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Dobratsch - Geology Path

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    Photo: Michael Stabentheiner, Region Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
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    Photo: Michael Stabentheiner, Region Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
  • / Dobratsch - Geolehrpfad
    Photo: Michael Stabentheiner, Region Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
  • / Dobratsch - Geolehrpfad
    Photo: Michael Stabentheiner, Region Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
  • / Dobratsch - Geolehrpfad
    Photo: Michael Stabentheiner, Region Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
  • / Dobratsch - Geolehrpfad
    Photo: Michael Stabentheiner, Region Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
  • / Dobratsch - Geolehrpfad
    Photo: Michael Stabentheiner, Region Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
m 1850 1800 1750 600 500 400 300 200 100 m Die Rosstratten … Naturpark Die Rosstratten … Naturpark Spielplatz am … Stüberl Spielplatz am … Stüberl
Near the restaurant Rosstratte at the foot of the summit hiking trail at approx. 1732m above sea level, a barrier-free geological trail has been set up. Feel and look at the various types of rock that occur in the Dobratsch Nature Park.
easy
Distance 0.6 km
0:20 h
14 m
14 m
1,743 m
1,731 m

Along a simple asphalt road (closed to public traffic), there are 7 easily accessible stations which tell of geological structures, the change in the climate, the Dobratsch as Villach's drinking water reservoir and the alpine landscape as man-made cultivated land.

Brief geological information:

The south side of the Dobratsch was exposed over millions of years by landslides. The deepest unit, the Gail Valley crystalline made of phyllites, is found on the valley floor. The whole area is almost entirely covered by landslide material and glacial moraines. Above that you can find the sandstones of the Val Gardena strata and the red sandstones of the Werfen strata up to the Alpine clam calk. Embedded in it again and again are volcanic parts with tuffites. The thickest and uppermost layer is weather stone and limestone. Calcareous shell remains of marine organisms from the Permian and Triassic periods have been deposited here, and some fossils such as the sea worm snail have been preserved in the limestone.

Other exhibits on the geological trail are rock debris in liquid lava, tuff as part of a volcanic bomb, the carbon from Nötsch with inclusions of fossil armpods, as well as calcite (crystallized limestone) and stalactites.

Author’s recommendation

It is worth to visit the Rosstratten for a culinary stop.

Here you can go to the Schmankerlstubn in the Dobratsch Nature Park.

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Region Villach
Update: March 17, 2022
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
Rosstratte, 1,743 m
Lowest point
Rosstratte, 1,731 m
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Rest stops

Die Rosstratten - Schmankerlstub'n im Naturpark

Start

Rosstratte (1,732 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.593278, 13.710684
DMS
46°35'35.8"N 13°42'38.5"E
UTM
33T 401238 5160775
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Destination

Rosstratte

Turn-by-turn directions

From the parking lot 11 at the Rosstratte, follow the panorama path no. 291 on the asphalt road towards the west and walk along the 7 stations with geological and historical information. At the rest area just before the pasture gate, it is worth taking a break before returning to the starting point. It is not uncommon that you will be curiously observed by ponies, horses, donkeys and cows from their pasture areas.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

The Nature Park Dobratsch Shuttle takes you to the Dobratsch in an environmentally friendly and cost-effective way. 

Click here for the Dobratsch Nature Park Shuttle

Click here for timetable information.

Click here for the Carinthia train station shuttle.

 

Getting there

Drive up via the toll road from Villach-Möltschach up to the Rosstratte car park at 1,732 m above sea level. You will overcome 16.5 km, 116 bends, 1,200 vertical meters and enjoy sensational views of the Karst Mountains and mountain peaks in the neighboring countries of Slovenia and Italy.

Click here for the website of the Villach Alpine Road.

Parking

Numerous marked parking spaces for buses, minibuses and cars. There are marked parking spaces for people with disabilities.

Coordinates

DD
46.593278, 13.710684
DMS
46°35'35.8"N 13°42'38.5"E
UTM
33T 401238 5160775
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Kompass Map Nr. 064 - Villacher Alpe / Unteres Drautal

Equipment

Casual shoes with tread soles

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
0.6 km
Duration
0:20 h
Ascent
14 m
Descent
14 m
Highest point
1,743 m
Lowest point
1,731 m
Public-transport-friendly Out and back Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Geological highlights Botanical highlights Flora and fauna Accessibility Suitable for strollers

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