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Christmetten Circuit

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  • Christmettenkirche von St. Kathrein am Hauenstein
    Christmettenkirche von St. Kathrein am Hauenstein
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Here you embark on a leisurely hike in the footsteps of Peter Rosegger in the heart of the Waldheimat - in St. Kathrein am Hauenstein.
Distance 15 km
5:00 h
737 m
737 m
1,173 m
789 m
In his story "In der Christnacht" from the famous book "Als ich noch der Waldbauernbub war" ("When I was still a forest farmer's boy"), the Styrian poet Peter Rosegger describes his first walk to Christmas mass from the Kluppeneggerhof down to St. Kathrein am Hauenstein. The Rosegger family walked this path every Christmas Eve, often in stormy weather and driving snow. It is still walked today in memory of the great son of the Waldheimat at Christmas on a guided hike. This Christmas Eve hike attracts numerous visitors every year on Christmas Eve.

In addition to Peter Rosegger's beloved church, there is also an exhibition in the village of St. Kathrein am Hauenstein dedicated to the life of the poet.

The path is marked with boards with the inscription Christmettenweg. Forests and beautiful vantage points alternate with each other, and culinary stops must not be missed in Styria, of course.

Author’s recommendation

Every year on December 24, a hike is held along the Christmettenweg in memory of the great local poet - you have to experience it!
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Update: July 28, 2022
Highest point
1,173 m
Lowest point
789 m
Best time of year

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Rest stops

Gasthof - Pension Roseggerhof

Safety information

Emergency call mountain rescue: 140

Euronotruf: 112

Tips and hints

Tourism Association East Styria

Office Joglland - Waldheimat

8255 St. Jakob im Walde

church quarter 24

Tel.: +43 3336 20255



Gemeinde St. Kathrein am Hauenstein
Tel.: +43 3173 4030 


Parish church St. Kathrein am Hauenstein (789 m)
47.489390, 15.691440
47°29'21.8"N 15°41'29.2"E
33T 552085 5259782
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Parish church St. Kathrein am Hauenstein

Turn-by-turn directions

  • We start the hike on a hill near the parish church of St. Kathrein am Hauenstein.
  • In a bend we turn right and hike along the Hirschbach stream until we reach a sawmill
  • We follow the stream uphill until we come to two long hairpin bends.
  • Continue until you reach the Hochegger farm and a memorial cross (1126m).
  • Via a forest path we go further downhill to the Lendkreuz (1044m)
  • From the Lendkreuz we go uphill again over a road, past the Schmiedhofer homestead.
  • Along the hiking trail we go to the house where Peter Rosegger was born (1144m).
  • The descent via the circular path is partly steeper and leads past the forest school.
  • From the forest school it goes again slightly uphill in an easterly direction over the Großheidenbauer past the Schlagobersbauer inn.
  • At a crossroads we turn sharply to the left - in a few minutes we reach the Alpl federal road
  • Before we get to the main road, we turn right in the last curve of the gravel road
  • Now we are on a forest road
  • Follow this forest road until you reach the Roseggerhof Inn (+43 3173 2711).
  • Passing the Roseggerhof inn, a few meters below, a goods road begins, which we follow to the parking lot of the cemetery in St. Kathrein am hauenstein
  • From the parking lot it is possible to walk directly into the village of St. Kathrein am Hauenstein via the parish church (asphalted road next to the main road).


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Public transport

ÖBB: or Verbundlinie Styria: 


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Getting there

From 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.

Detailed information on how to get there can be found here.


Parking directly in the village, at the starting point (parish church) and at the inns in St. Kathrein am Hauenstein


47.489390, 15.691440
47°29'21.8"N 15°41'29.2"E
33T 552085 5259782
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Folder Christmettenweg

Wanderheft "Zu Fuß durch das Joglland und die Waldheimat": erhältlich beim Tourismusverband Joglland - Waldheimate: +43 3336 20255



Proper backpacking makes many things easier: pack heavy things first. The water bottle should always be within easy reach in a side pocket. All things that are often needed, such as sunglasses, camera or hiking map, belong on top.

Before the start of the hike, check the opening times for refreshment stops and pack the appropriate food.

An emergency kit (incl. blister plaster) belongs in every backpack!

It is always advisable to dress according to the "onion system"!

A good hiking boot is a good companion and should never be missing on the mountain!

Do not forget a blister plaster just in case!

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Elisabeth Zienitzer
February 09, 2021 · Community
Während der Aufzeichnungen für das Buch Oststeiermark haben wir diese Wanderung im Sommer 2020 kennengelernt und waren begeistert. Liebe Grüße und viele schöne Wanderungen wünschen Elisabeth und Silvia aus Knittelfeld.
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When did you do this route? August 07, 2020
Photo: Elisabeth Zienitzer, Community
Photo: Elisabeth Zienitzer, Community

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15 km
5:00 h
737 m
737 m
Highest point
1,173 m
Lowest point
789 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest


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