Hiking route Stainzer South Hill Circuit - Touren-Impression #1 | © TVB Südsteiermark/Gerhard Langmann Hiking route Stainzer South Hill Circuit - Touren-Impression #1 | © TVB Südsteiermark/Gerhard Langmann

Stainzer South Hill Circuit

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Over the southern Stainz hills. The hilly landscape around Stainz makes this a special hiking area. Wonderful views and a detour in the iconic tractor museum await you.
The Stainzer Flascherlzug is an institution in western Styria. Here at its station in Stainz, time seems to have stood still. But you don't stop here, you start off on a hike over the beautiful hills south of the Schilcher town of Stainz.

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.

Signposting: 7

Characteristics

Skill
Fitness

Best season

January
February
December

The tour in numbers

medium
Level of difficulty
7,9 km
Route
2:00 h
Time
90 hm
Uphill
90 hm
Downhill
424 m
Highest point

Map & downloads

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 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.

In the centre of Stainz, directly at the town hall, you start your approximately two-and-a-half-hour hike in the direction of the railway station. From here, where the legendary Flascherlzug stops, you hike into the settlement area of Graschuh. Patients used to come to the miracle doctor Johann Reinbacher in Stainz on the Flascherlzug and from there they marched up the mountain on foot. He used urine bottles to diagnose his patients' illnesses. They were then given herbal teas and tinctures for treatment. That is why the path was lined with discarded bottles, so that no signpost was needed. Hence the name Flascherlzug.

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.

Tractor Museum: Here you can marvel at 130 tractors and 29 tractor brands from different countries. Many pieces have been lovingly restored true to the original.
You can find timetables and travel information directly at

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In the centre of Stainz and in the designated parking spaces near the centre. 
Tourism Association Schilcherland Styria

Hauptplatz 40

A-8530 Deutschlandsberg

Tel +43 3462 7520

office@schilcherland.at  

www.schilcherland.at  

The hiking folder and the district-wide hiking map of Deutschlandsberg can be ordered free of charge online at www.schilcherland.at. ONLINE TOURS APP

All hiking tours can be found online at www.schilcherland.at/bewegung or via APP South & West Styria Tours in their app store.

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What the weather will be like

Stainz (339m)

Morning
cloudy
19°C
85%
0 km/h
Noon
foggy
22°C
85%
5 km/h
Night
cloudy
20°C
80%
5 km/h
Variable with sunny spells and frequent showers. Also periods with persistent rain will be possible.
Morning
sunny
20°C
5%
0 km/h
Noon
very sunny
28°C
0%
5 km/h
Night
very sunny
26°C
5%
5 km/h
Some clouds in the morning, lateron much sunshine and hardly any clouds
22.07.2024
cloudy
18°C 29°C
23.07.2024
rainy
17°C 27°C
24.07.2024
cloudy
16°C 24°C

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