Benedikt Trail: Bad St. Leonhard – Gräbern – Wolfsberg stage
The 6th stage of the Benedikt Trail leads from Bad St. Leonhard to Gräbern and Wolfsberg!
Follow path Q6 from Kunigundkirche church via the Postgasse – left onto the Herrengasse – right from the Reckturmgasse onto the Weihbrunnweg path, and follow this to the Hofbauersiedlung – cross the Klippitztörlstraße and make your way uphill along the curvy, gravel road to the Haselbauer farm. Above the house, there is a narrow gate in the fence. Continue across fields/pastures to Lindner farm – from here, on a paved driveway or forest lane until a building complex, run-down in parts, appears on the left – across the meadows or take a right on the road downhill to the Paracelsusquelle (Preblauer Sauerbrunn bottling plant) – ca. 6 km.
Briefly downhill to the left, then right along the road towards Prebl – after ca. 1.5 km there is a fork in the road – keep left, after 200m go right (sign: “Gräbern”) – after 1 km there is another fork in the road, keep left (into the forest), uphill to the church in Gräbern (you can pick up the key for the church at the farmhouse located at the bend before the transformer) km 12.7.
From Gräbern, continue straight on the road for ca. 2.5 km, before turning right at the Wolfsberg-Auen turn-off – continue straight to the large linden tree, left curve – at the edge of the forest, go right uphill along hiking path 330 (Hennereck). Go to the left of the fence and then follow the power line slightly uphill – at the edge of the forest, make a left towards the abandoned farmhouse and the road – continue to the right and follow the narrow, paved road into the forest – downhill, sharp hairpin bends, then a lane through the Bernsteiner farm, and to the left is a small chapel.
The path leads steeply downhill through a series of hairpin bends to Vorderwölch and the Gumpold, Kriegl, Sturm, Schifter bus stops until you get to the road (sign for Gasthof Kleinhenner 4 km) – here turn left towards Zellach-Weinzedlei – along Weinzedleistraße to the Auenstraße (Vorderwölch/Buchhof turn-off) across from the tennis center – to the left, follow the Auenstraße to the Wolfsberg Nord exit off the roundabout – over the train crossing – Gasthof Linde, Kelag, warehouse – left to the Grazerstraße traffic circle – Stadthammerstraße to the yellow bridge over the Lavant, then right to the town hall – via the Hoher Platz and J.Offnerstraße to Haus Benedikt (former Capuchin church).
Signs “Q4” and “Q6”, red-white-red markings, and the green triangular sign “Benediktweg” (Benedikt Trail) point the way.
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The accessibility by car via the A2 motorway, exit St. Leonhard or Obdacher federal road B 78thParking fees
In the local area ample free parking available.
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