Blooming orchards and vineyards that blend beautifully into the varied landscape. Shady paths winding through pretty valleys and along enchanting natural rivers. Delicious culinary treasures from the gardens of Eastern Styria, waiting to be tasted in the countless restaurants, cafes and confectioners. Magnificent castles, exciting exhibitions and wonderful show gardens—this is biking in Eastern Styria.
Whether you ride a road bike, a mountain bike or an e-bike—whether you come for the pleasure or the thrill of the challenge—Eastern Styria is packed full of perfect rides for you. And with so many Highlights in the region, you're guaranteed to find something special; something that will coax you off the bike paths and into wilder territory. Many of these Highlights can also be visited completely free of charge using the GenussCard. From 1 March to 31 October, you will receive a complimentary GenussCard when you stay overnight, allowing you to take advantage of over 120 epic excursions—for free.
Around 110 kilometers of family fun await you between the origin of the Raab in the Almenland to Szentgotthard in Hungary.You want to discover museums and exhibitions as well as culinary destinations. Let yourself be pampered by the Raabtal bike restaurateurs and enjoy regional dishes. There are great shopping opportunities in the cities, which invite you to stroll and take a break. The river and family adventure pool in St. Ruprecht an der Raab provides for cooling and at the Steirerkraft Kernothek you can take a look behind the scenes at the production of the "green gold".The culinary establishments in Gleisdorf offer guided tours and tastings free of charge with the GenussCard - Genussvinothek & Kaffeerösterei Hütter and Laurenzi Bräu. The bike tour continues in the thermal region of Styria, where pleasant moments invite you to relax.
Discover the bike tour in two stages and take enough time to discover the destinations along the route.In the Joglland-Waldheimat region, the first thing you will come across is the forest home of the Styrian poet Peter Rosegger. The bike tour continues through the untouched Feistritzklamm and the colorful apple country. In the ApfelLand-Stubenbergsee everything revolves around the Styrian apple. Take a short break along the Styrian Apple Road and take a look behind the scenes on special tours. Numerous GenussCard accommodations are perfect for a stop in Stubenberg, especially the Stubenbergsee invites you to cool off.On the second day you start along corn and pumpkin fields in the Thermenland Styria region. Small towns invite you to stroll, colorful vineyards for a romantic picnic and pure relaxation are guaranteed by the thermal baths.
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The pleasure bike tour "From the Rome of Eastern Styria to the realm of the Hirschbirne" can be tackled from Hartberg or from the Pöllauer Tal Nature Park. The historic city of Hartberg is a place for swarmers, dreamers and connoisseurs.In addition to the atmospheric old town, the city center offers a shopper's paradise and lots of great destinations and producers such as: oekopark adventure with 3D cinema, UNESCO European protected area Hartberger Gmoos and the Posch mill. In any case, a view from the Ringwarte over the eastern Styrian hill country is worthwhile.The tour continues in the GenussRegion of the Pöllauer Hirschbirne. The deer pear is processed into a variety of delicacies, pressed, burned, overcooked or baked, such as Hirschbirn-Brand and Hirschbirn-Leberkäse.The Styrian St. Peter's Basilica awaits you in the Pöllauer Tal Nature Park. The mighty church is perfect as a photo opportunity. Especially recommended is a guided tour of the church, the castle and the market Pöllau.
This bike tour not only offers wonderful views far into the country but also interesting destinations along the tour and good rest stops. The innkeepers and mountain inns spoil you with genuine Styrian delicacies and first-class ALMO beef.Start directly at the Teichalmsee. The ox-tour is paved throughout and for less-trained bikers, the panoramic tour with an e-bike is perfect. E-bikes can be borrowed from the information office in Fladnitz an der Teichalm.
In the heart of the Joglland lies the healthy region of Vorau, which is especially known for the only active Augustinian monastery. The bike tour starts directly at the Vorau Abbey and offers an interesting guided tour through the monastery including the famous sacristy right at the beginning.The tour leads on asphalt roads, partly through beautiful forest areas and gravel roads. Along the way, it's worth making a short detour to "Chrizzly's Hut" for a game of miniature golf. Along the tour you will find wonderful panoramic points that invite you to rest. If you prefer a culinary break, the Kuchlbauer cider is just the ticket for you, and is fortified with cider, home-baked wood-fired bread and peasant, beef and trout specialties.
Karl-Heinz Sauseng, certified mountain bike guide, explores the homeland of the Celts on rustic paths and gives some insider tips as a local. Along the route there are many attractions to discover: Geierwand Kranzerl - from here you have a magnificent view of the Herberstein Gorge and the garden palace Herberstein. Another destination that you should not miss is Schielleiten Castle. It is the second largest baroque palace in Austria, serves as a cultural center and, above all, as a sports hotel.
Delight and culture lovers are exactly right on this route. Surrounded by vineyards is the historic Old Town Hartberg. Discover the most beautiful sides of Hartberg and gain insight into the history. If you've always wanted to know how flour is made, then you're in the right place at Posch Mühle in Hartberg.Next, the tour leads to Bad Waltersdorf through beautiful natural landscapes with great views. The Buschenschenke along the tour with real Styrian snack and delicious wines. A healthy rest is perfect in the 2-Thermenregion Bad Waltersdorf. The Heiltherme Bad Waltersdorf and action for the entire family promises pleasant moments with the H2O Erlebnistherme. Following the tour leads through the well-known spa town of Bad Blumau, continue to Fürstenfeld and Loipersdorf.
Discover Eastern Styria in 5 daily stages! 162 cycle kilometers lead in a beautiful loop from St. Ruprecht / Raab via Passail, St. Kathrein / Offenegg, Anger, Stubenberg, Hofkirchen, Pöllau, Bad Waltersdorf back to St. Ruprecht. Fortunately, there are 2,900 vertical meters to deal with, because it is, many calories, for example, in the Arzberger cheese stollen, the distillery Graf, the Almenland-beekeeping Kreiner, the Weizer sheep farmers, many apple and fruit farms and adventure farms aisst, again burn.In addition to the garden tours, cultural highlights include the St. Jakob im Walde area, the Styrian "St. Peter's Basilica" in Pöllau and the "House of the Apple". With the GenussCard you can also visit these for free.
From St. Ruprecht an der Raab you cycle to the solar town of Gleisdorf and back again. Along the round trip, the beetle bean fields are marked with their own plates. Maybe you are lucky and can see the harvest of beans live.Section by section you drive along the East Styrian Römerweinstraße and the Styrian Apple Road. These two themed roads are landscape companions on this tour and offer wonderful viewpoints over the East Styrian hill country. In Gleisdorf take enough time for a stroll through the city. Many small boutiques, cafes and restaurants invite you to recharge your batteries and culinary destinations provide a glimpse behind the scenes.