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Three-Borders-Crossing: A Tour through Three Countries

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  • Blick in die Julischen Alpen beim Aufstieg am slowenischen Forstweg
    / Blick in die Julischen Alpen beim Aufstieg am slowenischen Forstweg
    Photo: Gerhard Hohenwarter, Region Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
  • / Die rote Madonna
    Photo: Gerhard Hohenwarter, Region Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
  • / Madonna delle Neve (Maria im Schnee)
    Photo: Gerhard Hohenwarter, Region Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
  • / Blick zur Bergstation
    Photo: Gerhard Hohenwarter, Region Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
  • / Am Dreiländereck
    Photo: Gerhard Hohenwarter, Region Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
  • / Blick ins Gailtal
    Photo: Gerhard Hohenwarter, Region Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
  • / Der Wischberg in den Julischen Alpen
    Photo: Gerhard Hohenwarter, Region Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
  • / Wiese bei der Kirche Maria im Schnee, im Hintergrund der Dobratsch
    Photo: Gerhard Hohenwarter, Region Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
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Three countries hike, going through Austria , Italy and Slovenia
moderate
9.3 km
4:15 h
476 m
476 m
This route begins near the Seltschacher mountain meadow and takes you to the intersection of three countries. The hike leads to the chapel St. Mary of Snow and across the Red Madonna and old fortifications.  After a walk through Slovenia you head back up to the Seltschacher mountain meadow.

Author’s recommendation

If you take a map with you, you can take a path from "rote Madonna" (red Madonna) upwards towards "Monte Coppa."  This will be a beautiful trail that goes slightly up and down around the mountain until you reach the small clearing with the hut again.  From the southside of the mountain here you can enjoy a gorgeous view of the Julian Alps. 
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Author
Michaela Putz
Updated: August 13, 2019
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Dreiländereck, 1,508 m
Lowest point
1,200 m
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Safety information

Due to the three countries involved, there are also different signs along the way. There are improvements planned on the Italian side. The quality of the tracks is good - there might be more plants and trees around the Felix-Hütte. We advise you NOT to go round Monte Coppa, due to the bad condition of the tracks

Tips, hints and links

 Region Villach Tourism

 +43 4242 42000

 www.visitvillach.at/en

 

Start

Cablecar Dreiländereck (1,449 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.524398, 13.726612
DMS
46°31'27.8"N 13°43'35.8"E
UTM
33T 402334 5153102
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Destination

Dreiländereck (Three-borders-crossing)

Turn-by-turn directions

From the valley station in Seltschach take the cable car gondola to the Seltschacher Alm (an alpine pasture), where you take the marked path (Nr. 603) to the the three-borders-crossing of Austria, Italy and Slovenia.  Follow the path marked "Dreiländerwanderweg" (Nr. 603/522) heading west and downhill until you reach a forrest road. Turn left (south) and cross the border to Italy, where you will see a small clearing and a hut (so called Felix-Hütte).  From here you follow the signs towards "Madonna della Neve," take a forest road downhill until you reach a water fountain. Follow the way uphill and turn right after apr. 1 minute. Further uphill you can find a beautiful mountain meadow with alpine huts, built in Italian style.  At the bottom of the meadow is the small chapel St. Mary of Snow (Kapelle Maria Schnee).   To get back, follow the way back to the crossing before the chapel. There you turn right towards the direction of the "Red Madonna" and after a few turns you reach former barracks and the "Red Madonna". After that you need to follow the former military road uphill and then turn left into the narrow forest path (not marked) which leads back to the Felix-Hütte. There you need to follow the way (nr. 22) to you right (look for black-white markings), which leads through a slight ditch downhill to a forest road. There you cross the border to Slovenia. There are two possibilities for the way back to the starting point. If you have energy left then take way Nr. 18, right in the curve of the forest road follow the bended way uphill. Those who prefer to take it easy, select the slightly rising but longer forest road in the valley between the triangle and Seltschacher Alm. From there you follow the familiar path back to the mountain station.

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Public transport

Public bus to Arnoldstein .

Getting there

On the A2 and B83 or B111 to Arnoldstein.  There is a paved road on the western outskirts of the town that takes you to the cable car of the "Dreiländereck" ski resort (Seltschach). 

Parking

At the valley station there is plenty of parking space. 

Coordinates

DD
46.524398, 13.726612
DMS
46°31'27.8"N 13°43'35.8"E
UTM
33T 402334 5153102
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Kompass Nr. 64 - Villacher Alpe - Unterdrautal (M 1:50 000)

Equipment

Hiking shoes , drinks, snacks.

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Tor Kul
September 12, 2019 · Community
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Completed this Route on September 12, 2019
Norbert Waluga
August 31, 2019 · Community
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Emilio Franzon
July 05, 2017 · Community
June 2017
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9.3 km
Duration
4:15h
Ascent
476 m
Descent
476 m
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