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Apfelland & Almenland Tour

Road Cycling · Sankt Ruprecht an der Raab
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  • View of the Teichalmsee Almenland (c) Franz Berghofer
    View of the Teichalmsee Almenland (c) Franz Berghofer
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Magnificent mountain tour through the largest apple-growing area in Austria and the largest low mountain pasture area in Europe.

difficult
Distance 98.3 km
6:30 h
1,806 m
1,806 m
1,435 m
370 m

Beautiful circular tour starting from St. Ruprecht an der Raab, which first takes us through the apple orchards and vineyards of Eastern Styria. After about 20 km, the ascent to the alpine pastures of the Almenland Nature Park starts. On the ride across the highest low mountain pasture area in Europe, we are really challenged, but rewarded by magnificent panoramic views. Finally, a fast and long descent back to the Raab Valley awaits us.

Author’s recommendation

Drive over the largest low mountain pasture area in Europe with impressive views and numerous culinary stops along the tour.

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Nina Ressel
Update: August 01, 2022
Difficulty
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Landscape
Highest point
1,435 m
Lowest point
370 m
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Rest stops

Almenland-Stollenkäse
Freibad Fladnitz
Flußbad und Familien-Erlebnisbad St. Ruprecht an der Raab
Obsthof Pieber GenussCard Partner
Pfarr- und Wallfahrtskirche Heilbrunn
Friedensgrotte in St. Ruprecht an der Raab
Unterberger, Gasthof "Zum Jagawirt"
"Der Luis"
Stoakoglhütte
Der Thaller - WIRTSHAUS - RESTAURANT - HOTEL

Safety information

Please pay attention to certain rules of conduct when riding a racing bike:

  • Riding responsibly at a controlled speed and at half speed, especially on bends, creates safety, as obstacles such as stones, branches, path damage are possible at any time.
  • Hikers and pedestrians please have priority and overtaking should be done considerately at walking pace.
  • Good tour planning also takes into account the difficulty of the route and your own ability.

Emergency numbers:

  • Fire brigade: 122
  • Police: 133
  • Rescue: 144
  • Euro emergency number: 112

Tips and hints

Eastern Styria Tourist Board | Office St. Ruprecht an der Raab
Lower Main Street 181
8181 St. Ruprecht an der Raab
Tel. +43 664 2353414
ruprecht@oststeiermark.com
Website

Further information on the subject of racing bikes can be found here.

More than 120 excursion destinations and enjoyment stations free of charge with the GenussCard.

Start

St. Ruprecht an der Raab - Main Square (380 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.153429, 15.662506
DMS
47°09'12.3"N 15°39'45.0"E
UTM
33T 550222 5222427
w3w 
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Destination

St. Ruprecht an der Raab - Main Square

Turn-by-turn directions

  • Starting from St. Ruprecht an der Raab, we cycle north via Arndorf to the district of Neudorf. At a fork, keep to the right and after 400 m turn right again.
  • The rest of the route takes us through the Mühlwald forest to Etzersdorf. There we turn left and then right again in the direction of Puch bei Weiz.
  • After about 1.5 km in Lingstätten, we turn left and cycle via Ilzberg and Feistritz bei Anger to Anger, one of the main villages in the Feistritztal valley.
  • After this section through the largest apple-growing area in Austria, the next section takes us into the Almenland Nature Park. Leaving Anger in a northerly direction, we turn left after about 2 km into the Naintschgraben.
  • From here on, the trail climbs steadily, the last stretch in some serpentines, up to the Brandluckn in the east of the Almenland.
  • The next few kilometres are certainly among the most beautiful racing bike routes in Austria: to the south and east, the panoramic view extends into eastern Styria all the way to Hungary; in front of us, the Grazer Bergland opens up, and to the north, the Hochschwab massif.
  • Via the Sommeralm, at 1,435 m above sea level the highest point of our tour, we head to the Teichalm, where we follow the Teichalm road southwards. Tip: at the Angerwirt we can also turn right to make a short detour to the Teichalmsee.
  • Now follows a rapid descent to Fladnitz an der Teichalm. The trail continues straight on towards Arzberg, famous for its Arzberger Stollen cheese, which has won several awards worldwide.
  • South of the small town we continue biking along the winding road and Stenzengreith to the spa town of St. Radegund near Graz. If you are in the mood, you can take the cable car from here to visit Graz's local mountain, the Schöckl, with its 360-degree panoramic view.
  • Heading south-east via the small settlement of Rabnitz near Kumberg, we now reach the B72, which we cross to reach Eggersdorf near Graz.
  • We follow the Stuhldorferstraße to the junction with the Eggersdorfer Landesstraße, keep to the right here, and after a few metres turn sharp left.
  • After a few metres, we also turn right to return to St. Ruprecht an der Raab via the Brodingberg and the district of Winterdorf.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

St. Ruprecht an der Raab is easily accessible by train and has its own railway station. To Graz main station - direction Gleisdorf - change - S-Bahn to Weiz. By bike you reach the centre in 2 min: Go straight ahead through the avenue (Bahnhofstraße) until you reach the crossroads. Turn right there and follow Hauptstraße towards Hauptplatz.

Timetables and travel information can be found directly at:

Getting there

The market town of St.Ruprecht an der Raab is located in Eastern Styria and is very easy to reach via the A2 motorway from Vienna (approx. 2 hours) and Graz (approx. 30 min.).          

Arrival from Vienna and from Graz: On the A2 from Vienna and from Graz, take motorway exit 161 / Gleisdorf West in the direction of B54/B64. Follow the B65 / Gleisdorf federal road until you reach the B54 / Wechselbundesstraße. At the roundabout take the second exit to the B64 / Rechberg-Bundesstraße. After about 6 km turn left to St. Ruprecht an der Raab.

Open map here.

Parking

There are several parking spaces available on the main square in St. Ruprecht an der Raab. Alternatively, about 150 m away, past the Hotel Locker & Légere and the Marktheurigen Strobl, there are numerous parking spaces at the large park in the middle of St. Ruprecht an der Raab.

Coordinates

DD
47.153429, 15.662506
DMS
47°09'12.3"N 15°39'45.0"E
UTM
33T 550222 5222427
w3w 
///discouraged.wallows.studio
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

A helmet and a technically perfect road bike will make your tour a pleasure.


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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
98.3 km
Duration
6:30 h
Ascent
1,806 m
Descent
1,806 m
Highest point
1,435 m
Lowest point
370 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Botanical highlights Flora and fauna Insider tip

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