Late last Fall, I went hiking on Schoeckel, a little northeast of Graz. Also called, Hausberg, or House Mountain. We started at Schuekelbartl. Many nice trails that led up to the top, about a 400 meter climb from there. At the top was — what else?–a restaurant serving imbiss and beer. That is the great thing about hiking in Austria: it seems that no matter where you end up, after hiking along mountain trails, through woods, along ancient paths, you will find a restaurant.

Also, most Austrians tell me I misuse the word “hike.” For them, hiking is an all-day event. You pack a lunch, stuff your rucksack and take off…for hours. It has to be a minimum 6 hours or it is not a hike; it is spazierengehen.

Well, where I am from, if you hump it up trails for a couple of hours or more, it is a hike.

Anyway, the Springlike weather recently has made me start salivating for hiking season. I would love to know what are people’s favorite hikes around Graz and why. And how to get there. Cheers.

2 Comments so far

  1. Christian Klepej (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 9:15 am

    struggling with german

    congratulations – it’s a must to be on the top of our “hausberg”. and it’s a must for me telling you the correct name: “Schöckl”, u may write it “Schoeckl” in english. AND there is a tiny group (i belong to) writing: “Schöckel (engl. “Schoeckel”). but never the less it is a crime writing “Schueckel” ;)

    ps.: next destination could be the zirbitzkogel.

  2. Christian Klepej (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 9:56 am

    well, probably best choose for your 2007-mountain-opening would be the “Hochlantsch”. go by car to the “Teichalm” (some 40 min. between graz and bruck/mur; there are two possible routes, no one knows the best; ask and take the first one). place your car somewhere nearby the restaurant (u like restaurants) vorrauer. and then start to the “Hochlantsch”. it needs about 1,1 hours (concerning your body and your compadres) BUT u may also choose some longer trails). AND u need a lunch for the top – no restaurants there! ;)

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