Magic mountain Pfaffenkogel

From Kleinstübing to Gratwein

After a steep ascent, your well-deserved reward is a natural paradise with sensational views, photo opportunities galore, culinary delights, a game enclosure and an open-air museum. This hike certainly doesn’t lack variety.

Start

Kleinstübing railway station

Latitude: 47.176979 Longitude: 15.320752

End point

Gratwein railway station

Location plan

Starting from Kleinstübing railway station, head first towards the Austrian Open-Air Museum Stübing and then climb the steep no. 11 trail, crossing the ridge and arriving at the summit cross of the Pfaffenkogel mountain. The rugged rock outcrops are impressive, but also potentially dangerous. Please be careful!

Since this stretch of the trail really is challenging, the gentler alternative along the 562 GUW trail may be preferred by less fit hikers. In the latter case you won’t reach the summit cross on the Pfaffenkogel, but you will still reach the Mostschänke Movia tavern.

The nature reserve around the Pfaffenkogel offers wonderful photo opportunities and an impressive view of the Mur flowing along the foot of the mountain.

Then you hike on to the Mostschänke Movia tavern “Hörgas-Pauli”. Strengthened by a lovely snack that includes award-winning bread, follow the road downhill to Enzenbach hospital.

From there, go left onto the 11a trail and slightly uphill onto the Gsollerkogel. Continue to the Bäckerseppl tavern. On the way you’ll have a beautiful view of Rein Abbey and, further on, of Gratwein and the pilgrimage church of Maria Strassengel.

From the game enclosure, continue on the 11a trail to Hörgas hospital and through the forest on a narrow, paved path down to the depot of the Gratwein fire brigade. The last stretch is across a flat passage through the market of Gratwein to the train station. You can now either take one of the frequent trains to get back to your starting point (1 stop to Kleinstübing), or, having spare energy to burn, you can walk along the R2 Mur cycle path upstream on the – partly gravelled – road past the Open-Air Museum Stübing and back to your starting point.

Tour properties

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Map

  • 10.9 km Route
  • 3:45 h Duration
  • 517 m Climbing
  • 533 m Climb down
  • 0.38 m Lowest level
  • 0.925 m Highest point

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