192 Route 27. GRATZ.
Magi; P. de Pomis, Apotheosis of the Archduchess Maria, wife of Charles II.
The older and the more modern Viennese schools are also represented.
On the Stadtkai rise the new Law Courts, a handsome building
designed by Wielemanns and Reuter.
Environs. About 1 M. to the N.E. of the Stadt-Park by the Zinzen-
dorf-Str. and Schubert-Str. (tramway, see p. 189) is the "Hilmteich (PI.
D, 1), with pleasure-grounds (Restaurant) and a large pond (boats for hire)
The (10 min.) Hilmwarte (98 ft. high; adm. 10 kr.) affords an extensive view.
The following short excursion is recommended. We ascend the Rosen¬
berg (1570 ft.) as far as the (1 hr.) Stoffbauer (1570 ft.; Inn). Thence we
ascend the (3/i hr.) Platte (2136ft.), an admirable point of view; then
descend to (72 hr.) Maria-Griin (1460 ft.), proceed by the finely situated
Sanatorium Mariagrun and the Kaltenbrunn Hotel to the (Vs hr.) Hilmteich
(see above), and return thence to Gratz by tramway. — Other excursions :
on the left bank of the Mur, to Steinberg (2 hrs.), with a splendid outlook
on the mountains of the Carinthian frontier; to the chateau of Lustbiihel
(l'/i hr.), on the Ruckerlberg, and on to Hbnigthal (V/i hr.), returning by
the Riesberg; Andritz- Ursprung (I1/2 hr); Maria-Trost (1540 ft.;_ IV2 hr.),
a pilgrimage-church. On the right bank of the Mur, to the chateau and
hydropathic establishment of Eggenberg (1 hr.); by the ruin of Gosling (1 hr.;
near which is the Jungfernsprung, rising abruptly from the Mur) to (2 hrs.)
Thai; to Judendorf-Slrassengel, the first station of the Vienna railway (p. 181;
a walk of 2 hrs.), etc.
The "Buchkogi (2150 ft,; 272 hrs. to the S.W.) may be reached by driving
as far as the (41/2 M.) Martins-Brunnen or Brttndl ("Inn) in 3/4 hr., and
walking thence to the top in 1 hr. more by a marked path passing St. Martin,
with its old chateau. On the summit is the Rudolfs-Warte, a belvedere
36ft. in height. The "View embraces the broad valley of the Mur; N.,
Gratz, the double tower of the pilgrimage-church of Maria-Trost, and the
SchOckel; N.W., the tipper Styrian Mts. (Hochschwab); W., the Schwan¬
berg Alps; S., the Bacher Mts.
The "Schbckel (4745 ft.) is most easily ascended from Bad Radegund
(2340 ft.; Hydropathic, with numerous villas, etc.), at the S.E. base of the
mountain (10 M. distant, road through the Annagraben; omnibus daily in
2'/4 hrs., starting at 8 a.m.). Thence to the upper Schbckel-Kreuz (3695 ft.)
174 hr., and towards the left to the Semriacher Alp (Inn) and the (1 hr.)
"Stubenberg-Haus of the Styrian Alpine Club (Inn), on the top. Extensive
view. — Direct ascent from the (172 hr.) Andritz-Ursprung (see above)
via Puch and the Gbstinger Alphutte (rfmts.) in 272-3 hrs.
Tobelbad (1150 ft.; "Curhaus; Kbnigsbrunn Inn), pleasantly situated
among pine-woods, 7'/2 M. to the S.E. of Gratz, may be reached either by
carr. and pair via, Strassgang in 1 hr., or in V2 hr.'s walk from the (25 min.)
station of Premstdtten, on the Koflach railway (see below).
From Geatz to Koflach, 2572 M., railway in l3/4 hr. The line, con¬
structed for the coal-traffic, descends the broad valley of the Mur, nearly
due S., to (772 M.) Premstdtten, where it turns to the N.W. into the valley
of the Kainach, and ascends past (10 M.) Lieboch (branch-line to Schaan-
berg-Wies, see below). From (2572 M.) Koflach (Brauhaus) a road leads
to the N.W. over the Stubalp-Battel (5090 ft.), to Weisskirchen and (10 hrs.)
Judenburg (p. 204), in the upper valley of the Mur.
From Geatz to Klagenfurt via Schwanberg. Railway in 3 hrs. to
(42 M.) Wies; then a carriage-road to (15 M.) Wuchem (p. 200). — At (10 M.)
Lieboch (see above) our line diverges to the left from the Koflach line and
leads via Lannach. Preding-Wieselsdorf, and Grost-Ftorian to (2972 M.)
Deutsch-Landtberg (1220 ft.; Fritzberg; "Stelzer), a prettily-situated village
with an old chateau. We next pass the handsome chateau of Hollenegg to
(3472M.) Schwanberg; the little town (Krasser; Neuurirth; Mollak) lies 2M. to
the W. The next and last station is (42 M.) Wies (Heinisser; Stelzer), pleas¬
antly situated on the Weisse Sulm, with iron-works and forges, commanded
by an old castle. — We now follow the road towards the S.W. to (3 M.)