From apple blossom to the pumpkin harvest — the East Styrian circuit in 4 days
Oststeiermark Tourismus, Berhard Bergmann
From the apple blossom in spring until the pumpkin harvest in autumn, Eastern Styria welcomes you to its cycling season. On the four-day East Styria route, you cycle through the hilly landscape in the "Green Heart" of Austria. Magnificent cycle paths lead you up and down colorful meadows and fields, through forests, and along gushing rivers. However, East Styria offers more than just spectacular scenery, you can also try regional delicacies such as intense pumpkin seed oil, crisp apples, and excellent wine.
In this Collection, we introduce you to the route through the wine country in Eastern Styria. You will ride 150 kilometre (93 miles) in four stages. Some of the routes are a little bit hilly, but otherwise, the loop is the perfect option for both families and sporty cyclists alike. After a day in the saddle, you can relax in countless open-air pools, swimming lakes, and thermal baths, such as Bad Waltersdorf.
The routes also have an exciting range of culture, from museums to rare churches. Plus, the infrastructure is well-developed, with a train station never far away. This makes it easy to travel to and from the four stages, to complete them individually. Or, if you want to stay longer in the region, you’ll find a range of accommodation.
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The first stage through the Weinland Oststeiermark begins in Hartberg, where you can travel comfortably by train. Before you start, a tour of the historic old town is worthwhile.After you have left the city, you overcome the first hill and land in Sankt Johann, an idyllic village. It continues through the hilly country. The name says it all, because there is always going up and down between the winegrowing villages.In Kleinsteinbach you have mastered all vertical meters of today's stage and shortly afterwards you will reach a special highlight of the top class. In the thermal bath planned by Friedensreich Hundertwasser you can really let your soul dangle in the thermal water between the colorful buildings.It is not far to Fürstenfeld and you still have enough time to explore the city on your own. Interesting is the arrow castle museum, which tells the eventful history of the city. You should definitely not miss the end of the first stage with a glass of wine.
On small streets you drive along the Rittschein river. The vineyards rise to the left and right of you and form a wonderful landscape. In Markt Herrmannsdorf you can take a little coffee break and fortify yourself before you overcome a decent climb just behind Pöllau.After a rapid descent you come to the valley of the Raab and reach the town of Gleisdorf. The “smart city” is known for its diverse contemporary art and shows contemporary art and the history of the city in the MIR, the museum in the town hall.Styria is not only known for the excellent wine, but above all for the delicious pumpkin seed oil. In Wollsdorf the Kernothek awaits you, where you can learn everything about the “Black Gold of Styria”.After about 55 kilometers you have reached today's stage destination Sankt Ruprecht. Here you have earned a delicious ice cream or a cool down in the river bath.
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A particularly scenic tour awaits you today. It is quite short at 25 kilometers, so you have plenty of time to explore the surroundings and simply enjoy nature.You cycle past pretty apple orchards. Especially during the flowering season in spring, the trees turn into a sea of white flowers. Here and there you also have the opportunity to buy fresh fruit in a farm shop.The route is hilly and after the climbs you can look forward to fast descents. There is a special highlight in Puch near Weiz: the apple water park. The small bathroom is all about the theme of the most important local fruit.After you have reached the Feistritz, a wonderful bike path leads you through the Feistritzklamm. At the end of the cycle path you have already reached your destination in Stubenberg. There you can really relax again at or in Austria's warmest swimming lake.
You start the stage with a nice ride on the shore of Lake Stubenberg. After a small climb you have arrived at the Herberstein zoo. 800 animals from all continents welcome you in the extraordinarily beautiful area.Not far from the animal park you drive past the grounds of the Schielleiten Castle. The magnificent baroque palace houses the oldest and largest federal sports school in Austria. Through a beautiful hilly area you cycle past orchards and sunflower fields and again and again your way leads you through sleepy villages.In Sankt Stefan it is worth stopping by the church. It is over 500 years old and despite its simple face, the original Gothic elements can still be seen well.Not far, then the fourth day stage and thus the short round through the wine country in Eastern Styria is over and you have returned to your starting point in Hartberg. If you still have some time before your departure, a trip to Hartberger Gmoos is worthwhile. It is a highly protected wetland and a refuge for many animals and plants.