After strengthening yourself at the Klugbauer
and taking a look at the outdoor area with its numerous attractions, start out in full freshness on a hike in a unique natural landscape. Forget everyday life and enjoy the fresh air of the Reinischkogel high above St. Stefan ob Stainz.
You start in a northerly direction and follow the 61 mark. Soon you come to the Dornermühle. It has been somewhat damaged by the ravages of time, but it is a wonderful photo motif. You can find mills of this kind throughout western Styria, where flour was once produced for the bakers with the help of water power. On the Falleggbach stream you will also find the Spori mill.
The flat relaxing forest trail is easy for everyone. Here, children also have plenty of opportunities to let their imagination run wild in nature. After the stream crossing, the gravelled forest road climbs slightly to the Red Cross. The 4.3-metre-high wayside cross with its board-covered roof and ray-shaped back wall shines in rust red from afar, hence its name.
The circular walk is five kilometres long and takes about one hour and forty-five minutes.
From here, the trail continues slightly downhill to the right. You could take the opportunity to walk barefoot the rest of the way in the forest. When was the last time you did that? The fresh forest floor on your skin offers a wonderful massage and you will remember it for a long time.
At the point where you leave the forest, you come to a fork in two long-distance trails. However, you stay on the path you have taken and walk along an avenue of trees to the Reinischhof. This is an old farmstead of the Maltese Forestry Administration.
The path continues through a short stretch of forest before you reach the Hahnhofhütte. Here you have the opportunity to take a break. Enjoy the good cuisine. For the children there is much to discover on the playground and you can relax on the sunbathing lawn after a snack before the loop closes again.
At the car park below the inn, we turn into the forest path, walk downhill and cross the Falleggbach stream again. Here you should once again observe the animals at and in the water. Because soon you will come across the access road to the Klugbauer inn. Don't forget to take a few photos of the highland cattle grazing here.
Use the time to review the round in your mind. It is a special spot of western Styria that you have hiked through today.