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On this tour we are accompanied by impressive castles and palaces, which invite you to visit or stop for a bite to eat. A few kilometers away from the Red Bull Ring we already find the ruins of Fohnsdorf Castle. From there we already have a view of our next destination the city tower Judenburg as well as the castle Liechtenstein, Frauenburg Unzmarkt. At the border to Carinthia we see the castle Dürnstein on the left side and continue to the castle town Friesach with its own castle building project. On our continuation we have the opportunity to visit the unique museum of dance of death. We continue to St. Lamprecht with the Benedictine monastery and beautiful monastery garden. Back we drive towards Teufenbach where we already see the castle of the same name, one of the oldest still inhabited castles in Styria. We drive to Oberwölz and look at the Rothenfels Castle, which has kept its original appearance until today. A few kilometers back we drive over the winding Lachtal with a view on the left side to the Gellsee to Oberzeiring. After the turnoff towards Pöls we see on the right side the Hochgericht vom Birkachwald near Unterzeiring, from which the gallows are still clearly visible today.
moderate
Distance 175.9 km
2:30 h
1,960 m
1,960 m
1,329 m
629 m
Only a few kilometers after our start we find the ruins of Fohnsdorf and we have a wonderful view of the entire Aichfeld and continue to the former trading town of Judenburg. There is the landmark of the city tower of the historic city. Today the tower houses the most modern planetarium in Europe and offers spectacular dome projections at a height of 50 m. Furthermore, we find Liechtenstein Castle directly in Judenburg. We continue to Unzmarkt where we find the Frauenburg on the other side of the Mur. It is curvy over the Neumarkter Sattel to Neumarkt, where we can drive up to Forchtenstein Castle directly in the village. At the border with Carinthia, Dürnstein Castle awaits us and we drive a few kilometers further to the castle town of Friesach with its 3 historic castles and our own castle building project. Near Friesach is the Totentanzmuseum, the only surviving frescoes of a monumental death dance from the 15th century in Austria. We drive to St. Lamprecht with its beautiful landscape and the Benedictine monastery and beautiful monastery garden. We head back towards Teufenbach where we can already see the Alt-Teufenbach castle of the same name, one of the oldest still inhabited castles in Styria. We turn off in Oberzeiring and make a short detour and stop at the entrance to Oberwölz and look at Rothenfels Castle, which has retained its original image to this day. A few kilometers back we drive over the winding Lachtal with a view on the left to the Gellsee to Oberzeiring. After the junction towards Pöls, we see the Hochgericht vom Birkachwald near Unterzeiring on the right, of which the gallows is still clearly visible today.

Author’s recommendation

Castle building project Friesach - here a castle is built by hand as it was in the old days - definitely worth a stop. Here we can experience how a castle is built without any tools. The process of building without the aid of modern equipment. Only through the traditional craftsmanship of those involved, supported by powerful Noriker horses, a castle complex with two towers, palas, curtain walls and chapel emerges in a construction period of around 40 years.
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Fritz Pichler
Update: July 27, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
Perchauer Sattel, 1,329 m
Lowest point
629 m
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Track types

Asphalt 3.21%Dirt road 0.09%Path 0.03%Road 96.48%Unknown 0.16%
Asphalt
5.7 km
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0.2 km
Path
0.1 km
Road
169.7 km
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0.3 km
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Safety information

 Large parts of the tour run on side roads and low-traffic roads. Please adapt your speed to the road conditions.

Tips and hints

You can also find more information under 

https://rothenfels.at/

http://www.burgen-austria.com/archive.php?id=1329

Start

Red Bull Ring, Spielberg (675 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.219227, 14.765225
DMS
47°13'09.2"N 14°45'54.8"E
UTM
33T 482224 5229553
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Destination

Red Bull Ring, Spielberg

Turn-by-turn directions

Spielberg - Fohnsdorf – Oberkurzheim – Oberzeiring – Lachtal – Niederwölz – Teufenbach – St. Lambrecht – Metnitz – Friesach – Dürnstein – Neumarkt – Perchauer Sattel – Scheifling – St. Georgen ob Judenburg – Judenburg - Spielberg

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The starting point can be reached by train from Knittelfeld and Judenburg and by bus.

Getting there

Coming from the west:

 

Take the Spielberg exit and follow the signs to Red Bull Ring.

Coming from the east:

 

Kreuz St. Michael follow the S36 in the direction of Kärnten.

Take the Spielberg exit and follow the signs to Red Bull Ring.

Parking

Parking is free of charge in the parking lot in front of the Red Bull Ring. During major events, separate parking facilities are provided for motorcycles arriving at the event.

Coordinates

DD
47.219227, 14.765225
DMS
47°13'09.2"N 14°45'54.8"E
UTM
33T 482224 5229553
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Im Tourenheft der Region Spielberg findet ihr zahlreiche weitere Touren mit Ausflugtips unter www.region-spielberg.at

Author’s map recommendations

You can find the download map at www.die-classic-planner.com

Equipment

Please adapt your equipment to the tour and weather conditions. We wish you a safe trip.

Questions and answers

Question from Sarper Toparlak · May 28, 2022 · Community
Hallo Fritz Pichler, ich wollte fragen ob diese Website noch Aktuell ist und ich mich über diese einige Motorradtouren anschließen kann? Danke!
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
175.9 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
1,960 m
Descent
1,960 m
Highest point
1,329 m
Lowest point
629 m
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