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Emperor Karl circular hiking trail

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On historical ground you hike from the former imperial hunting lodge at the Orthofer Inn in St. Jakob im Walde, past various power points, water sources, game feeders, prominent trees and to the place where Emperor Karl shot his first capercaillie. The magnificent view of the Joglland-Waldheimat region and a cozy stop at the Orthofer Inn make this hike an experience.
Distance 5.8 km
2:00 h
177 m
177 m
1,159 m
982 m
At the starting point, you are truly standing on historical ground, because the former hunting lodge of Emperor Karl I and Empress Zita stood here. During hunting season, the imperial family always came to St. Jakob im Walde and in May 1902 the then Archduke Karl shot his first capercaillie with imperial hunting guide Erhard Orthofer. Due to a chimney fire, the entire hunting lodge burned down in 1922. Only the emperor's table could be saved and can still be seen today in the Orthofer Inn. The bell tower in front of the inn is also original and still reminds of that time.


The starting point is surrounded by a magnificent mountain landscape, by the Fischbacher Alps, the peaks of the Hochschwab and the Hohe Veitsch in the northwest, as well as the Pretul and the Stuhleck in the north. Also on the whole further tour you can expect again and again fantastic views and interesting places, for example the place where Emperor Karl shot his first capercaillie.

Author’s recommendation

You follow in the footsteps of Emperor Charles I and pass numerous historical places, for example the place where he shot his first capercaillie.


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Update: July 28, 2022
Highest point
oberhalb vom Gasthof Orthofer, 1,159 m
Lowest point
982 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 11.22%Forested/wild trail 71.64%Path 17.13%
0.7 km
Forested/wild trail
4.2 km
1 km
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Rest stops

Wiaz´Haus Orthofer

Safety information

Walk at your own risk!

Rescue: 144

Euronotruf: 112

Mountain rescue emergency call: 140

Tips and hints

Tourism Association East Styria

Office Joglland - Waldheimat

8255 St. Jakob im Walde

church quarter 24

Tel.: +43 3336 20255


Orthofer Inn and Pension

Filzmoos 12

8255 St. Jakob in the Walde

Tel.: +43 (0)3336/8237




Orthofer Inn (1,140 m)
47.479941, 15.749714
47°28'47.8"N 15°44'59.0"E
33T 556484 5258772
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Orthofer Inn

Turn-by-turn directions

  • We start at the Orthofer Inn and follow the green signs "Kaiser Karl Rundweg".
  • Head north up the meadow, past the pond to the Riegler Kohlstatt.
  • Now we continue along the forest road to the next crossroads.
  • At this crossroads we follow the slightly sloping forest road and come to the place where Emperor Karl shot his first capercaillie.
  • Follow the signs downhill until you reach the crossroads for the Plenznerhütte.
  • At this crossroads we follow the green signs and take the forest road on the far left, which is flat.
  • We cross a small stream and then we go down to the right along the path
  • After approx. 800 m we come to a forest road, where the signposts point us left up to the Orthofer Inn.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

ÖBB: oder Verbundlinie Steiermark:

Mit der BusBahnBim App der Verbundlinie ist eine Fahrplanauskunft so einfach wie noch nie: Alle Verbindungen mit Bus, Bahn und Straßenbahn in Österreich können durch die Eingabe von Orten und/oder Adressen, Haltestellen bzw. wichtigen Punkten abgefragt werden. Erhältlich ist die App als Gratis-App für Smartphones (Android, iOS) – auf Google Play und im App Store

Getting there

Aus Wien über A2 bis Ausfahrt Friedberg und B54 nach Rohrbach ~ von Graz über A2 bis Ausfahrt Rohrbach – Vorau, danach bis Rohrbach und weiter nach Waldbach und St. Jakob/W. Vom Ort St. Jakob/W kommt nach ca. 2 km in Richtung Ratten rechts die Abzweigung GH Orthofer und Jogllandloipe.

Von der S6 Ausfahrt Krieglach über das Alpl nach Ratten und Richtung St. Jakob/W. Die Anfahrt geht bis ca. 2 km vor dem Ort St. Jakob/W   wo dann links die Abzweigung zum GH Orthofer und zur Jogllandloipe hinweist.

Detaillierte Informationen zur Anreise finden Sie hier.


Parkplätze beim Gasthof Orthofer


47.479941, 15.749714
47°28'47.8"N 15°44'59.0"E
33T 556484 5258772
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Wanderheft "Zu Fuß durch das Joglland und die Waldheimat": erhältlich beim Tourismusverband Joglland - Waldheimat: +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!

Questions and answers

Question from Markus Steirer · August 28, 2020 · Community
Hallo Will den Rundweg unbedingt gehen. Ist der auch mit einem Kinderwagen bzw Buggy tauglich, oder muss ich mit einem Tragerucksack gehen
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Hallo Markus, wir empfehlen dir den Tragerucksack. Liebe Grüße, Viktoria


Stephie Lehner
March 08, 2016 · Community
Tipp: Beim "Orthi" einkehren!!!!!
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5.8 km
2:00 h
177 m
177 m
Highest point
1,159 m
Lowest point
982 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly


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