he gentle alpine world of the Carinthian Nockberge presents unique natural and cultivated landscapes, forming part of the impressive long-distance Alpe-Adria-Trail.

The trail starts at the foot of Austria’s highest mountain, the Großglockner, and connects the regions of Carinthia, Slovenia and Friuli-Venezia Giulia across 750 km. It ends right by the Adriatic Sea in the charming coastal town of Muggia in beautiful Italy.

There are 43 stages in total, three of which (No. 15 – 17) lead through the Biosphere Park Nockberge.
From the Erlacherhaus you head to Bad Kleinkirchheim via the Falkerthaus and Lärchenhütte, then on to Arriach. The stages take you across gentle, lusciously green peaks, though an impressive landscape that quite rightly holds the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve title.

Whether part of your adventure along the long-distance trail, or as a little challenge whilst on holiday in Carinthia

– experience your very own Sunshine Moments in a unique natural setting.

Magical places along the way...

...and stunning views make this part of the Alpe-Adria-Trail a real experience that guarantees memorable Sunshine Moments. Listen to the footsteps of those ahead, gaze out into the distance and live the moment.

Discover the Alpe-Adria-Trail stages in Bad Kleinkirchheim

Alpe-Adria-Trail Stage 15: Langalmtal – Falkerthaus/Lärchenhütte

Facts: 14.4 km | 6:45 hours | difficult

You conquer three summits on this stage: the Predigerstuhl (2,170 m), the Pfannnock (2,254 m) and the Mallnock (2,226 m). It’s known as one of the most picturesque parts of the trail, thanks to the alternating chalk and crystal rock, and a fragrant, blossoming diversity like nowhere else. Having reached the summit of the Mallnock, you carry on to the Oswaldeck, before following the trail to the goal of this stage: the Falkerthaus/Lärchenhütte.

Alpe-Adria-Trail Stage 16: Falkerthaus/Lärchenhütte - Bad Kleinkirchheim

Facts: 18.7 km | 8:00 hours | difficult

You are accompanied by the "Gold of the Nockberge" – the at first glance rather unimposing healing plant Speik - on this part of the trail. The panoramic stage begins at the Falkerthaus/Lärchenhütte, leading to Lake Falkertsee and the Rödresnock via the Hundsfeldschart. From here, take a look back at the rock faces of the Falkert, as you might just spot some chamois. Following the scent of the Speik, the trail leads you over the Schwarzkofel and then on to Bad Kleinkirchheim.

Alpe-Adria-Trail Stage 17: Bad Kleinkirchheim – Arriach

Facts: 18.1 km | 7:00 hours | moderate

From the Sensory Water Park in Bad Kleinkirchheim you set foot on a further stage that will impress you with its breathtaking Sunshine Moments. Head up to the Kaiserburg via the Waldtratte, then on to the mighty double peaks of the Wöllaner Nock. It’s worth taking a moment to enjoy the delightful panoramic view of the entire province of Carinthia and the surrounding mountain world here. From the Wöllaner Nock you continue towards the municipality of Arriach, Carinthia’s geographic centre.

Find an overview of all stages here: www.alpe-adria-trail.com

Pleasure hiking

Pleasure is paramount to the Alpe-Adria-Trail. The stages lead largely through non-alpine area, meaning that there is no great difference in altitude and you can enjoy the hike at ease. You can also set off on the well-tended trail without luggage.

Grant yourself a break from the stress of everyday life: take a deep breath and marvel at the wonders of nature along the - on average - 20 km long stages. You should allow around six hours for each stage, with the uniform signposting pointing you in the right direction. Each stage has at least one place to stop and have a bite to eat along the defined route, and all paths have a certain hiking quality and various landmarks that will keep you going.

You can embark on the long-distance paths from either direction, with suitable accommodation to be found at the end of each stage.

From the mountains to the sea, from the Großglockner via Carinthia, Slovenia and Friuli-Venezia Giulia to Muggia by the Adriatic – let your next adventure begin!

more information: www.alpe-adria-trail.com 

Interesting tip for smartphone users:

The Alpe-Adria-Trail app can be downloaded from iTunes and Google Play for FREE. More information: www.alpe-adria-trail.com 

@ BRM Bad Kleinkircheim

Alpe Adria Trial - Etappe E17 , Bad Kleinkirchheim Kaiserburg - Wöllaner NockVideo
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