A bike tour`s length and difficulty should correspond to your personal fitness and riding skills. When taking a break, do some stretching exercises to prevent muscle tenseness. A first-aid kit should be in your rucksack, as should a mobile phone (European Emergency Number 112), a repair kit, warm clothes, rain protection, lights, and sufficient food and drink. Riding on mountain bike, trekking and cycling trails is at your own risk!
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If you want to add a cultural highlight to your experience of nature, visit the famous pilgrimage church Maria Strassengel or the oldest Cistercian monastery in the world in Rein. In fact, why not visit both?
Bett+Bike hosts en route: hotel and restaurant Fischerwirt, Bernthaler inn, hotel and restaurant La Cucina, Thomahan inn, hotel Gratkorn
Gratwein-Gratkorn railway station (375 m)
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Gratwein-Gratkorn railway station
If you don`t want to miss out on the natural and cultural abundance to be found in Styria, then OberGraz is the place for you. Only here does the Mur Radweg cycle path run along the eastern and western banks of the Mur – a great opportunity to circumnavigate the region along a route of about 30 kilometres. On the way, many excursion highlights await you. Starting at Gratwein railway station, head upstream on the western bank of the Mur towards Stübing open-air museum. After visiting the "valley of the farms", the cycle path leads you past orchards to Deutschfeistritz, home to a famous scythe factory: here you can visit the last Styrian scythe factory, which was operational until 1984. You can experience how red-hot iron was processed into scythes using hydropower during fascinating tours of the production halls. Only two kilometres upstream, the Lurgrotte Peggau grotto is also waiting to be discovered. Austria's largest water-filled stalactite cave is a stunning natural structure that houses many endangered bat species. A tour of the grotto with an informative guide is an unforgettable adventure not only for children. Enjoy the rugged and gentle mountain ranges, while cycling back south along the eastern bank of the Mur to Gratkorn and from there to the starting point of the tour.
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Public transport friendly
From leisurely riding along the Murradweg cycle path to more strenuous summit tours – OberGraz makes it easy for you to get on your bike. Cyclists without a car can arrive comfortably in the region by train. The well-frequented S1 train connection between Graz and Bruck/Mur makes OberGraz easily accessible by public transport. (Gratwein–Gratkorn railway station)
Via the A9 (Phyrn motorway), Deutschfeistritz junction, in the direction of Gratwein-Strassengel to railway station Gratwein-Gratkorn
Parking is available at the Park & Ride parking area in Gratwein.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
A fully functional bike and adequate safety equipment are prerequisites for a good ride!