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Riegersburgweg Breitenfeld

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On the Riegersburgweg-Breitenfeld you can reach Riegersburg Castle on foot over the rolling hills and fairytale forests (with a ghost chapel).
Distance 9.7 km
3:00 h
382 m
382 m
391 m
281 m
The church of the Savior of the World, also called "Salvator-Mundi", built in the 17th century as a plague pilgrimage church, rises majestically in the small village of Breitenfeld on the Rittschein. The stately size and the rich and ornate decoration of the interior indicate the once great importance of the pilgrimage church. In the beginning, it was the horrors of the plague that brought many pilgrims here; today, people are invited to call upon the Savior of the World for help in the manifold needs of our time and to let themselves be touched by the baroque beauty of the church.

After leaving the village of Breitenfeld, you approach Riegersburg Castle by the shortest route. Over gentle hills, fairy-tale forest paths (in the middle of which is the so-called "Ghost Chapel"), after just under 5 km you arrive in the historic village of Riegersburg with its castle, which is over 850 years old. On the route are also culinary highlights and down-to-earth Buschenschänken.

Author’s recommendation

Take a break at the viewpoints on the hills towards Riegersburg and enjoy the beauty of Thermen- & Vulkanland Steiermark!
Highest point
391 m
Lowest point
281 m
Best time of year

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Rest stops

Breitenfelderhof zur Riegersburg
Burg Riegersburg

Safety information

  • Emergency call mountain rescue: 140
  • Emergency call fire department: 122
  • Emergency call police: 133
  • Emergency call rescue: 144
  • Euro emergency call: 112

Tips and hints

Tourismusverband Thermen- & Vulkanland

Gästeinfo Riegersburg

Riegersburg 87, 8333 Riegersburg

Tel.: +43 3382 55 100-33


church Breitenfeld (281 m)
47.029358, 15.956158
47°01'45.7"N 15°57'22.2"E
33T 572652 5208870


church Breitenfeld

Turn-by-turn directions

From the pilgrimage and parish church Breitenfeld, in front of which also a modern Way of the Cross by Roswitha Dautermann as well as the Salvator Mundi circular route begins, we walk along the road in the direction of Riegersburg, but turn left immediately after the yellow hall (Bauer - ISTOBAL) and come in the next bend on an ascending forest path. Passing a sand pit, we get back on the road, go ahead to the crossroads and there turn half-right. From here, the East Austrian Long Distance Trail 07 also runs parallel to the road to Riegersburg. At the next intersection between isolated houses, we turn left and then immediately right again. Here the proud Riegersburg Castle appears in front of us for a short time, before it goes downhill between farms and meadows and finally on a hollow way to Oberlembach. Turn right and follow the local road in the valley for a short while until you reach the chapel, where you turn left in the direction of the ice rink. Immediately after the ice plant turn right and after about a hundred meters then right at the edge of the forest on a forest road up the mountain to the crossroads directly at the "Ghost Chapel", around which numerous legends entwine. Especially the devil is said to be a frequent guest here! Continuing through a beautiful forest, we soon reach Wippels Hofbergstubn. In the past we turned left, but now we also follow the 7er-Weitwanderweg directly to Riegersburg, until we pass the "Lasslhof" and reach the information and tourist office Riegersburg. The trail is not a circular route, but you walk it on the same route back to the starting point in Breitenfeld.

Public transport


Timetables and travel information can be found directly at: Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), Steiermärkische Landesbahnen (STLB),

With the BusBahnBim app from Verbundlinie, timetable information has never been easier: all bus, train and streetcar connections in Austria can be queried by entering locations 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.

By road

You can arrive by public transport. It is also possible to arrive by car via the A2 Südautobahn. Freeway exit: Ilz/Fürstenfeld

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


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47.029358, 15.956158
47°01'45.7"N 15°57'22.2"E
33T 572652 5208870
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Kompass Wanderführer "Steirisches Vulkanland - Auf den Spuren der Vulkane"

Beschreibungen, Routenkarten und Höhenprofilen ISBN 978-3-85026-096-1

Author’s map recommendations

Vulkanland-Wanderkarte "Mensch & Natur" 1:500.000 Steirisches Vulkanland Tel. +43 (0)3152/8575-710

Karte freytag & berndt WK 423 Steirisches Thermenland - Südliches Burgenland - Steirisches Vulkanland


Smart backpack packing makes hiking life easier: Always question the equipment - what do I really need? Pay attention to a balanced load distribution. Carry heavy items as close to your body as possible. Put things that are needed often - such as sunglasses, camera or hiking map - in the top lid compartment. Take enough liquids with you and stow them in a side pocket so that they are within easy reach. Don't forget cash!    
  • An emergency kit belongs in every backpack!       
    First aid kit, cell phone with fully charged battery, hiking map or GPS device for orientation, small pocket knife. 
  • Protection against heat and cold - a clothing according to the "onion system" is always recommended!       
    Cap, sunscreen & sunglasses, thin hat & gloves, change of clothes, rain jacket.   
  • A good hiking boot is a perfect companion and should never be missing!       
    Don't forget blister plasters just in case!   
  • If necessary, hiking poles are recommended!

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9.7 km
3:00 h
382 m
382 m
Highest point
391 m
Lowest point
281 m
Public-transport-friendly Out and back Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Insider tip


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