Hiking paths, via ferratas and geotrails near Kötschach-Mauthen
The Carnic, Gailtal and Julian Alps offer countless enjoyable opportunities to experience the mountains. Some people decide to explore stages of the 150 km long Karnischer Höhenweg (KHW403), also known as the “Via della Pace”, fascinating hikers with its mixture of magical mountain panoramas, relics from the First World War and unique geological features. Others love to take on the challenges of via ferratas such as the “Däumling” on the Gartnerkofel or the “Senza Confini” on the Cellon. Popular destinations also include alpine tarns such as Wolayersee and Zollnersee, while the region’s mountain huts promise welcome refreshment opportunities – including delectable cheeses – in this border region between Austria and Italy. Approximately 500 million years (!) of Earth’s history are presented on 5 different geotrails. On Geotrail Laas, for example, visitors discover the only petrified forest and the biggest planet fossils in Austria. On the Zollnersee geotrail, for its part, with a little bit of luck you might come across fossilized shells from an ancient tropical ocean.
Nassfeld summer lifts
The “Millenium Express” will carry you up to the Nassfeld, where numerous adventures await you. Pendolino, Carinthia’s longest Alpine slide, the Aqua Trail, a rocky labyrinth and a zipline tour. Single trails, flow trails, lifts & the Bike Giro: Nassfeld also has lots of variety and pure enjoyment in store for bikers, too.
Cycling, mountain biking and E-biking in Gailtal
The 46 cycling and mountain biking routes through this Carinthian holiday region extend for a total distance of 950 km. Look forward to virtually limitless biking enjoyment – not least because some of the tours straddle the border between Austria and Italy. The single-track trails are also quite unique, following pathways once used by smugglers. The opportunities are many and varied, certain to appeal to Sunday cyclists, families and downhillers alike.
A leap into the cold, wet water works wonders, especially on hot summer days and after an extended hike. Admission to the Aquarena, which is right next to Glamping Village Kötschach, is included for our guests free of charge. The natural swimming lake in Mauthen at the foot of the "Valentin" – with its gravel shore and 1700 m² water area – is especially popular with families. Then there is the Pressegger See in Hermagor (ca. 35 km) which, with a water temperature of up to 28°C, is one of the warmest swimming lakes in Austria. And Weissensee (ca. 45 km), one of Carinthia’s true natural jewels. Adventure-loving visitors may wish to book a canyoneering, rafting or river tubing tour. And hikers are certain to enjoy dangling their feet in one of the region’s refreshing, crystal-clear mountain lakes.