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Vespa Tour through the Garden of Austria

Motor Bike · Sankt Ruprecht an der Raab
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  • Drive through the Garden of Austria
    Drive through the Garden of Austria
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It goes through the Garden of Austria by Vespa, a unique experience. The Garden of Austria has so much to offer: Culinary delights, nature experiences and encounters with lovely people will make your holiday unforgettable! The GenussCard is your ticket to 120 excursion destinations! Get on your Vespa and enjoy yourself!

Distance 106 km
3:00 h
1,651 m
1,651 m
959 m
287 m

There are plenty of excursion tips along this route, starting from St. Ruprecht an der Raab and the Hotel Locker & Légere. Whether it's the Styrian Apple Road, Lake Stubenberg, the animal world and Herberstein Castle, a stroll through the town of Hartberg, the Fischerauer vinegar factory or one of the kernel oil mills that are visited.

Author’s recommendation

  • Overnight stay at Hotel Locker & Légere**** directly in the centre of St. Ruprecht an der Raab!
  • Over 120 excursion destinations, enjoyment stations and experiences with the GenussCard FREE OF CHARGE.
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Update: September 13, 2022
Highest point
959 m
Lowest point
287 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 2.38%Forested/wild trail 0.02%Path 0.98%Road 95.56%Unknown 0.02%
2.5 km
Forested/wild trail
0 km
1 km
101.3 km
0 km
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Rest stops

Leiner Buschenschank
Spezialitätenbrennerei Wilhelm GenussCard Partner
Naturteich Großhart
Naturbadeteich Großsteinbach

Safety information

Emergency numbers:

  • Fire brigade: 122
  • Police: 133
  • Rescue: 144
  • Euro emergency number: 112

Tips and hints

Eastern Styria Tourist Board | Office St. Ruprecht an der Raab
Lower Main Street 181
8181 St. Ruprecht an der Raab
Tel. +43 664 2353414

Locker & Légere
Park Street 29
8181 St. Ruprecht an der Raab
Tel.: +43 3178 2310
E-mail: office@locker-legere.at


Hotel Locker & Légere in St. Ruprecht an der Raab (377 m)
47.152717, 15.662171
47°09'09.8"N 15°39'43.8"E
33T 550198 5222347
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Hotel Locker & Légere in St. Ruprecht an der Raab

Turn-by-turn directions

  • St. Ruprecht an der Raab is the starting point of our Vespa tour today. From here we discover the beauties of the Garden of Austria!
  • We start our ride in the direction of Unterfladnitz and drive to Etzersdorf. Here we visit the Schneeglöckerlplatz in spring. A special feature of nature when countless snowdrop flowers bloom in a forest clearing.
  • Our journey continues to Puch bei Weiz, in the middle of the Styrian Apple Road. Here the Gasthaus Eitljörg with its idyllic guest garden invites you for a piece of homemade pastry. With the GenussCard, you can visit one of the many fruit growers in the region free of charge and learn interesting facts about apples: e.g. the speciality distillery Wilhelm (tip: with a beautiful farm shop), the Pangerl fruit farm or the House of Apples. The Höfler nursery is also worth a visit.
  • Now we continue to Höfling, up to the Kulm.
  • Via a mountain road we soon reach the viewing platform and the paraglider launch site. From here we have a magnificent view over the Garden of Austria, especially of Lake Stubenberg.
  • The open-air museum Kulmkeltendorf can be visited for free with the Genusscard.
  • Now the path takes us to St. Johann bei Herberstein. A must on our trip to Eastern Styria is a visit to the animal world and Herberstein Castle. The animals live here in natural enclosures and you walk through a beautifully designed animal world and a piece of untouched nature. The castle with its magnificent rose garden is also well worth a visit.
  • Admission is free with the GenussCard for stays of 3 nights or more.
  • We now continue to Schielleiten Castle and stroll through the beautiful castle garden.
  • The journey continues to Vockenberg, Obertiefenbach, Untertiefenbach to Kaindorf and Hartberg. A stroll through the historic old town and a visit to the Hartberg town museum are another highlight on our Vespa tour.
  • At the Retter-Kneissl winery we enjoy a free guided tour with the GenussCard.
  • We start our Vespa again and continue to Maria Lebing, Oberpuch, Unterbuch, Geiseldorf, Sebersdorf, Bad Waltersdorf to Großsteinbach. In Großsteinbach we find a beautifully landscaped bathing lake with a restaurant.
  • The famous chess flower meadow is also located here!
  • Our journey continues to Pischelsdorf, where you can visit the Fischerauer vinegar factory with the Genusscard. Here you can taste your way through sour delicacies with different flavours!
  • We now drive to Großpesendorf and leave the main road at Prebuch. The journey home takes us along the East Styrian Roman Wine Road, past apple orchards and vineyards.
  • We continue to Kühweisen and Wollsdorf, where we finish with a visit to the Kernölmühle of the Steirerkraft Kernothek. With the GenussCard there is a free guided tour and tasting.
  • Our destination, St. Ruprecht an der Raab, is already very close - and so a wonderful Vespa excursion comes to an end.


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Public transport


The Locker & Légere in St. Ruprecht an der Raab is easily accessible by train. St. Ruprecht an der Raab has its own railway station. To Graz main station - direction Gleisdorf - change - S-Bahn to Weiz. You can reach Locker & Légere on foot in a few minutes: From the station, walk past the Café Pizzeria Ristorante Azzurro straight ahead through the avenue (Bahnhofstraße) to the crossroads or Hauptstraße. Turn right there and walk straight ahead along the main road for about 500 m towards the main square of St. Ruprecht an der Raab. There you will see Locker & Légere on your left.

Timetables and travel information can be found directly at:

Getting there

The Locker & Légere is located in the market town of St.Ruprecht an der Raab. It is located in Eastern Styria and is easily accessible via the A2 motorway from Vienna (approx. 2 hours) and Graz (approx. 30 minutes).

Arrival from Vienna and from Graz: On the A2 from Vienna and from Graz, take motorway exit 161 / Gleisdorf West in the direction of B54/B64. Follow the B65 / Gleisdorf federal road until you reach the B54 / Wechselbundesstraße. At the roundabout take the second exit to the B64 / Rechberg-Bundesstraße. After about 6 km turn left to St. Ruprecht an der Raab.

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Ample free parking directly in front of the Hotel Locker & Légere, Parkstraße 29, 8181 St. Ruprecht an der Raab (directly on the main square).


47.152717, 15.662171
47°09'09.8"N 15°39'43.8"E
33T 550198 5222347
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Book recommendation by the author

  • Travel guide of the Weiz and St. Ruprecht an der Raab region "Do schau her" (Look here)
  • locker-legere.at 


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Lowest point
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