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The start in Ratsch an der Weinstraße brings us right at the beginning again as on the last stages from Eibiswald in Schilcherland to here to the Styrian-Slovenian border area, which is only a few meters away. At the end of the first short ascent, we arrive directly at the Bullmann winery, where a heart-shaped bench temptingly invites us to a first stop. Always close to the border, we hike with beautiful views of the surrounding vineyards - on very nice days the view reaches as far as Graz and Maribor - to wineries such as those of Manfred Tement or the Polz brothers. In between, the Plac lookout on the side of the Slovenian municipality of Kungota invites us to enjoy an eternally memorable panoramic view. After 15 stairs with seven steps each and one staircase with six steps we reach the platform of the lookout tower built at the turn of the millennium.
Coming from the north, our path makes a U-turn here to bring us back downhill to the north to the already mentioned Weingt of the brothers Erich and Walter Polz. But before that, we pay a visit to the Südsteiermark Garten of Renate Polz. Her Terroir Südsteiermark Garden is a special gem in the Südsteiermark Nature Park. The garden is packed with Mediterranean flair including cypresses & lavender avenue, historic roses, herbs as well as fruit trees and beehives.
In a steady up and down, the last part of this stage leads us on our hiking route "From glacier to wine" towards Ehrenhausen. The fact that we pass a large number of wine taverns and wineries does not need to be mentioned. It is much more important that we also take time for one or the other stop to immerse ourselves in this special attitude to life of the southern Steier. From the Hoch-Graßnitzberg we hike over the Graßnitzberg to Berghausen. On the right hand side is the Rosenberg. A name that is well known to wine connoisseurs due to vineyard and site descriptions and evokes feelings of happiness. The hike now leads us through meadows, forests and vineyards and takes us past the Loisium Spa and Wine Resort, which is located on a small hill above the path, to the wine-growing village of Ehrenhausen. From afar, on our way to Ehrenhausen, we can already see the castle of the same name, which towers above our stage town. Arriving in Ehrenhausen, the starting point of the famous South Styrian Wine Road, we are impressed not only by the charming location of the village, but also by the well-kept townscape and its cultural and historical sights. The historic Ehrenhausen has a variety of cultural and historical features to offer! They range from the mausoleum of Ruprecht Freiherr von Eggenberg to the baroque parish and pilgrimage church with a remarkable organ to Ehrenhausen Castle. A tip at the end of the stage: In the evening, take a tour of historic Ehrenhausen and stop at one of the beautiful restaurants and wine taverns, as well as wine bars such as those of Erzherzog Johann Weine, before heading to Leibnitz on the last day of our southern route.
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