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Hiking in carinthia

Hiking in Carinthia’s Nockberge

Walks, pasture hikes, round trails and summit tours for all ages

The 34 km Nockalm Road between Innerkrems and Ebene Reichenau gives you access to one of Carinthia’s most multifaceted hiking areas. Hiking in the Nockberge is fun for all mountain aficionados as the wide range of hiking tours guarantees that there is something for everyone – young and old, athletic or rather relaxed. Unhurried pasture walks, summit tours with grand views, exciting educational trails and mystic adventure paths are just as much part of the hiking programme as the explorative tours with a Biosphere Reserve ranger. Those who like can even travel without their car as the hiking bus takes all mountain enthusiasts to the starting point of the most beautiful hiking tours in Carinthia during the summer months.
 family at a break
 walker at Nassbodensee

The Nockberge in Carinthia: hiking à la carte

There are numerous worthwhile hiking destinations on both sides of the Nockalm Road. We have picked out a few suggestions from a great deal of options from a brief walk to a summit tour. Please find the location of the individual starting and finish points in the road description .
•    Culinary hiking tours in Carinthia
No less than 15 alpine huts and mountain inns invite you to go on a culinary journey of discovery during or after a hike in the Nockberge. Sample homemade alpine specialities and delicious Carinthian treats such as Ritschert (barley porridge boiled with beans), Reindling (yeast cake with raisins) or a hearty snack. Top off your culinary enjoyment with a shot of self-distilled schnapps.

Download the free Nockalm culinary guide “Genuss pur!” now! 

•    Lake Windebensee and Glockenhütte round trail
The natural trail “Alpine Lebensgemeinschaften” (Eng. “Alpine Biocoenoses”) with several information boards leads around the mountain like (walking time 20 minutes). Afterwards, you can take the 400 m path to the Glockenhütte (walking time 15 minutes), enjoy the mountain wind to your heart’s content and ring the Wunschglocke.
•    Elements theme path – experience trail for all the senses
This special, 1.5 km round trail gets you into close contact with nature, sky and earth. Stone circles and instructions for exercises that sharpen all the senses link ancient ideas with the zeitgeist. Take as much time as you want for this hike in Carinthia.

•    Mystic forest “Silva Magica”
Come across nature spirits and forest creatures in an unusual way in this forest and learn fascinating facts about the origins of the Nockberge on the geo trail. Afterwards, we recommend hiking to the Wolitzenalm (walking time 20 minutes), where you can enjoy a refreshing footbath in spike lavender.
•    Summit tour to the Königsstuhl
Reach the striking summit in the Carinthian Nockbergen from the Karlbad and from the Eisentalhöhe. Enjoy the grand panoramic view of several “Nock’n” from the mountaintop at an altitude of 2,336 m. The walking time from the Karlbad and back is around 3.6 hours. Invigorate yourself afterwards with a hearty snack!

More about the hiking tours on the Carinthian Königsstuhl!
•    Hiking with the Biosphere Reserve ranger
Numerous hikes and tours of discovery accompanied by a trained ranger are offered during summer. Spike lavender and stone pine hikes are as much part of the programme as activities for young nature detectives, water safaris and family fairytale hikes. Tip: bus tours accompanied by a Biosphere Reserve ranger, enquire by calling +43 4275 665.

Hiking in Carinthia – summer programme Biosphere Reserve Nockberge! (in German)

Conduct in the alpine pasture areas

The Nockalm Road is located in an alpine pasture area; sometimes the road goes directly across pastureland. Drivers and cyclists must proceed with particular caution and with a correspondingly reduced speed. Free-range grazing livestock (e.g. sheep) or even wild animals (e.g. especially in blind curves) must be expected at any time!