Length up to 4 km (2.5 miles), terrain contains one steep hill of 100 meters (can be avoided)
Note: these pictures were taken on a few frosty December mornings. I hope to one day run it in summer weather!
Graz Routes List:
Leechwald half-marathon hill trail
Graz old-town loop
For more running routes, see the Route List
If you're staying in or near the old town in Graz (and if you're in Graz, make sure you do!), here's a great route to take. It's short, but takes on the steep climb up to the top of the castle hill. But if you don't feel like doing the hill-climb, you can easily just circle around it.
|Florist in the Graz old town|
We'll start the route on the south side of the old town, at Kaiser-Josef-Platz, across from the opera. This little market square hosts an old-fashioned farmers' market every morning, and is also located across from the south end of the Stadtpark.
|The farmers' market in front of the opera|
|In Stadtpark, along the dike|
|Stadtpark, the palace ramparts|
You'll come to some tennis courts, and another street heading towards an old city gate to your left.
You could just run straight past the sign that maps the trails up to the hilltop and run through the woods right to the top.
|The Paulustor (St. Paul's Gate)|
NOTE: If you don't want to run up the hill, just continue running westwards along Wickenburggasse, with the hill to your left. Just keep the hill directly to your left side. You will come to a tram line right at the Mur River. Now follow Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Kai southwards, still keeping the hill to your left. You will rejoin the route at Schlossbergplatz.
In the old town, you'll pass some museums and the police headquarters occupying some old barracks. When you come to an open plaza on the left (Karmeliterplatz) with a column topped by Maria, turn right to go through the arched gateway through the house on the right side.
|Heading up the castle hill|
You come into the castle area at the clock-tower, with its wooden walkways. There are some great viewpoints there towards the south, over the whole old-town.
|The castle clock tower|
At the very top, you'll pass the round, white bell-tower and come to a terraced park, with great views to the west.
|View from the castle hill|
In 200 meters, you'll come to a triangular plaza, Hauptplatz, with the domed town hall standing behind it. This is one of the main tram stations in town. If you continued straight, you'd run down the main shopping street, Herrengasse.
|Hauptplatz facades: turn left here on Sporgasse!|
You'll pass the bishop's square, then the house with a Glockenspiel (figures that appear at certain times while bells chime).
|The old royal bakery in the old town|