Leisurely strolls, hikes up mountains, from one mountain hut to the next or across Alpine pastures, family-friendly themed hiking trails, romantic gorges and Western Styria’s Way of St. James. If you love to explore your surroundings on foot, Graz Region holds many pleasant surprises for you.
„You have only been to a place if you went there by foot“
Graz Region invites you to follow this famous quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe at your own pace.
The landscape in and around Graz is characterised by fascinating contrasts. Wherever your hiking adventure takes you: Every part of Graz Region has its own charm and is well worth a visit.
It's hard to believe, but Graz Region offers marmots, chamois, Lipizzaners and the best views. On the so called Grazer Umlandweg, a hiking path around the provincial capital of Graz, the city can even be circumnavigated in several stages.
… is a paradise for hikers. The best routes:
With its motor skills course, accessible hiking trail, cable car and high ropes course, the region’s landmark mountain, the Schöckl, is a popular excursion destination for families.
With its many steps, bridges and waterfalls, Kesselfallklamm gorge – the “little sister” of Bärenschützklamm gorge – is an unforgettable experience for all ages. Our recommendation: Drop by at Sandwirt!
The hiker’s paradise of Semriach offers 15 signposted culinary circular hikes for all skill levels.
The “4 summits” tour from Rein Abbey to Pleschkogel, Heiggerkogel, Walzkogel and Mühlbacher Kogel is a great route for hikers and mountain bikers.
The large Übelbach valley circuit is one of the most challenging tours in the north of Graz. With magnificent views, intact alpine meadows and down-to-earth hospitality in the mountain hut „Gleinalmschutzhaus“ and high alpine terrain at almost 2000 meters, you can master the tour in just two days.
From the summit cross on the Haneggkogel near Frohnleiten you have a wonderful view of Graz's local mountain Schöckl and the Mur valley.
Alpine terrain, a mysterious bear cave and magnificent views with a summit book entry offer the Schartnerkogelrunde with a tour to the roof of Deutschfeistritz.
For those who want to undertake wonderful hiking tours without a car, the well-developed network of hiking trails and the good public accessibility in the north of Graz is recommended. The S-Bahn as well as the GUSTmobil offer excellent variants to leave the car and to fully enjoy a stop and additionally save altitude meters.
The west is both wild and gentle – the perfect place to celebrate your love of hiking:
The “Kern Buam” panoramic trail is a tribute to the famous Austrian folk music pioneers of the same name.
For pilgrims, the journey is the reward! The “reward” of the Camino de Santiago is to arrive at Santiago de Compostela, but there’s a lot to discover along the way – for instance on the stages of the Way of St. James in Western Styria.
With its many mountain hut hikes, the “Gipfelsieg am Rappold” route, the “3-Stauseen-Erlebnis” trail and other scenic hikes, the Steirische Rucksackdörfer region in the west of Graz is a paradise for hikers. Don’t miss the blooming period of the alpine roses!
Follow the gentle hills of the “Koralm Kristall” trail in the Koralm-Stubalm area and learn about the area’s fascinating geological changes.
The “From Glacier to Wine” trail takes your through the Steirische Rucksackdörfer region, from the picturesque Salzstiegl to Hirschegger Alm and Pack village.
Hiking paths in Graz Region are generally easy to negotiate. Nevertheless, you should choose hiking routes that correspond to your level of fitness and surefootedness. Wear solid shoes; rucksack contents should include first-aid kit, drinking flask, provisions, sun cream, rain and cold protection – and off you go!
Head off - vacation on!
Laugh, eat and experience together. Here you can find even more inspiration for a stay in Graz Region: