ST20 AAT: Ossiach - Velden


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All roads lead to Rome: On this stage of the Alpe Adria Trail you can look forward to a scenically beautiful hike from Lake Ossiacher See to Lake Wörthersee. Which means you will be going from the lake that is richest in fish to the largest, best known and most dazzling lake in Carinthia, and some of the time you will be walking along Roman paths.

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From Ossiach Abbey we walk back south westwards towards the L 49 road which runs along the southern shore of Lake Ossiacher See. Shortly before the L 49 we turn off left onto a meadow path which runs parallel to the main road as far as Rappitsch. Here we cross the main road and walk further up the Ossiacher Tauern Mountains alongside a row of trees. The gorge trail runs southwards along a mountain stream and ascends steeply to the Tauernteich pond with a difference in altitude of approximately 350 metres, in part there are steps and wooden and metal walkways. This wild yet romantic trail leads us past an old ruined mill. Continuing on trail 5 – the Tauern Hiking Trail – we come to the Sarkoparnig inn with no major difference in altitude.

From Obersakoparnig we follow trail no. 2 to Oberdorf with its parish church and the Drabosnjakov Dom museum, then continue towards Köstenberg and on trail no. 3 to the ruined Hohenwart Castle. The Roman way, no. 2a, leads us to Oberjeserz and then on to Lake Saissersee. We hike along the shore of Lake Saissersee to the viewing platform in Göriach, where there is a beautiful view over Lake Wörthersee with Velden and the Karawanken Mountains to the south. We continue past the parish church to Kranzlhofen, and then hike slightly downhill all the time towards Velden. We come to the centre of Velden via the Teufelsgraben.

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