The miracle doctor was called Johann Reinbacher and was a natural healer. Most of his patients came to Stainz by Flascherlzug and from there they marched up the mountain on foot (approx. 7km). He used the urine bottles he brought with him to diagnose his patients' complaints/illnesses, and they were then given herbal teas, tinctures and schnapps for treatment.
The starting point is the overview board in Bad Gams. Turn left along trail no. 24 to the crossroads at Kirchenwirt Nabernik. Then turn left and walk in the direction of the Stainzerwarte. Past the mill museum, the trail continues to Mitteregg/Grenzenberg. Here the Kneipp facility invites you to refresh yourself. The trail leads through the vineyards up to the Salleggerstraße. Cross the road and hike to the Steinbauerkapelle chapel, where you can experience a magnificent view of Schilcherland. The Stainzerwarte is only a few minutes' walk away from here, so it is worth taking a short detour from the path.
From the north: Motorway Munich - Salzburg - Eben - Schladming - Liezen onto the A9 towards Graz. Exit at Lieboch and follow the B76 towards Deutschlandsberg. In Stainz leave the B76 at the JET petrol station at the first exit from the roundabout, turn left at the crossroads to Bad Gams. A9 is subject to toll - Gleinalmtunnel. Alternative: at St. Michael take the S6 towards Bruck and in Bruck take the S35 towards Graz.
From the west: In Villach take the A2 towards Klagenfurt. Exit at Steinberg and drive towards Stainz, from there along the B76 towards Deutschlandsberg. In Stainz leave the B76 at the JET petrol station at the first exit from the roundabout, turn left at the crossroads to Bad Gams.
From the east: A2: Vienna - Aspang - Hartberg - Fürstenfeld - Graz. From Graz continue on the A2 in the direction of Klagenfurt and take the Lieboch exit in the direction of Stainz/Deutschlandsberg/Eibiswald. Follow the B76 to Deutschlandsberg. In Stainz leave the B76 at the JET petrol station at the first exit from the roundabout, turn left at the crossroads to Bad Gams.
From the south: A1 from Marburg to Leibnitz. Exit in Leibnitz (Gralla) and continue on the B74 in the direction of Deutschlandsberg (Heimschuh - Gleinstätten - St.Martin - Deutschlandsberg). Pass the LKH Deutschlandsberg, at each of the four roundabouts take the second exit in the direction of Stainz-Graz. After the fourth roundabout on the B76, take the turning lane to the left in the direction of Bad Gams.
On the trail of the miracle doctor Johann Reinbacher vulgo. Höllerhansl, our destination is his "Höllerhof" which is now run as the inn "Zum Höllerhansl". The miracle doctor was known far beyond the borders of western Styria. His patients mainly came to Stainz by Flascherlzug at that time and then had to continue on foot uphill to the secluded Rachling. The miracle doctor diagnosed his patients' ailments/illnesses using the urine bottles they brought with them, and they were then given herbal teas, tinctures and schnapps for treatment. That is why the path was lined with discarded bottles, so that no signpost was needed. Hence the name "Flascherlzug".
The sign in the spa gardens of Bad Gams is our starting point. We start off to the left and follow trail marker 24. When we reach the crossroads at Kirchenwirt Nabernik, we turn left again. Our tour now leads us towards Stainz, past magnificent vineyards with wonderful views. Elated by the fascinating surroundings, our hike continues past the villages of Mitteregg/Genzenberg. Here we also pass by an excursion tip - Bad Gams Mill Museum. Guided tours are also possible here by appointment.
Following our path, the perfect opportunity for a short break and to recharge your batteries now awaits you. At the Kneipp station in Bad Gams, tired hikers' feet are revitalised. In the middle of the forest, you can "tread" cool, fresh water at the Kneipp station. Give it a try - and then walk barefoot up the steep hill to the Stainzerkogel. On forest and meadow paths along vineyards we can already see the high wooden tower, the Stainzer Aussichtswarte, from afar. Built in 1902, the lookout tower is made entirely of wood. From the viewing platform you have a wonderful view of southern, eastern and western Styria as well as the Upper Styrian mountains.
Cross the Salleggerstraße and continue hiking until you reach the Steinbauerkapelle chapel. From there, follow trail marker 24 and always keep to the left. Now you reach the highest point of the hike at 800m. From here it is only a slight downhill to Rachling. The remaining 1 to 1.5 km of the trail run along the municipal road to the church in Rachling. Opposite the church is the destination of our hike, the inn "zum Höllerhansl".
You can find more hiking trails in the Schilcherland here.
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