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Handspur: Kapfenstein-Gnas - Auf den Spuren der Vulkane

Hiking trail · Thermen- & Vulkanland
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  • Steira Wirt in Trautmannsdorf
    Steira Wirt in Trautmannsdorf
    Photo: Thomas Gußmagg, Erlebnisregion Thermen- & Vulkanland
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From the easternmost to the westernmost volcano! On this section of the Handspur we shimmy from volcano to volcano, from the border region to Burgenland, which is dominated by viticulture, to the Grabenland with its extensive cornfields and orchards.
moderate
Distance 27.8 km
8:30 h
656 m
791 m
509 m
266 m

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy the spa park "Green Salon" in Bad Gleichenberg!
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Bescheidkogel, Eichgrabenweg, 509 m
Lowest point
266 m
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Track types

Asphalt 38.06%Dirt road 4.80%Forested/wild trail 26.68%Path 22%Road 5.30%Unknown 3.13%
Asphalt
10.6 km
Dirt road
1.3 km
Forested/wild trail
7.4 km
Path
6.1 km
Road
1.5 km
Unknown
0.9 km
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Rest stops

Gleichenberger Kellerstüberl - Das Genusslokal der wilden Schwestern
Steira Wirt, 4 Hauben
Cafe Columbia
Cafe Mokka
Siegl's Pub am Hauptplatz
REMISE
Weingut Leitgeb, Vinosophie, Buschenschank & Gästehaus
Pizzeria Torino
Maria's Bistro
Kapfensteinerhof
Schloss Restaurant Kapfenstein
Buschenschank Puff
Café Wolf
Delikaterie
Schlosstaverne Poppendorf
Gasthaus Catering Kurzweil
Mathea's Imbissstube
Pizzeria Gnas
Einfach Fitz
Eduscho Cafe
JUFA Hotel Vulkanland Sport-Resort
Marktbeisl Gnas
Pizza, Kebab-Haus Venezia

Safety information

 

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

 

Tips when reporting an emergency – Answer these six WH questions: What happened? How many people are injured? Where did the accident happen (are there GPS coordinates)? Who is reporting the incident (callback number)? When did the accident happen? What is the weather like at the site of the incident?

 

 

Start

Kapfenstein (420 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.889362, 15.977140
DMS
46°53'21.7"N 15°58'37.7"E
UTM
33T 574440 5193332
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Destination

Kapfenstein

Turn-by-turn directions

First we hike a little downhill on a narrow forest path, over the country road and then quite evenly along, straight towards the Gleichenberger Kogel. After the very unusually designed Pfeiferkapelle, we continue a little downhill, through Holler plantations and a very dense small forest and finally uphill again to the Trassstein quarry with its shimmering play of colors, where we meet the backbone. We follow it below the Bschaidkogel past to the millstone quarry and then down to the center of Bad Gleichenberg.Continue through the spa park with its unique tree population and the bark chapel, on the backbone to the south, until we branch off shortly after the dilapidated Krügelei on the hand track. It leads us over the Rudorfskogel with its beautiful view of Bad Gleichenberg and the Sulzbachtal to Trautmannsdorf, where the kunst&kraft trail accompanies us for a bit. Through the very varied landscape with breezy meadows and shady woods we reach Poppendorf. Through the village we follow the stream and finally branch off to Poppendorf Castle. In the meantime we are already on the Kaskögerlweg (see tour no. 32), named after the small mountain that can call itself the westernmost volcano in the region. Via the Schlossmoar, a very stimulating place that strengthens especially the physical resistance via the thymus gland (behind the breastbone), we reach the market town of Gnas.

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all notes on protected areas

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

Follow the signs to Kapfenstein Castle, Winkler-Hermaden Winery.

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

Parking

Free parking at the Kapfenstein parish church, Winkler-Hermaden winery.

Coordinates

DD
46.889362, 15.977140
DMS
46°53'21.7"N 15°58'37.7"E
UTM
33T 574440 5193332
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Kompass Wanderführer "Steirisches Vulkanland - Auf den Spuren der Vulkane"
Beschreibungen, Routenkarten und Höhenprofilen ISBN 978-3-85026-096-1 www.kompass.at

 

Author’s map recommendations

Vulkanland-Wanderkarte "Mensch & Natur" 1:500.000
Steirisches Vulkanland Tel. +43 (0)3152/8575-710 www.spuren.at

freytag & berndt WK 412 Südoststeirisches Hügelland, Vulkanland, Bad Gleichenberg, Bad Radkersburg

 

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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
27.8 km
Duration
8:30 h
Ascent
656 m
Descent
791 m
Highest point
509 m
Lowest point
266 m
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