Mountain Biking The great Jogl - Stage 1: Vorau - St. Jakob im Walde, Vorau - Touren-Impression #1 | © Oststeiermark Tourismus Mountain Biking The great Jogl - Stage 1: Vorau - St. Jakob im Walde, Vorau - Touren-Impression #1 | © Oststeiermark Tourismus

The great Jogl - Stage 1: Vorau - St. Jakob im Walde, Vorau

The first stage of the touring mountain bike route "Der große Jogl" in the Joglland - Waldheimat region takes us from Markt Vorau over about 54 kilometers to St. Jakob im Walde.
The route "Der große Jogl" in the Styrian Joglland starts in the market town of Vorau, which is best known for the Augustinian canon monastery and the open-air museum. Several inns and hotels, shopping facilities and a wide range of leisure activities characterize the market. For enthusiastic sportsmen, the Urkraft Sportevent takes place every year in September.

Via the community of Waldbach-Mönichwald with its local mountain, the Hochwechsel, a recreational lake and numerous inns, the tour leads to the first stage destination of St. Jakob im Walde. St. Jakob im Walde is especially known for the Kräftereich, an exhibition on the theme of powers, myths and realities, and in winter for the Joglland cross-country ski trail.  Sports enthusiasts also get their money's worth at various events: the mountain bike half marathon in September or the Joglland Volkslanglauf and the Joglland Vasa-Lauf attract numerous sports enthusiasts to the Joglland - Waldheimat region.

A special service along the tour "Der große Jogl" is the luggage transport - just cycle carefree, without annoying extra luggage. While you are on the road, your luggage will be brought to your next stage destination (by 17:00 at the latest).



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
54,8 km
8:00 h
2151 hm
1704 hm
1743 m
Highest point

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From Vienna:Take the A2 Südautobahn to the Friedberg/Pinggau exit. Then via Dechantskirchen and Bruck/Lafnitz in the direction of Vorau.or:Via the A2 Südautobahn and the S6 Semmering expressway to Krieglach. From there via the Alpl to the Joglland - Waldheimat region.

From Graz:Via the B72 to Weiz and on to Birkfeld in the Joglland - Waldheimat region

  • We start in vorau at the Augustinian monastery
  • From there we drive directly to the market Vorau
  • First we cross the main street and the "Grießplatz" and come to the "Dörfweg".
  • We follow this road for about 2 km and then turn right into a forest.
  • We pass three farmsteads - after the last one we turn sharp left
  • After about 300 m we keep to the right
  • At the end of the forest we turn right, at the next bend we keep left again
  • We follow the road until we turn left at the next crossing
  • Now we go downhill until we are at the end of the Waldbacher Landesstraße
  • We turn left onto the main road and continue until we reach the village of Waldbach-Mönichwald.
  • We follow the municipal road in the direction of Hochwechsellifte until we reach Gasthof Schwengerer
  • There we continue to the left until we reach Alpengasthof Spitzbauer
  • At the next bend we keep to the right and continue to Mönichwalder Schwaig
  • We follow the road until we reach the Kaltwiesen hut
  • We turn left and thus arrive at the Rabl-Kreuz-Hütte
  • From the Rabl-Kreuz-Hütte we go downhill to the village of Breitenbrunnthere we turn right
  • On the asphalt road we drive about 5 km, until we turn right again
  • We cross the brook and go slightly uphill
  • Pass the Lechenbauerkogel and continue to the crossroads of the municipal road.
  • Continue on this road until you reach the beginning of St. Jakob.
  • At the first house we turn right and drive uphill
  • Now we come to the Berger family hotel
  • We leave the asphalt road and turn onto a gravel road
  • We turn left and follow the forest road to the so-called Riegler Kohlstatt
  • Now we follow the track until we come to the snowmaking pond
  • From there we drive to the Orthofer inn
On this stage, the most altitude meters are to be completed. The view from the Hochwechsel, the Arzberghütte or at various points along the way is definitely worth it.
Timetables and travel information can be found at Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB) or at Verkehrsauskunft Verbundlinie. For local transportation we recommend the SAM-Sammeltaxi Oststeiermark.
Vorau, Stift Vorauoutdoor pool (free)
You can find information about the region, places to stop and stay overnight, excursion destinations, etc. here:

Eastern Styria Tourism Association

Joglland-Waldheimat office

8255 St. Jakob im Walde

Tel.: 03336/20255


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Übersichtskarte "Der große Jogl": Beim Tourismusverband Joglland - Waldheimat unter oder unter +43 33336 20255 anfordern.


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