Hiking towards your inner self. Off the beaten track. Discover the hidden and open up to encounters. With the courage to slow down through the undiscovered heart of Carinthia. Between the Turracher Höhe and the small, picturesque Maltschacher See. That' s consciously wandering on the new Trail of Horizons! Our calming answer to the restlessness, hectic and exuberant pressure to perform and a fast-moving world.
The success of the Alpe-Adria-Trail has established Carinthia's reputation as a true long-distance hiking paradise. In recent years, other fascinating trails have been added to it, such as the Panoramaweg Südalpen, the Karnische Höhenweg and the Nockberge-Trail. The latter opens up the archaic, calming mountain massif of the Nockberge in the biosphere park of the same name on a wonderful high-altitude route and is enjoying increasing popularity. Whereas a few kilometers to the east, in the immediate neighborhood, Carinthia's undiscovered heart continues to slumber in a deep sleep.
After all, outside Carinthia nobody has ever heard of the Hochrindl, Deutsch-Griffen, Gnesau, Tiebel or Flatschacher See - Yet this heartland of Carinthia reveals a place of longing, which forms a deliberate contrast to the hustle and bustle and anonymity of today's illusory tourist worlds. With its unspoilt and decelerated villages, the fairytale forests, the many gushing springs and brooks and the small, picturesque lakes.
Thus, with the new trail of the horizons of Carinthia, we want to gently kiss the undiscovered heart awake. On moderate and carefully selected trails that invite you to discover and meet. Inspired by special points of contact, which always open up new horizons and are arranged like a string of pearls along the trail.
The Trail of Horizons is meant to affect long-distance hikers - beginners and experienced hikers alike. With its moderate but varied trail. And with its gentle invitation to engage in the experience of a consciously wandering. To discover hidden things, myths and even small sensations on new paths. To seek peace, relaxation and active recreation and to find yourself step by step.
The best time of year for hiking along the Trail of Horizons is from mid-May to the end of October, depending on the snow conditions and the opening times of the accommodations.
On the Trail of Horizons you travel as an individual hiker (without the guidance of a mountain guide) on marked mountain paths, partly in high alpine mountain regions with altitudes of up to 1.800 m. For the Trail of Horizons you need alpine hiking experience, which includes not only the correct self-assessment of the technical and physical requirements for the points listed below, but also experience in orientation in the terrain (including reading topographical maps) and in how to react in case of bad weather. You will be well looked after and supported by our organization. Nevertheless you are on your way as an independent hiker (unless you optionally book a mountain guide). We would like to point out that despite our tour organization you are on your personal responsibility on the Trail of Horizons.
Technical requirements: Moderate
From a technical point of view, the Nockberge-Trail shows moderate difficulties: The stages follow moderately difficult mountain trails with red dot (classification Austrian Alpine Club).
For the Trail of Horizons you need alpine hiking equipment.
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
Feel free to load map material from Google maps.
Accommodation along the Trail is available in three categories (regional rating):
Basic: Simple, clean, functional – inn, guesthouse or mountain shelter
Classic: Mid-range accommodation – 2* or 3* inn or hotel
Comfort: High-end accommodation – 4* or 4*s hotel, often with spa area
Children aged 6 to 14 staying in their parents’ room are charged at a 35% discount (provided both adults are paying full price)
Unfortunately it is not possible to take your dog with you on this Trail.
Our Trail partner establishments offer three types of catering:
Breakfast: morning buffet or breakfast served at your table
Half-board: Breakfast and dinner (usually 3 courses or using a voucher for a nearby restaurant)
Regional half board: half board with special, regional dinner such as Carinthian Kasnudeln
Please enter any individual dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food intolerances, allergies 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. 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.
While traveling, you can take advantage of the special service of our Trail Info & Booking Center, which turns your hiking trip into a particularly safe, well supervised and thus unforgettable experience:
Trail Hotline: You can contact our experienced team for advice and practical support daily from 8:00 am to 08:00 pm.
Guide: Our certified mountain guides and biosphere park rangers are highly trained and have an excellent knowledge of the area. They also have a great knowledge of the Nockberge Biosphere Park and Carinthia's nature and culture, making a hike with our guides a varied and safe trail journey with many stories and anecdotes. All costs incurred (guide, accommodation and food costs and travel) for the mountain hiking guide are included under "Guiding".
Advanced Trail Travel Documents, Angel's Service: Professionally prepared, detailed and ideal for the preparation of your trail trip. The documents will be sent in good time before departure by e-mail (PDF, print @ home).
There are three options for your arrival at this Trail journey (not included in the price):
By car: Parking is available at the respective starting points of the Trail. Detailed information is included in the booking documents. Most of the parking spaces are free of charge and not supervised! Our Return transport will bring you back to your car.
By train: The following national train stations are at your disposal: St. Veit an der Glan, Villach and Unzmarkt. In addition, the train station in Feldkirchen is connected to the supra-regional stations Villach and St. Veit an der Glan via S-Bahn lines.
By plane: The following international airports can be recommended for travel by plane - Salzburg, Klagenfurt and Ljubljana.
Shuttle Service at arrival - not included in the price: Brings you to the starting point of your trail journey and at the end of the tour back to the ideal train station or airport. The Trail Info & Booking Center will gladly organize this Shuttle Service for you.
This is where our Trail travellers find an especially warm welcome: ranging from 4-star spa hotels to simple B&Bs, our partner establishments have been hand-picked based on specific criteria, and actively contribute to the development of the Trail.show partners
Here you will find all relevant information about your travel destination such as currency, entry requirements, food & drink, health and vaccinations and literature tips.Show Travel Information
Trail Information & Booking center, Travel Agent
Trail Angels GmbH
9821 Obervellach 15
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Trail Angels GmbH
Obervellach 15, 9821 Obervellach, Österreich
Eintragungs-NR. Veranstalterverz. des bmwfi: 2016/0005
Tel: +43 4782 93093