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ST03 AAT: Döllach - Marterle

· 19 reviews · Long-Distance Hiking · Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
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On a pilgrimage path to the most elevated sanctuary church in Carinthia
Distance 18.1 km
7:00 h
1,057 m
230 m
1,877 m
934 m

The Carinthian dialect word “Marterl” actually refers to a wayside cross. But because the present-day pilgrimage church was erected at the beginning of the 20th century at the place where one of these wayside crosses stood, it kept the name “Marterle”. Interestingly, it is the highest situated pilgrimage church in Austria.

Be it for religious motives or the sheer pleasure of hiking in stunning surroundings: those who walk along this stage will be rewarded by a varied route along a river, through villages, on forest tracks and towards the end on wonderful, skilfully laid-out paths. The view is varied too, with fabulous views back to the Glockner mountain range, the craggy 3.000-metre peaks of the Schober massif, the Lienz Dolomites and, finally, the wild Kreuzeck range opposite.

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Profile picture of Hohe Tauern - die Nationalpark-Region in Kärnten / Andreas Kleinwächter
Hohe Tauern - die Nationalpark-Region in Kärnten / Andreas Kleinwächter
Update: May 17, 2023
Highest point
Haselwand, 1,877 m
Lowest point
Weiler Stampf bei Mörtschach, 934 m
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Rest stops

Landgasthof Schwaiger
Gasthof Fair

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Döllach im Mölltal (1,007 m)
46.972725, 12.894867
46°58'21.8"N 12°53'41.5"E
33T 339876 5204284


Wallfahrtskirche Marterle

Turn-by-turn directions

We start in the village centre of Döllach, cross the main road and walk across the festival grounds to the River Möll and cross it on a footbridge. On the right hand bank of the river as you look at it, we reach the Glockner cycle path that we follow as far as the hamlet of Stampfen (municipality of Mörtschach). A short but rewarding detour leads to the Gartlwasserfall waterfall.

In Stampfen we leave the cycle path, cross the River Möll on a pretty wooden bridge and then take the main road. After a very short stretch along the road, we turn left and follow a meadow track (partly on wooden walkways) to the village of Mörtschach. We walk through the village as far as the church of St. Leonhard. The path is almost flat up to this point, but it starts to get a bit steeper now. First we follow a farm access road, then we walk uphill to the left, always following the signposting of “Rundweg Guggenberger” until we cross the Kolmitzenbach stream. Shortly after crossing the stream, we get to another farm access and turn right after a forest road, which takes us in several turns across the “herb meadows” at an altitude of approx. 1.500 m. Here we turn into another footpath, which takes us to a wayside cross near the Haselwand. The last part of this path is particularly interesting, with its steep terrain crossed very cleverly. The route continues to a forest road that we leave again immediately and walk uphill to the left, through a mystical “enchanted forest” and, almost on the flat, we reach the day’s destination, the “Marterle” pilgrimage church.

Public transport

Several public bus connections every day from Spittal/Drau or Lienz to Döllach.
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By road

From the direction of Lienz/Felbertauern: from Lienz first across the Iselsberg to Winklern, from here on the Grossglockner-Bundesstrasse (B107) directly to Döllach

From the direction of Spittal/Drau or A10 Tauern motorway (Lendorf exit): on the Mölltal-Bundesstrasse (B106) to Winklern, continue as above

From the north (Zell am See): on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road (toll road) to Heiligenblut and on the Grossglockner-Bundesstrasse (B107) for approx. 12 km further on to Döllach


Several parking areas in Döllach


46.972725, 12.894867
46°58'21.8"N 12°53'41.5"E
33T 339876 5204284
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Mo Fiedler
September 18, 2022 · Community
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When did you do this route? September 17, 2022
July 12, 2022 · Community
We were prepared for a long and heavy walk up hill, but in the end we were satisfied because it didn't took us so long. We started at 8.25 ans ended at 15.50, with three long breaks. It was also a nice walk because we met three nice people. There was a wrong sign of the Adriatrail in the beginning of the walk, around 6 km, to go over the river. In the app, instead, thee was another route to follow and to cross the river at Mortsach.
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When did you do this route? July 13, 2022
Jeff Miller
June 27, 2022 · Community
I really liked the flat walk along the river to Mortscharch to start out. The climb up to Marterle started out kind of hard and got harder 3/4 of the way up. The last 1/4 of the climb was challenging especially on a hot day. Stop and eat something at the Gasthof Marterle. Great food. For some reason, the water flowing from the wood carved old man's mouth was the sweetest water I've tasted in a while.
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18.1 km
7:00 h
1,057 m
230 m
Highest point
1,877 m
Lowest point
934 m
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