This stage from the Gerlitzen Alpe down to the cultural Ossiach runs through scented spruce and larch forests, with panoramic views of the surrounding mountain landscape and Lake Ossiacher See. Variety comes in the form of a waterfall trail, the Bleistätter Moor and attractive places such as Steindorf, Alt-Ossiach and Ossiach with the beautiful Ossiach Abbey, the venue for the “Carinthian Summer”.
This stage of the Alpe Adria Trail starts on the Gerlitzen Alpe, one of the most attractive and sunniest viewing mountains in Carinthia. In winter the Gerlitzen Alpe is a popular skiing region, but from spring to autumn it is the domain of hikers and Nordic walkers. The trail leads along the Gerlitzen Summit Trail towards Steindorf and snakes picturesquely through old larch and spruce forests, with repeated views of Lake Ossiacher See, the destination of today’s stage. Lake Ossiacher See is the third largest lake in Carinthia (10.5 km²) and is a striking, mystical green colour. The large variety of fish species also makes Lake Ossiacher See a paradise for fishermen. A special highlight of the route comes in the form of the waterfall trail, which leads past several waterfalls above Steindorf. Once you have reached the valley floor, the trail leads alongside the lake to the Bleistätter Moor, a former wetland which has now been drained, and through which the Tiebel, the main tributary of Lake Ossiacher See, flows. From here the route leads via the village of Alt-Ossiach right to Ossiach Abbey on the shore of Lake Ossiacher See. The abbey can look back on a lively history of almost 1,000 years, and today as the venue for the concerts of the “Carinthian Summer” it is a centre of high culture. If you want to shorten the route somewhat, you can also cross from Steindorf to Ossiach by boat.
Rest StopKathrins Buschenschenke
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For changing the range of view, push the arrows together.