Stage 06 Mur Bike Path Graz - Leibnitz
This stage, the longest of the Styrian river bike paths, takes us from Graz, the enjoyment capital of Austria, to southern Styria and Leibnitz. It is a tour of enjoyment and culture as well as wine and culture. And the route on the Mur Bike Path is one of the most beautiful you could wish for.
Through the Grazer Feld basin area we head for southern Styria, which is known for more than just its wonderful wine. Seggau Castle near Leibnitz offers culture that impresses every visitor with its prince's room and a beautiful paintings gallery, as well as the 300-year-old wine cellar that impresses and pampers the palate. This is the best mood for the Southern Styria Wine Road, which passes by here. Our tip: a detour to the Sulmtal valley to see the vineyards around Kitzeck, the highest wine village in Europe, and wine taverns is worthwhile!
The clock tower looks after us when we leave the old town of Graz today. Namely on the Mur Bike Path along the left bank of the Mur River - at the Schönaugürtel we cross the Mur and change to the right bank of the Mur. Now we keep heading south. By the way, at the next railway bridge we can choose which side of the river we want to ride on all the way to Kalsdorf, whereby the right-hand side of the Mur is consistently chosen. Before that, however, a detour to the Johann Puch Museum is recommended!
On the left bank to Kalsdorf: We pass a footbridge, but stay on this side. At the crossroads, which leads over the Mur, we ride straight ahead. Now we dive onto Murfelder Straße for a very short time and, following the signage, we come to a zoo just before Fernitz. At the crossroads of the Aumühle with the zoo, we keep heading straight. Shortly thereafter, the road goes on a left-right curve. On the left curve, we turn right onto a dirt road and reach Fernitz. Here we keep right and ride over the Mur bridge to Kalsdorf.
Our preferred option is to stay on the right bank to Kalsdorf: We pass the motorway through an underpass, then leave the Mur and keep to the right. In the small village of Lebern we follow a small stream. We've been riding so well in the past few days. Now we decide: ride on and admire the landscape, which is mostly flat, or just spend a few hours relaxing in a very modern park. Schwarzl Lake, a location of many festivals, an amusement park, campground, space for those looking for peace and quiet with a lot of food options - all of this is offered if we deviate from the route. And if you want, you can even go water skiing or take a boat tour. To do this, we turn right shortly after Lebern. Then we keep left and cross the main road. We cross some tracks and at the next two intersections we keep left. We ride through Forst, a small village. Soon we are at gate 9 of the airport Graz-Thalerhof. We turn left and circle the area and at the end we turn right. Now you are on bike path number 31. The next settlement we reach is already Thalerhof. At the first intersection we see, we turn right, and now follow the signs Unterpremstätten to the large leisure centre.
Have you recovered? Have you enjoyed a few hours to yourself? Or did you stay on the main route? Then let's continue on our way to Wagnitz. The village remains on our right. An asphalt path leads through the Kalsdorf meadow. We will stick to the bike path, that is unless the meadow is calling you... We also certainly recommend visiting the adventure path through the wetland biotope with many instructive explanations. The bike path leaves the riparian forest, however, and we are now surrounded by gentle fields, meadows in open countryside. The Mühlgang, the stream that we have now had as a "companion" for some time instead of the Mur, joins the bike path again. Only now it is surrounded by thick undergrowth and reeds. We are soon welcomed by Kalsdorf, where the left-hand Mur riverbank version also ends up.
Our route makes it look like our journey will continue right through the fields, but the path jogs to the right, once again crossing the Mühlgang. We're not interested in the road that branches off after that, because we continue straight ahead. In Kleinsulz, a nice little village with small houses, we keep left and continue cycling in the direction of Großsulz. Our next destination: Werndorf, which we again leave on the right-hand side. Always near the Mühlgang and the Mur, we continue to Wildon, which we pass through, turn left at the lower market and arrive at a Mur bridge. Our path continues between the railway and the Mur to Lebring on the Mur with the beautiful Castle Murstätten. Our Mur Bike Path, on which we have already covered so many exciting, relaxing, interesting and comfortable kilometres, continues after Lebring again near the Mur. We ride through the village and take the first left turn just after Castle Murstätten. At the end of the village, we cross another street and ride along the Mur through Altgralla and Untergralla to Hasendorf, which we soon reach.
Here we have to turn off to the right, pass the A9 Phyrn motorway and turn left into Leibnitz, which is only about five kilometres away, before the tracks. The centre of Leibnitz with its beautiful main square is already right in front of us. At the beginning of our tour, we decided to do one thing: We are not simply cycling the Mur Bike Path. We are conquering it. We want to get to know Styria from its most beautiful side by bike. And here in Leibnitz it is almost a must to see Castle Seggau first, whose history reaches back to the Romans, and whose 300-year-old wine cellar is a veritable delight of the palate and eyes. You should make this stop before, strengthened, we start off to see the Sulmtal. And we will notice very quickly that our excursion could be extended by one day. Past the Sulmteich, we continue to Kitzeck, a true landmark. Kitzeck is the highest wine village in Europe. A number of rustic, cosy wine taverns with excellent Styrian products and the best wines await those of us who have mastered the challenging climb over the last few kilometres. But many have earned the reward simply after pushing their bike. The view that Kitzeck offers us in a 360-degree panorama is literally breathtaking. This term can be used with a clear conscience here. You will never forget a sunset with a view over the Sulmtal. Afterwards, and after a good glass of wine, some people may prefer to spend the night here before we leave, chipper and full of positive thoughts, on our last stage in Austria.