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Styrian Wine Country Cycling Tour - Variant Lipizzanerheimat

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This variant on the Styrian Wine Country Cycling Tour takes us from the wine-growing town of Stainz in Schilcherland with the castle of the same name, which is famous far beyond the borders, to the Lipizzaner homeland with the Lipizzaner stud farm of Piber.
When you travel from Schilcherland to the Lipizzanerheimat, there are many indications that, in addition to wine, there will also be a lot of culture and the world-famous Lipizzaner horses with their home in Piber as companions on the tour. The historic Stainz Castle sits enthroned on the southern foothills of the Rosenkogel in Stainz, surrounded by the castle's own vineyards and orchards. The castle was built in 1229 as an Augustinian canons' monastery and is a magnificent complex in Renaissance and Baroque style, which is particularly evident in the church of St. Catherine with its magnificent stuccowork. In 1784 the canons' monastery was secularised by Emperor Josef II and bought by Archduke Johann in 1840. On our cycle tour, however, we also reach the Lipizzaner Stud Piber, which is the only state stud in Austria with the task of breeding those Lipizzaner stallions that perform at the world-famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna.

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The tour in numbers

medium
Level of difficulty
72,0 km
Route
6:00 h
Time
741 hm
Uphill
753 hm
Downhill
802 m
Highest point
330 m
Lowest point

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Detaillierte Informationen zur Anreise nach Stainz finden Sie hier.

From Stainz, this tour takes you to Ligist on the Schilcher Tour Nord, a beautiful circular tour through the north of Schilcherland. Here, you will also find the Schlosshof Ligist with an interesting local history museum and a beautiful arcaded courtyard. We cross Ligist and arrive at Krottendorf-Gaisfeld, where the next few kilometres to Piber is now identical with the Kainachtalradweg R14 and the Lipizzaner Tour. The route takes us past the leisure island of Piberstein with its beautiful bathing lake and the golf course of the GC Erzherzog Johann, to finally enter Maria Lankowitz with its pilgrimage church.

The route continues in the direction of Köflach with the Therme Nova, an ideal place of relaxation for the perhaps somewhat tired cyclists' calves. Then it's on to the Lipizzaner stud farm in Piber, which of course demands a stopover. From Piber, we head east to Bärnbach, where another inviting stop awaits us with the Barbara Church designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. We cycle through the centre of Bärnbach in a large loop and then head south to Voitsberg.

We now follow the Kainachtalradweg R14 to get back to the roundabout at Krottenfeld-Gaisfeld. For the next two kilometres we now cycle the same route as on our outward journey to Köflach/Bärnbach. In Krottendorf, our Kainachtal cycle path R14 branches off to the right and we reach Mosskirchen, where the Hochstrasser distillery awaits us. The rest of the route takes us to Lieboch, where we rejoin the main route of the Styrian Wine Country Cycling Tour.

Das umfangreiche Schnellbahnliniennetz in der Steiermark und das Bahnnetz der Österreichischen Bundesbahnen verbinden zahlreiche Orte und Städte der Weinland Steiermark Radtour. So bietet sich für Kurzurlauber die Möglichkeit, die Radtour auch auf mehrere Urlaube aufzuteilen. Nähere Informationen zu den Fahrplänen auf www.busbahnbim.at.

Besuch des Lipizzanergestüt Piber, wo die älteste Kulturpferderasse Europas – die Lipizzaner – gezüchtet wird, deren Ursprung in die imperiale Zeit, auf das Jahr 1580, zurückgeht. Das Herz der Lipizzanerzucht in Piber sind die Mutterstuten und ihr Nachwuchs. Jährlich werden rund 40 Fohlen geboren – und zwar nicht mit ihrem berühmten weißen Haarkleid, sondern schwarz, grau oder braun. Erst in den nächsten Jahren bekommen sie das typische Weiß, für das die Lipizzaner bekannt sind.

Accessible by train and bus.

Detailed information about arriving by ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) can be found at www.oebb.at or on the Verbundlinie Steiermark website www.busbahnbim.at

With Verbundlinie’s BusBahnBim route planner app, planning your journey has never been easier: simply enter towns and/or addresses, stop names or points of interest to check all bus, train and tram connections in Austria. The app is available free of charge for smartphones – on Google Play and in the App Store

In Stainz stehen zahlreiche Parkplätze zur Verfügung. Beachten Sie jedoch bitte die Kurzparkzonen im Zentrum.

Steiermark Tourismus

Tel. +43 316 4003

info@steiermark.com

www.steiermark.com/en

If you would like to hire a  tour operator, simply book with Steiermark Touristik, the official travel agency of Steiermark Tourismus:

Tel. +43 316 4003 450

www.steiermark-touristik.com

The Steiermark Touren app, available free of charge on Google Play and the App Store  (Android, iOS), offers detailed first-hand information: brief facts (length, duration, difficulty, ascent and descent/elevation gain, ratings), map, route descriptions, altimeter, compass, peak finder, navigation along the tour. You can also create your own personal lists of favourite tours and sites, store tours and destinations offline, use social media channels, and much more.

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What the weather will be like

Bärnbach (425m)

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