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Culinary delights, culture and charm – hiking in Eastern Austria

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Culinary delights, culture and charm – hiking in Eastern Austria

Hiking Collection by Valerie

7-14

days

3-6 h

/ day

93.6 mi

9,550 ft

10,650 ft

450 miles (720 km) running from Lower Austria, through Burgenland to Styria, Nebelstein in the northern Waldviertel and on to Bad Radkersburg on the Slovenian border. Since its conception in 1979, the Ostösterreichische Grenzlandweg 07 (the Eastern Austria Borderland Trail) has guided hikers through three Austrian federal provinces, introducing them to the many faces of Eastern Austria. In this Collection, I take you on a lovely hike which focuses on the Styria region.

The Styrian part of the Eastern Austrian Borderland Trail begins in the town of Friedberg at the foot of Mount Wechsel. From here, you hike through eastern Styria, exploring the region’s thermal spas and the romantic border town of Bad Radkersburg which is famous for its healing thermal water.

Culture and culinary delights combine on this section of your hike. And, of course, the nature is stunning. You will roam through dreamlike vineyards and untouched nature reserves, all the while admiring spectacular panoramic views. Along the way, you can stop off at the Vorau Abbey in Joglland or learn more about Styrian history at the Riegersburg in Vulkanland. Foodies can hang out at the traditional "Buschenschänke"

Culture enthusiasts enjoy, among other things, the Vorau Abbey in Joglland or get a taste of Styrian history at the Riegersburg in Vulkanland. Gourmets can pursue their favourite pastime in the traditional "Buschenschänke" local taverns which are dotted along the route. Styria is also a great place to taste wines, for which the region is famous.

You don't need any special hiking knowledge to take on this hike. You will, however, need a certain amount of stamina. If you want to complete the route in seven stages, you have to master between 11 to 15.5 miles (18 to 25 km) every day. But, of course, you can always add overnight stops along the way. With the right shoes, lots of water and the information from this Collection, not much can go wrong. However, you should remember to reserve accommodation in the individual stage destinations in good time. I point out how exactly you can get to the starting and finishing points (Friedberg and Bad Radkersburg) in the respective stage descriptions.

So, let your adventure along the East Austrian Borderland Trail – or at least the Styrian version of it – commence!

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    Etappe 1: Von Friedberg nach Vorau – Ostösterreichischer Grenzlandweg 07

    Difficult
    06:02
    12.9 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,950 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The starting point of your upcoming crossing of Eastern Styria is in the manageable community of Friedberg at the foot of the Wechsel. I hope you've packed enough water and provisions. Because today you will go on a proud hiking route - almost 21 kilometers to be precise.

    

    Friedberg itself is wonderfully

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  • Difficult
    06:52
    14.1 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,225 ft
    3,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Well rested and motivated to get to know more sides of Eastern Styria, you set off for the second stage of the Eastern Austrian border route 07. You walk less than 23 kilometers from Vorau to the beautiful main square in Hartberg.

    

    Right at the start of the tour, you go up towards Masenberg in the heart

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  • Intermediate
    04:59
    11.3 mi
    2.3 mph
    850 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The third stage of your Grenzlandweg adventure takes you a good 18 kilometers from Hartberg to the spa town of Bad Waltersdorf.

    

    And so that it starts with a natural bang, you take variant 07A of the way for the first few meters. Because this leads you directly to the Natura 2000 Europe protected area

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  • Difficult
    06:03
    13.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    For a good 22 kilometers, stage 4 of the East Austrian border route 07 leads through beautiful towns and villages, past a unique natural monument and finally to your next stage destination, Söchau.

    

     Let's go to the busy heart of Bad Waltersdorf. From here you march south and Bad Blumau, which is known

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  • Difficult
    06:29
    14.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Well, ready for stage 5 of the Eastern Austrian border route 07? You have come a long way But one thing can be said: the highlights that Styria has to offer are far from over. This is also proven by today's kilometers.

    

    From the herbal village of Söchau, you first cycle through forests, across meadows

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  • Difficult
    05:15
    11.6 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    New day New luck. Yours is waiting for you today in the volcanic country. But that sounds more dangerous than it is. Stage 6 takes you over more than 18 kilometers through beautiful deciduous forests, past numerous vineyards and other highlights.

    

    As always, you begin your hike well slept today and full

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  • Difficult
    06:36
    15.5 mi
    2.3 mph
    625 ft
    1,100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Can you believe it Today you are already tackling the last stage of the Eastern Austrian border route 07. You have come a long way And there are another 25 kilometers on the program. But which you can master easily - a few nice highlights will help you.

    

    It starts in St. Anna am Aigen and towards the wine

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    93.6 mi
  • Duration
    42:17 h
  • Elevation
    9,550 ft10,650 ft

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