Cycling through the vineyards and wine roads of Styria: On eight stages, the cycle tour leads through the wine country of Styria with the cornerstones Graz, Hartberg, Bad Radkersburg, Leibnitz and Deutschlandsberg.
The Weinland Steiermark cycle tour, with a total length of 404.9 km, can be cycled in eight stages. Above all, culinary specialities and cultural treasures await you to discover and taste. A special kind of cycling experience. Of course, the highlights along the circular cycling tour include the Buschenschänken (wine taverns) or a picnic in the vineyards along the cycling tour. The tour runs in southern and eastern Styria, along the eight wine routes in Styria. The regions in detail: Southern Styria, Schilcherland & Lipizzanerheimat, Graz & Graz region, Thermen- & Vulkanland.
The cycle tour combines people with culture, enjoyment and landscape. The circular tour starts in the wine capital Leibnitz, but you can join the tour at any time. The stage from St. Ruprecht an der Raab to Hartberg takes you past apple orchards. Here you cycle through Austria's largest apple-growing region in Eastern Styria. In Thermenland & Vulkanland Styria, the hot thermal springs of Bad Waltersdorf, Bad Blumau to the Parktherme Bad Radkersburg invite you to recharge your batteries.
From Bad Radkersburg to Deutschlandsberg in southern Styria you cycle through the home of green gold - Styrian pumpkin seed oil. Past pumpkin fields and oil mills.
The Weinland Steiermark cycle tour starts in Leibnitz in southern Styria and leads via Graz, eastern Styria to the Thermen- & Vulkanland.
Eight stages and each one has its own special features. The stages are between 40 and 60 km long. The driving time of a stage is between three and five hours.
In order to live up to the name of the route, the Thermen- & Vulkanland offers numerous opportunities for stops, tastings and refreshments along the route of the Weinland Steiermark cycle tour.
Whether it's a "Haubenlokal" or a "Buschenschank" - the tables in the Thermen- & Vulkanland are amply set - especially with regional specialities. These include the spicy Vulcano ham as well as the hand-scooped Zotter chocolate. The crowning glory of good taste is certainly the pumpkin seed oil with its unmistakable nutty flavour.
The special love for nature and its products can be seen when visiting the numerous culinary producers in the region. Schnapps, vinegar, oil, gin, whiskey and sparkling wine are just some of the Styrian products that are produced and presented alongside the main theme of wine. And these are by no means standard schnapps, vinegars & co. No, the visionaries of the Thermen- und Vulkanland conjure up beer vinegars, vanilla rum, Kriecherlbrand, fish chocolate and much more, thus creating a lively interest in tasting. In Thermen- & Vulkanland, the springs of the six thermal resorts Bad Radkersburg, Bad Gleichenberg, Bad Loipersdorf, Bad Blumau, Bad Waltersdorf and Sebersdorf bubble up from the earth with full force. They lie at depths of up to 3,000 metres and are up to 110° C hot. The soft, healing water gives warmth and well-being, radiates energy and joie de vivre and contributes to beauty, health and inner balance.
From the 7th stage of the tour, the route continues through the southern part of the Thermen- & Vulkanland, which is particularly strongly characterised by viticulture. With the Gesamtsteirische Vinothek (Styrian Wine Cellar) in St. Anna am Aigen and the fantastic panoramic view from the town's market square, you will certainly visit one of the most beautiful places along the Weinland Steiermark bike tour. We also recommend a short detour to the wine-growing village of Klöch and its cosy vinotheque, which also houses an adjoining wine-growing museum.
Many small wine islands characterise the wine-growing region in the south-east of Styria with its unique sites on the slopes of extinct volcanoes, which also give the landscape its unique character. 1,400 hectares of vineyards are cultivated, concentrated around the villages of Klöch, St. Anna am Aigen and Straden. One grape variety is also particularly important in the region: the highly aromatic Traminer. The tour is quite demanding in parts, with short climbs and descents, and numerous wine taverns, inns and vinotheques, for example in St. Anna or Klöch, invite you to stop for a break and refreshments.
From stage 8 of the tour and thus from Bad Radkersburg, the Mur, Austria's second largest river and namesake of the famous Mur Cycle Route, will be our companion. It takes us from the Southeast Styrian Hill Country Wine Road to the well-known South Styrian Wine Road and the Sausal Wine Road. However, the route will not only take us to the wine capital of Styria, as Leibnitz is often called, but also through the UNESCO biosphere reserve of the Mur meadows between Bad Radkersburg and Mureck and through the small, romantic villages in the border region with Slovenia.