Because cosiness must not be neglected during a hike in Schilcherland. Immediately after the start, follow the path marked S6, S4 past the school center and after a short time you will reach the so-called Puff-Kreuz in Stocka. From there you continue to follow the S4 and after a few leisurely kilometers you will reach the Jäger-Hochstand in Pirkhof. In the district of Pirkhof, the cozy GH Pirkhofs awaits you with delicious delicacies from the region. Hospitality is very important here. You should definitely try the excellent homemade apple strudel, the ideal dessert on this hike. Continue on the S3, past the bean apple meadow in Pirkhofberg. Here it is a good idea to take your time and enjoy the peace and quiet. Meadow orchards like this have become rarer in the region in recent years. That is why an initiative from the municipality, federal state and EU is trying to preserve these old, rather disease-resistant apple varieties that are so typical of Styria. You hike along the S3 to Zirknitz. Here you will find Willi Klug's beekeeping business. Small creatures, especially our bees, also benefit from the apple trees in the meadow orchards. During fruit blossom, bees play an important role in pollinating trees. A proverb says: "Without bees there is no life". In Mitterzirknitz we follow the S6, GS to Puxhof. There we turn left in the direction of Stocka to the Krainerhof. With its snacks and fine pastries, the Buschenschank is just the right thing for a last refreshment before You reach the destination again, the Schilcherland car park.There is a playground waiting for families at the finish or start, a meeting place for young and old, with an apple sales stand to take from the organic farmer Kormann from the region.
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. On the B76 in Schlieb turn right to St. Stefan ob Stainz until the next crossroads, turn left here after approx. 1.5km the car park is on the left.
From the west: In Villach take the A2 towards Klagenfurt. Take the Steinberg exit and drive in the direction of Stainz. In the village of St. Stefan ob Stainz turn left at the Stiegler Haus crossroads and after 50m you will find the car park on the right-hand side.
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. On the B76 in Schlieb turn right to St. Stefan ob Stainz until the next crossroads, here turn left after approx. 1.5km the car park is on the left.
From the south: A1 from Marburg to Leibnitz. Exit in Leibnitz (Gralla) and continue on the B74 in the direction of Deutschlandsberg, take the second exit at the roundabout in Preding, after approx. 2km turn right onto the L617 in the direction of Stainz. In Stainz, drive through the town centre in the direction of Graz, and at the Spar-Markt crossroads turn left into St. Stefan. In the village of St. Stefan in the 30 km zone on the priority road at the church, cross the intersection and after 50 m you will have reached the car park on the right-hand side.
Start: St. Stefan/Schilcherland car park on the right past the school center (S6, S4) - Tischlerei Klug left - Stocka/Puff-Kreuz (S6, S4) - Crossroads S4 and S6 further right onto S6 - Pirkhofberg/GH Pirkhof`s - left 400 m along the municipal road (S3) - turn left (S3) - cross the state road (S3) - after approx. 600m turn left (S3,06) - stay on S6 and GS - Puxhof left on GS - Stocka/BS Krainerhof - St . Stefan
Route: St. Stefan - Pirkhof - Zirknitz - St. Stefan
Length: approx. 9.3 km, walking time approx. 3 hours
M: S4, S6, S3, 06, S3, 06, S4
B: hilly, pleasant change between forest and meadow, 7 stations invite you to take a break
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Tourist Association Southern Styria
Schilcherland office main square 40
Phone +43 3462 7520