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The Styrian Wine Country Cycle Trail – exploring Austria’s wine culture

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The Styrian Wine Country Cycle Trail – exploring Austria’s wine culture

Bike Touring Collection by Tobias

18

Tours

38:39 h

363 mi

20,575 ft

In ancient Rome, people used to say: “baths, wine, and love corrupt our bodies, but real life can only come from baths, wine, and love.” Adding two wheels into the mix creates the perfect combination of keeping fit and indulging. Can you imagine anything better than relaxing amongst beautiful vineyards enjoying delicious wine and relaxing your tired legs in thermal waters after a cycle tour? Probably not.

The Styrian Wine Country Cycle Trail follows this Roman motto as it takes you through wonderful vineyards and orchards in the heart of Austria and along the Styrian Thermal Cycle Path (Thermenradweg). On the way, you can try the region’s world-famous pumpkin seed oil which is known as “green gold.” There are also many traditional villages and the historical Styrian capital of Graz to discover to round off your cycling experience.

I have divided this adventure, which is just over 273 miles (440 km) long, into 14 easy stages. Depending on your fitness level, you can of course combine the stages together. Leibnitz in the south of Styria is a good place to start as you can cycle directly into the vineyards from there. Graz is also a convenient start point with good transport links. But, as the route is a circular, you can start at any point.

From Leibnitz, the route heads through Southern Styria to Deutschlandsberg, a small town in the Schilcherland region of Western Stryia. From there, the path continues on to Graz, Gleisdorf, and Hartberg, where you explore the thermal and volcanic landscapes of Sytria following the Thermal Cycle Path south. Next, you cycle along the Slovenian border, through the Fürstenfeld region and onto Bad Radkersburg, a spa town known for its thermal spring. Finally, you cycle along the flat banks of the River Mur back to your start point in Liebnitz.

Overnight accommodation is available at almost every stage destination. If the endpoint is a little off the beaten track, I’ve given more details in the Tour description. The many wine taverns known as Buschenschanken serve home-made wine, culinary delicacies, and delicious meals en route.

You can enjoy everything Styria has to offer to the fullest with the GenussCard. This card gives you free admission to a variety of attractions, as well as other benefits like free e-bike hire.

E-biking is a great way to explore the region. The terrain through the vineyards can be challenging in places, but an e-bike gives your legs a break. No matter which bike you choose, cycling is a great way to work up your appetite and thirst before indulging.

In addition to the official Styrian Wine Country Cycle Trail, I have included two more route variations at the end of the Collection. You can use these additional stages to complement or redesign your route through Styria. I hope you have a great time on your bike trip through this spectacular region, complete with lots of baths, wine, and love!

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Weinland Steiermark Radtour

250 mi

12,475 ft

12,475 ft

Last updated: December 17, 2021

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  • Difficult
    01:49
    16.6 mi
    9.2 mph
    800 ft
    675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Your gourmet tour through Styria begins in Leibnitz, about 30 kilometers south of Graz. Leibnitz offers itself as a good entry point for the tour, because on the one hand it is very easy to reach by public transport (for example via Graz), and on the other hand you are already in the heart of southern

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  • Intermediate
    02:07
    20.0 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    By the way, southern Styria not only stands for good wine, the world-famous Styrian pumpkin seed oil - also known as “green gold” - is produced here. But before you pack your bike bags with dozens of bottles of pumpkin seed oil for your home - don't worry: at the end of your trip, you will drive through

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  • Intermediate
    02:23
    23.5 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your path leads you today through the Schilcherland, the birthplace of the rose wine of the same name. You leave Deutschlandsberg and drive in a kind of zigzag course via Frauental an der Lassnitz to Bad Gams to Stainz, where you follow the Stainzbach downstream to Mettersdorf before continuing north

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  • Difficult
    02:45
    24.4 mi
    8.9 mph
    2,125 ft
    1,925 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today's stage takes you from Lannach via Lieboch along West Styria to the north to Stiwoll and further east to the surrounding area of Graz to Gratwein-Straßengel. Most of the route you follow the Liebochbach until you turn left at Hitzendorf for the first time out of its valley for a short detour to

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  • Intermediate
    01:24
    11.2 mi
    8.0 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    I deliberately kept today's stage a little shorter, so that after your arrival in Graz you still have enough time to explore the city. So that you don't get bored on the way, I have built a small high-altitude excursion to the Gösting castle ruins, from which you have an excellent view of the Graz basin

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  • Intermediate
    02:23
    23.7 mi
    10.0 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Graz you follow the Mur downstream for about seven kilometers, then turn left in the outskirts of Graz onto the Mostwärts cycle path and follow the Raababach river up to shortly after Pachern, where the cycle path branches off into the hilly country.

    

    The stage, which has been quite gentle up to now

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  • Intermediate
    01:40
    15.0 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,025 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The good news today: The highway is finally saying goodbye to the east, while the bike path is heading north. The bad news - there is no such thing. The route gently climbs from Gleisdorf der Raab to Sankt Ruprecht an der Raab. The path branches off from the large river valley and follows the Weizbach

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  • Difficult
    02:34
    24.1 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This stage could go quite well as the epitome of what is generally understood as "consistently hilly": no mountains, but a steady up and down over almost 40 kilometers. In total, there will be around 500 vertical meters. So plan enough time for today's route. In view of the great landscape, it will also

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  • Intermediate
    01:44
    16.2 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second part of the Styrian cycle of pleasure cycle begins today - today you turn to the Styrian thermal cycle path. That means: pure relaxation, no matter how exhausting the bike day was and the best conditions for a small thermal marathon. However, there are so many thermal baths along the way that

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  • Difficult
    02:10
    22.0 mi
    10.2 mph
    650 ft
    775 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Stage number 10 lives up to the thermal cycle path and runs completely relaxed in the river valley. There are almost no climbs on the way. If you feel like it, you can take a short detour up to the millennial oak just behind Bad Blumau and enjoy the view of the Safental. If you prefer to stay on the

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  • Intermediate
    01:44
    16.0 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,000 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today's stage takes you from Bad Loipersdorf over a short, neat ascent to the Loipersdorf thermal resort and then down to the Edelsbach valley on a plateau lined with vineyards and orchards. A medium-sized hill still has to be overcome and you have reached the Grazbach, which accompanies you on gently

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  • Intermediate
    01:59
    18.9 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The route takes you today from Fehring back to Schiefer, where you turn back onto the Thermenradweg, which continues south here. For a bit you follow the Kroppibach on the edge of the Kroppiwald slowly uphill until you reach a subtly hilly high plateau on which you drive the next seven kilometers.

    

    There

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  • Intermediate
    02:25
    22.8 mi
    9.4 mph
    350 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    As of today, the elevation profile doesn't show much more than a horizontal line until the end of your tour. So look forward to a cozy end to the Weinland Steiermark bike tour.

    

    From Gruisla you follow the thermal cycle path further south until you reach Bad Radkersburg on the Slovenian-Austrian border

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  • Easy
    01:56
    19.6 mi
    10.2 mph
    300 ft
    175 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It continues gently upstream along the Mur. You are floating towards your goal. After Mureck you leave the floodplain forests and drive past Lichendorf to near Straß in Steiermark.

    

    There you can take a short break against the immense thirst for cyclists after half a route in one of the most cozy beer

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  • Intermediate
    01:56
    18.0 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,200 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This variant leads you through the Southern Styria nature park, which is blessed with an almost Mediterranean climate, past beautiful vineyards and bush taverns, which sometimes tempt you to sit for a longer time. Variant 1a replaces stages 1 and 2 together with variant 1b, but can also be used as a

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  • Difficult
    02:47
    25.3 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It continues from southern Styria to the foothills of the Schilcherland near Schwanberg. Shortly after Leutschach you turn again into the vineyards, which this time have to be climbed about 220 meters before a refreshing descent to Arnfels awaits you after the passage of the Salzkogel.

    

    You now follow

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  • Difficult
    01:47
    13.8 mi
    7.8 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This quite sporty variant leads you across the Schilcherland and into the home of the traditional Lipizzaner horse breed. About half of the third stage, you branch off shortly before Stainz to the northwest towards Neurath and follow the Stainzbach until you turn a little way before Marhof into the vineyards

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  • Intermediate
    03:08
    32.1 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today's stage has a lot to do: 52 kilometers in total have to be cycled. Fortunately, most of the route takes you downhill. The first 20 kilometers, however, go one more time into the vineyards. So the stage remains challenging, but if you are a horse lover, it will also lead you to the breeding stud

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    18
  • Distance
    363 mi
  • Duration
    38:39 h
  • Elevation
    20,575 ft

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