Rugged rock faces, green alpine meadows, turquoise mountain lakes - in the Carnic and Gailtal Alps as well as along Lake Presseger you will experience dreamlike panoramic hikes with a view. In this collection we have put together ten impressive and varied tours through the idyllic Nassfelder mountain landscape - from short family walks to challenging long-distance hiking trails. All hikes have one thing in common: they give you an insight into the beautiful landscape on the border between Austria and Italy.
Enjoy the literally boundless beauty and diversity of Nassfeld-Pressegger See - from sunrise at over 2,000 metres above sea level to the relaxing end of the day at the mountain lake.
The Karnische Höhenweg, also known as the "Peace Trail", takes you along the entire Carnic Ridge, which runs along the border between Austria and Italy. You walk through a magnificent landscape, experience a beautiful nature, can enjoy breathtaking views and enjoy pure mountain idyll.With more than 7,500 meters in altitude, there is the Karnische Höhenweg in itself. But you can divide the course into eight to eleven daily stages, a descent into the valley is (almost) possible at any time. Overnight accommodation and managed cabins are also sufficiently available.If you are aiming for the path for eight days, the following splitting up of the route makes sense:
1st day: Leckfeldalm - Sillianer Hütte - Obstanserseehütte (11.5 kilometers)
Day 2: Obstanserseehütte - Filmoorhütte - Porzehütte (11.8 kilometers)
Day 3: Porzehütte - Hochweißsteinhaus (16.4 kilometers)
Day 4: Hochweißsteinhaus - Wolayerseehütte (15.7 kilometers)
Day 5: Wolayerseehütte - Zollnerseehütte (23.7 kilometers)
Day 6: Zollnerseehütte - Nassfeld, Alpenhof Plattner (23.8 kilometers)
Day 7: Nassfeld, Alpenhof Plattner - Dolinza Alm, Gasthaus Starhand (23.5 kilometers)
Day 8: Dolinza Alm, Gasthaus Starhand - Thörl bei Arnoldstein (19 km)All information about the route, the accommodation and bus connections can be found here: karnischer-hoehenweg.com.
Great hiking trails, green alpine meadows and mountains as far as the eye can see - this almost 14-kilometer hike takes you from the Sonnenalpe Nassfeld pass to the Egger Alm. You're on a section of the Karnischer Höhenweg trail and can test whether you're just over 150 kilometers long Fernwanderweg maybe still want to run completely. Because the landscape will convince you - promised.Right at the beginning you leave a large part of the 520 vertical meters behind you. After just under three kilometers you will be rewarded with a magnificent panorama and can let your gaze wander over the gray cliffs of the Gartnerkofel.For the next few kilometers, you will hike downhill on a former military and forest road and make a detour to Italy at the Stutenbodenalm. Before you cross the border to Austria again, the path climbs a bit on a short distance.On the last section to the Egger Alm you can enjoy the unique landscape of the Nassfeld to the fullest. Keep your eyes peeled for a botanical rarity in the region: the Wulfenia, also called the blue flower of Carinthia. It is strictly protected and only grows here. Its flowering time is depending on the weather from mid-June to early July.Soon you have reached your goal of the day and can enjoy it in the Egger Alm with home-made cheese and regional food.
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You are more like a relaxed hike today? Then you're in the right place at Pressegger See. The natural waters are surrounded by mountains, forests and meadows and offers a beautiful backdrop. Starting point of the six-kilometer round around the lake is at the lido Hermagor.Especially at the landscape around the Pressegger See is the high reed population. The shrubs grow up to three meters high - a welcome retreat for many birds. Enjoy the characteristic flora and fauna as you wander the moor. Just before you get back to the beach, it's worth taking a quick detour to the Radniger waterfall.Back at the starting point, it is called walking shoes and swimming trunks. With up to 28 degrees water temperature, the "Bath of the Gail Valley" is one of the warmest lakes in Austria. One reason for the pleasant temperatures are the many hours of sunshine in the region. You can glide over the water with the stand-up paddle board, jump from the pedal boat into the water or just sizzle in the sun. The lido is open from 8:30 to 19:00 from May to September. Adults pay 4.50 euros, children half.
The first half goes through Austria, back you wander through Italy - this nearly ten-kilometer tour starts at the border crossing Nassfeld. Thanks to the Schengen Agreement, it is still possible to travel limitless where barriers were created by 1998.The first few kilometers have it all in itself: You hike tightly uphill, but then you have reached after two and a half kilometers, the highest point of the hike already. As a reward, a beautiful view awaits you on the rugged south side of the Gartnerkofel. From now on, it is almost only downhill.On dirt roads, you continue hiking, passing a small lake and reach the Garnitzenalm a little later. Here you can treat yourself to a break, from mid-June to mid-September you get here traditional food.Not far, then you cross the border and continue your walk in Italy. From the Kronalm you have a magnificent view of the valley of the Rio Bombaso. The path leads you back over idyllic alpine meadows and you will be accompanied by other great views. Soon you have reached the Lago di Pramolo, which lies just before the border crossing Nassfeld.
Everything cheese? Exactly! The cheese trail leads you from Stranig to Rattendorf - over a length of 31.5 kilometers and over 1,500 vertical meters. But do not worry, you can easily divide this hike into two days.You are hiking up the mountain from the tranquil Stranig. Take your time climbing, the beautiful nature around you distracts you. After nine kilometers, you have already left a considerable amount of altitude behind you and can take a long break on the Straniger Alm. How about a thematic fit with a hearty helping of Kasspatzen?You cross the border into Italy and continue uphill, passing the Casera Cordin Grande and enjoying the fantastic views of the ring wall, the Lanzenkopf and the surrounding region. Soon the descent slowly but steadily begins.After 20 kilometers you reach the Rattendorfer Alm. Here you can stay overnight, if you do not want to go through the whole tour in one go. Just reserve your bed in advance. From the Rattendorfer Alm, the trail takes you the remaining ten kilometers down to the Gail Valley. The cheese yellow hiking mark shows you the way.
Explore the secret of a unique and diverse landscape on this nearly five-kilometer circular tour. Silent moors, gentle hills and rugged mountain peaks characterize the landscape around Lake Zollner. The geotrail will take you past so-called stones, explain the origin of the moors, give you an insight into the last ice age 20,000 years ago and lead you to plant and animal fossils.Starting point for the Geotrail is the Zollnersee hut. Just follow the signs and you will reach the Zollnersee after one kilometer. Its shores are lined with alpine bushes, brushstrokes and swamp meadows. In summer, the water temperature can rise to 20 degrees, in winter, an ice cover of one meter is not uncommon.Continue on narrow trails through the beautiful landscape of the Carnic Alps. You wander over the flat plateau and have a great view of the surrounding peaks. On the Bishop Alm path you walk back to your starting point. Finally, you can stop in the Zollnersee hut.
Enjoy the sweet life on the Dolce Vita way. The path is perfect for children, as there is a lot to discover along the way. Although it's just a walk, with just under three kilometers, there's plenty of time to play extensively. Starting point is the mountain station of the Madritsche.The first section you go on the so-called Aqua Trail. Wooden channels, carved figures and water wheels make the way exciting for kids - especially on a hot summer day. At the end of the section, there is a playground to romp about.The path continues around the Rosskofelteich. The track is also good for prams. Not far from the mountain station is the summit cross Madritsche. From here you can enjoy a wonderful view over the wide Nassfeld, the Gartnerkofel, the Julian Alps and Slovenia.From Tröpolach, the Millennium Express gondola takes you to the Madritsche mountain station. For a ride up and down adults pay 18 euros, children half.
This tour is not for late risers, because if you want to experience the sunrise on the Gartnerkofel, you have to get up early. But that's worth it: standing at 2,195 meters, when the sun dips the surrounding mountains in a golden shimmering light, is an unforgettable experience. Let's start the short hike at the border crossing Nassfeld.Equipped with the headlamp, you hike leisurely uphill. You could soon see your destination if it was not dark. Continuously, the slope continues to rise: 620 vertical meters must be mastered before the sun rises over the horizon.Shortly before the finish, you will pass a panoramic terrace. In the dim light, you can already guess what spectacular views you have from here. But that has to wait until the way back, first it goes up to the summit.Arrived punctually at the top you can observe how the sun moves gradually upwards and the mountain landscape awakens in front of you in the daylight. You look far over Austria and with good visibility to Slovenia. Back at the starting point, you have earned yourself a hearty breakfast. You can also start the way back via the Watschiger Alm and strengthen yourself there.Early in the morning there are no buses to the Nassfeld. So you only have to travel by car.
This short hike takes you up high: the circular trail leads you from Lake Wolayersee up to the Rauchkofel at 2,460 meters altitude. The fantastic view from the summit cross makes you quickly forget the steep climb. Breathe through and let your gaze wander over the surrounding peaks.Now it goes downhill again. The route follows to a large extent the Geotrail at the Wolayersee. You will travel through a fossilized marine world, which has left its mark here in the form of corals, sea lilies, primeval cuttlefish and crabs in sometimes colorful rocks.At the end you circle the Wolayersee. It is the center of the 1959 nature reserve and is embedded in a picturesque landscape. Soon you are back at the starting point. In the Wolayerseehütte you can strengthen yourself - including a beautiful view of the idyllic mountain lake.
In the Garnitzenklamm you walk alongside emerald-green, roaring streams past fascinating and colorful rock formations - created by the gigantic forces of nature. Starting point of the tour is the Klammwirt in Möderndorf. From there the route leads you directly into the gorge.Along the way, a grandiose and rough landscape opens up, accompanied by the noise of the Garnitzenbach. He has carved himself deep into the rock, polished it so that it gives you a fascinating insight into the interior of the mountains and the rocks. Which forces act here and how the rocks determine the formation of the gorge is shown by the geotrail.The first half of the way you hike uphill, after just under four kilometers, you have then reached the highest point, the rest of the route is relaxed. From the chapel of St. Urbani you have a great view down into the previously crossed gorge. Finally, you can treat yourself to traditional dishes at the Klammwirt.