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  • Snack with Schilcher wine
    Snack with Schilcher wine
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Culinary connoisseurs as well as nature lovers will get their money's worth on this hike. You will be rewarded with a wonderful view all the way to the Demmerkogel and the Schöckl.
Open
moderate
Distance 10.8 km
3:45 h
331 m
331 m
640 m
367 m
What could be better than letting your soul dangle in nature on an extended hike? On the Buschenschank Experience Trail you can enjoy both the magnificent landscape of Western Styria and the hearty delicacies from this unique region.

Whether at the resting place at Kastanienhof Klug or at the top of the Kraxner Chapel with its magnificent view, the region around St. Stefan ob Stainz is characterised by its original beauty. Arrive in the heart of the Schilcherland and let yourself be spoilt by the delicacies of the region in one of the numerous wine taverns.

When you stroll along the romantic vineyards or walk barefoot through the forest, you will feel that you have arrived in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt regions of Styria.

Enjoy the panorama of Western Styria. With a glass of Schilcher in your hand, it's especially good.

Author’s recommendation

Kraxner Chapel: The impressive Kraxner Chapel stands at the edge of the forest and is furnished with beautiful figures. A cosy place to linger in the shade.
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Update: May 04, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Kraxner Kapelle, 640 m
Lowest point
St. Stefan, 367 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 33.23%Dirt road 5.16%Forested/wild trail 18.84%Path 21.06%Road 14.38%Unknown 7.31%
Asphalt
3.6 km
Dirt road
0.6 km
Forested/wild trail
2 km
Path
2.3 km
Road
1.6 km
Unknown
0.8 km
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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

office@schilcherland.at  

www.schilcherland.at  

Start

Schilcherland car park St. Stefan/Stainz (388 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.930317, 15.257502
DMS
46°55'49.1"N 15°15'27.0"E
UTM
33T 519602 5197452
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Destination

Schilcherland car park St. Stefan/Stainz

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Schilcherland car park, you start off relaxed on a hike in the heart of the Schilcher region. Full of verve, you walk through the village of St. Stefan ob Stainz to the municipal office, where you follow the Greisdorf S 10 marking. You walk through a settlement until the path leads you down to the Lemsitzbach stream. With the pleasant murmur of the stream in your ears, you walk over a forest crest until you reach the Steinbach stream. Take the opportunity to cool your legs and calves in the cool water. This will give you strength for the rest of the route.

You will pass a mill ruin from times long past. And while you are dreaming of the industrious miller by the rushing stream, you don't even notice that you are now heading up a steep section of path into the forest. The rustling of the leaves and the rays of sunlight shining through the dense foliage create an almost mystical atmosphere.

Along with Schilcher and Kernöl, the sweet chestnut is an inseparable part of autumn in Styria. The next stop is a sweet chestnut farm. Amidst the chestnut trees you come to the resting place at Kastanienhof Klug. Here, tables and benches are ready to rest a little. Wine and juices can be taken and enjoyed for a small donation. Don't forget to get a snack in St. Stefan to enjoy here.

To the left ahead is the Hochgrail. There are also beautiful views of the neighbouring vineyards of Grubberg and Neuberg.

After this energising refreshment, continue to the right. At first you are on a paved road, but soon you are on a steadily ascending forest path and you then reach the centre of Greisdorf at the crossroads on the main road.

From here on you know how the hike got its name. Numerous taverns await you to spoil you with hearty snack creations and the wine specialities of the region. Take the time to enjoy.

Full of energy, continue hiking northwards along the pavement of the Landesstraße, pass the Buschenschank Achatz and soon come to the road to Langegg. In the fork of the road, benches invite you to linger and you should take the time to study the information boards and signposts. If you want to go straight to the Buschenschank hotspot of Langegg, take the road to the right. You should not miss the beautiful view from the Kraxner Chapel. Therefore, keep to the signpost S10/11G. After a few metres on the country road, turn right up to the chapel. The impressive Kraxner Chapel, built in 1860, stands at the edge of the forest and is decorated with beautiful figures. A cosy place to linger in the shade. Here, at the highest point of the tour at 646 metres above sea level, you can enjoy the panorama high above the roofs and vineyards of Langegg in the shade of old forest trees and your view extends from the Schöckl to the Demmerkogel. If you have the opportunity to take binoculars with you on the tour, you will appreciate them here.

After you can tear yourself away from the breathtaking view, continue downhill along the trail marked S10 until you reach the hiking trail junction above the Friedrich winery. The S10 hiking trail turns left and leads along the cooling Lemsitzbach stream along a shady forest path to St. Stefan; the trail leads up to the Langegger Buschenschänken taverns on the right.

From now on, keep to the Schilcher-coloured signposts Genussschilchern. From here on, the name of the tour says it all, as the path leads through beautiful vineyards that invite you to dream and linger. Lie down on the grass for a moment and enjoy the energy of the old vines and soak up this magical moment.

After this rest, you will soon come to the Genussschilchernweg junction, where you turn left. Here the course of the hiking trail becomes pleasant again. It leads you leisurely through the hamlet of Edla and very briefly touches the Lestein-Gemeindestraße. Turn right here and after a few hundred metres turn left to the Buschenschank Weingut Trapl. One last opportunity for a glass of refreshing Schilcher before following the Genuss-Schilchern trail sign down to the Lemsitzbach stream, where you meet up with the familiar S10 trail again. You will soon reach St. Stefan again.

After this wonderful tour, it would not be surprising if you decide to spend a night here in this enchanting region, perhaps to tackle the big loop around St. Stefan the next day. There is still plenty to discover in this area.

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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: 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, here turn left 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.

Parking

At the Schilcherland car park opposite the St. Stefan school centre. 

Coordinates

DD
46.930317, 15.257502
DMS
46°55'49.1"N 15°15'27.0"E
UTM
33T 519602 5197452
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

ONLINE TOURS APP

All hiking tours can be found online at www.schilcherland.at/bewegung 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 www.schilcherland.at

Equipment

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"!

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Status
Open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.8 km
Duration
3:45 h
Ascent
331 m
Descent
331 m
Highest point
640 m
Lowest point
367 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available

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