On this round cycling tour, a little over 400 km in length, cyclists can discover Styria’s Wine Country in eight stages: its three vineyard regions as well as its culinary specialities and cultural charms.
It’s not just the experience of cycling through the vineyards and wine roads of south and east Styria that delights people on this cycling tour. The eight leisurely stages and three variants of the trail ‒ East Styria, South Styria-Schilcherland and Schilcherland-Lipizzanerheimat ‒ also invite you to explore the diverse landscapes, cultural treasures and culinary delicacies to be found on and off the route. Depending on interest, in addition to exploring Styria’s winegrowing areas, we will also peek into the largest apple-growing region on the Apple Road or dip into the world of pumpkin seed oil at many oil mills along the round tour. To relax, there are seven spas to re-energise weary legs. Those interested in culture can visit museums and exhibitions or amble through the small historic towns.
Important note: The round trip runs along existing cycle paths i.e. routes and is signposted throughout with the additional symbols of the Weinland Steiermark Radtour.
Styria’s comprehensive high-speed railway network and the Austrian Federal Railways network link numerous towns and cities in the Styrian Wine Country Cycle Tour. This gives short-term holidaymakers the opportunity to divide their cycling tour into several holidays.
In the Thermen- und Vulkanland region of Styria, East Styria, and South and West Styria, the GenussCard opens the door to over 200 excursion destinations when staying at one of the 160 or so GenussCard partner establishments. Many of these GenussCard destinations, ranging from culinary manufactories to bathing lakes and museums, are located directly on the Styrian Wine Country Cycle Trail!
Rest StopBurg Deutschlandsberg
Freizeitzentrum und Seerestaurant GamsBad
Ölmühle und Kernölmuseum Kremsner
Vinofaktur mit dem Genussregal Südsteiermark
Haus des Apfels- GenussCard Partner
Flußbad und Familien-Erlebnisbad St. Ruprecht an der Raab
Badesee- Freizeitpark- Stubenbergsee - GenussCard Partner
Bäcksteffl - Käferbohnenkabinett
Vinothek im Weststeirischen Hof
Rogner Bad Blumau
Vinothek & Weinbaumuseum Klöch
Parktherme Bad Radkersburg
Emergency assistance number: 144
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?
One of the most beautiful sections of the cycle trail can be found on the stage from St. Ruprecht an der Raab to Hartberg, through the Stubenbergklamm gorge. As the gorge is a flood zone and protected as a conservation area, the cycle trail could only be constructed under very strict conditions, with as little impact on nature as possible. Please take an equal amount of caution and care when traversing the area, as the “Furten” (fords, or crossings just above the water) do not have any railings. During floods, railings would cause blockages. Therefore, the fords are reinforced with huge stone ripraps. Please take note of the following:
- Cross this area at your own risk.
- During floods, do not cross or step onto the fords. There is an alternative route leading via the road that runs parallel ‒ please take care here, as you will be among mixed traffic.
- Please cross the fords/bridges at walking pace. If you feel at all unsure or hesitant, please dismount and walk your bike across.
- No liability is accepted.
Tips and hints
Tel. +43 316 4003
If you would like to hire a tour operator, simply book with Steiermark Touristik, the official travel agency of Steiermark Tourismus:
Tel. +43 316 4003 450
The Steiermark Touren app, available free of charge on Google Play and the App Store (Android, iOS), offers detailed first-hand information: brief facts (length, duration, difficulty, ascent and descent/elevation gain, ratings), map, route descriptions, altimeter, compass, peak finder, navigation along the tour. You can also create your own personal lists of favourite tours and sites, store tours and destinations offline, use social media channels, and much more.
Detailed information about getting to the car park at the Städtisches Erlebnisbad Leibnitz can be found here.
Parking is available at the Städtisches Erlebnisbad.
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EquipmentTouring bikes or city bikes are recommended. Road bikes rather not, as there are short sections also on gravel, which can, however, be bypassed via country roads. Tip: A basic equipment of tools and accessories such as spare inner tube and/or repair kit, spanner, air pump, brake and shift cable as well as a screwdriver can never hurt.
Basic Equipment for Bicycle Touring
- Cycling helmet
- Cycling gloves
- Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Bicycle Touring
- Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
- Puncture repair kit
- Replacement inner tube
- Tire levers
- Chain tool
- Hex keys
- Spoke wrench
- Zip ties
- Phone / device holder as required
- Bike lock as required
- Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
- Luggage system as required for length of journey: panniers with racks
- Handlebar / frame / saddle bags
- Mudguards recommended
- Tent (3- or 4-season)
- Stove (including fuel and utensils)
- Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
- Toiletries and medication
- Toilet paper
Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel
- Toiletries and medication
- Quick-drying towel
- Ear plugs
- Sleeping bag liner
- Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.
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