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.
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