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Stage 23 From Glacier to Wine South Route Variant Leutschach - Leibnitz

This variant of the hiking route "From glacier to wine" takes us through the middle of the nature park Südsteiermark. On our tour we come to well-known wine-growing areas or sites such as Kranachberg or Eichberg. The hike, which is just under 20 km long, can be varied in terms of culinary delights, as there is no shortage of vintners and wine taverns.
The South Styria Nature Park is one of the most scenic wine-growing areas in Europe. However, it is not only the wine that appeals to all visitors as well as the locals, but also countless other culinary products that are grown and harvested here in the highest quality. With so many delicacies, a hike through this enchanting landscape is, of course, a fitting alternative. If we combine this variant of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" from Leutschach to Leibnitz with stages 23, 24 and 25 of the main route to form a circular tour, we will get to know and love the Südsteiernark in all its facets from its most beautiful sides.



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
19,4 km
6:00 h
410 hm
480 hm
562 m
Highest point
267 m
Lowest point

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From Leutschach, the route first heads north, slightly uphill out of town, and then along the Eichbergbach stream towards Kreuzberg, where one of the most beautiful lookout points in the region is located. A short detour to the lookout point, which is not directly on the route, is definitely worthwhile. Just before the lookout point, in the area of the Reitermacher settlement, our hiking trail turns to the right in an easterly direction and soon reaches the Adam and Adam-Lieleg wineries. Here we keep to the left to continue north through pleasantly shaded woods and reach wineries such as that of Peter Skoff, the Trabos family or that of Hannes Sabathi, which lies only a few meters off the tour.

With a view of these beautifully situated vineyards and wineries, which invite you to stop and taste, our hike leads over the Sauberg towards Schönegg. At the end of the settlement, just before Rettenbach, we keep to the left to tackle a last, but very easy, ascent to the Seggauberg. On this beautiful hill to the west of the wine town of Leibnitz, you will find the Frauenberg Temple Museum, which is dedicated to the sanctuaries of the mountain and gives us an insight into over 6,500 years of settlement history in Styria. Just a short distance further on, Seggau Castle awaits us on the left, which houses a hotel as well as a beautiful wine cellar. The bishop's wine cellar, which is over 300 years old, is one of the oldest and largest in the country.

Our descent takes place along a fairly leisurely path that leads directly to Leibnitz with its charming main square just before the castle.

In Thermen- & Vulkanland Styria, Eastern Styria and Southern and Western Styria, the GenussCard opens the door to over 200 excursion destinations when you stay overnight in one of the approximately 100 Genusscard partner businesses. Countless of these Genusscard excursion destinations, ranging from culinary manufactories to bathing lakes and museums, are located directly on the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine".

In spring 2018, a jury and the readers of a major Austrian daily newspaper selected Martina Traisch from the Enns Valley and Manfred Polansky from the Mürz Valley as two "super hikers" who hiked the northern and southern routes in the summer. On you can read about their experiences and adventures: From ideal photo spots to hidden wine cellars in mountain huts. Do you want to follow in the footsteps of Martina and Manfred and also become a "super hiker"? It's easy: Register at and then post your experiences, videos and comments along the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" - regardless of whether you hike the entire route or just one section. Every 5 stages also beckons a small reward!

Accessible by train and bus.

Detailed information about arriving by ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) can be found at or on the Verbundlinie Steiermark website

With Verbundlinie’s BusBahnBim route planner app, planning your journey has never been easier: simply enter towns and/or addresses, stop names or points of interest to check all bus, train and tram connections in Austria. The app is available free of charge for smartphones – on Google Play and in the App Store

There are numerous parking spaces available in Leutschach.

Steiermark Tourismus

Tel. +43 316 4003

If you would like to hire a  tour operator, simply book with Steiermark Touristik, the official travel agency of Steiermark Tourismus:

Tel. +43 316 4003 450,

The Steiermark Touren app, available free of charge on Google Play and the App Store  (Android, iOS), offers detailed first-hand information: brief facts (length, duration, difficulty, ascent and descent/elevation gain, ratings), map, route descriptions, altimeter, compass, peak finder, navigation along the tour. You can also create your own personal lists of favourite tours and sites, store tours and destinations offline, use social media channels, and much more.


What the weather will be like

Heimschuh (279m)

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Dry and partly sunny throughout the day, with cloudy periods from time to time.
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Sunny and cloudy periods will alternate throughout the day.
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