The first half of this stretch is characterised by the distinctive local mountain of Villach, the Dobratsch, whose Rote Wand rock face bears witness to the large rockfall in 1348. In this region you very often come across rocky remnants of this rockfall, which are scattered throughout almost the entire valley area. The Dobratsch is now a nature park and is home to many plant and animal species.
The trail heads through the “Schütt”, a nature conservation area, and follows the River Gail ever further into the beautiful Gail Valley, which is particularly charming due to the contrast between the flat, wide valley floor and the sometimes rugged mountain slopes.
Feistritz is known for its church festival day on Whit Monday. Following Mass in the church and the traditional midday meal with the special festival day soup, first in Oberfeistritz and then in the Unterfeistritz the well known ceremony of “ Kufenstechen ” takes place, when young men dressed in the costume of the Gail Valley and riding on unsaddled horses strike a wooden barrel with iron clubs as they ride past, which is also accompanied by dancing in national costume.