Start hiking with the first ray of sunshine on gentle forest and moss paths and, in harmony with nature, discover soundscapes, fields of fragrances and the ever-changing views of Lake Millstätter See. Discover natural shore paths, lookout spots with unique lake and mountain panoramas and enjoy the up to 27° C warm water of Lake Millstätter See. The many lakeside terraces invite you to end the day relaxing at sunset.
With the new Via Paradiso, the alluring magic of hiking becomes yours via a hiking concept that is as appealing as it is innovative. The stage hiking trail circles Lake Millstätter See in four moderate hiking days and, thanks to its carefully chosen route, is particularly suitable for hiking in the first and last rays of sunshine of the year. After all, there is hardly a place in Austria where spring arrives so early and autumn sets off such a colorful show as at Lake Millstätter See. But that's not all: we like to combine this paradise-like hiking experience with enchantingly romantic offers such as an overnight stay in the "Bivouac under the stars. Rifugio sotto le stelle." as well as time for two at a picnic with the rowboat to the pristine southern shore of Lake Millstätter See or at sunset at the "Sternenbalkon", one of the vantage points with a unique lake and mountain panorama at the finish of the Via Paradiso.
If you are looking for an easy, carefree hiking experience in a paradise-like nature, combined with enchanting offers, you will be well advised with the Via Paradiso. Even more so if you want to share the magical moments along this fascinating hiking trail with your loved one or a group of friends. That is why we are sure that the Via Paradiso will leave a lasting impression on you! The shared experience will bring you back to the shores of Lake Millstätter See again and again. It may even inspire you for new, challenging hiking adventures.
The best season for a hiking trip on the Via Paradiso extends from the beginning of May to the end of October and is based on the snow conditions and, above all, on the opening periods of the accommodations.
On the Via Paradiso you will be hiking as an individual (without the support of a mountain guide) on marked mountain and valley trails in populated regions with altitudes up to 1.100 m above sea level. For the Via Paradiso you need hiking experience (but not in alpine terrain), which includes the correct self-assessment of the technical and physical requirements listed below, as well as experience in orientation in the terrain (including reading topographic maps) and in the handling of bad weather.
You are well looked after and supported by our organization on the Via Paradiso. Nevertheless, you are on the move as an independent hiker (unless you book an optional mountain guide). We would like to point out that despite our tour organization you are on your own responsibility on the Via Paradiso.
Technical requirements: Moderate
From a technical point of view, the Via Paradiso has mostly minor difficulties and moderate ones in some sections from a hiker's point of view: The stages run mainly on valley paths, but on each stage also sometimes on moderately difficult mountain paths with a red dot.
( Classification Austrian Alpine Club)
For the Via Paradiso you need hiking equipment for hikes in low mountain ranges.
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).
The costs for the dog (without food) are between € 5,00 and € 15,00 and will be charged on site.
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)
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 one accommodation to the next. We recommend that you take out luggage protection insurance.
Back transfer: 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 08:00 to 20:00.
Guide: Our certified mountain guides are highly trained and have an excellent knowledge of the area. They also have a great knowledge of the area around Lake Millstätter See, making a hike with our guides a varied and safe trail journey. 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 Back transfer will bring you back to your car.
By train: The following national train stations are at your disposal: Spittal-Millstätter See. From there you will be taken by shuttle to your accommodation.
By plane: The following international airports can be recommended for arrival by plane: Klagenfurt (KLU), Salzburg (SZG) and Ljubljana (LJU).
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