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Way of St. James Western Styria from Thal/Graz to Lavamünd/Carinthia

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  • Am Beginn des Weststeirischen Jakobswegs
    Am Beginn des Weststeirischen Jakobswegs
    Photo: Steiermark Tourismus/Schiffer, TRV Graz / Graz Umgebung
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The Way of St. James in Western Styria was opened on 25 July 2010 and is divided into eight stages. These were chosen so that they are manageable for the average hiker. Overnight accommodation is available at the end of each stage. Particularly athletic pilgrims will probably manage a larger daily workload; in the event of bad weather or sightseeing, the mileage will be less. For the most part, the trail leads along existing hiking and pilgrimage routes and partly along asphalted municipal and provincial roads.
difficult
Distance 149.9 km
49:00 h
4,954 m
5,022 m
2,138 m
344 m

The Lipizzanerheimat region is an irresistible combination of tradition and modernity, rural lifestyle and diverse folk culture. Distinctive and rich in experience, we can enjoy the unique interplay of scenic features. Along gentle hilly landscapes, in the middle of green alpine meadows or high up on the Koralpe, we can harmonise our senses free from everyday stress and noise. Honest cordiality and tangible hospitality are the special features of this unique journey of discovery.

Many world-famous artists have left their mark here. Friedensreich Hundertwasser designed the St. Barbara Church and Prof. Ernst Fuchs the Moses Fountain in Bärnbach. Additionally, who doesn't know the Lipizzaner horses and the Lipizzaner stud farm? Exhibitions at the Stölzle Glas Center Bärnbach provide an annual insight into the fascination of glass. Dive in and relax at the Therme Nova in Köflach. We can cool off in one of the reservoirs (Hirzmann Reservoir, Pack Reservoir, Sobother Reservoir) as well as on the leisure island of Piberstein or in the Schlossbad Bärnbach.

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Update: July 25, 2022
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Highest point
2,138 m
Lowest point
344 m
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Safety information

The Way of St. James in Western Styria is marked with signage (arrow with shell). We pilgrims can also orientate ourselves on the red-white-red markings of the Naturfreunde (Friends of Nature) and the Alpenverein (Alpine Club). In addition, there are ground markings on asphalt roads. Despite that, it is highly recommended to carry a hiking map. For us pilgrims, it is recommended to carry an Austrian pilgrim's booklet with the pilgrim's passport. We get discounts at some establishments. We can get this booklet from parish offices or pilgrim businesses.

Tips and hints

Verein zur Förderung der steirischen Jakobswege

Reinhold Waldhaus

Tel. +43 676 3911185

office@jakobsweg-steiermark.at

www.jakobsweg-steiermark.at

 

Tourismusverband Lipizzanerheimat

Tel. +43 3144 72777

office@lipizzanerheimat.com

www.lipizzanerheimat.com

 

Start

Thal, Jakobskirche (461 m)
Coordinates:
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47.076209, 15.361880
DMS
47°04'34.4"N 15°21'42.8"E
UTM
33T 527472 5213696
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Destination

Lavamünd

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Jakob Church in Thal near Graz, designed by Ernst Fuchs, the trail leads via the Jostbauer Cross and Plankenwarth Castle to the Church of St. Oswald near Plankenwarth. Past the Staberhansl wine tavern, we reach Stiwoll with its late Romanesque church. Via the Stiwollgraben, we reach the village of St. Pankrazen/Gschnaidt. The route continues in the direction of Geistthal to reach the Kohlbauerkreuz. After a leisurely walk, we reach the Jakobskirche in Geistthal, whose first documented mention dates back to around 1245. Next stops are the Römaskogel, the Reinprechtskogels and the Fürstaller Kreuz to reach the Wilhelm estate in Kohlschwarz. We continue towards Hochkogel and then downhill to the centre of the art and culture town of Bärnbach with St. Barbara's Church.

From Bärnbach, we continue along a meadow and forest path to the Lipizzaner stud farm Piber and subsequently to Therme Nova, to the town of Köflach and to Maria Lankowitz, where we find the beautiful pilgrimage church. The idyllically designed vicarage with the pictures of saints by Anton Hafner invites you to take a break. 

From the pilgrimage church in Maria Lankowitz, we march past the municipal office, Maria Lankowitz Castle, the golf course and the leisure island of Piberstein to reach the Lustiger Bauer inn. We reach Edelschrott via a hiking trail leading steeply uphill (Hans Klöpfer Weg 91). The route continues via the Hirzmann reservoir to Modriach and on to the Hoiswirt Modriach-Winkel alpine inn. On forest and meadow paths and partly road sections, the route continues via St. Oswald/Kloster to St. Jakob in Freiland. On the road we now go downhill for about 6 km to St. Jacob's Church with the statue of St. Jacob. The rest of the way takes us past the Frauental pilgrimage cross and the statue of St. Christopher to Osterwitz. We leave this idllyic place of pilgrimage and walk along trail 553 to the Trahüttner Hut at 1,317 m above sea level. Via the Wildbachsattel-Glashütten junction we reach the Weinebene.

From the Weinebene we follow the long-distance trail 505 to the Koralpenspeik at 2,140 m above sea level with the Goldhauben. In clear weather we enjoy the magnificent view of the Styrian and Carinthian mountains. The Way of St. James continues along the border between Styria and Carinthia. Next station: Dreieckkogel and Dreieckhütte. From here, follow trail 560 south to the hiking village of Soboth, where the Slovenian Way of St. James also joins. From here we follow the signpost 06/03A to Lavamünd.

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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

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Getting there

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Coordinates

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47.076209, 15.361880
DMS
47°04'34.4"N 15°21'42.8"E
UTM
33T 527472 5213696
w3w 
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Equipment

Proper backpack packing makes many things easier: Pack heavy things first. The water bottle should always be within reach in a side pocket. All the things that are often needed, such as sunglasses, camera or hiking map, belong on top. An emergency kit, including blister plasters, belongs in every rucksack and it is always advisable to dress in layers.

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Distance
149.9 km
Duration
49:00 h
Ascent
4,954 m
Descent
5,022 m
Highest point
2,138 m
Lowest point
344 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest

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