The Dobratsch nature reserve, a gem in the midst of Carinthia, impresses not only with its multifaceted nature, its special habitats and its grandiose views from the peak of Dobratsch down into the Carinthian valleys.
Apart from these special features, the nature reserve has also experienced a historical and cultural development that is still practiced today.
Accompany us on this leisurely walk through Nötsch in the Gailtal, past old mills, castles and smiths and experienced almost forgotten facets during a picnic in which you decide yourself what is on the table or blanket. Then a guided tour through the Nötsch museum rounds off this atmospheric walk. Culture in the midst of nature is the motto on this walk.
It starts at the Marko guesthouse amidst Nötsch in the Gailtal. After the meeting and greeting with the guide, the path leads to the Wiegele nature reserve bakery where you gain interesting insights into almost forgotten baking traditions. Here there is also the oldest mill in the Gail valley, which can of course be visited. After filling our rucksacks generously with delicacies from the bakery, we continue towards Wasserleonburg Castle, a former castle complex first documented in 1253, on a sunny plateau above Nötsch.
The very carefully renovated modern-day castle is also the setting for our CulTour picnic. We make ourselves comfortable on picnic blankets, enjoy the view into the lower Gail valley and the previously purchased products from the Wiegele bakery. Those who like can enjoy a glass of nature reserve wine and listen to the interesting castle stories by the guide.
After these refreshments, we walk from Wasserleonburg Castle through the historical village centre to the museum "Alte Schmiede" in Saak. Here we go on a time journey through 3500 years of metal history all around Dobratsch and admire the largest Celtic find of the Eastern Alpine region, just a few minutes from the "Alte Schmiede". The last cultural station on this walk is a guided tour through the well-known Nötsch museum, which exhibits four of the most significant Austrian artists of the 20th century. Sebastian Isepp, Anton Kohlig und Franz Wiegele are considered the founders of modern painting in Austria. Anton Mahringer was one of the most important interpreters of the Carinthian landscape after 1945. The tour through the museum forms the conclusion to this walk.
Good footwear, clothing suitable for the weather.
Guide | instruction:
On the CulTour picnic you are accompanied by a specialised Natur Aktiv guide.