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Pototschnig Höhle - Uschowa mit den Felsentoren 🇦🇹/🇸🇮

9.97 mi
1.5 mph
3,375 ft
3,250 ft

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Karawankenbär and Eva went mountaineering.

April 13, 2020


  • Karawankenbär

    Rock gates in the Carinthian lowlands - one of the most interesting and beautiful natural wonders of Carinthia can be found in the lonely Remscheniggraben, on the northern flank of Uschowa / Olševa. There are three huge, natural rock holes to admire and hike here.The first gate alone has a height of around 20 m and thus resembles a gigantic dome of rock. An exciting circular route leads to the three rock windows, with the help of iron pins and wire ropes you climb through the first gate and reach the second, the small rock gate, through which you can enjoy wonderful views of the valley. Over the mighty archway of the first rock window you climb up to the third, the Great Rock Gate. In front of this is a small meadow from which you can study the large rock arch in the best way.One after the other.
    You have to turn left two kilometers south of Bad Eisenkappel from the road to the Seebergsattel and drive about five kilometers through the Remscheniggraben to a large shrine in front of a bridge over the Remschenigbach (from here a general driving ban applies).
    Many tour descriptions to the rock gates lead over St. Magarethen, over a very steep path up to the rock gates, we would like to introduce you to a safe, comfortable variant. From the wayside shrine we do not go left to the rock gates as described, but choose the right forest road, which leads us comfortably onto a saddle, where we then come across hiking trail 611. We will not leave this anymore. After a while we pass the highest church in Carinthia, the Leonhartkirche (1,330m). This place invites you to linger after we have ringed the church bells.
    Now we will soon walk along the border path until after a long time we come to the Potocnik cave.
    Also very impressive. Skeletons from the Ice Age have been found here.
    Now it goes up to the summit. At the top of the Uschowa we enjoy a wonderful panoramic view. The Steiner Alps lie imposing and still covered with a lot of snow.
    There is then a narrow, steep path near the summit, which would lead to the rock gates. However, since there was still a lot of snow here, we decided not to descend despite crampons. We went back over the Potocnik cave to the "Felsentore" junction. We followed this until we reached the first gate. We then chose the descent towards St. Magarethen, which, in addition to its steepness, also had the remains of the windstorm. During the descent we realized again that we chose the ascent well. The marked path led us straight back to the car.
    Challenging tour, not suitable for children, climbing passages without via ferrata set, or not necessary.

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    • April 13, 2020

  • Hannes

    A very interesting tour with some highlights, as always described great and super nice pictures. You have a lot of fun with it.

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    • April 14, 2020

  • Walter Schenk

    Fantastic !!!!

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    • April 14, 2020

  • Elisabeth

    Wonderfully described😉, with unique photos👍 as always😁

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    • April 14, 2020

  • Karawankenbär

    thank you for your feedback!

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    • April 14, 2020

  • Manfred Fahrngruber

    A dream tour, congratulations 👍

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    • April 16, 2020

  • Veronika

    Was planned last year, but the weather damage did not allow the tour. Will be rescheduled this year - your description will be a great support for me

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    • April 22, 2020

  • Karawankenbär

    #Veronika is pleased, with this route variant you will surely have fun, so you can also visit the Leonhartkirche, one of the three highlights on this tour, next to the Pototschnig cave and the rock gates.
    LG Roland

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    • April 22, 2020

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