This short multi-cache, which will take approximately 20-30
minutes, will lead you to the church of St. Veit, part of the
district Andritz, north of Graz. The church itself is located on a
hill, just high enough to offer a view over the city.
The cache tour can be easily combined with a visit of GC53ZH9 "teichhuhn"
It is not recommended to visit this cache at night as some parts of
this cache and the final location are located at places where the
use of flashlights might either not be appropiate or arouse
It's not necessary to enter the coordinates of all the stages into
the gps-receiver - most can be found by just following the
description. Just in case coordinates are still supplied.Note:
One stage is located on a graveyard. It is just a
question to answer and I recommend to act appropiately and put away
the gps-r. Relatives of mine found their last home there, so
Information found in this description is based on various on- and
offline sources. Most should be reliable, but I can't guarantee
I'd recommend to leave your car along the street where
the parking coordinates - waypoint
, N47 06.803 E015 24.843 - are pointing to. There are some
places around stage 1 where one could leave a car, but they are all
marked as private property.Bike:
Take bike-way R2 north along the left (east) side of
the river "Mur". If you approach from south you will pass a big DIY
store ("Baumax"). Shortly afterwards - at waypoint
, N47 06.434 E015 24.689 - turn right onto a small unpaved
path. You will then drive along the so-called "Kirschenallee"
(which basically translates to "cherry tree avenue") and pass some
public sports grounds. Follow the path which then turns into a
small paved road until you reach a street crossing. There turn
right for a few meters, then left. Continue and you'll arrive at
stage 1. You can then either continue by bike or leave it
Take GVB bus #53
("Hauptbahnhof-Stattegg/Fuss der Leber") and leave at station "St.
Veit" (after "St. Gotthard"). This bus line also passes by the
station "Andritz" which can be reached by GVB tram lines 4 and 5
and bus-lines 41 and 52. Bus/Tram-timetable available here
The settlement around the church used to be called "Gabriach",
stemming from the Slavic word "gaber" which means hornbeam tree
("Weissbuche"). Today the nearby creek named "Gabriachbach" still
refers to that name.
The hill of todays St. Veit used to be called "Am Aigen", which
basically translates to "free property" - contrary to the back-then
common fiefdom. Today a nearby street still reminds of that
By 1850 the municipality of "St. Veit ob Graz" was created. 1938,
when todays district Andritz was annexed by Graz, the area became a
part of Andritz, todays Graz' 12th district. History
In the early middle ages the hill of (now) St. Veit used to be the
base for an escape castle. Later on fortified defence towers were
built, where people found shelter during the Hungarian invasion.
The wooden walls were then replaced with stone and a nave was
built, first referenced in books by 1226.
In the 17th century todays church, designed by the Italian builder
Domenico Sciassia (died in Graz February 19th, 1679) who also
extended the Basilica of Mariazell (1644-1683), was built. He also
built the chapel at the nearby castle St. Gotthard, but this chapel
was teared down in 1808.
Works on the building in St. Veit finished 1662 and 1680 a baroque
high altar was created by Hans Adam Weißenkirchner, painter at
Eggenberg, donated by prince Seyfried of Eggenberg. In 1713 the
churchtower was built (re-built in 1951).
By 1780 children were educated in a room of a tavern next to the
church. 1901 todays' school was built.
1906 the first power lines were laid and electric light could be
used.Stage 1: chapel
At stage 1 - N47 06.854 E015 24.798 - you'll find a small chapel, a reminder for the times when Pest plagued the residents.
Nearby there are two direction signs, a green one below a white one.A = number of graphical symbols on the second sign (the green one)B = number of letters of the last word of the inscription of the chapel (6 words)
Note: During the renovation works the description can also be found on a nearby picture.
Now follow the street uphill.
Stage 3: memorial of war
|Stage 2: the school
The first building to your right is the school of St. Veit. In
Winter the slope below the gym hall is a very popular place for
N47 06.919 E015 24.731
A work of art by small artists, Natalie and others.
C = last digit of the year, 200x
Now continue uphill until you reach a street to your left.
N 47° 06.934 E 015° 24.704D = Nearly the last digit of the date: 1860 19x5
If you came by bike leave it there, we'll pick it up later.
Now take the street to your left, and walk along until you reach a
parking lot. While walking there have a look at the city to your
Stage 6: famous guy
||Stage 4: a warning|
N47 06.930 E015 24.624
At the right side of the parking lot near the path to the church
you'll find a sign with a red edge.
E = Number of question marks on the sign
Now continue to the church, but please put away your gps-r first.
It's a graveyard, not your playground.
Stage 5: cross
No coordinates are given for this stage (for obvious reasons). The
target is a (really) large wooden cross on the South side of the
F = second digit on the cross
Now continue around the church until you reach some stairs leading
to the street below. Right next to the stairs there is a wooden
door which leads onto the concrete archway that you might have
spotted from stage 3 and to the parsonage. I am not sure if
entering the archway is allowed though, so we just walk down the
If you left your bike at stage 3 go down the few meters and fetch
it, then come back up here.
Then continue on the street that's straight ahead until you reach a
gravel road that leads downhill to your right.
One of the best-known people in St. Veit was Lois Steiner
(1907-1989), who used to be headmaster of the nearby school and is
known for collecting Styrian folk songs.
You should now be close to a street carrying his name.
N47 07.035 E015 24.719
Here are three round signs with red edges.G = Twice the first digit of the sign that contains three
digits. (The result is a single digit!)
If one would continue walking on the same street one would reach
the post office of 8046 St. Veit, which was abandoned in June 2002.
It looks like it was frozen in time, there are still advertisements
from 2002 on its door..
Now take the gravel road downhill towards the "Gabriachbach".
This creek has it's source north of the church of St. Veit and
flows into the "Andritzbach" near the B67a (bikeway R2). Parts of
the flow of this creek are then used on the area of the cities
northern waterworks (right across the street of waypoint BIKE) for
artificial groundwater recharging purposes. The creek then flows
into the river "Mur".
Below you'll see a more or less interesting construction - a
retention pond for 26.200 cubic meters of water. It was recently
built together with other installations at a cost of 2 billion euro
in a response to the flooding that occured on August 21st, 2005,
that devastated nearby basements and great parts of the allotment
garden south-west of the parking coordinates. A picture timeline of
its construction is available here
By now you should already have all the necessary values for
calculating the location of the final stage, the cache box.N47 06.FDA E015 2C.EGB
The cache is covered with pieces of bark.
GPS-reception is quite poor there, sorry. The coordinates have been
measured with a SirfIII BT gps mouse.
Way back: Follow the gravel road south towards Stage 1.