This variant on the Styrian Wine Country Cycling Tour takes us from the wine-growing town of Stainz in Schilcherland with the castle of the same name, which is famous far beyond the borders, to the Lipizzaner homeland with the Lipizzaner stud farm of Piber.
Distance 72 km
Highest point802 m
Lowest point330 m
When you travel from Schilcherland to the Lipizzanerheimat, there are many indications that, in addition to wine, there will also be a lot of culture and the world-famous Lipizzaner horses with their home in Piber as companions on the tour. The historic Stainz Castle sits enthroned on the southern foothills of the Rosenkogel in Stainz, surrounded by the castle's own vineyards and orchards. The castle was built in 1229 as an Augustinian canons' monastery and is a magnificent complex in Renaissance and Baroque style, which is particularly evident in the church of St. Catherine with its magnificent stuccowork. In 1784 the canons' monastery was secularised by Emperor Josef II and bought by Archduke Johann in 1840. On our cycle tour, however, we also reach the Lipizzaner Stud Piber, which is the only state stud in Austria with the task of breeding those Lipizzaner stallions that perform at the world-famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna.
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From Stainz, this tour takes you to Ligist on the Schilcher Tour Nord, a beautiful circular tour through the north of Schilcherland. Here, you will also find the Schlosshof Ligist with an interesting local history museum and a beautiful arcaded courtyard. We cross Ligist and arrive at Krottendorf-Gaisfeld, where the next few kilometres to Piber is now identical with the Kainachtalradweg R14 and the Lipizzaner Tour. The route takes us past the leisure island of Piberstein with its beautiful bathing lake and the golf course of the GC Erzherzog Johann, to finally enter Maria Lankowitz with its pilgrimage church.
The route continues in the direction of Köflach with the Therme Nova, an ideal place of relaxation for the perhaps somewhat tired cyclists' calves. Then it's on to the Lipizzaner stud farm in Piber, which of course demands a stopover. From Piber, we head east to Bärnbach, where another inviting stop awaits us with the Barbara Church designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. We cycle through the centre of Bärnbach in a large loop and then head south to Voitsberg.
We now follow the Kainachtalradweg R14 to get back to the roundabout at Krottenfeld-Gaisfeld. For the next two kilometres we now cycle the same route as on our outward journey to Köflach/Bärnbach. In Krottendorf, our Kainachtal cycle path R14 branches off to the right and we reach Mosskirchen, where the Hochstrasser distillery awaits us. The rest of the route takes us to Lieboch, where we rejoin the main route of the Styrian Wine Country Cycling Tour.
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Touring 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.