The “Styrian Wine Country“ cycling tour is a breathtaking journey of discovery through Eastern and Southern Styria. Take a break along the way and discover countless culinary manufactories, colourful gardens, river landscapes, swimming lakes and spas. Marvel at cultural heritage such as fortresses, castles and pilgrimage churches and enjoy the appealing combination of historic and contemporary architecture.
Stage by stage, the cycling tour takes you through the vineyards and wine roads of southern and eastern Styria and the Spa Country all the way to Graz. The Styrian Wine Country Route is a prime example of how varied and diverse the federal state of Styria is. Whether you’re looking for culinary, cultural or sporty delights – the wine country is full of highlights for every taste.
Something for everyone:
Good things take time: If you would like to take your time and take several days for the tour, it’s a good idea to take advantage of the railways including bike-transfer. The train network connects various villages, towns and cities along the Styrian Wine Country Route.
The longer, the better: Enjoy more than 400 kilometres of cycle paths through the Styrian wine-growing regions.
Good to know: You can access the circular cycling tour at almost every point of the route. The region’s public transport including bike-transfer quickly and comfortably takes you to your desired starting point .
If wine plays the leading part, culture, cuisine and wellness play the supporting roles along this cycling route. Together, they make up a delightful story based around history, tradition, craftsmanship and relaxation.
With its eight stages, the Styrian Wine Country cycling tour is arguably one of the most beautiful cycling tours through the green heart of Austria. Along the way and at every destination, countless cultural and culinary highlights are waiting to be discovered.
Through Styria's Wine Country
On the more than 400-kilometre-long circular cycling tour, cyclists can discover the Styrian Wine Country with its three wine-growing areas and its culinary specialities as well as cultural treasures.
From Leibnitz to Deutschlandsberg
This scenic stage of the cycling tour takes you to Deutschlandsberg, the capital of the Schilcherland region. At the beginning and end of the tour, you cycle along the Sausal Wine Route and the Schilcher Wine Route respectively. Along the way, you pass by numerous oil mills, where you can take a look behind the scenes and sample Styria’s famous pumpkin seed oil.
From Deutschlandsberg to Lieboch/Söding
Passing by small, picturesque villages nestled amid the vineyards of the Schilcherland region, this day‘s stage takes you to Lieboch near the capial city Graz, which was named European Capital of Culture in 2003.
From Lieboch/Söding to Graz
This stage’s destination is the city of Graz, Styria’s provincial and culinary capital, with its historic roads, lanes, squares and courtyards.
From Graz to St. Ruprecht an der Raab
This stage leading up to Lassnitzhöhe is quite challenging. Your reward for the steep ascent is the historic village of St. Ruprecht an der Raab with its marvellous scenic views.
From St. Ruprecht an der Raab to Hartberg
This day’s stage is all about apples and pears. Passing through Austria’s largest apple growing region and Pöllauer Tal Nature Park with its famous “Hirschbirne” pear variety, the route takes you to the historic town of Hartberg.
From Hartberg to Therme Loipersdorf spa
This leisurely stage takes you to the thermal spa region of Styria. In the so-called Spa Country, you can sample regional delicacies such as Vulcano ham, hand-made Zotter chocolate and aromatic pumpkin seed oil.
From Therme Loipersdorf spa to Bad Radkersburg
The seventh stage of the cycling tour is all about viniculture. Cycling past countless vineyards, you also get the chance to visit the “Gesamtsteirische Vinothek” wine store in St. Anna am Aigen with its breathtaking panoramic views all the way to Hungary.
From Bad Radkersburg to Leibnitz
The destination of this day’s stage is the wine capital of Leibnitz. In parts, you ride along the Mur cycle path, passing through the beautiful Mur river floodplains in the UNESCO Biosphere Park Unteres Murtal and through plenty of small, romantic villages near the border to Slovenia.
Venture off the beaten track and discover more of the Styrian Wine Country on rewarding alternative routes.
Horse lovers will enjoy this alternative route to Piber stud farm, Europe’s only breeding location for the Lipizzaner stallions who perform at Vienna’s famous Spanish Riding School.
The sun rises in the east – and so does the cycling spirit! The towns of Bad Loipersdorf and Gleisdorf are connected by “Rittscheintalradweg R21” cycle path, which takes you past some particularly authentic villages. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample culinary delights produced by the various wine taverns, inns and restaurants along the way!
This alternative route is particularly popular with wine lovers. Various rustic wine taverns along the South Styrian Wine Route invite you to while away the day in the pleasant Mediterranean climate.
Leaving your worries behind and simply indulging in the moment is easy in Styria. The package offers for the Styrian Wine Country cycling tour were designed for unforgettable experiences!
Do you want to spend a few days or only one night? Both is possible at the various bike-friendly hotels, inns, guesthouses and private rentals along the cycling route!
It’s also a good idea to keep your eyes open for “Bett+Bike” partners carrying the quality seal of the German Cyclist’s Association ADFC, as they offer many great services for cyclists:
Paradisiacal wine hiking trails, historic castles and fortresses, culinary manufactories, fascinating museums and so much more. The Styrian Wine Country cycling tour is full of attractions you shouldn’t miss!
Holders of the GenussCard enjoy free admission to many attractions along the Styrian Wine Country Cycling Route.
The Styrian Wine Country cycling tour takes you through Styria’s most picturesque landscapes and past the region’s most beautiful villages, towns and swimming spots. Historic castles and fortresses and architecturally impressive museums will let you appreciate Styria's culture from another perspective.