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I'll be back - Thal

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"I'll be back" – yes, we will certainly be back in Thal, Arnie's home parish. However, on this beautiful tour to the west of Graz, you should definitely plan a bit of "free" time for one or two leisurely breaks in the orchard or vineyard, for sightseeing and above all for delicious snack stops in excellent wine taverns.
I wonder if the Terminator was travelling by bike too? We don't know, but in the Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum in Thal you will definitely find out everything about his life, for example that he was baptised in the Jakobuskirche in Thal. However, it looked quite different at the time. Ernst Fuchs redesigned it in the 90s and turned it into a glittering colourful work of art.

On the tour from Thal to the west of Graz, we pass Eben, the Steinberg observatory and Rohrbach, where Vinzenz Stern produces award-winning cheeses such as Aichstern, Liebochthaler and Camembert at the Aichsternhof and sells them in his own farm shop.

The R56 Liebochtal cycle path leads past extensive orchards and vineyards and many popular wine taverns (Dorner, Reicher, Lärchegg-Schmölzer and others) – it would be a real shame to just "ride past" here. And hopefully you have a bit of room in your bag, basket or rucksack, because they press excellent seed oil at Birnstingl in Reiteregg. In St. Bartholomä, the neo-Gothic church invites you to pause and reflect for a moment.

The following stage to Stiwoll is a particularly attractive part of this circular tour, as it offers unique views over the extensive Gleinalm and the Koralpen region to the Styrian-Slovenian border. We continue via Schirning in the direction of Gratwein Straßengel, where a jump into the cool water (15,000 m² water surface) in the Bad Weihermühle is the perfect way to cool off. Refreshed, you are now ready for the next discovery: the pilgrimage church of Maria Straßengel is one of the most important High Gothic sacred buildings in Austria. From Graz Gösting, where you could take a "climb" (on foot only) to the ruins of Gösting, the Thaler cycle path takes us to Thalersee lake and back to the starting point.

Characteristics

Technique
Level of fitness
Result
Scenery

Best season

January
December

The tour in numbers

medium
Level of difficulty
48,2 km
Route
3:55 h
Duration
703 hm
Ascent
729 hm
Descent
678 m
Highest point
367 m
Lowest point

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by car: Thalstraße from Graz Gösting

by bike: from Graz Gösting Thaler Cycle Route R 39

Thal - Eben - Steinberg - Rohrbach - (R56 Liebochtalradweg) - Rehregg - Sankt Bartholomä - Stiwoll - Obere Schirning - Untere Schirning - Gratwein - Straßengel - (R2 Murradweg) - Raach - Graz Gösting - (R39-Thaler Radweg) - Thal

Connection to Graz via the R2 Murradweg (5.6 km / 37 hm from Graz city center)

Cycle paths, side streets, cycle lanes, nature trails, country roads, suitable for e-bikes, trekking bikes

Plan enough time for breaks e.g. in various wine taverns, for swimming (Bad Weihermühle) and at many sights right on the cycle path and in Thal!
Graz Linien, Bus No. 48 (no bicycles)
Free parking at the municipality
(Newly built community car park south of the municipal office and elementary school, in front of Jakobuskirche only for a fee or limited parking time!)

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What the weather will be like

Thal (459m)

Morning
9°C
90%
5 km/h
Noon
10°C
85%
5 km/h
Night
10°C
60%
5 km/h
Light rain until the early afternoon, then slowly becoming dry.
Morning
9°C
80%
5 km/h
Noon
12°C
70%
5 km/h
Night
11°C
45%
5 km/h
Light rain until the early afternoon, then slowly becoming dry.
01.10.2022
9°C 17°C
02.10.2022
9°C 18°C
03.10.2022
9°C 18°C

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