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Linke Kopfspur - Auf den Spuren der Vulkane

Nature Trail · Südoststeiermark · Open
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Erlebnisregion Thermen- & Vulkanland Verified partner  Explorers Choice 
  • Photo: Tourismusverband Feldbach, Gabi Grandl
m 450 400 350 300 250 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Milchhof- & Käsehof Krenn Burg Riegersburg Seebad Riegersburg Die Einkaufsstadt Feldbach
The network of hiking trails on the "traces of the volcanoes" in Thermen- & Vulkanland Steiermark shows the image of a man. A buffet of pictures opens up between extinct volcanoes.
Distance 19.1 km
5:15 h
368 m
368 m
407 m
273 m
Let the myths in the ear and delicacies on the palate lead your nose!  If you wish, you can combine this tour with the Right Head Trail and thus hike the entire Head Trail. Either as an extended day tour or also divided into two days. Then there is also more time to enjoy.

Author’s recommendation

Mainly forest and meadow paths and small side roads or short connecting sections on sidewalks along roads are walked along this tour.
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Christine Neuhold
Update: July 25, 2022
Highest point
407 m
Lowest point
273 m
Best time of year

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Rest stops

Seebad Riegersburg
Burg Riegersburg
Zotter Schokoladen Manufaktur - Ein Highlight vom Ferienstraßennetz
Die Einkaufsstadt Feldbach

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?


Tips and hints


Tourist office Thermen- & Vulkanland
Guest information Feldbach
Main square 1, 8330 Feldbach

E-Mail: christine.neuhold@thermen-vulkanland.at
Web: www.thermen-vulkanland.at


Opening hours:

Mon-Fri from 9-12 and 13-16 hrs.
Foyer from 6-22 h


Tours in the footsteps of volcanoes
 Guided hikes or geomantic experience of the eruptive history of the volcanic land
 SPIRIT of regions
 Auersbach 71, 8330 Feldbach
 Tel.: +43 664 9682882
 Web: www.spiritour.at 

 The Styria Tours App , which is available for free on Google Play and in the App Store (Android, iOS), offers detailed first-hand information: short facts (length, duration, difficulty, ascent and descent in altitude meters, ratings), map, route descriptions, altimeter, compass, summit finder, navigation along the tour. In addition, you can create your personal favorites list of favorite tours and points, save tours and destinations offline, play on social media channels and more.



Train station Lödersdorf (273 m)
46.954610, 15.946669
46°57'16.6"N 15°56'48.0"E
33T 572031 5200555
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Train station Lödersdorf

Turn-by-turn directions

We start the eastern part of the Kopfspur in Lödersdorf, where it's all about hearing. You will be amazed at what can be heard and overheard! From the station past the church we soon come to a forest path and then on the hill with beautiful views to Kleinbergl, where we can already see over to the mighty Riegersburg on the prominent volcanic rock. The castle has defied many conquerors and remained unconquered throughout the ages.

From here we go downhill into the Grazbach valley, which got its name not from the provincial capital, but from the fortress (Slavic gradec) of the Riegersburg. At the lakeside bath , which of course invites you to cool down, it goes past into the historical town. Passing the church on the market square, we turn left between the houses to reach the "Damische Kathl" via Altenmarkt, which is reached by a short detour. Geomantically, it is the female counterpart to the power center of the Riegersburg. See if you too can relate to this perception.

From here it goes really flat to the chocolate manufactory Zotter. Instead of now following the head track further, we hike along trail no. 786 in a panoramic southern direction to reach Schützing. From here uphill again, we meet the Kopfspur again on the Konixberg. With a beautiful view of Feldbach and the Raab valley we follow it to Raabau. At the Obsthof Kaufmann you can taste regionally produced juices or visit the farm store opposite at the Raabauer Eisvogel. Without any further ascents we come back to Lödersdorf along the edge of the Raab valley.


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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

Coming from Graz:
Freeway A2 direction Vienna - exit Gleisdorf Süd - direction Feldbach B68 - direction Raabau L221


Coming from Vienna:
Freeway A2 direction Graz - exit Ilz/ Fürstenfeld - direction Feldbach B66 - direction Raabau L221


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


There are sufficient parking spaces available at the Lödersdorf train station.



46.954610, 15.946669
46°57'16.6"N 15°56'48.0"E
33T 572031 5200555
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

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

Map freytag & berndt WK 423 Styrian thermal region - southern Burgenland - Styrian volcanic region


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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5:15 h
368 m
368 m
Highest point
407 m
Lowest point
273 m
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