ST17 AAT: Bad Kleinkirchheim - Arriach


tour details

This stage takes hikers with plenty of stamina from the Sensory Water Park in Bad Kleinkirchheim onto the Kaiserburg towards the Waldtratte mountain lodge. The route leads via the mighty double peaks of the Wöllaner Nock to the geographical centre of Carinthia in the municipality of Arriach – and maybe deep inside yourself too.

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From the tourist information office the trail leads us through the Sensory Water Park , where we can get in the mood for this tour at the different stops on the trail. We start at the Maibrunnbahn valley station and follow hiking trail 1, which leads partly along an asphalted road to Hotel Kirchheimerhof. From here we go along the gravel path to the Waldtratte and follow the road as far as the Kaiserburg. On the way we repeatedly have the option of cutting out the hairpin bends by using signposted hiking trails. And if you want to spend a bit more time in your hotel or in Bad Kleinkirchheim, you can always choose the comfortable option and travel up onto the Kaiserburg by means of the cable car. Once we reach the summit of the Wöllaner Nock we have a wonderful 360 degree view as far as the border of Carinthia ,

to the north ( Nockberge National Park with the Turracher Höhe), to the west ( Hohe Tauern National Park with the Grossglockner ), to the south ( Julian Alps and Steiner Alps), and to the east (Koralpe).

Directions from the Kaiserburg via the central point of Carinthia to Arriach.

Having reached the Kaiserburg we change to long-distance hiking trail 109 (Salzsteigweg) in a southerly direction to the summit of the Wöllaner Nock. We then continue along hiking trail 164 in a southerly direction as far as the subsidiary summit of the Wöllaner Nock, known as the Vorderer Wöllaner Nock. This is followed by a descent on trail 164 eastwards to the Plagrast, where we meet up with hiking trail 109 again. We descend further in a southerly direction on trail 109 to the intersection with the Mittelpunktweg trail (information board). We follow the Mittelpunktweg eastwards to the geographical centre of Carinthia . From here we take the hiking trail to the village road in Laastadt, where we meet the Hofwanderweg trail. We continue to follow the signs past the farms of the village of Laastadt along maintained paths and roads to Berg ob Arriach and then reach the centre of Arriach.

The route is well signposted and marked. An easy to moderate stage, but stamina is required!

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