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ST03 AAT: Döllach - Marterle

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  • Beim Gartlwasserfall
    / Beim Gartlwasserfall
    Photo: Roland Oberdorfer, Kärnten Werbung GmbH - AlpeAdriaTrail
  • / Am Wiesenweg zwischen dem Weiler Stampf und Mörtschach
    Photo: Andreas Kleinwächter, Kärnten Werbung GmbH - AlpeAdriaTrail
  • / Kirche St. Leonhard in Mörtschach
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  • / AAT bei Mörtschach
    Photo: Roland Oberdorfer, Kärnten Werbung GmbH - AlpeAdriaTrail
  • / Schmutzerhaus in Mörtschach
    Photo: Andreas Kleinwächter, Kärnten Werbung GmbH - AlpeAdriaTrail
  • / Auf den "Kreuterwiesen"
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  • / Geschickte Wegführung durch das steile Gelände im Bereich der Haselwand
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  • / Wegkreuz nahe der Haselwand
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  • / Haselwand
    Photo: Roland Oberdorfer, Kärnten Werbung GmbH - AlpeAdriaTrail
  • / Kreuterwiesen
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  • / Brunnen nahe am Marterlen
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  • / GH Marterle
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m 2400 2200 2000 1800 1600 1400 1200 1000 800 600 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Ortszentrum Döllach Wallfahrtskirche Marterle … Rangersdorf Wegkreuz Haselwand Gartlwasserfall Abzweigung Steig Haselwand-Marterle Kirche St. Leonhard Mörtschach
This very varied stage follows an old “church trail” to the “Marterle” pilgrimage church, which was traditionally visited by pious worshippers from the Upper Möll Valley.
moderate
18.4 km
7:00 h
1,340 m
495 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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Hohe Tauern - die Nationalpark-Region in Kärnten / Andreas Kleinwächter
Updated: June 26, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Haselwand, 1,883 m
Lowest point
Weiler Stampf bei Mörtschach, 933 m
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Rest Stop

Landgasthof Schwaiger
Gasthof Fair

Tips, hints and links

Start

Döllach im Mölltal (1,007 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.972724, 12.894862
DMS
46°58'21.8"N 12°53'41.5"E
UTM
33T 339876 5204283
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Destination

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.

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Public transport

Several public bus connections every day from Spittal/Drau or Lienz to Döllach.
Information on timetables: https://www.postbus.at/en   

Getting there

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

Parking

Several parking areas in Döllach

Coordinates

DD
46.972724, 12.894862
DMS
46°58'21.8"N 12°53'41.5"E
UTM
33T 339876 5204283
w3w 
///mellow.attainment.brigade
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Reviews

3.9
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MAIK Pfeifer
October 10, 2020 · Community
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Blick zurück ins Mölltal
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Kreuzeck Gruppe
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Lienzer Dolomiten
Photo: MAIK Pfeifer, Community
Marterle
Photo: MAIK Pfeifer, Community
Michael Alsters
August 01, 2020 · Community
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Aussicht Gasthof Marterle
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Andreas Weichert
June 28, 2020 · Community
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Blick zurück ins Mölltal
Kreuzeck Gruppe
Lienzer Dolomiten
Marterle
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Reviews
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
18.4 km
Duration
7:00h
Ascent
1,340 m
Descent
495 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical value

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