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Geo-Trail Kapfenstein

· 2 reviews · Nature Trail · Thermen- & Vulkanland · Open
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See, experience and marvel - A hiking trail through the volcano all under the sign of the earth's history!
Distance 2 km
1:00 h
69 m
75 m
468 m
390 m
2 million years ago, when mankind was just emerging in eastern Africa, a vast plain dominated the landscape of southeastern Styria. The subtropical sea, the remnant of a primeval ocean that once stretched from Spain to China, had already been pushed back into the Pannonian basin.

During this time, more than 40 volcanoes erupted in the thermal and volcanic land. For a long time the region was characterized by fire, ash and smoke. The Kapfenstein volcano is one of these volcanoes. It was formed by numerous eruptions, when the rising magma came into contact with the groundwater and volcanic ash was thrown kilometers into the air by violent steam explosions. Along this hiking trail, you will learn everything worth knowing about the formation of southeastern Styria with its volcanic landscape.

Author’s recommendation

The municipality of Kapfenstein offers Geo-Trail guided tours! Geo-Info Kapfenstein in the municipal office. Information under 03157 2235 (municipality Kapfenstein).
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Update: July 22, 2022
Highest point
Kapfensteiner Kogel, 468 m
Lowest point
390 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 25.86%Forested/wild trail 52.18%Path 14.48%Unknown 7.45%
0.5 km
Forested/wild trail
1.1 km
0.3 km
0.2 km
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Rest stops

Schloss Kapfenstein

Safety information


Emergency call mountain rescue: 140
ambulance: 144
European emergency call: 112
firefighters: 122
police: 133


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Tips and hints

Gemeindeamt Kapfenstein


Tourismusverband Thermen- und Vulkanland

Gästeinfo Bad Gleichenberg
Obere Brunnenstraße 1, 8344 Bad Gleichenberg
Tel. +43(0)3159 / 2203



Kapfenstein Castle (390 m)
46.889849, 15.978805
46°53'23.5"N 15°58'43.7"E
33T 574566 5193388
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Kapfenstein Castle

Turn-by-turn directions

The Kapfenstein Geo-Trail - the path through the volcano - leads through the layers of the Kapfenstein volcano, witnesses of a fiery past. On the 2 km long path through the volcano, we dive into a world of fire and smoke. A spectacular chapter of the earth's history can be experienced up close.

At 11 stations, the formation of the volcano and its surroundings is explained. Through 3 special telescopes you can even take a look into the past. An old network of trails and paths is made accessible to the public again through the Geo-Trail. The trails not only allow visitors to walk through the volcano, but also lead them through a beautiful landscape of the volcano.

The starting point of the Geo-Trail is at the Winkler-Hermaden winery, from there we walk in the direction of the church, where there is a station where we can look back into the past. Past the church we walk along the volcanic cone into the mixed forest. Here we will find several stations that will give us an understanding of the history of the volcano's origin. After about half the distance you will reach the Sacred Heart Chapel, near it there are more stations and "glimpses into the past". Along the green meadows we hike the volcanic cone and soon reach Kapfenstein Castle and thus also the starting point of the hike.


Stations along the GeoTrail:
1.a volcano is formed
2.the volcano of Hochstraden
3.the vent of the old volcano
4.the volcano of Gleichenberg
5.at the edge of the new crater
6.the volcano as a builder
7.the volcano through the microscope
8.the volcano of Riegersburg
9.the vent of the younger volcano
10.noble stone from great depth
11.the eruptions


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Public transport


Detailed information about arriving by ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) can be found at  www.oebb.at or on the Verbundlinie Steiermark website  www.busbahnbim.at


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Getting there

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


Parking lot Kapfenstein Castle, Winkler-Hermaden Winery, Kapfensteinerhof or at the church - here you will find the right place.

Parking spaces are free of charge!


46.889849, 15.978805
46°53'23.5"N 15°58'43.7"E
33T 574566 5193388
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Geo-Trail Kapfenstein - The path through the volcano. From the Big Bang to Kapfenstein - A walk through space and time. Information brochure. Available at the Kapfenstein municipal office

Kompass hiking guide "Styrian Volcano Country - On the trail of the volcanoes".
Descriptions, route maps and elevation profiles ISBN 978-3-85026-096-1 www.kompass.at

Author’s map recommendations

Volcanic Land Hiking Map "Man & Nature" 1:500.000
Styrian Volcanic Country Tel. +43 (0)3152/8575-710 www.spuren.at

freytag & berndt WK 412 Southeast Styrian Hills, Volcanic Country, Bad Gleichenberg, Bad Radkersburg 

Hiking maps available at the Bad Gleichenberg guest information or Kapfenstein municipal office.



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.




Questions and answers

Question from Robert Strohmaier · October 30, 2022 · Community
Hallo! Ist der Weg Kinderwagentauglich? Wir haben einen geländegängigen Kinderwagen. LG Robert
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Hallo Robert! Wir empfehlen eine Trage zu verwenden. An einigen Stellen ist der Weg (kleiner Pfad) sehr schmal, hängend und uneben/stufig. Daher ist der Geotrail nicht Kinderwagentauglich. Liebe Grüße aus der Gästeinfo Bad Gleichenberg im Thermen- & Vulkanland, Daniela
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Eva Kla
May 27, 2020 · Community
Sehr informativer Rundgang, der Einblicke in die Erdgeschichte des Vulkanlandes gibt. Auf jeden Fall empfehlenswert!
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Photo: Eva Kla, Community
Photo: Eva Kla, Community
Photo: Eva Kla, Community
Christian Contola 
September 27, 2017 · Region Bad Gleichenberg | Thermen- & Vulkanland Steiermark

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2 km
1:00 h
69 m
75 m
Highest point
468 m
Lowest point
390 m
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