The present day town of Döbriach has developed at the foot of the “world mountain”, the Mirnock, and this is where the 12th stage of the Alpe Adria Trail starts. The myths and legends surrounding the giant of the Mirnock can be discovered in a multimedia presentation at Sagamundo, the house of tales. From Döbriach you will hike to the urban municipality of Radenthein, the entrance to the Nockberge biosphere reserve. In Radenthein you should not miss the Granatium, where you can search for and find the “firestone of love”, as the ruby red garnet is also known, in the prospecting centre.
The trail continues on the mill hiking trail, which is around 3 kilometres long and where your nostrils will be filled with the scent of the nearby medicinal herb garden. The soft forest soil under your feet conveys a liberating lightness, while the splashing of the nearby stream joins in the rhythm which nature has tried and tested for centuries. Older residents of Kaning will still remember the sounds of the clunking of the mills and the hoisting of the sharp jet of water to drive them. There were once 22 mills standing in the Roßbachgraben rift, and six of them are still turning. Take your shoes off at the Türkhaus at the start of the mill and Kneipp trail, and within just a few minutes you will plunge into nature with all your senses. Your feet will seek the path through the forest carefully and cautiously at first, and then faster with time while they tingle and tickle as the forest soil pleasantly massages them ... The tour leads past the 6 mills and numerous Kneipp pools, in which you can cool your hands and feet, to the Erlacherhaus Alpine guesthouse, your destination on this stage.
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