Gentle peaks with a guaranteed view —Welcome to the Lavanttal
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The River Lavant twists through a wide, open valley in the southeast corner of Carinthia, on the Austrian-Slovenian border. Gentle mountain slopes, blanketed by pastures and crowned by rocky peaks, hug the valley sides. From the top, the view reveals sweeping mountain ranges reaching all the way to Slovenia. In the Lavant Valley, over 620 miles (1,000 km) of hiking trails connect the villages and small towns with the alpine huts and mountains. You will not meet many other hikers on the trails along the Saualpe and Koralpe mountain ridges, allowing you to enjoy the quiet nature all to yourself. To give you a taste of this wonderful region, we’ve reveal our seven favourite routes for you in this Collection.
According to legend, the Lavant Valley was created by a gnome. The gnome was imprisoned by miners, whom he promised fertile land in return for his freedom. The miners released the gnome, who created this charming valley to pay his ransom.
The hikes in this Collection take you over stunning peaks such as the Großer Speikkogel (7,020 ft/2,140 m) and the Ladinger Spitz (6,820 ft/2,079 m) where you can enjoy breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains. You can also relax in a rustic mountain hut, overlooking wildflower meadows and learning more about the region’s mining history. Unspoiled nature, fresh air and great hikes are guaranteed here. If you are looking for a greater hiking challenge, you should also take a look at the Lavanttaler Höhenweg: komoot.de/collection/914299
If you plan to spend several days in the region, Wolfsberg is an ideal basecamp. This historic town in the Lavant Valley with a beautiful old centre has everything you need to relax after a long hike in the mountains. The seven routes in this Collection are circular day trips suitable for all abilities. Although you will be hiking in the mountains, alpine experience is not necessary. These are also great hikes for families. The region has great infrastructure with plenty of places to stop for a snack en route.
So, let yourself be enchanted by the beautiful Levant Valley as you hike through Carinthia in Southern Austria.
At the south end of the Lavant Valley the eponymous river flows into the Drau - and on this tour we take you to a viewpoint from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the impressive Drau Valley and the mouth of the Lavant.It starts in St. Paul in the Lavant Valley. From the Benedictine Abbey there are many serpentines on a narrow hiking trail uphill to the Johannesberg. Once at the top, a visit to the small church of St. Johannes is worthwhile - and if you are hungry, a stop at the Johannesmesner inn.Then the hiking trail continues through the forest along the mountain slope. Every now and then you can already look through the trees into the valley, but only at the Kasparstein viewpoint does the full splendor of the Drau Valley open up to you. Wide and open, with the jagged ridge of the Karawanken in the background, a fantastic panorama awaits you here.On a narrow hiking trail and a forest path, you will stroll further to the Rabenstein castle ruins. After a tour of the castle you follow our tour over the Johannesberg back to the starting point of your hike.
When you are on the summit of the Saualpe, you not only enjoy views of the gentle and sunny Lavant valley, but you also always have a great view of the distant, rocky mountain ranges. On this tour to the Sauöfen - two rock-strewn peaks - the Karawanken present themselves from their most beautiful side.It starts at the branch church St. Leonhard - the lonely mountain church surrounded by the forest is worth a visit in itself. From here it goes over small meadows and especially on forest paths steadily uphill. On a gentle slope, the tour winds along the mountain slope and leads you to the Karawankenblick rest area.Then it gets steep and it goes downhill about 350 meters to the Little Sauofen. A few more meters in altitude and you stand at the big sow oven. The huge boulders at the summit cross invite young and old to a few climbing sessions.From now on you hike across open meadows and past the Wolfsberger Hütte downhill towards the starting point.
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With its gentle slopes and the wide, tree-free ridge, the Saualpe is simply a wonderful hiking area - if you spend your vacation in the Lavant Valley, you have a number of options for shorter and longer hikes up here. On this tour we take you up and down to the Geierkogel and then to the Forstalpe at an altitude of over 2,000 meters.The starting point is the hiking car park at the Naturfreundehaus Klippitztörl. From there it goes uphill through quiet forests until the trees clear up just below the Geierkogel. You hike over an open mountain meadow to the summit cross - and enjoy the wide view over the Lavant valley for the first time on this tour.First a small descent, then it goes up again to the Forstalpe, the highest point of the tour. Numerous rocks adorn the gently arched back and not only children climb up a few meters further with fun.Afterwards you leave the ridge with a beautiful view of the Lavanttal downhill. Soon you will enter the forest again and go back to the starting point via various quiet forest paths - where you can reward yourself with a stop at the Naturfreundehaus.
On this 15 km long circular hike across the Koralpe you can expect a lot of distant views. From the Großer Speikkogel you have a good view of the Steiner Alps, the Julian Alps, the Carnic Alps and the Eisenerzer Alps. The round starts at the Koralpen car park.You hike a bit on a flat route before the path climbs steeply. The path up to the Koralpenhaus is crisp. But the higher you climb, the better the view of the surrounding mountains. After a good five kilometers you will reach the hut of the Austrian Alpine Club and you deserve a break. The hut is currently closed, but the view is fantastic.You still have a few meters ahead of you before you stand at the summit cross of the Großer Speikkogel (2,140 meters) and enjoy a magnificent view of the mountains of the Lavant Valley. Let this wonderful all-round view work for you and enjoy the special atmosphere on the mountain.Now the relaxed part of the hike begins, you have done most of the vertical meters. You hike through the picturesque landscape of the Koralpe and then you reach the striking Grillitschhütte. Find a nice place on the terrace and enjoy a hearty snack. With fresh energy you tackle the last section of the tour.You continue to hike downhill and soon hear the roar of the Poms waterfall. In several cascades, the water falls over the rocks towards the valley. A beautiful natural spectacle with a refreshing character. Now it is not far to the starting point of the hike.
Cozy huts and a wonderful mountain world await you on this almost 20 km long hike. Look forward to a wonderful panoramic view from the highest point of the Saualpe, the Ladinger Spitz (2,079 meters), and enjoyable breaks in the cozy alpine huts along the way, where you can enjoy a hearty snack. The round starts at the Zechhütte.The path leads you to warm up on a relatively flat route through the alpine landscape. If you need a first refreshment, you can sit on the sun terrace at the Alpenrose or at the Reisberger hut. From the Reisberger hut it goes to the Lamminger hut and then the ascent to the Ladinger Spitz begins. Climb the path up to the summit cross at your pace. And if you feel like taking a break, you can either stop at the Pöllinger Hütte or the Wolfsberger Hütte.When you arrive at the Ladinger Spitz you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view: in the north you will see the Zirbitzkogel, in the east the Packalpe, in the south-east the Koralpe, in the south the Julian Alps and with a good view in the west to the Hohe Tauern. Take your time to enjoy this wonderful mountain world extensively - you deserve it. By the way, a bit below the summit you can see the alpine lakes Sea Eyes.From now on, the path will take you downhill in a relaxed manner. You can take a coffee and cake break at the Ladingerhütte. Then you walk gently down until you reach your starting point again.
On this twelve kilometer long hike you follow the traces of the miners who used this route from the 16th to the late 19th century. The miners once transported the raw ore from the tunnel to the blast furnace under physical strain - you can now enjoy a pleasant walk through the beautiful landscape and learn something worth knowing about ore mining and iron processing in Frantschach-St. Gertraud.The starting point of the circular hike is at the "Der Hammer" blast furnace in St. Gertraud. You hike north above the Lavant valley. After about three kilometers, the path climbs a short way up to the Anton tunnel and the Knapp chapel. The miners once brought the raw material from the tunnel on foot and using pack animals to the blast furnace. They started their hard working days with a prayer in the neighboring chapel. Today the Knappenkapelle is a nice place for a break along your hike.With new energy it continues up the mountain. You hike up a forest path in several serpentines around the Konradkogel (929 meters). Once you have mastered the gentle incline, the path takes you back down to Frantschach-St. Gertraud on the banks of the Lavant. You can stop in at the end of the hike.
Magnificent views and quaint mountain huts await you on this ten-kilometer circular hike, away from the beaten path and the hectic holiday. You hike over green alpine meadows, past bubbling mountain streams and through shady forests through the idyllic Lavanttal. Thanks to the gentle climbs, the tour is also very suitable for families.It starts at the parking lot at Alpengasthof Hochegger. The signage “Klippitzrunde K” specifies the course for the round. The path climbs gently and steadily over the first half of the tour. After almost three kilometers you will reach the Naturfreundehaus on Klippitztörl, time for a first enjoyable break. Then it goes uphill. The path runs not far from the Klippitzsee. If you feel like it, you can take a detour to its bank.You will soon have reached the highest point of your hike and head for the Grünhütte. You deserve a promising break on the terrace of the wooden hut. Enjoy the regional dishes and your gaze over the upper Lavant valley and the surrounding mountains.On your way you will be accompanied a little bit by this wonderful view. Where in winter the skiers wave down into the valley, you hike across the alpine meadows and walk back to the starting point of the hike. At the end of the tour, you can enjoy coffee and cake in the Alpengasthof Hochegger.During the summer holidays you can take the hiking bus from Wolfsberg to the Klippitztörl.