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Nockberge-Trail: Hiking route stage 3

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  • Stana Mandln
    / Stana Mandln
    Photo: Roland Oberdorfer, Kärnten Werbung
  • / Unterwegs Richtung Turracher Höhe
    Photo: Roland Oberdorfer, Kärnten Werbung
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  • / Am Rosaninsee
    Photo: Juergen Hilgenberg, ÖAV Sektion Hermagor
m 2600 2400 2200 2000 1800 1600 1400 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Dr.Josef-Mehrl-Hütte Gr. Königstuhl Rosaninsee Pregatscharte Winkleralm
from Innerkrems to Turracher Höhe
Distance 21.3 km
7:15 h
1,060 m
815 m
Unlimited views: From Innerkrems through the Donnerschlucht gorge to the Königstuhl mountain and in a promising high-altitude hike to the Turracherhöhe

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Thomas Krenn 
Update: June 18, 2020
Highest point
2,333 m
Lowest point
1,545 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Romantik Seehotel Jägerwirt
Genießer - Schlosshotel Seewirt
Hotel Turracherhof
Panorama Hotel Turracher Höhe

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


Innerkrems (1,544 m)
46.971283, 13.748380
46°58'16.6"N 13°44'54.2"E
33T 404794 5202733


Turracher Höhe

Turn-by-turn directions

This stage starts with a highlight: You hike the trail no. 4 east along the beautiful Donnerschlucht gorge to the beginning of the Schönfeld just before the Dr-Josef-Mehrl-Hütte: To get to the start of the trail you go east to the road, pass the hotels Frühauf and Berghof until on the left side a small road with a marking of the path no. 4 branches.

Here you do not turn north into the Schönfeld, you choose the gravel road (trail no. 126) following the Kremsbach to the south; it leads uphill through the scenic valley of Rosaninalm. Noteworthy is the strong meandering Kremsbach, whose strongly winding brook bed results from the very low gradient. A little later, the path turns away from the creek and the terrain becomes steeper. Passing an ecologically valuable wetland, you reach the Rosaninsee lake at 2.057m above sea level and you hike around it southeast. From the lake, the trail leads up in serpentines up to the crest of the northwest foothills of the mountain “Große Königstuhl”, where you meet the trail no. 125. Follow this trail to the left until you reach the summit of the “Großer Königstuhl” (2.336m), one of the most famous mountains in the Nockberge mountains.

The following section of the trail brings out the vastness of the Nockberge particularly well: From the Königstuhl you take the path no. 125 over the ridge to the slightly lower Karlnock. On the other side you descend a few meters and now leave the ridge: You cross west below the Stangnocks, over the Stangboden to the Stangscharte. Continue trail no. 123 (later no. 126) below the Gregerlnock over the Schneegrubensattel to the Pregatscharte. Now you cross the path no. 126 north of the Simmer Leak until a crossroad at 1.969m above sea level appears.

Here you choose the path no. 126 down to the Winkleralm, which leads first horizontally across the Schafalm and then after a short ascent on the Steinturrach down to the Turracherhöhe and the beautiful lake Turrachsee.


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Getting there



46.971283, 13.748380
46°58'16.6"N 13°44'54.2"E
33T 404794 5202733
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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.

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