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  • View to St. Stefan in the Schilcherland
    View to St. Stefan in the Schilcherland
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The enjoyment of hiking and the wonderful culinary delights are the focus of this hike. Treat yourself to some time out and enjoy wonderful moments in Schilcherland.
Distance 12.9 km
4:30 h
390 m
390 m
630 m
360 m
Whether in the forest, on the meadow or in the typical Buschenschank - forget your worries and open your heart to the beauty of the Schilcherland. This hike is especially good for children. You will find numerous opportunities to play, whether by the stream or in the idyllic forest. Enjoy the magnificent panoramic view over the Graz Basin all the way to Riegersburg Castle in Eastern Styria. So don't forget to pack your binoculars in your rucksack.

Along the beautiful hiking trail you have many opportunities to enjoy the unique culinary delights of Western Styria. Fresh juices for the little ones at Ribes, a refreshing sip of Schilcher in one of the Buschenschänken or a crispy Backhenderl at the Fuchswirt, enjoy yourself here in one of the most beautiful spots in Styria.

No culinary wishes remain unfulfilled on this hike. Gather enough strength for this wonderful hike through the beautiful Schilcherland.

Author’s recommendation

Hiking in the vineyards: In the vineyards of Hochgrail you hike along the best location and enjoy a unique view of the Graz mountains.
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Update: May 04, 2022
Highest point
630 m
Lowest point
360 m
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Rest stops

Café Kainz
Privatzimmer zum Fuchswirt
Urlaub am Bauernhof Klug vlg. Voltl
Buschenschank Lazarus
Buschenschank & Weingut Langmann vlg. Lex
Buschenschank Seiner vlg. Kraxner
Hiden vlg. Höllerhansl
Buschenschank Schober vlg. Weingartenschlögl
Buschenschank Achatz
Buschenschank Niggas vlg. Schleicher
Cafe-Haus Ebner
Gasthaus Mediterran
Weingut Weber

Safety information

Pleasant summer hiking trail. Sturdy and comfortable footwear required (e.g. gym or hiking shoes). In winter only accessible in good weather. Walk at your own risk!

Rescue: 144

Tip for reporting an emergency - give answers to the six W-questions: What happened? How many injured? Where did the accident happen (possibly GPS coordinates)? Who reported the accident (call-back number)? When did the accident happen? Weather at the accident site?

Tips and hints

Tourism Association Schilcherland Styria

Hauptplatz 40

A-8530 Deutschlandsberg

Tel +43 3462 7520  


Schilcherland car park St. Stefan, or from one of the businesses mentioned. (393 m)
46.930069, 15.256704
46°55'48.2"N 15°15'24.1"E
33T 519541 5197425
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Schilcherland car park St. Stefan, or from one of the businesses mentioned.

Turn-by-turn directions

On this hike you will walk along paths that have also found their way into the TV programme "9 places - 9 treasures". Soon you will realise why. Because you start in St. Stefan ob Stainz along the main road in the direction of the Schilcher town of Stainz. The Ebner coffee house is the first place to stop. Fortify yourself with a good coffee and a sweet speciality of the house.

Then turn left to the organic juice producer RIBES. You should pack a bottle of milk grape juice for the little ones in your rucksack. Continue along the municipal road until you reach the main road, where you will see the "Auer" village inn on the left. After 100 metres, leave the main road and cross it in a westerly direction to Lemsitz. Now head slightly downhill to the Lemsitzbach stream, where you cross a bridge and hike through a farmstead to the next municipal road. Before that, you should try to discover some fish in the water with the children or let some small stones bounce across the water. Enjoy the babbling of the stream for a while and let the children play in the water and cool their legs in the clear water. This is a welcome opportunity, especially on hot hiking days.

After a few metres on the right, you will come to the farm of the Oswald family. They invite you to try specialities from the Styrian oil pumpkin. Why not taste the wonderfully nutty tasting green gold of Styria - the famous pumpkin seed oil. Take a bottle or two of it home with you, too. The taste will regularly make you dream of your hike around St. Stefan ob Stainz. Enjoy it with an egg dish or a scoop of vanilla ice cream - a real treat.

Afterwards, hike back a few metres along the path and follow the little-used municipal road until you come to a crossroads. The path now leads you left to the "Schleicher" wine tavern or straight ahead to the "Pulvergraben".

Descend to the "Pulvergraben" via a well-paved forest path. Cross the Steinbach stream and follow a short, steep ascent to the main road. Head straight for the Buschenschank Hiden vlg. Hoellerhansl. You should definitely not pass by here. It is time for a hearty Brettljause and a refreshing Schilchermischung. Delicious salad variations are also on offer. Here you can enjoy the full taste of Western Styria.

Full of new energy, you continue over the "best location", an idyllic mountain ridge in the middle of the West Styrian Schilcherland. You are in the famous vineyards of Hochgrail and after enjoying the great view over the vineyards - especially in autumn when the vine leaves change colour - you hike down to Niedergrail and the chapel there. To the right, the hike continues along the municipal road towards the west. However, you leave the road on the right after a few hundred metres to climb Hochgrail again, where the Buschenschank Klug vlg. Voltl awaits you. Here you should try a sweet Germmehlspeise or a homemade schnapps. You have really earned it.

After this refreshment, follow the road in a good mood in a westerly direction, past old winegrowers' houses to Greisdorf. The winegrowers' houses with their small windows and beautiful flower decorations are also popular photo motifs. Capture the moment with your camera for home.

The Gasthaus Zum Fuchswirt and the Buschenschank Achatz already invite you to the next break. If your stomach is only now rumbling, you should try a crispy fried chicken and a glass of Welschriesling.

The path then leads a few metres along the main road and finally to the right into an idyllic forest. Here you can cool off perfectly on hot summer days and in the shade the children can romp around a bit in the leaves.

At the crossroads, turn right and head downhill to Langegg on the Schilcherstraße. Arriving at a clearing, a truly heavenly view opens up into the Graz basin and eastern Styria. On some days, when the view is clear, even Riegersburg Castle is visible from here, high up on its volcanic rocks.

After a few metres downhill, you reach Langegg. Several excellent Buschenschänken, such as at the Seiner Winery, Lazarus Buschenschank Winery and Langmann vlg. Lex welcome you here.

You continue walking in a northerly direction, with a view of Graz's local mountain, the "Schöckl". Through a vineyard, which invites you to take a rest in the grass, you reach a small road. There you turn right and arrive at the Friedrich winery.

A little to the east below, next to the municipal road, is the Weber family vineyard. Follow the hiking signs to the Laubengang and then continue downhill through the Langegg vineyard. Here, too, it truly pays to take time to stop and enjoy the magnificent surroundings.

Continue west until you come to a small stream. Cross it and turn right uphill at the fifth vineyard. At the top, follow the path to the left until you reach a dreamy forest.

Downhill, along the cart track you come to a crossroads, turn left. The path leads you back to St. Stefan ob Stainz. A small, asphalted road leads to Lestein, where you turn right at the first junction and you can already see the Langmann guesthouse.

Turn left through vineyards, follow a cart track and at the next crossroads turn right and after 200 metres you will reach the Buschenschank "Oswald vlg. Trapl". From there, walk downhill to the left across a meadow to the "Fuchs" carpentry workshop.

Follow the municipal road briefly to the left and then turn right immediately afterwards. Cross a small bridge and follow the signs to St. Stefan ob Stainz. At the "Hecher" car dealership, turn right and walk to the "Mediterran" inn. Continue along the main road.

After the former Klug Inn, turn right and take a small path to the centre of St. Stefan. Exhausted but happy and with a full stomach, you have reached your destination.

There is plenty to enjoy on this wonderful hike with a length of 13 kilometres. Enjoy a tour lasting four and a half hours through Western Styria and get to know the home of the Schilcher better. Whether in the forest, on the meadow or in the Buschenschank - forget your worries and open your heart to the Schilcherland.


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Public transport

You can find timetables and travel information directly at

With the BusBahnBim app of the Verbundlinie, timetable information is easier than ever: all connections by bus, train and tram in Austria can be retrieved by entering places and/or addresses, stops or important points. The app is available as a free app for smartphones (Android, iOS) - on Google Play and in the App Store.

Getting there

Plan your journey via Google Maps to the starting point of the tour:

From the north: Motorway Munich - Salzburg - Eben - Schladming - Liezen onto the A9 towards Graz. Exit at Lieboch and follow the B76 towards Deutschlandsberg/Stainz. A9 is subject to toll - Gleinalmtunnel. Alternative: At St. Michael take the S6 towards Bruck and in Bruck take the S35 towards Graz. On the B76 in Schlieb turn right to St. Stefan ob Stainz until the next crossroads, turn left here after approx. 1.5km the car park is on the left.

From the west: In Villach take the A2 towards Klagenfurt. Take the Steinberg exit and drive in the direction of Stainz. In the village of St. Stefan ob Stainz turn left at the Stiegler Haus crossroads and after 50m you will find the car park on the right-hand side.

From the east: A2: Vienna - Aspang - Hartberg - Fürstenfeld - Graz. From Graz continue on the A2 in the direction of Klagenfurt and take the Lieboch exit in the direction of Stainz/Deutschlandsberg/Eibiswald. Follow the B76 to Deutschlandsberg/Stainz. On the B76 in Schlieb turn right to St. Stefan ob Stainz until the next crossroads, here turn left after approx. 1.5km the car park is on the left.

From the south: A1 from Marburg to Leibnitz. Exit in Leibnitz (Gralla) and continue on the B74 in the direction of Deutschlandsberg, take the second exit at the roundabout in Preding, after approx. 2km turn right onto the L617 in the direction of Stainz. In Stainz, drive through the town centre in the direction of Graz, and at the Spar-Markt crossroads turn left into St. Stefan. In the village of St. Stefan in the 30 km zone on the priority road at the church, cross the intersection and after 50 m you will have reached the car park on the right-hand side.


Schilcherland car park in St. Stefan ob Stainz. 


46.930069, 15.256704
46°55'48.2"N 15°15'24.1"E
33T 519541 5197425
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author


All hiking tours can be found online at or via APP South & West Styria Tours in their app store.

Author’s map recommendations

The hiking folder and the district-wide hiking map of Deutschlandsberg can be ordered free of charge online at


Proper backpack packing 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. An emergency kit including blister plasters belongs in every rucksack and it is always advisable to dress according to the "onion system"!

Questions and answers

Question from Gabriela R0ßik · September 15, 2020 · Community
Kann man diesen Weg auch mit dem Rad fahren (nicht Mountainbike)
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12.9 km
4:30 h
390 m
390 m
Highest point
630 m
Lowest point
360 m
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