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East-Austrian Border Trail 07 through Styria

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  • Blick ins Weinland bei Fehring
    Blick ins Weinland bei Fehring
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The section of the East-Austrian Border Trail through Styria leads us from Friedberg at the foot of the Wechsel through East Styria and the Spa and Volcano Region to Bad Radkersburg, the romantic border town in the border triangle of Austria - Hungary - Slovenia. Those interested in culture will get their money's worth at Vorau Abbey in Joglland or Riegersburg Castle in Vulkanland, among others, and culinary delights along the entire route - this is the way to do it in Styria.

The long-distance trail with the number 07 has a total length of about 710 km and starts on the Nebelstein in the Waldviertel, even leads through the federal capital Vienna and meets the Southern Alpine Trail 03 in Bad Radkersburg. On our crossing of East Styria, we take the access from Friedberg to Vorau via Trail 07 A, a variant of the main trail.

moderate
Distance 145.8 km
45:00 h
2,586 m
2,973 m
1,225 m
204 m
Our starting point for crossing the whole of East Styria from the foot of the Wechsel to Bad Radkersburg is in the small municipality of Friedberg, which can be reached by car (via the southern motorway) or by public transport. From here, we head into Joglland with the impressive Vorau Abbey and on to the historic town of Hartberg with its beautiful old town centre, also a stage stop on the hiking route "From the Glacier to the Wine". The rest of the way takes us into the Spa and Volcano Region of Styria with its numerous culinary stops and - nomen est omen - relaxing thermal water landscapes, all the way to Bad Radkersburg.
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Günther Steininger 
Update: July 23, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,225 m
Lowest point
204 m
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Track types

Asphalt 44.26%Dirt road 12.88%Nature trail 19.31%Path 10.81%Road 12.72%
Asphalt
64.5 km
Dirt road
18.8 km
Nature trail
28.2 km
Path
15.8 km
Road
18.5 km
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Rest stops

Augustiner Chorherrenstift Vorau
Glückskapelle am Masenberg
Altstadt Hartberg
Burg Riegersburg
Seebad Riegersburg
Schloss Kapfenstein
Gesamtsteirische Vinothek
Vinothek & Weinbaumuseum Klöch
Parktherme Bad Radkersburg

Safety information

Emergency call mountain rescue: 140

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Start

Friedberg (595 m)
Coordinates:
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47.441400, 16.058212
DMS
47°26'29.0"N 16°03'29.6"E
UTM
33T 579785 5254760
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Destination

Bad Radkersburg

Turn-by-turn directions

From Friedberg, the route first takes us via the charming village of St. Lorenzen am Wechsel over the Masenberg with views of the Hochwechsel, Stuhleck, Veitsch and Hochschwab and the Hartberger Ringkogel with its viewing platform to the historic town of Hartberg.

Immediately after Hartberg, the tour leads through the Natura 2000 Europe protected area Hartberger Gmoos and on through shady forests, across meadows and along fertile fields right into the heart of the Spa and Volcano Region of Styria to Bad Waltersdorf. Next stop: Bad Blumau with the famous Rogner Therme, designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. What we definitely don't want to be missing is the 1,000-year-old oak tree on the Bierbaumer Höhe near Bad Blumau. This natural monument is said to be the oldest oak in Europe and is truly imposing. On forest paths, we now head towards Fürstenfeld, a small town that is just as beautiful as Hartberg, with a walkable historic town wall and impressive architecture. Last but not least, the route takes us to Söchau, the herb village in Styria.

Through forests, across meadows and past orchards, we then head to Riegersburg Castle, which towers imposingly on a volcanic cone. In all the centuries of its existence, Riegersburg Castle could never be conquered and was therefore rightly considered the strongest fortress of the Occident. We then reach the small town of Fehring in the Raab valley, where vineyards and the first clapboards accompany us more and more often.

The next section takes us into the heart of the Spa and Volcano Region, where the path leads through beautiful deciduous forests, past vineyards and also to Kapfenstein Castle. One of our next stops is the old "Maria Theresien Stone" at the small border triangle between Styria, Slovenia and Burgenland. Afterwards, we soon reach the idyllic village of St. Anna am Aigen, situated on a hilltop, which is especially known for the Gesamtsteirische Vinothek (Styrian Wine Cellar) on the main square and will delight every wine lover. The last section takes us through the beautiful vineyard landscape via the wine village of Klöch to Bad Radkersburg with its beautiful historic old town and the Parktherme spa, which invites us to relax.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

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Getting there

Detaillierte Informationen zur Anreise finden Sie hier.

Parking

In Friedberg stehen zahlreiche Parkplätze zur Verfügung.

Coordinates

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47.441400, 16.058212
DMS
47°26'29.0"N 16°03'29.6"E
UTM
33T 579785 5254760
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Fritz und Erika Käfer: Österreichischer Weitwanderweg 07 - Vom Nordwald in das oststeirische Wein- und Vulkanbergland, Sektion Weitwanderer des OEAV, www.alpenverein.at/weitwandererweitwanderer@sektion.alpenverein.at

Equipment

Proper backpack packing makes many things easier: Pack heavy things first. The water bottle should always be within reach in a side pocket. All the things that are often needed, such as sunglasses, camera or hiking map, belong on top. An emergency kit, including blister plasters, belongs in every rucksack and it is always advisable to dress in layers.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
145.8 km
Duration
45:00 h
Ascent
2,586 m
Descent
2,973 m
Highest point
1,225 m
Lowest point
204 m
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