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ST16 AAT: Falkerthaus/Lärchenhütte - Bad Kleinkirchheim

· 7 reviews · Long-Distance Hiking · Bad Kleinkirchheim-Millstätter See-Nockberge
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The scent of Alpine valerian, the “gold of the Nockberge Mountains”, accompanies this stage of the Alpe Adria Trail which starts at the Falkerthaus and offers a wide variety of views. The trail leads to the Falkert and the Rödresnock via the Hundsfeldscharte. Following the scent of valerian you will hike across the Schwarzkofel to the “Måtl Sepp” tavern, and then on towards Bad Kleinkirchheim.
Distance 18.7 km
8:00 h
1,242 m
1,752 m
2,309 m
1,021 m
From the Falkerthaus the route first goes along the road and past the Lärchenhütte lodge to the Hundsfeldhütte lodge. Here hiking trail no. 11 goes uphill rather steeply following the mountain stream as far as the Hundsfeldscharte. Here you change to hiking trail no. 09 and tackle the final ascent onto the Falkert (2,308 metres). From the Falkert there is an impressive view of the Nockberge Mountains, and if your eyesight is good enough you can see as far as the mountain village of St. Lorenzen ob Reichenau and to the Karawanken. To orientate yourself more easily, on the Falkert you will find a stone tablet showing the most important mountains in the surrounding area. After a short rest, a somewhat stony descent will take you down to the Falkertscharte and further on to the wide mountain ridge towards the Rödresnock (2,310 metres). From the Rödresnock it is worth taking a look back onto the rock faces of the Falkert, because here with a bit of luck you will be able to watch the chamois. Continuing on hiking trail no. 09 the route goes slightly downhill onto the Schwarzkofel (1,723 metres) and then somewhat more steeply downhill via Alpine meadows and through light stocks of larch trees to the Moschelitzenalm Alpine pasture. From here we follow the old roadway as far as the Plaßbichlsattel and then change to the “Rottenstein/Bad Kleinkirchheim” hiking trail, which leads directly to the “Måtl Sepp” tavern. It is well worth stopping here in any event for a bite to eat and to take a look at the old watermill and the valerian sculpture. The trail leads on along the Kirchheim Valley halfway up the slope, past the Streitnighof tavern, following the road through the Zirkitzen district and all the way to Bad Kleinkirchheim.

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Update: October 31, 2022
Highest point
2,309 m
Lowest point
1,021 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 26.51%Dirt road 0.60%Forested/wild trail 13%Path 56.94%Road 0.14%Unknown 2.78%
5 km
Dirt road
0.1 km
Forested/wild trail
2.4 km
10.7 km
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Rest stops

Buschenschank Streitnighof
Café Weissensteiner

Safety information

Tips and hints

BRM - Bad Kleinkirchheimer Region Marketing GmbH
Dorfstraße 30
9546 Bad Kleinkirchheim
Tel.: +43 4240 8212
Fax: +43 4240 8537


Falkerthaus, Lärchenhütte, St. Oswald (1,531 m)
46.861363, 13.786835
46°51'40.9"N 13°47'12.6"E
33T 407530 5190472
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Bad Kleinkirchheim

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We start our hike at around 1,557 metres, where the forest road branches off to the Falkerthaus towards the Lärchenhütte mountain lodge. We follow the forest road through the larch and spruce forest past the Lärchenhütte towards the Hundsfeldscharte. At the Hundsfeldhütte lodge the road changes to a track. After an ascent of about 20 minutes we reach the Hundsfeldscharte and are rewarded with a magnificent view of the summits of the Nockberge Mountains. After another 20 minutes we have reached the summit cross on the Falkert. From the Falkert our route continues across the Falkertscharte to the Rödresnock, at 2,310 metres the highest point of today’s hike. From here the trail follows the scent of the Alpine valerian and leads across gentle Alpine meadows to the Schwarzkofel and then on to the Moschelitzenalm. We hike through forests with old larch and spruce trees to the “Måtl Sepp” tavern. Next to the valerian sculpture we breathe in the scent of this ancient medicinal plant, which has accompanied us all day on our tour, one last time. We stop and rest at this magical place, enjoying the rays of the afternoon sun. The trail then leads us on via field paths and asphalt farm access tracks to Bad Kleinkirchheim. A spring which was tapped in medieval times flows through the crypt beneath the Church of St. Kathrein and has been attributed with healing effects since time immemorial. The road into the centre of the village takes us right to the finishing point of today’s stage, the tourist information office in Bad Kleinkirchheim.


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46.861363, 13.786835
46°51'40.9"N 13°47'12.6"E
33T 407530 5190472
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Weiterführende kostenpflichtige  Literatur für Wanderungen in Kärnten:

5639 Wanderführer Kärntner Seen mit Karte, Karten Kompass, 978-399121-048-1

1322 Dein Augenblick Kärnten, 4/22, Karten Kompass, 978-399121-307-9

Genusswandern in Kärnten: Leichte Touren zum Schauen, Staunen und Entdecken, 5/21, Styria Verlag, 978-3222136595


Weiterführende kostenlose Literatur für Wanderungen in Kärnten

Alpe-Adria-Trail Tourenbuch

Produktflyer Nockberge-Trail und Via Paradiso

Author’s map recommendations

Kostenloses Wanderkartenmaterial erhalten Sie in den Tourismusbüros oder online

unter oder oder


Kostenpflichtiges Info- und Wandermaterial erhalten Sie z.B. bei Karten Kompass.

Wir empfehlen folgendes Kartenmaterial: 

63 Millstätter See, Nockgebiet,1:50000, Karten Kompass, ISBN 978399044-718-5

063 Bad Kleinkirchheim, Nockberge 1:25000, Karten Kompass, 978399121-334-5, erscheint neu 3/22

66 Biosphärenpark Kärntner Nockberge, Liesertal, Karten Kompass,1:50000, 978399121-248-5

066 Millstätter See 1:25000, 978399044-717-8, Karten Kompass, erscheint  4/22 neu mit neuer ISBN 978399121-434-2


Questions and answers

Question from Cris Hoover · July 05, 2021 · Community
What is the best exit from the AAT once we get to Bad Kleinkirchheim? We are headed back via train to Basel.
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Answered by Jeff Miller · July 09, 2022 · Community
As you come down into Bad KKH to the main road that intersects the AAT there is a bus stop less than 50 meters to the left. That bus took me to the Spital train station.


Jeff Miller
July 09, 2022 · Community
The climb up to 2300 meters was exhilarating. We got 100 kilometer winds and it was very cold. Dress accordingly.
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Julia H. 
July 03, 2022 · Community
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When did you do this route? July 03, 2022
Lena GT
August 26, 2021 · Community
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Donnerstag, 26. August 2021, 19:07 Uhr
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18.7 km
8:00 h
1,242 m
1,752 m
Highest point
2,309 m
Lowest point
1,021 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Summit route


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