The Dobratsch is undoubtedly one of the mystical mountains of Carinthia and in many ways an exception. The environment includes the largest landslide area of the Eastern Alps, the great landslide in the year of 1348 is a defining event in Carinthia's history. The area has since been home to many rare plants and animals, which is why it is under special protection as a nature park. The Dobratsch also represents the center of gravity of a historical region characterized by its unique cultural diversity.
Located at the intersection of three cultures, the Dobratsch is surrounded by a vividly structured valley and mountain landscape whose idiosyncratic character and special atmosphere are best explored while hiking.
The new Dobratsch circular hiking trail, which is intentionally counter-clockwise and thus designed against the stress of everyday life, leads in four varied daily stages around the mountain massif, opening up the unique wealth of the nature park region Dobratsch to the hiker. It lets you immerse yourself deeply and gives the feeling of being part of the fascinating alpine natural scenery.
The hiking trail built by the Dobratsch Nature Park and the Nature Park Communities combines natural and cultural landscapes, which could hardly be more diverse. Despite the small trail radius of just ten kilometers, the landscape changes constantly while hiking: Starting from the thermal springs in Warmbad Villach, passing the traditional mining village of Bad Bleiberg and the artist village Nötsch in the Gail Valley to Arnoldstein, where the revitalized Benedictine monastery with its panoramic views of the Dobratsch invites you to visit. Further to the ecologically unique landslide area of the "Schütt" before the circle in the town of Warmbad Villach closes again harmoniously.
Hardly any other hiking trail with a similar distance can inspire with such diversity as the Dobratsch circular hiking trail, because the man-made cultural landscape offers a fascinating contrast to the wonderful flora and fauna in the nature park. Testimonies of bygone times encounter you at every turn. Highlights of this time travel are places with important cultural monuments, idyllic village centers and historical houses. There are also traces of contemporary art and delightful creations of everyday culture.
Tip: With the "Dobratsch Gipfelbesteigung" package, the circular hiking trail can be combined with a summit ascent and a fascinating overnight stay in the summit house.
The best travelling season for a hiking journey on the Dobratsch Rundwanderweg spans from the end of May to the beginning of October.
Spring (March, April, May): Certain high-altitude stages of the trail are not accessible before the end of May due to snow cover. The rest of the trail, however, offers a particularly appealing journey through the awakening natural world.
Summer (June, July, August): Refreshingly cool air at higher altitudes, while the heat in the valley can be alleviated by a revitalising dip into the waters of Carinthia’s swimming lakes.
Autumn (September, October, November): Crystal-clear air, vibrantly coloured forests and pleasantly cool temperatures. Hiking in autumn is a best-kept secret on the Dobratsch Rundwanderweg. However, premature winter weather (and even snowfall at higher altitudes) can interfere with your plans. By the end of October, the hiking season is officially over.
Winter (December, January, February): The Trail sections in Carinthia are not accessible during the winter months.
Experienced, sure-footed hikers will find the Dobratsch Circular Trail easy to moderate – in terms of technique, it is slightly less demanding than the Alpe-Adria Trail. The route follows paths marked with the ‘red dot’ rating of the Austrian Alpine Association. The few slightly more challenging sections take the form of narrow pathways or steep ascents.
In terms of endurance, the Dobratsch Circular Trail is somewhat more challenging: the route continuously undulates, with altitude changes of up to 900 metres, and up to 20 km of ascents or descents per stage. We therefore highly recommend pursuing some endurance training before setting out on your journey.
The Dobratsch Circular Trail is suitable for children aged 12 and up, provided they have very good stamina.
Our long-distance hiking and trekking routes are not geared towards persons with limited mobility. However, if you would like to discuss your options based on the degree and nature of a particular impairment, simply contact our team at the Trail Info & Booking Center.
Standard hiking equipment is sufficient for the Dobratsch Rundwanderweg. Click here for more equipment details.
Hot tip: keep you day-backpack nice and light by taking advantage of our transport service, which delivers your heavy bag (up to 20 kg) to your next accommodation. For peace of mind, we recommend taking out luggage insurance.
For a closer look, check out the detailed information for each stage along the trail here. The times are average values and may vary depending on personal fitness, number and length of breaks, weather conditions, etc.show Stages
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Your accommodation options along the Trail are divided into three categories (regional rating):
Basic: Simple, clean, functional – inn, guesthouse or mountain lodge
Classic: Mid-range accommodation – 2-star or 3-star inn or hotel
Comfort: High-end accommodation – 4-star hotel, often with spa area
Children from 6 to 14 staying in their parents’ room are charged at a 35% discount (provided both adults pay full price)
The extra costs for a dog range between € 5,00 and € 20,00 (without food; per night) and will be paid directly on site in the accommodation.
Our partner establishments offer three types of catering:
Breakfast: generous buffet, or hearty breakfast served at your table
Half-board: Breakfast and dinner (usually 3 courses)
Please enter any individual dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food intolerances etc.) in the ‘comments’ box. Our team at the Trail Info & Booking Center will do their best to accommodate your request.
For the realization of your trouble-free Trail journey a comprehensive mobility service is offered:
Luggage service: Hiking with a light daypack; while your luggage (max. 20 kg) is taken from accommodation to accommodation. How?
It's very simple: In the morning you drop off your luggage at the reception and at the end of the hiking day it will be waiting for you in your next accommodation. We recommend that you purchase luggage protection insurance.
Return transport: As essential as convenient. Our mobility service (collective transport) takes you from the destination of your trail journey comfortably back to your starting point.
Shuttle Services: The shuttle services required for the trail journey are included in the overall mobility package.
Our Mobility partners reserve the right to transport your dog in the luggage compartment.
In addition, we can also book recommended shuttle services such as the train station shuttle. If extra shuttle services are required during the trail trip, e.g. in case of bad weather, illness, etc., we will be happy to organize them. These shuttle services are not included in the travel price.
Walk like an Angel: Our experienced team at the Info & Booking Center offers a comprehensive range of services designed to support you in every aspect of your Trail journey.
All Angels’ Services are included in the package price, and encompass the following:
Trail Hotline: You are able to contact our experienced team for advice and practical support daily from 8:00 to 20:00.
Comprehensive travel information: To help you prepare for your Trail journey, we will send you a folder of expertly compiled information in plenty of time prior to your trip.
Guide (optional): Our certified mountain guides (German speakers with good English skills) are highly trained experts with excellent knowledge of the area and terrain. This is complemented by their extensive knowledge of the natural world and different cultures of the Alpe-Adria region – making a trek with one of our guides a safe as well as entertaining way to experience the Alpe-Adria Trail. All ancillary costs (i.e. the guide’s overnight stays, food and travel costs) are included in the overall GUIDE package.
For this Trail journey, you have three travel options (not included in the price) to reach your departure point:
By car: Parking is available at the beginning of each stage of the Trail – details can be found in your booking documents. The majority of car parks are free of charge and unmonitored (parking at your own risk). At the end of your Trail journey, our return transfer takes you back to your vehicle.
By train: We recommend travelling to the following IC/EC train station: Villach Hauptbahnhof (main station). In addition, the minor stations in Feistritz-an-der-Gail, Arnoldstein and Villach–Warmbad are close to the Dobratsch Circular Trail, and are connected via an S-Bahn railway network (for example, the S4 travels from Villach Hauptbahnhof to Villach-Warmbad in half-hour intervals)
By plane: We recommend the following international airports: Klagenfurt, Salzburg; Ljubljana.
A shuttle service (charged separately) is available to take you to the departure point of your Trail journey, and back to the station or airport of your choice. Our team at the Trail Info & Booking Center will be very happy to arrange this shuttle service at your request.
This is where Trail travellers find an especially warm welcome: ranging from 4-star spa hotels to simple B&Bs, our partner establishments have been hand-picked by our teams, and actively contribute to the development of the Trail.show partners
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Trail Angels GmbH
9821 Obervellach 15
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Trail Angels GmbH
Obervellach 15, 9821 Obervellach, Österreich
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