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Brendlalm-Tour (Eibiswald)

Signposted mountain bike tour no. 108 (from Eibiswald). Very challenging tour via the Hochmasser and Schmuckbauernwirt to the Schirchleralm and on to the Brendlalm at 1,566 m above sea level.
The Brendlalm tour is a "real" mountain bike tour that can immediately compete with tours in mountainous regions. After all, there are more than 1,500 metres of altitude to climb and most of it in one go. The tour offers incomparable views of southwestern Styria and allows legal biking in alpine pastures up to the tree line. But not only that, the tour also offers two top alpine huts for refreshments, the "Schirchler" and the "Brendl". After a well-deserved snack, you can look forward to a cool single trail descent, provided you have the necessary riding skills. Bikers who want to take it easy with a full belly can also choose the alternative downhill route.


The Brendlalm tour is the right choice if you:

  • are planning a real mountain bike tour with a lot of altitude metres at a stretch and want to enjoy
  • want to enjoy panoramic views of south-western Styria,
  • want to feel the fine alpine atmosphere and also taste it at the Schirchleralm and Brendlalm,
  • want to bike legally on casual trails on narrow alpine paths,
  • want to visit the spectacular 60-metre-high waterfall of the Weiße Sulmand
  • a final Buschenschank stop at the Garber wine and gourmet world is not to be missed.


Level of fitness

Best season


The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
55,5 km
4:30 h
1615 hm
1615 hm
1566 m
Highest point
351 m
Lowest point

Map & downloads

More information

Plan your journey via Google Maps to the starting point of the tour: www.google.at/maps


Directions from Graz / Vienna to Lieboch:

Take the motorway towards Graz (A2) to the Lieboch exit. Continue on the B76 in the direction of Eibiswald.


Directions from Carinthia:

On the motorway in the direction of Klagenfurt (A2) as far as the Lieboch exit. Continue on the B76 in the direction of Eibiswald.


Directions from Leibnitz:

Drive via Arnfels, Oberhaag to Eibiswald.


Directions from Slovenia/Eibiswald:

Drive over the Radlpass on the B76 towards Eibiswald.

From the starting point at the church in Eibiswald, start in a northerly direction, up to the Buschenschank Pichlippi and cross over to Haiden on the Kowaldhöhe.

Go through the courtyard of the Peiserhof winery down to Vordersdorf.

In Vordersdorf the ascent begins up to Hochmasser. It is advisable not to waste your energy on this first section of the long climb up to the Schirchleralm. Instead, enjoy the wonderful view to the southwest to the Kapun Ridge, to Greith and over to Eichberg-Trautenburg.

After the Hochmasser inn, the route enters a very varied gravel section with two super-steep ramps, each with more than 20 percent gradient. Here you need good legs or a strong battery. The good thing is that the stitches are not too long and there is a flat section in between that allows for a short breather.

The reward follows after these "drudge sections" in the form of a new panorama across to the Buchenberg and the Soboth. Motto: Let it work.

At the former Glockenwirt inn, the mountain bike tour turns into the L650 state road, which leads up to St. Anna. After about one kilometre, however, the route turns right into Garanas. A short downhill gives your legs, which may already be a little tired, a short rest.

Whereby: It is a good idea to look for a spot in this section through the Garana Valley, to treat yourself to a little more rest and to let this wonderful area take effect on you.

The bike tour continues from Garanas via the Schmuckbauerwirt to the Schirchleralm.

The last part of the long ascent is initially on gravel roads and later on a rather steep trail. The last kilometre is again easy on a gravel road to the Brendlalm.

After the obligatory break in the alpine pasture, the trail (single trail) goes crisply down to the former Liechtensteinersäge. This section can also be bypassed.

The tour then continues to the legendary "Wirtbartl Trail" which runs to St. Katharina in the Wiel.

Alternatively, the route can be ridden past the Sulm waterfall, saving about 100 metres in altitude. (marked as tour no. 108a)

From Wiel, follow the road to St. Oswald ob Eibiswald and on via Buchenberg to the Garber Wine & Pleasure World. Here, a wine tavern stop is almost a must at the end of the tour.

From there it is not far back to Eibiswald.

Stop at one of the alpine huts. :-)
With ÖBB to Wies, then by bus or guest taxi to Eibiswald.

ÖBB www.oebb.at or Verbundlinie Steiermark www.busbahnbim.at

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There is ample parking near the church square.

Plan directions via Google Maps to a nearby car park for the tour.


Map with all mountain bike tours available at the businesses and at the tourist office Schilcherland Eibiswald-Wies or can be ordered at Schilcherland.at!


Tip: the Styria Tours App, 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, play on social media channels and more.


What the weather will be like

Wies (335m)

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Dry and sunny throughout the day with hardly any clouds.
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Dry and sunny throughout the day with hardly any clouds.
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