Paradise for hikers

A paradise for mountaineers

Hiking enthusiasts are truly spoilt for choice in Nassfeld, a region with so many paths and trails that it is impossible to explore them all during just one holiday. Attractions include themed hiking routes, geotrails, long-distance walks, summit ascents, circular hikes, rock climbing and walks over the border into neighbouring Italy. Nassfeld's location between mighty peaks and glistening lakes makes it the ideal starting point for exploring the network of over 1000 km of hiking trails in the sunny south of Carinthia. 

A fascinating natural landscpe

A major part of Carinthia's popularity as a hiking destination is the hugely diverse geology to be found in the region. Lush green meadows contrast with rocky peaks, wide valleys and sparkling lakes. Two major Alpine chains, the Gailtal Alps and the Carnic Alps, run across Nassfeld and are both easily accessible on foot or by bike. The region's proximity to the famous Dolomites is also reflected in the landscape, which attracts many pilgrims, long-distance hikers, climbers, walkers and mountaineers. A number of hikes last several days and include overnight stays in Alpine huts.

Explore the diverse landscape on foot

Keen hikers and nature enthusiasts will enjoy the 25 themed hikes in the region, including two long-distance routes ("Karnischer Höhenweg" and "Gailtaler Höhenweg") and two pilgrimage trails ("Marienpilerweg" and "Weg des Buches"). Other hiking routes, such as the geotrails, also give walkers a chance to find out more about the nature and history of the region in a hands-on and interactive way. Those with a head for heights can explore the many family-friendly via ferrata, head for the high-rope adventue park or enjoy a bird's-eye view of the landscape on a high-speed zipwire. Among the most popular attractions for families with children are the Aqua Trail and the Smugglers' Mile with its comic-book adventure tales of the "Pramollo Wilde Bande". Don't miss out on the chance to sample some local cuisine at one of the mountain huts that can be easily reached on foot. Indeed, certain local products such as the dried bacon and cheese traditional to the Gailtal Valley are so renowned that they have been awarded special protected status by the European Union.

Tip! A dip in the beautiful Pressegger See lake is a great way to cool off at the end of the day!

NEU: Den Karnischen Höhenweg neu erleben - Karnische Milchstraße

Der Abschnitt des Karnischen Höhenweges von der Wolayerseehütte bis Törl-Maglern wurde jetzt als „Karnische Milchstraße“ neu erlebbar gemacht. Entlang des Karnischen Höhenwegs liegen österreichische und italienische (Käse)-Almen, wie Sterne in der Landschaft und fügen sich zu sieben grenzüberschreitenden Sternbildern zusammen. Diese „Sternbild“-Wanderungen laden zu Tageswanderungen ein, auf denen viele Geschichten (nicht nur) über den berühmten Gailtaler Almkäse g.U erzählt werden.

Weitwanderweg "Karnische Milchstraße" - Karnischer Höhenweg

„Die Karnische Milchstraße" als das Beste aus dem Karnischen Höhenweg und den Sternbild-Wanderungen ist „Wandern in neuen Dimensionen“. 

“It is the perfect balance of the rugged peaks in the Carnic Alps and the gentler elevations in the Gailtal Valley Alps which dominates the beauty and uniqueness of our mountain world and offers us an inexhaustible range of mountain, climbing and hiking experiences.“
My tip: A sunrise hiking tour to the 1.999 m high Poludnig which is easily reached from the Poludnigalm within just 30 minutes of walking. You enjoy an alpine breakfast on the quaint Egger Alm afterwards. 

Erich Glantschnig, mountain hiking guide

Culinary at the top

It is well known that mountain air makes hungry – just as well that there are many serviced alpine huts with traditional delicacies available to choose from! And these are an absolute must: Rudi’s Frigga Pfandl on the Egger Alm or the Kaiserschmarren at the Almgasthaus Pipp on the Dellacher Alm. What else you shouldn't miss? Delicious homemade Carinthian pasta or the venison goulash on the Straniger Alm are a must for every summit conqueror. Even freshly-backed, lovely smelling bread with homemade spreads is served at the Compton-Hütte at the base of the Reißkofel. There are also many alpine huts where the original, tasty Gailtal Valley Alpine Cheese is made. The Tressdorfer Alm offers also cheese specialities like Camembert, soft cheese with herbs and alpine whey cheese. There is of course something to quench the thirst – homemade syrup like lavender or dead-nettle syrup are served for refreshment. 

Shuttle service for hikers

Many of the hiking trails in the region can only be reached using local transport. In order to make this as easy as possible, Nassfeld runs a hiking shuttle which, in combination with the cable cars and other lifts in the area, opens up a world of hiking and walking trails throughout Carinthia. Using cable cars it is possible to shorten the climb up to the top and to access hiking trails that start at high altitude. The hiking shuttle bus covers the entire region, runs regularly and is completely free of charge with the ""+CARD holiday""!

Hiking in the Nassfeld-Pressegger See region at a glance

Guests staying at one of the 140 Premium Partners in our region are in for a special treat. The "+CARD holiday" gives them free use of the lifts, cable cars and buses as well as free admission to the swimming areas in the Pressegger See lake and plenty of other great advantages.

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