This path runs along the vineyards. The Johannes Fountain invites you to linger. Stainz Castle, resplendent in its yellow splendour, is the highlight of the tour.
Especially in autumn, the vineyards with their impressive play of colours and the changing colour of the forest are an experience for the soul. The flower meadows in summer also remain in the hiker's memory.
The route, which invites you to enjoy, is 7.5 kilometres long and the hike takes two hours and 15 minutes. Since you are mainly on asphalt paths, this hike is also easy to manage for hikers with prams or suitable for wheelchair users.
Not only the numerous restaurants in Stainz are ideal for gathering strength, but also the rest stops along the way invite you to enjoy the enchanting area with a good snack and a refreshing glass of Schilcher. So don't forget your provisions.
From the north: Motorway Munich - Salzburg - Eben - Schladming - Liezen onto the A9 towards Graz. Exit at Lieboch and follow the B76 towards Stainz. A9 is subject to toll - Gleinalmtunnel. Alternative: At St. Michael take the S6 towards Bruck and in Bruck take the S35 towards Graz.
From the west: In Villach take the A2 towards Klagenfurt. Take the Steinberg exit and head towards Stainz.
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 Stainz.
From the south: A 1 from Marburg as far as Leibnitz. Exit in Leibnitz (Gralla) and continue on the B74 towards Preding, after Preding turn right towards Mettersdorf/Stainz.
After exploring the village of Neurath, walk along the Höllerhanslweg to the Johannes Brunnen. The path is named after the Styrian folk healer and natural healer Johann Reinbacher vulgo Höllerhansl. His healing art, which was also based on the examination of urine, also gave its name to the well-known Flascherzug of Stainz. A ride on the Flascherlzug would be the ideal conclusion to this hike. At the Johannesbrunnen (St. John's fountain) you will also find a table with benches that invites you to refresh yourself to the sounds of the rippling water.
After this break, continue your walk and turn right at the diver's crossroads. The path continues to the village of Wald in Western Styria. It is easy to see where the village got its name. The rest of the trail leads you along the forest back in the direction of Stainz. Before you reach the centre of the village and the circle closes, there is one more highlight of this hike on the programme.
You will reach the beautiful Stainz Castle. It is a former Augustinian canons' monastery, today the baroque castle is owned by the family of the Counts of Meran. The castle and its outbuildings are listed and it is one of the landmarks of western Styria. From there, the path leads directly back to the centre of the village where you can review the hike over a rosé shimmering glass of Schilcher.
A museum tour where eating is encouraged? Learn more about hunting and taste delicious delicacies from the picnic basket in the shade of tall chestnut trees.
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