Ausblick rund um die Stainzer Warte | © Schilcherland Steiermark Ausblick rund um die Stainzer Warte | © Schilcherland Steiermark

Stainzer Panorama Trail

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Panorama trail high above Stainz

This trail around Stainz leaves nothing to be desired. The ascent is rewarded with magnificent panoramic views of the West Styrian wine country. The Stainzerwarte in particular is a highlight.

This hiking trail, largely spared from road traffic, captivates with its impressive viewpoints. You can let your gaze wander over Styrian jewels such as the Koralm, the Gleinalm, the Grazer Bergland, the unique Sausal, the surrounding wine-growing area and, of course, the idyllic village of Stainz.

In addition, the Stainzerwarte, an observation tower built of wood, awaits you. The view from the top remains unforgettable and is the absolute highlight of the hiking tour. The opportunity to take a photo at the summit cross of the Stainzerkogel and an entry in the summit book are also fixed points that you should not miss. This special hike should provide you with inspiration.

This route also offers some delicacies for hikers interested in history. You will pass a fallen cult stone as well as boards with valuable information about excavations on the Lethkogel. The tour ends with a nightcap in the centre of the Schilchermarkt Stainz.

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Characteristics

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Scenery

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The tour in numbers

medium
Level of difficulty
12,0 km
Route
3:30 h
Time
360 hm
Uphill
360 hm
Downhill
693 m
Highest point
340 m
Lowest point

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More information

Plan your journey via Google Maps to the starting point of the tour: www.google.at/maps

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.

From the south: A1 from Marburg to Leibnitz. Exit in Leibnitz (Gralla) and continue on the B74 in the direction of Deutschlandsberg (Heimschuh - Gleinstätten - St.Martin - Deutschlandsberg). Pass the LKH Deutschlandsberg, at each of the four roundabouts take the second exit in the direction of Stainz.

A very special hike starts here in front of the town hall in the centre of Stainz, where Archduke Johann once resided. In the three and a half hours in which you will cover eleven kilometres, you will experience the unique panorama of Western Styria. The area around Stainz is characterised by viticulture. Especially the Schilcher, a special rosé wine, thrives here. Don't forget to taste this special wine.

The path first takes you past the old weighbridge of Stainz. Believe it or not, there is a giraffe in the weighbridge. In summer 2009, a work by the artist Helmut Dick, who lives in the Netherlands, was realised here. The artist developed it after intensive work with a group of young people from Stainz who frequented the then youth centre jung.kultur.haus FRIDA. Here you will probably have to take your mobile phone or camera to prove your stories later.

You continue along the Engelweingarten, which shines in the most beautiful colours, especially in autumn. Then you hike uphill through a long forest and reach Max Gschiel Straße. In front of you is the Pletteri Chapel with a resting bench, where you are rewarded with a first beautiful view of Stainz.

The trail continues through a longer forest up to the Max Gschiel Straße. On hot days, the forest offers the opportunity to cool off in the shade and you can listen to the chirping of the birds. The path with the marking 1, which you follow, leads you up to the Engelweingärten. These are not very visible from the road. Therefore, make a detour so as not to miss these idyllic vineyards. Take off your walking shoes and lie down on the grass amidst the vines. The old vines give you energy and let you relax wonderfully.

Now the highlight of the tour awaits you. You hike up to the legendary Stainzer Warte, which was built in 1902. You have now been walking for an hour and have covered 270 metres in altitude. Now more metres in altitude follow. There are 93 steps leading up to the viewing platform at a height of 26 metres. You should be free from giddiness to enjoy the breathtaking view over the vineyards around Stainz. Tables and benches await you in front of the lookout, ideal for enjoying a snack or a glass of Schilcher. Interesting information about the excavations on the adjacent Lethkogel to the north awaits you at the information boards.

Once you have had your fill and taken enough photos, the path leads you downhill to the car park. Here you have the option of taking a shortcut via trail 12, the so-called Jägerstein, back to Stainz.

However, you should walk along the edge of the forest, where you can already see a fallen cult stone after 40 metres. Soon you will be climbing steeply up to the 680-metre-high Stainzer Kogel. Here you should definitely take the opportunity to immortalise yourself in the summit book. A little further on, you can see some excavated burial mounds on the left side.

Slightly uphill you continue to the Steinbauer Chapel, where you will find a hiking trail junction. On the right, a marked trail leads over Gamsgebirg down to Stainz, on the left, trail 571 leads up to Absetzwirt.

However, you continue hiking straight ahead and stay on trail 1 and walk on a flat road to Kraxnerannerl and further along a forest path to Angenofen, a well-kept settlement with beautiful old farmhouses, typical for this region. The floral decorations of these houses with their gable roofs are particularly special.

The reward for the efforts of the hike is once again a magnificent panoramic view. Here, at the latest, you understand where this tour got its name. Now the trail continues downhill to the Göri Chapel with the old yew tree in the immediate vicinity. Pass the newly built Strasserkapelle chapel and walk down the Sierlingbach stream to the next bridge. Why not sit down by the water for a few minutes and cool your feet and legs in the fresh, clear water and enjoy the sound of the water.

Refreshed, you cross the small stream, walk first along the gravel path, then across a flowering meadow and reach the Gamsgebirg road via an idyllic forest path. Walk downhill on this road to the plague column in Neurath.

From here you return to Stainz via wonderfully cultivated fields and flowering meadows. Now you have another chance to make sure whether it really is a giraffe hiding in the weighbridge.

Stainzerwarte: The unique lookout tower is made entirely of wood. At a height of 17 metres you can enjoy a magnificent view over the beautiful Schilcherland.
You can find timetables and travel information directly at

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The car park is located in Lastenstraße, which runs parallel to the main square.

Route to the car park: google.at/maps

Tourism Association Schilcherland Styria

Hauptplatz 40

A-8530 Deutschlandsberg

Tel +43 3462 7520

office@schilcherland.at 

www.schilcherland.at 

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What the weather will be like

Stainz (339m)

Morning
15°C
10%
5 km/h
Noon
19°C
10%
10 km/h
Night
19°C
5%
5 km/h
Dry and partly sunny throughout the day, with cloudy periods from time to time.
Morning
16°C
15%
5 km/h
Noon
20°C
45%
10 km/h
Night
17°C
65%
5 km/h
Dry and fair in the early morning, then variable with frequent showers.
04.06.2023
12°C 22°C
05.06.2023
13°C 21°C
06.06.2023
13°C 22°C

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