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Nockberge-Trail: Hiking route stage 5

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  • / Aussicht auf den Falkertspitz und den Falkertsee
    Photo: Marlies Glatz, Heidi Hotel
  • / Falkert
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  • / St. Kathrein
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  • / Pfarrkirche St. Ulrich
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from Falkertsee to Bad Kleinkirchheim
11.1 km
4:30 h
450 m
1250 m
Another highlight! From the Falkertsee up to the probably most famous summit of the trail - the Falkert - and over the long back of the Totelitzen down to Bad Kleinkirchheim

Author’s recommendation

  • Sonntags Valley
  • Trip to Falkert Mountain
  • Totelitzen ridge
  • Spas in Bad Kleinkirchheim User
Thomas Krenn 
Updated: November 14, 2019

Highest point
2309 m
Lowest point
1087 m
Best time of year

Safety information

-> Prior to each tour, the physical fitness and previous mountaineering experience of all participants  – adults and children – must be assessed. Trekking & mountaineering often require surefootedness and a head for heights.

-> Each mountain tour should be planned and executed using official tour descriptions and hiking maps.  Information from alpine clubs and local experts, such as mountain guides and hut owners, can be especially helpful in this regard.

-> Appropriate equipment and clothing are essential in the mountains. When mountaineering you need solid hiking shoes with non-slip soles. Since the weather in the mountains can be quite changeable, all-weather clothing is advised upon. The pace of the walk must be adjusted to the weakest member of the group. It is especially important at the beginning of the tour to go slowly and be sure to observe other participants, so that exhaustion may be detected in time. 

-> Do not leave the marked hiking paths. To avoid falls, pay close attention to where you walk, even in light terrains. Be careful when walking on steep grassy slopes, especially when wet. It is especially dangerous to cross steep snowfields and glaciers.

-> It is essential to avoid the loss of stones along the route, as this could hurt other hikers. In areas prone to rockfall, pass individually as quickly as possible and without stopping.

-> Hikers wishing to be accompanied by their dog is a sensitive topic of late. In some instances (e.g.  cows with newborn calves), cattle may be particularly aggressive towards dogs, especially those on a leash. It is essential to stay calm in these instances, be careful and trust your instinct, also take note of possible warning signs. Untrained dogs are to kept on a leash at all times!

-> If the weather changes along the way, mist falls, the road becomes too difficult or is in bad shape, you should turn back immeadiately. There is no shame in it, it is always the best thing to do.

-> If an accident should occur, keep calm. In some cases you will be able to help yourself. If not, try to get help by calling someone, yelling, flashing a light or waving large clothes to attract attention. If possible, anyone who is injured should not be left alone.

-> The mountains are a place for everyone, and it is the duty of every climber and hiker to help with their preservation and cleanliness. Please take all waste back with you into the valley and leave the flora and fauna of the mountains untouched.

-> Important telephone numbers:

-> Alpine Emergency Call 140, International Emergency Call 112


How challenging is the Nockberge-Trail hiking route?

Easy to medium. Technically speaking, the Nockberge-Trail hike is not that difficult. There are no rope secured or exposed sections that require a complete head for heights. Even if you often hike at altitudes of up to 2350m and have conquered many peaks, there are no technical difficulties. A certain amount of surefootedness – being able to move safely and quickly in the terrain – is required.


Falkertsee (1886 m)
46.864467, 13.828837
33T 410737 5190768


Bad Kleinkirchheim

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting from your accommodation, you circle the Falkertsee first on the north and then on its east side. From the south end of the lake you walk along the trail no. 1591 through the beautiful Sonntagstal up to the Falkertscharte. From here you should definitely make a detour to Falkert (2.308m) - one of the most famous peaks of the Nockberge - across the southwestridge. This summit visit takes about 30 minutes extra effort - the last few meters to the imposing summit cross are a bit steeper and requires surefootedness.


Back at the Falkertscharte you take the path no. 1, which leads downwards to the west and further below the Moschelitzen (Rödresnock) on to the elongated grass back of the Totelitzen. You descend this slightly sloping ridge in its entire length, past a shelter hut until the path drops steeper to Bad Kleinkirchheim (point 1.990m). Here you choose the left path (no. 1), which leads steeper through open terrain and later through the forest (crossing forest roads several times), directly to the church near the Römerbad Thermal Spa in the center of Bad Kleinkirchheim.


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