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Styrian Wine Country Cycling Trail - Variant Southern Styria-Schilcherland

Bicycle Ride · Südwest-Steiermark
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  • Unterwegs im Naturpark Südsteiermark
    / Unterwegs im Naturpark Südsteiermark
    Photo: Tom Lamm, Steiermark Tourismus/Tom Lamm
  • / Sernau bei Gamlitz
    Photo: Harry Schiffer, CC BY-ND, Steiermark Tourismus/Harry Schiffer
  • / Rast beim Klapotetz
    Photo: Tom Lamm, CC BY-ND, Steiermark Tourismus/Tom Lamm
  • / Weingärten soweit das Auge reicht
    Photo: Martina Traisch, CC BY-ND, Steiermark Tourismus/Martina Traisch
  • / Blick in die Weingärten der Südsteiermark
    Photo: Harry Schiffer, (c) Steiermark Tourismus/Harry Schiffer
  • / Radfahren in der herbstlichen Südsteiermark
    Photo: Tom Lamm, CC BY-ND, Steiermark Tourismus/Tom Lamm
  • / Weinmuseum Schloss Gamlitz
    Photo: Elisabeth Maier, Südsteiermark
  • / Herbststimmung im Naturpark Südsteiermark
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  • / Abendstimmung in der Südsteiermark
    Photo: Harry Schiffer, CC BY-ND, Steiermark Tourismus/Harry Schiffer
  • / Vor der Vinofaktur Genussregal Südsteiermark in Ehrenhausen
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This variant of the Styrian Wine Country Cycling Trail takes us through the middle of the Southern Styria natural park with the Südsteirische Weinstraße (South Styrian Wine Route), which is known far beyond the borders. This connects popular wine-growing villages such as Ehrenhausen, Leutschach and Gamlitz. They are the epitome of Styrian wine culture and are loved for their fine drops and almost Mediterranean climate. Numerous climbs spice up this variant of the Weinland Steiermark bike tour. And: Both the panoramas along the tour and the many wine taverns are priceless and tempt you to "sit down" for a while. However, one should not taste too much of these noble wines, because then the tour can end earlier than expected. 
moderate
Distance 55.8 km
5:30 h
748 m
584 m
548 m
254 m

In Styria, excellent wine and culinary delicacies from own production in combination with cosy conviviality have a name: Buschenschank. And this has been the case for over 230 years. In around 800 Buschenschänken in Styria, the motto is "stop in, taste and enjoy". Traditional delicacies are served, such as the traditional Brettljause, accompanied by wine or fruit juice. Buschenschanken were legalised a little more than 230 years ago. The first legal basis for this was created by Emperor Josef II on 17 August 1784 with a circular decree. With this decree, he gave every winegrower permission to sell or serve home-grown food, wine and fruit must without a special licence throughout the year and at a self-defined price.

Of course, time has not stood still in the Buschenschänken of the South Styrian Wine Route. Here, too, they follow the nutritional trends, and so for the first time in a few years, vegan and vegetarian snacks have also been offered. For this, 15 creative wine taverns have gone through the school of the 3-hood chef Gerhard Fuchs. The menu now includes new bread creations such as corn, polenta, pumpkin or courgette bread and spreads such as tomato jam, potato marinade, bean caviar or pumpkin pesto.

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Author
Günther Steininger 
Update: July 22, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
548 m
Lowest point
254 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Vinofaktur mit dem Genussregal Südsteiermark
Die Brauerei Leutschach
Vinothek - Erzherzog Johann Weine
Weinmuseum Schloss Gamlitz

Safety information

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?

Tips and hints

Steiermark Tourismus

Tel. +43 316 4003

info@steiermark.com

www.steiermark.com/en

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

www.steiermark-touristik.com

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.

Start

Ehrenhausen (256 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.729278, 15.584855
DMS
46°43'45.4"N 15°35'05.5"E
UTM
33T 544688 5175246
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Destination

Bad Schwanberg

Turn-by-turn directions

The tour starts in Vogau/Ehrenhausen, where the Mur Cycling Path and the Wine Country Cycling Path R25 meet, which we first follow on this variant of the Styrian Wine Country Cycling Tour. Via Ehrenhausen - with its historic townscape and beautiful castle - the route leads to Gamlitz. With around 400 hectares of vineyards, Gamlitz holds more than 10% of the entire Styrian winegrowing area and is home to well-known wineries such as the Weingut Walter Skoff or Weingut Sattlerhof. After Gamlitz, the route really starts to go uphill.

Cycling past the Sernaukogel and the Wurzenberg, we are rewarded with fantastic panoramic views of the South Styrian Wine Route. The next stop is Leutschach. In addition to wine, hops also reign here, because the surrounding hills, orchards and vineyards, are also home to large hop farms.

After Leutschach, we head uphill again into the vineyards towards Remschnigg. Here, we are only a few hundred metres away from the border of Slovenia and we can already catch a glimpse of our neighbours. The tour then leads to Arnfels. The castle towers high above the village and is witness to a past rich in tradition. From Arnfels, we head to St. Johann im Saggautal, where we also turn left onto the Saggautal cycle path R20 heading west. In the now somewhat wider valley of the Saggau we reach Eibiswald quite comfortably via Oberhaag. From here, the rest of the route takes us north along the Schilcher Cycle Path R4 to reach Bad Schwanberg via Altenmarkt near Wies, where our tour joins the main route of the Styrian Wine Country Cycling Trail.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

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

With Verbundlinie’s BusBahnBim route planner app, planning your journey has never been easier: simply enter towns and/or addresses, stop names or points of interest to check all bus, train and tram connections in Austria. The app is available free of charge for smartphones – on Google Play and in the App Store

Getting there

Parking

Coordinates

DD
46.729278, 15.584855
DMS
46°43'45.4"N 15°35'05.5"E
UTM
33T 544688 5175246
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Folder "Weinland Steiermark Radtour" mit Routenbeschreibung, Übersichts- und Detailkarten sowie Ausflugszieletipps und mehr: Steiermark Tourismus, Tel. +43 316 4003 www.steiermark.com

Weinland Steiermark Radtour 1:50.000, ISBN 978-3-85000-755-9 Verlag Esterbauer - bikeline Tel. +43 2983 28982 www.esterbauer.com

Author’s map recommendations

Pocket Card "Radwege in der Steiermark" Tel. +43 316 4003 www.steiermark.com

Equipment

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.

Basic Equipment for Bike Riding

  • 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)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • 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
  • 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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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
55.8 km
Duration
5:30 h
Ascent
748 m
Descent
584 m
Highest point
548 m
Lowest point
254 m
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