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Slow Trail - Wernberg Drauschleife

a Reserve for Numerous Migratory and Breeding Birds

The starting point of this Slow Trail is the historic Abbey at Wernberg Castle, which is managed with much love and dedication by the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood.

The not quite 5 km Slow Trail first takes you past the abbey ponds, and from there you can explore the shady and cool forest full of the wonderful scent of moss and tree resin. Along the way you will find several information points regarding local wildlife. After that, you walk along the Drauschleife, an artificial wetland river channel which was built in the 1970s, until you get to the River Drau itself. This area has become one of the most important bird sanctuaries in Carinthia and is now home to more than 127 bird species. Migratory birds include the Red-crested Pochard, Wood Sandpiper, Little Stint or the Great White Egret, while breeding birds include the Water Rail, the Kingfisher, or the Marsh Warbler, all of which can be discovered in this resting and breeding area. The return journey goes along the same path and around 1.5 hours later you will once again reach the Abbey at Wernberg Castle. Here, hikers can visit the well-stocked abbey shop offering regional delicacies from the orchards and vegetable gardens of the abbey, as well as products made by the missionary sisters. To enjoy the impressive setting of this renaissance building for longer, you can dine in their restaurant or spend the night in the castle and this way savour the distinctive atmosphere at all times of the day.

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