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Geo-Trail Kapfenstein

See, experience and marvel - A hiking trail through the volcano all under the sign of the earth's history!
2 million years ago, when mankind was just emerging in eastern Africa, a vast plain dominated the landscape of southeastern Styria. The subtropical sea, the remnant of a primeval ocean that once stretched from Spain to China, had already been pushed back into the Pannonian basin.

During this time, more than 40 volcanoes erupted in the thermal and volcanic land. For a long time the region was characterized by fire, ash and smoke. The Kapfenstein volcano is one of these volcanoes. It was formed by numerous eruptions, when the rising magma came into contact with the groundwater and volcanic ash was thrown kilometers into the air by violent steam explosions. Along this hiking trail, you will learn everything worth knowing about the formation of southeastern Styria with its volcanic landscape.



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
2,0 km
1:00 h
69 hm
75 hm
468 m
Highest point
390 m
Lowest point

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Detailed information on how to get there can be found here.
The Kapfenstein Geo-Trail - the path through the volcano - leads through the layers of the Kapfenstein volcano, witnesses of a fiery past. On the 2 km long path through the volcano, we dive into a world of fire and smoke. A spectacular chapter of the earth's history can be experienced up close.

At 11 stations, the formation of the volcano and its surroundings is explained. Through 3 special telescopes you can even take a look into the past. An old network of trails and paths is made accessible to the public again through the Geo-Trail. The trails not only allow visitors to walk through the volcano, but also lead them through a beautiful landscape of the volcano.

The starting point of the Geo-Trail is at the Winkler-Hermaden winery, from there we walk in the direction of the church, where there is a station where we can look back into the past. Past the church we walk along the volcanic cone into the mixed forest. Here we will find several stations that will give us an understanding of the history of the volcano's origin. After about half the distance you will reach the Sacred Heart Chapel, near it there are more stations and "glimpses into the past". Along the green meadows we hike the volcanic cone and soon reach Kapfenstein Castle and thus also the starting point of the hike.


Stations along the GeoTrail:
1.a volcano is formed
2.the volcano of Hochstraden
3.the vent of the old volcano
4.the volcano of Gleichenberg the edge of the new crater
6.the volcano as a builder
7.the volcano through the microscope
8.the volcano of Riegersburg
9.the vent of the younger volcano
10.noble stone from great depth
11.the eruptions

The municipality of Kapfenstein offers Geo-Trail guided tours! Geo-Info Kapfenstein in the municipal office. Information under 03157 2235 (municipality Kapfenstein).

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


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Parking lot Kapfenstein Castle, Winkler-Hermaden Winery, Kapfensteinerhof or at the church - here you will find the right place.

Parking spaces are free of charge!

Gemeindeamt Kapfenstein
+43 3159 2235


Tourist Office Thermen- und Vulkanland

Gästeinfo Bad Gleichenberg
Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Str. 1/top 4
8344 Bad Gleichenberg
Tel. +43 3382 55 100-44



What the weather will be like

Kapfenstein (309m)

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Snow showers continuing into the afternoon, afterwards clouds breaking up.
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Südosten Region Österreich | © Thermen- & Vulkanland Steiermark

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