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Styrian Wine Country Cycle Trail

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  • Besichtigung der Altstadt von Graz - UNESCO Welterbe
    Besichtigung der Altstadt von Graz - UNESCO Welterbe
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On this round cycling tour, a little over 400 km in length, cyclists can discover Styria’s Wine Country in eight stages: its three vineyard regions as well as its culinary specialities and cultural charms.

Distance 402.4 km
36:30 h
2,672 m
2,672 m
679 m
207 m

It’s not just the experience of cycling through the vineyards and wine roads of south and east Styria that delights people on this cycling tour. The eight leisurely stages and three variants of the trail ‒ East Styria, South Styria-Schilcherland and Schilcherland-Lipizzanerheimat ‒ also invite you to explore the diverse landscapes, cultural treasures and culinary delicacies to be found on and off the route. Depending on interest, in addition to exploring Styria’s winegrowing areas, we will also peek into the largest apple-growing region on the Apple Road or dip into the world of pumpkin seed oil at many oil mills along the round tour. To relax, there are seven spas to re-energise weary legs. Those interested in culture can visit museums and exhibitions or amble through the small historic towns.

Important note: The round trip runs along existing cycle paths i.e. routes and is signposted throughout with the additional symbols of the Weinland Steiermark Radtour.

Author’s recommendation

Styria’s comprehensive high-speed railway network and the Austrian Federal Railways network link numerous towns and cities in the Styrian Wine Country Cycle Tour. This gives short-term holidaymakers the opportunity to divide their cycling tour into several holidays.

In the Thermen- und Vulkanland region of Styria, East Styria, and South and West Styria, the GenussCard opens the door to over 200 excursion destinations when staying at one of the 160 or so GenussCard partner establishments. Many of these GenussCard destinations, ranging from culinary manufactories to bathing lakes and museums, are located directly on the Styrian Wine Country Cycle Trail!

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Update: October 30, 2022
Highest point
679 m
Lowest point
207 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 58.86%Dirt road 3.10%Forested/wild trail 4.61%Path 0.81%Road 24.04%Unknown 8.56%
236.9 km
Dirt road
12.5 km
Forested/wild trail
18.6 km
3.3 km
96.8 km
34.5 km
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Rest stops

Kunsthaus Graz
Steirerkraft Kernothek
Flußbad und Familien-Erlebnisbad St. Ruprecht an der Raab
Haus des Apfels- GenussCard Partner
Badesee- Freizeitpark- Stubenbergsee - GenussCard Partner
Tierwelt Herberstein
Gartenschloss Herberstein
Rogner Bad Blumau
Thermenresort Loipersdorf
Gesamtsteirische Vinothek
Vinothek & Weinbaumuseum Klöch
Parktherme Bad Radkersburg
Bäcksteffl - Käferbohnenkabinett
Murecker Schiffsmühle

Safety information

Emergency assistance number: 144

Tips when reporting an emergency – Answer these six WH questions: What happened? How many people are injured? Where did the accident happen (are there GPS coordinates)? Who is reporting the incident (callback number)? When did the accident happen? What is the weather like at the site of the incident?

One of the most beautiful sections of the cycle trail can be found on the stage from St. Ruprecht an der Raab to Hartberg, through the Stubenbergklamm gorge. As the gorge is a flood zone and protected as a conservation area, the cycle trail could only be constructed under very strict conditions, with as little impact on nature as possible. Please take an equal amount of caution and care when traversing the area, as the “Furten” (fords, or crossings just above the water) do not have any railings. During floods, railings would cause blockages. Therefore, the fords are reinforced with huge stone ripraps. Please take note of the following:

  • Cross this area at your own risk.
  • During floods, do not cross or step onto the fords. There is an alternative route leading via the road that runs parallel ‒ please take care here, as you will be among mixed traffic.
  • Please cross the fords/bridges at walking pace. If you feel at all unsure or hesitant, please dismount and walk your bike across.
  • No liability is accepted.

Tips and hints

Steiermark Tourismus

Tel. +43 316 4003

If you would like to hire a  tour operator, simply book with Steiermark Touristik, the official travel agency of Steiermark Tourismus:

Tel. +43 316 4003 450

The Steiermark Touren app, available free of charge on Google Play and the App Store  (Android, iOS), offers detailed first-hand information: brief facts (length, duration, difficulty, ascent and descent/elevation gain, ratings), map, route descriptions, altimeter, compass, peak finder, navigation along the tour. You can also create your own personal lists of favourite tours and sites, store tours and destinations offline, use social media channels, and much more.


Leibnitz (recommended, but you can start your round trip anywhere) (267 m)
46.779947, 15.530318
46°46'47.8"N 15°31'49.1"E
33T 540482 5180847


Leibnitz (recommended, but you can finish your round trip anywhere)

Turn-by-turn directions

The daily stages described below are merely suggestions, as a journey through Styria’s Wine Country cannot be planned down to the last minute. Every couple of kilometres you will come across an establishment ‒ whether a Gasthaus or a Buschenschank (wine tavern) ‒ offering culinary specialities and giving you the chance to get to know these hosts for what they are: ambassadors for Styria. There are several places where you can begin your round trip, but Leibnitz is recommended as a starting point, as it has some very good transport connections. In addition, parking is available at the outdoor pool directly on the cycle route.

The stage from Leibnitz to Deutschlandsberg initially starts on Sulm Valley Cycle Trail R1, crossing through the tranquil Sulm Valley. It passes lakes such as the Sulmsee opposite the Silberberg Winegrowing Academy, and oil mills such as Ölmühle Hartlieb, Ölmühle Kremsner (which has a pumpkin seed oil museum) and Kernölmühle Lorenz. Energetic cyclists can take a detour to Kitzeck, Europe’s highest vineyard area. In the small town of Unterbergla, we pick up the St. Peter Cycle Trail R22, which takes us to the town of Bad Schwanberg ‒ beautifully situated between vineyards and the foothills of the Koralm. In Bad Schwanberg, well-known for its spa hotel the Heilmoorbad, we switch onto the Schilcher Cycle Trail R4, which now winds through the home of Schilcher wine to Deutschlandsberg with its majestic castle set high above the city. 

On the stage from Deutschlandberg to Lieboch on the Schilcher Cycle Trail R4, wine lovers will be spoiled for choice on the Schilcher Wine Road. There’s no shortage of outstanding sights to be visited on our route either: Stainz Castle, for example, is a distinctive feature of the local landscape with its baroque abbey church, surrounded by the orchards and vineyards that characterise the region. It houses two museums belonging to the Universalmuseum Joanneum: the Hunting Museum and the Agriculture Museum. In addition, special picnic days offer a romantic view of the castle and a guided tour of the exhibitions. From Stainz, our bike trip now continues northward on the Arch Duke Johann Cycle Trail R9 through idyllic villages to Dobl bei Graz, where we once again switch cycle trails. The Kainach Valley Cycle Trail R14 covers the last few kilometres of this stage via Lannach, and on to the Lieboch Valley Cycle Trail R56. We now pick up the latter in order to reach the nearby towns of Lieboch / Söding. 

The stage Lieboch ‒ Graz runs west of Graz via the Lieboch Valley. West of Austria’s second-largest city, we start to climb steadily but comfortably uphill, passing through a very rural region that is also reflected in the local culture. Just after Hitzendorf, we begin to climb to the highest point in our tour, an upfold near Stiwoll. Then it’s a swift descent to the river Mur and Gratwein, where we pick up the famous River Mur Cycle Trail R2. Following the River Mur Cycle Trail south, we come to the old town of Graz, enjoying views of the striking Schlossberg, a UNESCO World Heritage site along with Eggenberg Castle.

The stage Graz ‒ St. Ruprecht an der Raab links Graz, Austria’s Capital of Culinary Enjoyment, with East Styria. In between, the Laßnitzhöhe is a very challenging climb, but is rewarded with splendid views and time spent in the historic spa town. To get to the spa town, we must switch from the River Mur Cycle Trail in the south of Graz city to the Mostwärt Cycle Trail R49. From the town of Laßnitzhöhe, there’s a relaxing downhill ride to Gleisdorf, a small town with a wonderful main square. Here we pick up the Raab Valley Cycle Trail R11 in order to cycle through the tranquil towns of Albersdorf-Prebuch and Wollsdorf for a leisurely arrival in St. Ruprecht an der Raab. This historic town is famous for the scarlet runner bean. Enjoy a wide variety of dishes served at the numerous gastronomy outlets: ranging from the classic runner bean salad to the “Käferbohnenweckerl” pastry and runner bean ice cream ‒ probably unheard of anywhere else in the world! If you want to learn more about the scarlet runner bean, visit the Kernothek seedery and oil mill run by Steirerkraft, Europe’s biggest runner bean producer. Here’s another tip: In St. Ruprecht an der Raab you can take a wonderfully refreshing dip in Styria’s oldest river-fed swimming pool.

Note: If you’d like to avoid climbing the Laßnitzhöhe, you can take the fast train that runs parallel to the cycle route. It is possible to embark at Raaba on the outskirts of Graz, for example. From here, it’s just a few minutes (two stops) on the fast train line S3 on the Laßnitzhöhe, from where you can continue your cycling tour with a leisurely descent to Gleisdorf.

The stage from St. Ruprecht an der Raab to Hartberg leads directly through East Styria, with its wonderful garden landscapes and Austria’s largest apple-growing area. From St. Ruprecht an der Raab, continue along the Raab Valley Cycle Trail R11 towards Weiz to Regerstätten, a suburb of Weiz. Here we fork right on the Apple Tour Cycle Trail WZ16 to explore Apple Country via the town of Etzersdorf. Aside from wine taverns, there are plenty of fruit farmers here, who are more than happy to invite you to sample their regional specialities in small farm shops. Next stop: the Stubenbergklamm. We take the Feistritz Valley Cycle Trail R8 through this gorge, which we have picked up just before entering. The gorge is one of Austria’s most stunning cycle trail sections and ends at Lake Stubenberg ‒ just perfect for a rest. From Herberstein Zoo and its beautiful neighbouring castle, situated above Lake Stubenberg, we carry on along the Saifen Valley Cycle Trail HB 18 via the Pöllau Valley Nature Park to Hartberg.

On our way through the Thermen- und Vulkanland region from Hartberg to Loipersdorf and from Loipersdorf to Bad Radkersburg, we will come across six spas, including the elaborate Therme Rogner Bad Blumau, designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, all appealing places to enjoy a rest in soothing thermal waters. On Spa Cycle Trail R12, we now head south via the thermal spa towns of the region, past innumerable vineyards and hills. Small towns such as Fürstenfeld and Fehring invite us to make a cultural pit-stop with museums such as Pfeilburg castle. Just like many other excursion destinations and culinary manufactories, the Gesamtsteirische Vinothek situated on the village square of St. Anna am Aigen, and the Vinothek with its adjoining winegrowing museum in Klöch are an absolute must ‒ the latter is situated a little way off the route in the vineyard region of the same name.

In Bad Radkersburg, we can expect a wonderful old town pulsing with Mediterranean flair and a relaxing park spa. From here, we continue on the stage from Bad Radkersburg to Leibnitz on the River Mur Cycle Trail R2, through the UNESCO Murauen Biosphere Park and through the east of the winegrowing region of South Styria, back to our starting point, the city of Leibnitz. Another worthwhile suggestion for somewhere to refuel on this section is the Genussregal Südsteiermark in Vogau/Ehrenhausen at the start of the South Styrian Wine Route. It’s a great place to sample and learn about regional wines, food and gourmet indulgence.

The East Styria Variant from Bad Loipersdorf to Gleisdorf offers a 2-3-day round trip through East Styria taking in the East Styrian Roman Wine Route. Combining the South Styria-Schilcherland Variant and the Leibnitz - Deutschlandsberg stage creates a beautiful 106 km round trip in the south of Styria, which links the South Styria Nature Park and the Schilcherland region between Ehrenhausen and Schwanberg. At Stainz you have the chance to take a detour to the home of the Lipizzan horses. The 72 km Lipizzanerheimat Variant rejoins the main route at Lieboch.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Accessible by train and bus.

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


With Verbundlinie’s BusBahnBim route planner app, planning your journey has never been easier: simply enter towns and/or addresses, stop names or points of interest to check all bus, train and tram connections in Austria. The app is available free of charge for smartphones – on Google Play and in the App Store

Getting there

Detailed information about getting to the car park at the Städtisches Erlebnisbad Leibnitz can be found here.


Parking is available at the Städtisches Erlebnisbad.


46.779947, 15.530318
46°46'47.8"N 15°31'49.1"E
33T 540482 5180847
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Folder "Weinland Steiermark Radtour" with route description, overview map and detailed map as well as excursion tips and much more:

Steiermark Tourismus

Tel. +43 316 4003


Weinland Steiermark Radtour 1:50.000, ISBN 978-3-85000-755-9

Verlag Esterbauer - bikeline

Tel. +43 2983 28982


Author’s map recommendations

Pocket Card "Radwege in der Steiermark":

Steiermark Tourismus

Tel. +43 316 4003


Touring bikes or city bikes are recommended. Road bikes rather not, as there are short sections also on gravel, which can, however, be bypassed via country roads. Tip: A basic equipment of tools and accessories such as spare inner tube and/or repair kit, spanner, air pump, brake and shift cable as well as a screwdriver can never hurt.

Questions and answers

Question from Gerhard Koppermann · August 10, 2021 · Community
Lieber Günther, es gibt in vielen Ländern schöne Ecken und schöne Strecken.Leider haben viele Anbieter vergessen,dass es auch Interessenten gibt,die noch mit 74 Jahren,wie ich,gerne Tagestouren von 100-120 km und einem Schnitt von 20-21 km/h locker fahren.Wenn man dieses Klientel nicht vergessen würde,könnte man noch mehr Umsätze generieren. Bei Interesse mal rein Liebe Radsportgrüße von Gerhard
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Answered by Günther Steininger  · August 11, 2021 · Steiermark Tourismus
Lieber Gerhard, zunächst Gratulation zu Euren tollen Touren! Wenn ich einen Tipp geben darf: speziell Bad Radkersburg bietet Touren für jede Schwierigkeitsstufe und Altersklasse an - vielleicht kennt Ihr diese Radregion noch nicht!? Liebe Grüße Günther
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Question from Wolfgang Keckeis · June 07, 2020 · Community
Guten Tag, wie ist es mit dem Gepäcktransport bei einer Radtour. Was für Möglichkeiten?
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Answered by Günther Steininger  · June 08, 2020 · Steiermark Tourismus
Hallo, ein Gepäcktransfer entlang dieser Tour ist im Rahmen eines buchbaren Pauschalangebotes möglich: Für die Tour gibt es selbstverständlich auch kürzere (3 Tagestouren etc.) Angebote. Ein Gepäcktransfer kann auch über örtliche Taxiunternehmen gebucht werden, in diesem Fall muss man aber mit Kosten von mindestens EUR 50,00 pro Tagesetappe rechnen. Falls Interesse an einem Paket besteht bitte ein Mail an Alles Gute und viel Spaß!


Dieter Hansen
August 31, 2022 · Community
Wir sind die Tour von Graz bis Bad Radkersburg in 3 Etappen mit dem E Bike gefahren und nicht begeistert, da sie nur selten an Weinbergen, dafür umso mehr an Maisfeldern vorbei führt. Wer schöne Landschaft und (Ess-) Kultur erleben möchte, macht besser Tagestouren über die südsteirische Weinstraßen südwestlich von Ehrenhausen.
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When did you do this route? August 27, 2022
Herbert Schwarz
September 25, 2020 · Community
Ich bin gemeinsam mit meiner Partnerin kürzlich die Weinland-Steiermark-Radtour gefahren. Wir haben uns dabei an den Routenvorschlag gehalten und in den vorgeschlagenen Etappenzielorten übernachtet. Sehr gefallen hat uns die vielfältige Landschaft, die uns täglich wieder neue Reize in ihrem Auf und Ab geliefert hat. Die grüne Steiermark zeigte sich uns in der zweiten Septemberhälfte von ihrer schönsten Seite, glücklicherweise bei fast durchgängig sonnigem Wetter. Wir haben uns dabei vorwiegend über unser Navigationsgerät und die erhältliche GPS-Datei orientiert. Das war sehr hilfreich, da man oftmals - auch mehrmals täglich - die verschiedensten steirischen Radwege befährt und wechselt. Die Kennzeichnung der Weinland-Radtour lässt zu wünschen übrig. Sie ist nur dann und wann zusätzlich Vorort angebracht. Ein für mich sehr unangenehmer Aspekt auf der ganzen Tour waren die befahrenen Wege, die bemüht durchgehend asphaltiert, jedoch bis auf wenige Kilometer keine ausschließlichen Radwege sind. Die Radwege verdienen es nicht wirklich als solche bezeichnet zu werden. Ständig ist man auf und bestenfalls unmittelbar neben teils stark befahrenen Straßen unterwegs, wo sich PKW, LKW und landwirtschaftliche Fahrzeuge tummeln. Ein gemütliches nebeneinander her radeln wird damit leider selten möglich. Abschließend ist noch festzuhalten, dass Möglichkeiten zur Einkehr an der Route nur sehr spärlich vorhanden sind. Unser Eindruck zusammengefasst: Tolle Landschaft / ständig auf von KFZ befahrenen Routen unterwegs / mäßige Beschilderung (Navi benützen!) / wenige bis keine Einkehrmöglichkeiten
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When did you do this route? September 25, 2020
Tene Butto
August 31, 2020 · Community
8/2020 Vielen Dank für den Tourenvorschlag! Wir sind die Strecke Graz-Bad Waltersdorf geradelt. Teilweise hätten wir uns eine bessere Beschilderung gewünscht, aber kleine Umwege gehören wohl dazu. Aber nichtsdestotrotz sollte in Lassnitzhöhe ein Schild angebracht werden, damit man von Graz kommend vom modernen Hauptplatz zum Bahnhof rechts abbiegt! Zusätzlich zur ausführlichen Wegbeschreibung wäre eine etwas nüchternere sehr fein.
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When did you do this route? August 26, 2020

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402.4 km
36:30 h
2,672 m
2,672 m
Highest point
679 m
Lowest point
207 m
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