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Circular hiking trail Ringwarte

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  • Ringwarte in herbstlicher Sonne (c)Bernhard Bergmann
    Ringwarte in herbstlicher Sonne (c)Bernhard Bergmann
    Photo: Nicole Friesenbichler, TV Oststeiermark | Hartbergerland
m 1000 900 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 km PUSSWALD Restaurant & Vinothek PUSSWALD Restaurant & Vinothek Stadtpfarrkirche St. Martin Stadtpfarrkirche St. Martin Bahnhof Hartberg Bahnhof Hartberg

Nature's wanderings. Once like Peter Rosegger

From the city of Hartberg via the Brühlweg to the Warte and after a delicious Buschenschank snack back to the city - simply wonderful! A hike for the mind in Eastern Styria.

Distance 7.4 km
2:30 h
450 m
450 m
789 m
359 m

The district capital of Hartberg is a wonderful starting point for hikes in Eastern Styria, as you can harmoniously combine the historic town with the scenic attractiveness of the surrounding countryside. The destination of this hiking tip is the Ringkogel, Hartberg's local mountain, with the Ringwarte, built in 1906, which is considered the town's landmark. The lookout tower towers over the dense forest areas in the summit area and offers a sensational panoramic view. With the descent via the Buschenschank Postl you experience a double pleasure, as you can combine the regional delicacies with the beautiful view of Hartberg. Before or after the hike, you should plan time to look at the city center: the historic buildings, the castle park and the "floating pictures" in the city pond. According to the tourist motto: City.Country.Garden -Dip into the nature of the city of Hartberg.


Author’s recommendation

Book tip: This hike is one of 50 tours in the new Rother hiking guide East Styria, which will be available in bookstores from July 2021.

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Weges OG
Update: October 31, 2022
Highest point
Ringwarte, 789 m
Lowest point
Hartberg, 359 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 2.83%Forested/wild trail 40.60%Path 47.09%Road 9.46%
0.2 km
Forested/wild trail
3 km
3.5 km
0.7 km
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Rest stops

Ringwarte. Wahrzeichen von Hartberg
POSTL Weinhof Buschenschank

Safety information

A few tips for correct and fair behavior in the forest: (Source: www.bundesforste.at - 9/2020)

Hikers should avoid visits to the forest about 1.5 hours before sunrise and after sunset, as wild animals are particularly active during this time.Plastic bottles, handkerchiefs, cigarette butts & Co have no place in the forest! Please make sure that you do not leave any trash in the forest.Camping and making fire - is strictly forbidden in the forest!In principle, each person is allowed to collect 2 kg of mushrooms and berries per day in the forest for personal use. It is only forbidden if the forest owner expressly forbids it.Alpine emergency call:

Mountain rescue emergency number: 140

EU emergency number: 112

Weather service: www.zamg.ac.at

Direct link mountain weather Styria: www.zamg.ac.at/cms/de/wetter/produkte-und-services/bergwetter/steiermark



Tips and hints

Tourist Office Eastern Styria

Hartberg office

Alleegasse 6

8230 Hartberg

+43 3332 603300



Hartberg main square (358 m)
47.281121, 15.969082
47°16'52.0"N 15°58'08.7"E
33T 573287 5236860
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Hartberg main square

Turn-by-turn directions


Peter Rosegger already raved about the hike up to the Ringkogel. However, he was not yet allowed to enjoy the view from the Ringwarte. The lookout post was not built until 1906. Peter Rosegger, however, already appreciated the journey by train. This was opened in 1891, three days later he arrived. In his essay "The new cosmopolitan city of Hartberg" he raved in the highest tones about the "little country town" that was opening up to modern times. The first municipal swimming pool and a bathing establishment already existed near the town pond, furnished in a contemporary manner as a warm bath with showers above the tubs.



From the main square in Hartberg (1), 359 m, we walk along Preßlgasse to the crossroads. Here we see the signposts with the inscription "Ringwarte" and we go to the left. After about 500 meters we go right uphill parallel to the road to the Brühle entrance (2), 431 m. From now on we go uphill a bit steeper along the Brühlbach, always following the hiking trail 746. After the forest section we come to meadow areas and cross roads to continue on the well-marked paths, enjoying the view of Hartberg again and again. A beautiful section leads us along the artificially created watercourse, until we then reach the parking lot Spielstätte-Ring (3), 692 m, via a forest road. Various information boards can be seen along the gravel road, which leads in serpentines uphill to the Ringkogel (4), 789 m, and to the lookout point. The entrance to the return path is marked by signposts "Hartberg Zentrum". Through the forest downhill leads a clearly recognizable, much used path. Arrived at an asphalt road, we keep to the right and follow it to the bus stop Ring/GH Schreiner, where we hike left on a gravel road across meadows and farmland comfortably downhill. Having arrived again at an asphalt road, we now turn left and after a few meters we reach the Buschenschank Postl (5), 512m. At the parking lot you can see the entrance to the hiking trail, which now leads directly down through the vineyards and is clearly recognizable by the red-white-red markings. Continue on paths along meadow and forest areas until we finally reach an asphalt road again and now follow the signs towards the main square.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


By train to Hartberg, by bus further to the center www.verbundlinie.at

With the BusBahnBim app of Verbundlinie, timetable information has never been easier: all connections by bus, train and streetcar in Austria can be queried by entering locations and/or addresses, stops or important points. The app is available as a free app for smartphones (Android, iOS) - on Google Play and in the App Store.

Getting there

Accessible via the A2 Südautobahn, Hartberg exit. In Hartberg follow the signs to the city center.

Detailed information on how to get here can be found here .


Schramm parking lot

Parking deck, Alleegasse 6


47.281121, 15.969082
47°16'52.0"N 15°58'08.7"E
33T 573287 5236860
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Rother Hiking Guide Eastern Styria; Tour No.: 28

The Rother hiking guide "From glacier to wine" - long-distance hiking in Styria can be purchased at the tourist office, 8230 Alleegasse 6, or ordered online at ROTHER WANDERFÜHRER.

Author’s map recommendations

Freytag & Berndt: WK 422 Wechsel - Bucklige Welt - Bernstein. Hiking, cycling, leisure map; 1:50000

Hiking & leisure map for the Hartberg region available at the tourist office Hartberg , Alleegasse 6 or order conveniently from home. Order brochures here


  • Backpack with rain cover
  • Telescopic
  • hiking polesMountain
  • hiking bootsHeadgear
  • sunglasses
  • Outerwear: Onion layer system, T-shirt, sweater, jacket with hood
  • Hiking pants
  • Seat pad
  • Drinking bottle / thermos flask (on cooler days a warming drink is pleasant)
  • Snack or snack
  • First aid kit with blister plaster and tick tongs

Other important equipment

  • Route description
  • Detailed plan of the hike
  • Hiking map: For overview a map in scale 1 : 50 000 of the respective region
  • Cell phone


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7.4 km
2:30 h
450 m
450 m
Highest point
789 m
Lowest point
359 m
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