You wouldn't expect to find a chestnut plantation here, but that's precisely why you should stop off in autumn at the Wine and Chestnut Farm Klug vulgo Pletteri. Especially in autumn, it is a special treat to enjoy freshly roasted chestnuts and a glass of Schilchersturm or apple juice.
You can also take a souvenir photo with the legendary Archduke Johann and his Anna Plochl along the way. He resided here in the area in Stainz Castle, which is well worth a visit.
But there is one thing that belongs to hiking like Schilcher to the region: a hearty snack. A beetle bean salad with Styrian pumpkin seed oil is particularly recommended. A real treat. You will have plenty of opportunity for this at the numerous Buschenschänken (wine taverns) that you will pass along the way. Enjoy yourself here in the heart of Western Styria.
Safety informationPleasant 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!
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 hintsTourism Association Schilcherland Styria
Tel +43 3462 7520
Getting therePlan your journey via Google Maps to the starting point of the tour: www.google.at/maps
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.
ParkingSchilcherland car park in St. Stefan ob Stainz
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EquipmentProper 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"!
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