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Over the mountains - in the middle of the city

A mountain tour through the middle of the provincial capital? The 10 km long route through Graz goes uphill, downhill and is above all fun!

If you want to climb a few altitude meters in the middle of Graz, you've come to the right place. Kalvarienberg, Reinerkogel, Rosenberg, Schlossberg - four 'mountains' in the middle of the city - easy to reach even without public transport. Professional hiking equipment is not necessary. You can get to the starting point - which in turn is also the destination - by one of the numerous streetcars. Hiking in the city? Easy! And yet: This hike stretches over a distance of 10km, uphill, downhill, along the Mur River and over a seemingly never-ending staircase - no, not the one to the Schlossberg!





Start / end of the tour: Tourist Information Graz Region, Herrengasse 16, 8010 Graz

Arrival by car: You can reach the provincial capital Graz directly via the A2 or A9 freeway.

From the Graz Region Tourist Information, walk north along Herrengasse to Hauptplatz. Take Murgasse to get to the Erzherzog Johann bridge. Cross the bridge and then turn north to stroll along the Mur. Within a few minutes of walking, the asphalted city centre becomes a green path along the fl owing Mur, which accompanies you all the way to Calvary Hill. Calvary Hill, built in the 17th century, was at the time the fi rst replica of Jerusalem’s Golgotha crucifi xion hill and its installations reminiscent of Christ’s crucifi xion within the Habsburg hereditary lands. After a circuit on Calvary Hill, walk back a bit to reach the left bank of the Mur over Calvary Bridge. Take Kettengasse and Robert-StolzGasse to reach Grabenstraße. This is where the trail starts up the Reinerkogel, which you immediately leave again to climb the 450 steps of the Jakobsleiter (Jacob’s Ladder) – you need a lot of puff here! On the other side, you zigzag downhill again. You now take Saumgasse and Quellengasse, walking through a splendid residential area back up to the next peak – the Rosenberg. At the “Minoritenschlössel” we walk through Panoramagasse to the highlight of the tour – a deck chair on the “Café Rosenhain” terrace with a wonderful view of the Schlossberg in Graz. Treat yourself to some refreshments?

Well refreshed and looking forward to the fi nal summit, walk down the Rosenhain and through Humboldtstraße and Wormgasse to the northern part of the Stadtpark. Between the memorial to the fallen of both world wars at Paulustor and the provincial sports centre, designed by the Graz sculptor Alexander Silveri, a path leads, almost secretly away from the hustle and bustle, up to the Schlossberg. Walk down Kriegssteig and cross Schlossbergplatz before you return to Hauptplatz through Sackstraße. P.S.: Anyone who has problems with heights can also walk past the clock tower along the path towards Karmeliterplatz and turn right just before it through the tunnel in Schlossberg to Schlossbergplatz. Action lovers should take the downhill ride on the Schlossberg slide!

  • good challenge with children, as each mountain can be "climbed" individually
  • tour without public transport

In the old town of Graz, you are spoiled for choice: Should the car be parked in one of the numerous underground car parks, in the blue zone in the city centre or at a park-and-ride (P&R) site.

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