This stage of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" leads from the historic old town of Hartberg with its idyllic location at the foot of the Ringkogel with its vineyards to Bad Waltersdorf, the 2-spa region in the Thermen- & Vulkanland of Styria. Right at the beginning the tour goes through the Natura 2000 Europe protected area Hartberger Gmoos on the outskirts of Hartberg. Then the route leads us through shady forests, across meadows and along fertile fields into the charming town of Bad Waltersdorf. In between, on the ridge of the Burgstall, a distant view of the Koralm and Gleinalm opens up to us on nice days.
Distance 18 km
Highest point455 m
Lowest point289 m
The 2-spa region of Bad Waltersdorf with the H2O Therme and the Heiltherme was already one of the most popular summer resorts in Austria in the 50s of the last century. The picturesque hilly landscape and the thermal water spring found during oil drilling in 1975 still represent a valuable treasure today. This valuable asset of nature is now known and loved beyond the borders of Austria. As many as 1.9 million liters of healing thermal water rise to the surface every day, providing visitors to the two spas with strength and well-being, as well as plenty of fun. While the Heiltherme Bad Waltersdorf with its 25,000 square meters of wellness landscape looks after the well-being of those seeking rest and relaxation, the H2O Erlebnistherme Sebersdorf has bubbly and lively water attractions for the whole family.
In the Thermen- & Vulkanland region of Styria, Eastern Styria and Southern and Western Styria, the GenussCard opens the door to over 200 excursion destinations when you stay overnight in one of the approximately 100 GenussCard partner establishments. Countless of these GenussCard excursion destinations, ranging from culinary manufactories to bathing lakes and museums, are located directly on the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine".
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We start at the beautiful main square of Hartberg and walk along Kirchengasse to Kernstockplatz, where we turn left and walk along Johann-Zechner-Gasse to the Natura 2000 Europe protected area Hartberger Gmoos. The 70 hectare wetland with its approximately 150 bird species has a varied history. Before it was declared a nature and European protected area, a large lake existed here centuries ago, which should have given way to a bathing lake or possible hall in the last century. Today the Hartberger Gmoss is a popular recreation area and resting place for numerous animal and plant species, as only a few cities can boast. At the end of the Hartberger Gmoss we turn right to reach the Josef Hallamyr Straße via the Safenauer Straße, where we keep left.
We are now on the East Austrian Borderland Trail 07, which we follow to Bad Waltersdorf, our destination for this stage on the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine". After the district of Neusafenau, we keep diagonally left and now hike the next kilometers through a beautiful, shady forest, which is especially welcome on hot days in summer. After this comfortable forest hike we pass some fields and farms and reach the small village of Oberbuch. At the end of the village we keep to the left in order to pass under the southern freeway and enter a wooded area again. Short forest sections and sections past fields now alternate on our ascent towards St. Magdalena am Lemberg. On this part of the trail we almost always walk along the edge of a linden forest on the ridge of the mountain until we reach the top of the Burgstall. Shortly before St. Magdalena we reach the Mantschenkreuz, whose place offers us an impressive panoramic view of Hartberg and the mountains of eastern Styria such as Kulm, Masenberg or Wechsel.
Through the varied landscape with views in between of the hilltops and volcanic cones of the thermal and volcanic country around Bad Gleichenberg and Straden we hike to the Wagerbergberg northeast of Bad Waltersdorf with the H2O Therme and the Heiltherme. From here there is a comfortable descent into the beautiful center of Bad Waltersdorf with its spa park, which is home to a romantic pond and various herb gardens and is a true place of well-being. This stage with views of the hilly country around the thermal baths in southeastern Austria is already a foretaste of the next stage, which brings us to Fürstenfeld.
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Accessible by train and bus.
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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On the outskirts of the city at the HERZ Hartberg Recreation and Leisure Center in the immediate vicinity of the Natura 2000 Europe protected area Hartberger Gmoos there are numerous parking spaces available.
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