Stage 08 Wine Country Styria Cycling Tour Bad Radkersburg - Leibnitz
On this stage of the Wine Country Styria Cycling Tour, the Mur, the second largest river in Austria and namesake for the well-known Mur Bike Path, will be our companion and bring us from the Southeast Styrian Hill Country Wine Route to the well-known Southern Styrian Wine Road and to the Sausaler Wine Road. The route brings us not only into the wine capital of Styria, as Leibnitz is often called, but also through the beautiful Mur meadows and small, romantic villages in the border area with Slovenia.
Nature and culture are on the agenda of the Styria wine country bike tour today, because the first half of the stage takes us along the Mur, which also represents the border with Slovenia. Our bike route meandres through the Natura 2000 Europe protected area Gosdorfer Murauen, which at almost 50 km in length is the largest meadow area of Styria. The second half belongs to the gateway and getting a taste of the Southern Styria Nature Park with the end point Leibnitz, the wine capital of Styria and gateway to southern Styria.
From Bad Radkersburg we head upriver along the Mur Bike Path R2, but still very comfortably through idyllic villages and meadowlandss and past pumpkin and corn fields. The fact that, in addition to the wine, pumpkin seed oil is increasingly becoming the dominant culinary product is also shown by the excursion destinations along the route. The oil mill Sixt with its unique water wheel for the oil press not far from our bike path gives us insights into the production of the 'green gold' of Styria.
In the historic town of Mureck there is another a gem: The Mureck ship mill in the middle of the Mur meadows with the attached restaurant and typical Styrian cuisine gets a lot of cyclists off their schedules, since they often stay longer than planned. A few kilometres after Mureck at the height of Vogels - Ehrenhausen, the start of the Southern Styrian Wine Road, we come to the Genussregal [Enjoyment Shelf] Southern Styria, where Styria shows itself in all its culinary diversity. Here we learn in an entertaining atmosphere how honey, wine or vinegar and many other products are produced, which methods are used and which people are behind the quality and regionality.
Along the Mur, the route continuesto lead us to Leibnitz, our entry point into the Sausal Wine Road. Before Leibnitz, however, at the height of the village of Wagna, which is known for the Roman Museum Flavia Solva we have to branch off to the left onto the Roman Cycle Route R6. We bypass the town of Wagna and after a few minutes arrive at one of the most beautiful main squares in Styria with its numerous cafes and shops.