Hiking paths in OberGraz are generally easy to negotiate. Nevertheless, you should choose hiking routes that correspond to your level of fitness and surefootedness. Dogs must be kept on the leash!
Tips and hints
Don’t miss the original Styrian tart from the Handl confectionery! Created from typical Styrian ingredients such as pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil, apple preserves and freshly grated apples, stone-pine schnapps and walnuts, it is richly packed with treats for the palate.
St Stephen’s church in Gratkorn (390 m)
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St Stephen’s church in Gratkorn
Starting out from the church square, follow trail no. 8 (Höllgraben–Jasen–Höchwirt) along Dr.-Karl-Renner-Strasse westbound until you hit the forest road, which you leave at the first right-hand turn-off (Am Bichl). From here, follow trail no. 8 with its richly varied stretches till Ferstlhöhe and turn right (eastwards, hiking paths 6 and 8). Wander through the town of Jasen to the Höchwirt inn. After a refreshment break, return to Gratkorn, keeping to trail no. 8a (Weissegg–St. Stefan/Gratkorn) till the road sign for Gratkorn, follow Raiffeisenweg southwards, turn right (westwards) and arrive back at the starting point (church square).
Hikers can easily arrive without a car by using bus or train services. The frequent S1 trains between Graz and Bruck/Mur make reaching OberGraz easy.
(Gratwein–Gratkorn railway station)
Bus line 110 (Graz–Gratkorn–Gratwein–(Hörgas)–Rein–Enzenbach) takes you directly to church square.
Bus stop: St Stefan church square
By bus line 140 (Semriach–Friesach–Gratkorn–Graz) or line 100 (Graz–Bruck). Bus stop: Dr.-Karl-Renner-Strasse; walking distance to starting and end point: approx. 14 minutes; from there, the bus line 110 takes you directly to the starting point.
You can also arrive or depart by train (Austrian Rail, ÖBB): the station is Gratwein–Gratkorn. You have to reckon with a walking distance of 30 min. to the starting or end point.
More information on train and bus connections: www.verbundlinie.at and www.oebb.at
Via motorway A9 (exits Gratkorn-Süd or Gratkorn-Nord)
Via the S35 coming from the north, take the exit Peggau–Deutschfeistritz and follow the federal road B 67 to Gratkorn.
There are plenty of parking options in the town centre.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Author’s map recommendations
WK 133 Graz und Umgebung, Region Hügelland-Schöcklland, Gleisdorf, Weiz, Raabklamm
We recommend you take sufficient drinks and provisions with you. Refreshment points are scarce along the route.
Wear sturdy footwear, pack first-aid set, drinking bottle, provisions, sun, rain and cold protection into your rucksack – and off you go!
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