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The great Jogl - Stage 1: Vorau - St. Jakob im Walde

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  • Stift Vorau
    Stift Vorau
    Photo: Birgit Kandlbauer, Region Joglland - Waldheimat
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The first stage of the touring mountain bike route "Der große Jogl" in the Joglland - Waldheimat region takes us from Markt Vorau over about 54 kilometers to St. Jakob im Walde.
Distance 54.8 km
7:45 h
2,151 m
1,704 m
1,743 m
545 m
The route "Der große Jogl" in the Styrian Joglland starts in the market town of Vorau, which is best known for the Augustinian canon monastery and the open-air museum. Several inns and hotels, shopping facilities and a wide range of leisure activities characterize the market. For enthusiastic sportsmen, the Urkraft Sportevent takes place every year in September.

Via the community of Waldbach-Mönichwald with its local mountain, the Hochwechsel, a recreational lake and numerous inns, the tour leads to the first stage destination of St. Jakob im Walde. St. Jakob im Walde is especially known for the Kräftereich, an exhibition on the theme of powers, myths and realities, and in winter for the Joglland cross-country ski trail.  Sports enthusiasts also get their money's worth at various events: the mountain bike half marathon in September or the Joglland Volkslanglauf and the Joglland Vasa-Lauf attract numerous sports enthusiasts to the Joglland - Waldheimat region.

A special service along the tour "Der große Jogl" is the luggage transport - just cycle carefree, without annoying extra luggage. While you are on the road, your luggage will be brought to your next stage destination (by 17:00 at the latest).

Author’s recommendation

On this stage, the most altitude meters are to be completed. The view from the Hochwechsel, the Arzberghütte or at various points along the way is definitely worth it.
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Update: November 07, 2022
Highest point
Hochwechsel, 1,743 m
Lowest point
545 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 50.65%Dirt road 16.56%Forested/wild trail 17.04%Path 3.11%Road 9.23%Unknown 3.39%
27.8 km
Dirt road
9.1 km
Forested/wild trail
9.3 km
1.7 km
5.1 km
1.9 km
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Rest stops

Wiaz´Haus Orthofer
Hotel Mönichwalderhof
Kutscherwirt Hotel-Restaurant
Gasthof Vorauerhof
Hotel Schwengerer
Gastwirtschaft Hold
Alpengasthof "Spitzbauer"
Seegasthof Breineder
Familienhotel Berger

Safety information

Emergency call: 144

Fair Play Rules for Mountain Biking:   

  • Pedestrians have priority: show consideration for pedestrians and hikers   
  • Respect for nature: Avoid noise and garbage   
  • Ride only on trails: Never ride off marked roads and trails.   
  • Ride on sight: Control speed and ride ready to brake   
  • Never ride without a helmet: even uphill   
  • Observe rules: Observe road traffic regulations and driving bans   
  • Pasture cattle: approach at walking pace and close pasture gates   
  • Use only technically perfect mountain bikes: check them regularly   
  • Take an emergency kit with you: Take a repair kit and bandages with you   
  • Correct self-assessment: condition and riding technique

The use of the trail is at your own risk!

Please respect the opening hours:From 01 April to 01 November: from 1 hour after sunrise, to 1 hour before sunset.

Tips and hints

Tourism Association East Styria

Office Joglland - Waldheimat

8255 St. Jakob im Walde

church quarter 24

Tel.: +43 3336 20255






Vorau (691 m)
47.401613, 15.888170
47°24'05.8"N 15°53'17.4"E
33T 567015 5250177
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St. Jakob im Walde

Turn-by-turn directions

  • We start in vorau at the Augustinian monastery
  • From there we drive directly to the market Vorau
  • First we cross the main street and the "Grießplatz" and come to the "Dörfweg".
  • We follow this road for about 2 km and then turn right into a forest.
  • We pass three farmsteads - after the last one we turn sharp left
  • After about 300 m we keep to the right
  • At the end of the forest we turn right, at the next bend we keep left again
  • We follow the road until we turn left at the next crossing
  • Now we go downhill until we are at the end of the Waldbacher Landesstraße
  • We turn left onto the main road and continue until we reach the village of Waldbach-Mönichwald.
  • We follow the municipal road in the direction of Hochwechsellifte until we reach Gasthof Schwengerer
  • There we continue to the left until we reach Alpengasthof Spitzbauer
  • At the next bend we keep to the right and continue to Mönichwalder Schwaig
  • We follow the road until we reach the Kaltwiesen hut
  • We turn left and thus arrive at the Rabl-Kreuz-Hütte
  • From the Rabl-Kreuz-Hütte we go downhill to the village of Breitenbrunnthere we turn right
  • On the asphalt road we drive about 5 km, until we turn right again
  • We cross the brook and go slightly uphill
  • Pass the Lechenbauerkogel and continue to the crossroads of the municipal road.
  • Continue on this road until you reach the beginning of St. Jakob.
  • At the first house we turn right and drive uphill
  • Now we come to the Berger family hotel
  • We leave the asphalt road and turn onto a gravel road
  • We turn left and follow the forest road to the so-called Riegler Kohlstatt
  • Now we follow the track until we come to the snowmaking pond
  • From there we drive to the Orthofer inn


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Public transport

Alle Informationen hierzu erhalten Sie unter: www.oebb.at oder unter www.busbahnbim.at

Getting there

Von Wien:
Über die A2 – Südautobahn bis zur Abfahrt Friedberg/Pinggau. Danach über Dechantskirchen und Bruck/Lafnitz Richtung Vorau.
Über die A2 - Südautobahn und die S6 Semmering Schnellstraße nach Krieglach. Von dort über das Alpl in die Region Joglland - Waldheimat.

Von Graz:
Über die B72 nach Weiz und weiter nach Birkfeld in die Region Joglland - Waldheimat

Routenplaner für Ihre Anreise


Parkplätze sind beim angegebenen Ausgangspunkt, beim Stift Vorau, vorhanden. In Vorau gibt es beim Schwimmbad ebenso noch einen großen Parkplatz.


47.401613, 15.888170
47°24'05.8"N 15°53'17.4"E
33T 567015 5250177
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Übersichtskarte "Der große Jogl": Beim Tourismusverband Joglland - Waldheimat unter info@joglland.at oder unter +43 33336 20255 anfordern.


The right bike for this tour is a mountain bike. Road bikes are not recommended.

Breakdowns can happen - but rarely at the door of a service station: a basic equipment of tools and accessories therefore never hurts! Spare tube and/or repair kit, universal wrench, air pump, brake and shift cable and a screwdriver can never hurt.

Suitable footwear, clothing in the "onion principle" and a backpack belong to the basic equipment.

Take enough to drink and eat with you - not everywhere there are refreshment stops.

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54.8 km
7:45 h
2,151 m
1,704 m
Highest point
1,743 m
Lowest point
545 m
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