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· 2 reviews · Pilgrim Walk · Oststeiermark
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  • Vorau Abbey
    Vorau Abbey
    Photo: Günther Steininger, G. Muhr
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In the rolling hills of northern eastern Styria, on the eastern foothills of the Masenberg, 20 kilometres of regional trails await those seeking meaning, those restless, those on pilgrimage: 3 spiritual centres (Pöllauberg-St. Pankrazen-Vorau), 4 places of power to recharge personal batteries along ancient pilgrimage paths that connect the Formbacherland/Hartbergerland with the Pöllauertal and Joglland nature parks.  

Distance 20.5 km
7:00 h
644 m
719 m
1,053 m
627 m

For hundreds of years, the Pankratius Trail has run partly through a nature park, and subsequently largely through a protected natural landscape of exceptional aesthetics. Views of several "worlds", as far as Slovenia, the Pannonian Plain and the foothills of the Alps. Worth seeing is the architectural and art-historical heritage, which can be experienced in ensembles in all 3 (!) spiritual places. Impressive contemporary artistic works can be seen in some places. The regional culinary stronghold in miniature can be experienced in the listed inn "Mesnerhäusl".

Author’s recommendation

Pilgrim shuttle service: www.kutscherwirt.at

Pilgrim picnic at the "Mesnerhäusl": www.mesnerhaus.eu

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Günther Steininger 
Update: October 28, 2022
Highest point
1,053 m
Lowest point
627 m
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Rest stops

****Berggasthof König
Gasthof Erzherzog-Johann-Höhe
Kutscherwirt Hotel-Restaurant

Safety information

Emergency call mountain rescue: 140

Tips and hints

TV Joglland Forest Home

A-8255 St. Jakob im Walde

Tel. +43 (0)3336 / 20255




Pöllauberg (747 m)
47.315050, 15.857290
47°18'54.2"N 15°51'26.2"E
33T 564791 5240531
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We are standing in front of the Gothic pilgrimage church of Pöllauberg, which towers imposingly above the Pöllau Valley Nature Park next to the Annakircherl with its spring sanctuary. Perhaps some of us have already come along the pilgrims' path from the Pöllauer Kalvarienberg: so we pass several stone wayside shrines from the Baroque period. The last section of the Pöllau pilgrims' path embeds the "Europe Reflection Path" and shows us, among other things, several contemporary stelae, including that of the mystic Edith Stein, who perished in the Auschwitz concentration camp. We know: Women mystics repeatedly shield the foot traveller along the Pancratic Way and gently refer to the personal spirituality of the individual, as an essential element for illuminating God-relations and experiences. Contemplation, mediation and also free prayer help us along the 20 kilometres of mostly protected landscape to (re)discover the inner richness, the values, the virtues in life. Forms in personal growth, which includes the whole person in his relationship to the world and society. Reverence, tolerance, love of peace and solidarity serve as orientation.


But also the perception of the aesthetic should happen more often, we set out on stone-aged pilgrim paths, light-heartedly and easily the path winds like an inlay in the green of the hillside. Small sacred treasures invite us to pause now and then, to look into the distance, before the Romanesque-looking mountain pilgrimage church of St. Pankrazen opens up as a lively poetic place after about 10 km. The view from there into the Pannonian lowlands is beautiful, indescribable. We read the words of the mystic Simone Weil, alongside those of young contemporary writers, while we stop under the intercession tree. Later, a stop at the innkeeper's in the historic Mesnerhäusl awaits us.


We continue through the forest along the eastern foothills of the Masenberg in the direction of "Allmerschmid" and Erzherzog-Johann-Höhe. Soon after, we reach the Vorauer Brühl with its refreshingly wild waters and thus the lowest point of the trail. A little further on, the imposing Vorau Abbey opens up, with its 800 years on the hump, gnarled trees and outstanding contemporary art outside the gates, sound monument, library and world-class artefacts inside. Continue to the listed centre of the market town of Vorau. We are in Joglland and the energy of Hildegard von Bingen is palpable. We linger and look before passing the town hall, down the narrow street, approaching our destination, the Vorau Church of the Cross. Once a European pilgrimage centre in the Middle Ages, the sacred place today is particularly captivating with its niche chapels in the church graveyard, where the famous Baroque painter Cyriak Hackhofer also masterfully wielded his brush.


We end the trail with a pause and an entry in our diary: PankratiusWeg: connects 3 spiritual centres in Eastern Styria, virtues, values, orientation aids, landscape aesthetics, art culture, waves of hills, lived hospitality, exhilarating views and insights, discovery of slowness. Highest point: 1040 hm. Personal batteries recharged. Come again.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

ÖBB www.oebb.at or

Verbundlinie Steiermark www.busbahnbim.at

Getting there



Parking in Pöllauberg in the direct vicinity of the pilgrimage church

Parking in St. Pankrazen in the direct vicinity of the church and inn in the historic "Mesnerhäusl".

Parking in Vorau in the direct vicinity of Vorau Abbey/in the direct vicinity of the Kreuzkirche church


47.315050, 15.857290
47°18'54.2"N 15°51'26.2"E
33T 564791 5240531
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Proper backpack packing makes many things easier: Pack heavy things first. The water bottle should always be within easy reach in a side pocket. All things that are often needed, such as sunglasses, camera or hiking map, belong on top.

An emergency kit belongs in every backpack!

It is always advisable to dress according to the "onion system"!

A good hiking boot is a good companion and should never be missing on the mountain!

Don't forget a blister plaster just in case!

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Reinhard Retter 
September 17, 2017 · Community
Für mich einer der schönsten Pilgerwege in der Oststeiermark, der Pankratius Weg. Markiert mit wunderschönen Pilgersteinen.
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Photo: Reinhard Retter, CC BY-ND
Hermann Auerbäck
August 26, 2014 · Community
Sehr schöne Wanderung, jedoch außerhalb des Pöllauer Tals schlecht markiert, besonders schlecht und ohne Tafeln oder Hinweise von St. Pankrazen bis Vorau. Man hat ohne GPS-Gerät kaum eine Chance, den Weg bis zur Kreuzkirche in Vorau zu finden. Es fehlt jeder Hinweis auf den Pankratiusweg. Schade!
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When did you do this route? April 27, 2013
wohin soll ich mich wenden?
Photo: Hermann Auerbäck, Community

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20.5 km
7:00 h
644 m
719 m
Highest point
1,053 m
Lowest point
627 m
Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest


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