The hilly landscape around Stainz makes this a special hiking area. Wonderful views and a detour in the iconic tractor museum await you.
Along the Apple Road you will notice that not only wine plays an important role in this region, but the Styrian apple gives its name to an entire road. Enjoy the wonderful view over the surroundings, which are characterised by viticulture. Where the wine grows, there let yourself settle. You should take this saying to heart and leave everyday life behind the hills.
Immerse yourself in a long-forgotten era at the tractor museum and learn how these machines fundamentally changed agriculture. This loop takes you back to Stainz via flowering meadows and shady forest paths. Here you will find numerous opportunities to enjoy the fruits of the vineyards you have walked through in fermented form.
From the north: Motorway Munich - Salzburg - Eben - Schladming - Liezen onto the A9 towards Graz. Exit at Lieboch and follow the B76 towards Deutschlandsberg/Stainz. A9 is subject to toll - Gleinalmtunnel. Alternative: At St. Michael take the S6 towards Bruck and in Bruck take the S35 towards Graz. Exit on the B76 to Stainz at the tower oil filling station. Turn left at the crossroads into the town centre.
From the west: In Villach, take the A2 towards Klagenfurt. Take the Steinberg exit and head towards Stainz/Deutschlandsberg. In the village of St. Stefan ob Stainz, follow the L314 to Stainz. At the Spar-Markt Stainz turn right into the centre of the village.
From the east: A2: Vienna - Aspang - Hartberg - Fürstenfeld - Graz. From Graz continue on the A2 in the direction of Klagenfurt and take the Lieboch exit in the direction of Stainz/Deutschlandsberg/Eibiswald. Follow the B76 to Deutschlandsberg/Stainz. Take the B76 to Stainz and exit at the tower oil filling station. Turn left at the crossroads into the town centre.
From the south: A1 from Marburg to Leibnitz. Exit in Leibnitz (Gralla) and continue on the B74 towards Deutschlandsberg, take the second exit at the roundabout in Preding, after approx. 2km turn right onto the L617 towards Stainz.
After a short stretch in the forest, the trail continues on corridor paths and a longer forest to Tomberg up to the apple road. Today you will walk about eight kilometres. Here in the forest, where the sunlight casts the shadows of the leaves in patterns on the forest floor, you should take a deep breath. The fresh forest floor and the plants of the forest exude a unique fragrance. You have arrived in the authentic nature of Western Styria. Along the way you will enjoy beautiful views of the wine town of Stainz, the majestic Stainz Castle and the picturesque surroundings.
After you have crossed the main road, the trail continues across flowering meadows gently swayed by the wind. Why not lie down on the grass for a few minutes and watch the clouds pass by in the sky? A wonderful way to relax.
After a while you will come across the main road. Here in Kothvogel you should definitely make a short detour to the tractor museum. There you can see tractors built between 1928 and 1965. The members of the association strive to preserve these vehicles for posterity and make them accessible. A highlight for every vehicle fan.
Then follow the hiking trail marked seven and turn left. Again, the trail leads through a picturesque forest. After you have crossed the national road, the path climbs slightly to a crossroads where you can see the legendary Engelweingarten with its vineyards high up in front of you. Especially in autumn, the vine leaves show their magical play of colours.
From here you can let your gaze wander over the surrounding countryside of Bad Gams and you can see as far as the Koralm. After you can tear yourself away from the beauty of the West Styrian hilly landscape, turn right into the Rebengasse and via a forest we come back to the centre of Stainz.
Hopefully you have taken advantage of the numerous opportunities to capture the picturesque landscape of the Stainz hills with your camera. If not, these pictures will stay in your memory for a long time anyway. They will keep you coming back to explore the Schilcher region all over again on another hike.
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