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ST21 AAT: Velden - Faaker See / Baumgartnerhöhe

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  • Egger Marterl
    / Egger Marterl
    Photo: Pentaphoto, Alpe-Adria-Trail
  • / Blick auf den Faaker See
    Photo: Alpe-Adria-Trail
  • / Burgarena Finkenstein
    Photo: Alpe-Adria-Trail
  • / Drauschleife bei Föderlach
    Photo: Alpe-Adria-Trail
  • / Etappe 21 - Wandern im Garten Eden
    Video: Alpe-Adria-Trail
  • / Falkensteiner Schlosshotel Velden
    Photo: Franz Gerdl, Region Wörthersee-Rosental Tourismus GmbH
m 1100 1000 900 800 700 600 500 400 300 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Alpe-Adria-Trail Infopoint … Wörthersee Burgarena Finkenstein Marterl in Egg Ferienhotel Schönruh Tal Türkei Schloss Velden
It might surprise many hikers that part of the Alpe Adria Trail leads through a valley known as the “Turkish Valley”. This stage takes you from Velden Castle along the River Drau, past a former army camp, the Carinthian Turkish Valley and Lake Faaker See, and then up to the Finkenstein castle arena.
moderate
Distance 21.3 km
6:45 h
715 m
284 m
919 m
452 m
From the Kurpark in Velden the route goes along the cycle trail to the River Drau. The Drau Cycle Trail leads through the whole of Carinthia amidst wonderful scenery. Along the way is the Föderlach nature conservation area, which is a popular nesting place for a variety of birds. The route continues past Lake Faaker See and the famous Egger Marterl wayside cross to the Drobollacher Moor, which is also a nature conservation area. The highlight of this stage is the romantically located Finkenstein castle arena and the Baumgartnerhöhe, where you are rewarded with a wonderful view of the surrounding mountain world and the radiant turquoise Lake Faaker See.

Author’s recommendation

Difficulty
moderate
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Landscape
Highest point
919 m
Lowest point
452 m
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Rest Stop

Baumgartnerhof

Tips and hints

Start

Kurpark Velden (463 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.615697, 14.039019
DMS
46°36'56.5"N 14°02'20.5"E
UTM
33T 426418 5162907
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Destination

Baumgartnerhöhe

Turn-by-turn directions

From Velden we walk along the R4a cycle trail towards the Bäckerteich pond and the football stadium, then we follow hiking trail no. 4 to the Drau, Carinthia’s largest river. We then follow the Drau Cycle Trail alongside the river towards Villach. A special highlight is the Föderlach nature conservation area, a flat-water biotope which serves as an important resting place for numerous birds on their migration through Carinthia. We make a short stop at the viewing and bird-watching point in Föderlach, where we have an opportunity of watching various birds. At Graschitz we cross the Drau and hike across the Bogenfeld, past several of the wayside crosses which are so typical of this region. Then the route loops back slightly to the main road, where we come across the small “Turkey” valley, whose name derives from the fact that there was once a Turkish army camp there. Then we go up a quite steep hill towards Egg, past the famous Egger Marterl wayside cross and from there we continue to Drobollach. We hike through the village following the shore of Lake Faaker See, then alongside the Drobollacher Moor nature conservation area as far as Faak am See. Here we walk past the Faak tourist information office and then through an underpass to the next roundabout. Here we go straight on to Pogöriach, from where we start our ascent to the ruined Finkenstein Castle. After a relatively straight forest trail up the mountain we reach the ruined castle. Here we are rewarded with a wonderful view of the surrounding mountain world and the radiant turquoise Lake Faaker See. Via a steep track past the village chapel we reach the Baumgartnerhöhe – the destination of today’s stage.

 

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Public transport

Getting there

Parking

Coordinates

DD
46.615697, 14.039019
DMS
46°36'56.5"N 14°02'20.5"E
UTM
33T 426418 5162907
w3w 
///steer.aggressively.flailed
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Lisa D
August 25, 2021 · Community
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
21.3 km
Duration
6:45 h
Ascent
715 m
Descent
284 m
Highest point
919 m
Lowest point
452 m
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