St. Anna to Pöllauberg.
In 1679, the year of the plague, the parish of Hartberg vowed an annual pilgrimage to Pöllauberg. This pilgrimage is still alive today and the route leads via St. Anna, every 8th September. On the occasion of the first Hartberg pilgrimage, a votive image was erected in Pöllauberg, which has survived to this day.The Marian pilgrimage site of Pöllauberg lies in the middle of the Pöllauer Tal Nature Park. The pilgrimage church, whose founder was Katharina von Stubenberg, is one of the most magnificent High Gothic churches in all of Styria.The pilgrimage to Pöllauberg began with the veneration of an image of the Virgin Mary in the 12th century. Since then, the attraction of the place has remained unbroken. Due to its exposed location, Pöllauberg is rightly called the "sun and view terrace of Eastern Styria". You can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view over the entire eastern Styrian hill country all the way to Slovenia and far into the Hungarian lowlands.
Accessible via the A2 Südautobahn, Hartberg exit. In Hartberg, follow the signs to the city centre.
Detailed information on how to get here can be found here.
- Follow the red-white-red markings with the number 946 in the Statdpark past the old laundry pond into Brühlgasse past the Radl bakery to turn right into Brühlbachweg shortly after the Schaumühle Posch mill,- here we walk over stairs and bridges to the Ringstraße. At the Winderlinde, which is a protected natural monument, we climb along the Brühl (protected landscape area) past the "Marterl in der Brühl" to the Neubergsweg,- Follow this path past the turn-off to the Steinbauer wine tavern and the Eger Cross to a turn-off into a meadow, which we follow to a farmhouse, where we turn right again along a road and come to the Hofrichter Marterl above Neuberg Castle,- here we follow the road uphill past the Postl Cross and Schöngrundner Cross to the turn-off for path no. 2,- we continue along the Neuberg road and come to a gravel path in the forest and over a knoll, along the edge of the forest to the road to St. Anna where we come to the church of St. Anna,
- after the church we keep to the left and walk along the road for about 2.5 kilometres until we reach the crossroads Oberneuberg-Spitzberg,- here we turn right and immediately left into Sackstraße and then left again towards the Pöllauberg church,- after the Boletz Chapel we go steeply uphill to an access road, which we follow on the left, then we pass the Lebenbauerkreuz on the right and also pass the house on the right,- At the road, keep to the right and walk steeply uphill until you reach the Pöllauberg, partly via steps.
Sturdy shoes are recommended for this hike.
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Sparkassen Parkdeck, Alleegasse, 8230 Hartberg
East Styria Tourist Board
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