This hike is a pilgrimage for the body and the mind.
Distance 12.8 km
Highest point768 m
Lowest point491 m
Along the West Styrian Way of St James you can enjoy a glorious view of the alpine pasture region around Koralpe and Gleinalm.
The church dedicated to the Early Christian Roman martyr of St Pancras is a favourite destination for pilgrims. The excellent cuisine of the two village innkeepers has long been a tip for foodies, which is why we recommend you book a table, especially at weekends.
Hiking paths in OberGraz are generally easy to negotiate. Nevertheless, you should choose hiking routes that correspond to your level of fitness and surefootedness. Wear solid shoes; rucksack contents should include first-aid kit, drinking flask, provisions, sun cream, rain and cold protection – and off you go!
Tips and hints
Gschnaidt has a population of 341. Since 2015 the former township has been assimilated into Gratwein–Strassengel. Gschnaidt is difficult to access by public transport.
The Late Romanesque church in Stiwoll is well worth a visit. Among its treasures are the Barbara bell, one of the oldest bells in Styria, the fresco of St Christopher on the north side, the baptismal font, and the skeleton placed lower in front of the altar, which probably belonged to the founder of the first chapel.
Church square in Stiwoll (490 m)
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Church square in Stiwoll
From the church square in Stiwoll the route leads westwards along the state road in the direction of Gschnaidt / St Pankrazen to the Stiwollgraben. Here, you take the right fork after the bridge and follow the markings past the Spiers chapel into the idyllic pilgrimage place of St Pankrazen situated on a hillside ridge in the former municipality of Gschnaidt. As refreshment points the two pleasant inns provide great home cooking for the body, while the church of St Pancras provides peace of mind.
Follow trail no. 548 southwards to Wolf am Egg, move on along trail no. 542 and enjoy the breathtaking view until you reach the Moritzkreuz cross. Then turn left and march along trail no. 20 past the Lourdes grotto and back to Stiwoll.
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Hikers can easily arrive without a car by using bus, train, or GUSTMobil minivan services.
GUSTmobil minivan stop nearby: 1709
Rides can be booked a minimum of 60 minutes before desired departures by telephone (0123 500 44 11), or via Internet (www.ISTmobil.at), using the app. (business hours: Monday – Saturday: 6am – 12 midnight, Sundays & public holidays: 6am – 10pm)
By car from Graz via Hitzendorf or St Oswald near Plankenwarth to Stiwoll.
There are plenty of parking options in the centre of Stiwoll.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
Wanderkarte Tourismusverband Region OberGraz / Wanderkarte 2. Auflage
Author’s map recommendations
OberGraz erwandern 2. Auflage
We recommend you take sufficient drinks and provisions with you because there are no refreshment points along the route.