Feistritztalradweg R8 - From the Waldheimat to the apple and thermal land
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Radfahren entlang der Feistritz: Stopp StubenbergseePhoto: Bernhard Bergmann, Oststeiermark Tourismus
Since the gorge is a flood zone and is under nature protection, the bike path could only be built under strict conditions with as little interference with nature as possible. The fords (crossings just above the water) do not have railings (would lead to blockages in case of high water) and are reinforced by massive stone fillings:
- Travel at your own risk
- In case of high water, the fords must not be entered and cycled on.
- The fords are to be passed by bike at walking pace or pushing the bike.
- No liability is assumed
Sections for families: downstream from Ratten to Birkfeld and Anger to Fürstenfeld.
Track typesShow elevation profile
Safety informationThe bike path is created only from Birkfeld to Koglhof. We recommend taking a cab from Birkfeld train station to Koglhof summer toboggan run (5 km). Radtaxi Heil - T: +43 664 5535376. cab necessarily reserve in advance.
Tips and hintsSteiermark Tourismus
Tel. +43 316 4003
1st day stage
Ratten - Gschaid near Birkfeld - Koglhof - Anger - Lake Stubenberg
We start in the village of Ratten. In some cases the starting point of the Feistritztalradweg is given in Krieglach in the Mürztal. In this case, however, a stage over the Alpl with several hundred meters of ascent would already await us after the start. However, since we are in the Genussland Steiermark, we take it a little easier and also recommend dividing the tour into two days, because there is so much to discover that it would be a shame not to take the appropriate time. For the first few kilometers, the cycle path leads downhill along the route of the former Feistritztal railroad through shady forests to Birkfeld. The path is gravelled and so the bike tour becomes a true nature experience. In Birkfeld you can take a look at the Felber chocolate factory. From here, the Feistritztalbahn also runs to Weiz, a popular means of transportation that takes us back to our childhood.
Further south, the landscape is dominated by apple and elder trees. The historic town center of Anger with its beautiful church and romantic marketplace invites us to take a break. After a refreshment stop, we continue cycling past apple trees and elder blossoms in the direction of the Stubenbergklamm gorge. The following section is without exaggeration one of the most beautiful bike paths in the Alps. Thundering water, enormous rock walls and bold fords accompany us through the gorge. Fire salamanders and tree frogs scurry along the bike path and in the treetops wagtails, chaffinches and green woodpeckers give a concert. At the exit of the gorge, Lake Stubenberg awaits us, one of the most popular bathing lakes in eastern Austria. A cooling down after the first stage will do our calves good.
Length: 43,8 km
Meters in altitude ascending/descending: 661 m / 1.062 m
2nd stage of the day
Stubenbergsee - Herberstein Animal World - Kaibing - Großwilfersdorf - Fürstenfeld - Loipersdorf Thermal Spa
On the second day we go to the Herberstein Animal World, where a visit is almost a must. After we have met lions, zebras and monkeys, we continue via the small village of Kaibing to Großsteinbach, where a bathing lake awaits us again and invites us to relax. The next kilometers lead us through corn and pumpkin fields, always accompanying our already dear Feistritz, to Fürstenfeld. The town also calls itself the thermal capital because of its proximity to the Loipersdorf thermal spa. Southern flair in the beautiful center of the old town tempts us not only to a well-deserved stop, but also to stroll.
The small town of Rudersdorf, east of Fürstenfeld, represents the end of the signposted Feitritztalradweg R8. However, at the end of the town of Fürstenfeld at the Mühlbreiten power plant, we branch off onto the R12 thermal cycle path in a southerly direction in order to reach the Loipersdorf spa after a few kilometers. This section of the R12 thermal cycle path takes us past the villages of Dietersdorf and Loipersdorf directly to the spa. On the last meters past the golf course it is once again uphill, but the thermal spa rewards our efforts. Another tip: Especially in spring you can experience the numerous facets of the Styrian landscape on the Feistritztalradweg. While in the north at the beginning of the tour in the narrow valley on the shady side there are still remnants of snow along the path, in the south a few kilometers away the fruit trees are already in bloom. The tour ends in the vineyards around Loipersdorf.
Length: 52,9 km
Vertical meters ascending/descending: 365 m / 415 m
Public transportComing from Vienna by train to Graz, then by bus via Weiz and Birkfeld.
More information www.oebb.at or Verbundlinie Steiermark www.busbahnbim.at
Getting thereFrom Vienna via the Südautobahn A2 and the Semmering Schnellstrasse S6 to the Krieglach exit. Now via the Alpl to St. Kathrein am Hauenstein.
From Graz via Weiz and Birkfeld to St. Kathrein am Hauenstein.
Further information: www.at.map24.com
ParkingParking directly in the village at the starting point.
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Tel. +43 (0)316 / 4003-0
EquipmentThe right bike: touring bike or city bike, racing bikes are not recommended.
Breakdowns can happen - but rarely at the door of one of the numerous service points: a basic equipment of tools and accessories therefore never hurts! Spare tube and/or repair kit, universal wrench, air pump, brake and shift cable and a screwdriver can never hurt.
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