Lake Ossiach Trail

Hiking route · Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
35.2 km
Duration
16:00h
Ascent
1538 m
Descent
1540 m
Public transport friendly Loop Refreshment stops available Multi-stage route Cultural/historical value Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights
This challenging but unique and beautiful hike leads you around the emerald-colored Lake Ossiach.  
This hike circles Lake Ossiach.  It is recommended to divide the hike into two days- one day on the north shore and one day on the south shore, then take the ferry back to the starting point.  The routes can also be done clockwise!

Author’s recommendation

Shortly before "Gasthaus Matthiasl" there is a path that leads to "Peterlewand," where there is a small pavillion with a beautiful view of the see!  A perfect spot for a picnic! 
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Difficulty
difficult
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Highest point
1015 m
Lowest point
499 m
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Rest Stop

Abenteuer Affenberg
Burg Landskron/Kronensaal

Safety information

The whole tour is difficult and exhausting- it is highly recommended to split this tour into two days!

Tips, hints and links

 Region Villach Tourism

 +43 4242 42000

 www.visitvillach.at/en

 

 

Start

Annenheim or Steindorf (511 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.658877, 13.895264
DMS
46°39'32.0"N 13°53'43.0"E
UTM
33T 415478 5167850
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Destination

Annenheim

Turn-by-turn directions

Phase 1:

From Annenheim you set off in the direction of “Gerlitzen Kanzelbahn". Before the subwy turn left and cross the road B94. Follow the "Panormaweg", the "Bergstraße" and the "Marhofweg" until you reach the crossing of the hiking trails Nr.2 and Nr. 35. You might want to take a detour to the Finsterbach waterfalls (Nr. 2). If not, then follow the hiking trail Nr. 7, which is quite steep, until reaching Gerlitzen Bergstrasse (shortly before the “Mathiasl” Panorama Restaurant!), where you turn onto path number 3 towards “Winkl-Ossiachberg,” which leads past the “Katrin” tavern.  From here you go up the mountain towards “Golk” and then take path number 41 into the valley towards the Steindorf waterfalls.  After this there is just a short hike until you reach the boat pier/train station in Steindorf.

Phase 2:

From the Steindorf boat pier you follow the causeway (nr. 1) through the Bleistätter nature reserve until you reach Alt-Ossiach.  You then walk across the forest boardwalk where you will reach the entrance to the “Schluchtweg” (canyon path), which is a section of the Alpe-Adria-Trail.  This is a steep hike up the mountain which leads to Tauern Pond.  You now take path number 8 (Obersakoparnig and Oberwinklern) and follow the Ossiach Tauern until you get to “Jungfernsprung” and further to the Landskron castle ruins.  From here you follow the western shore of Lake Ossiach to the north until you get back to Annenheim.  

Public transport

Public transport friendly

You can reach the north shore with the trains of the ÖBB- the southern shore with the post busses.  

Getting there

The best option for arrival is taking the A10 highway- "Ossiacher See" exit.

Parking

There are plenty of parking spaces in both Annenheim and Steindorf.

Coordinates

DD
46.658877, 13.895264
DMS
46°39'32.0"N 13°53'43.0"E
UTM
33T 415478 5167850
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Kompass Ossiacher See - Feldkirchen in Kärnten - Karte Nr. 62 (M 1:25000)

Equipment

Good shoes, drinking water, and a rain jacket.
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Updated: February 17, 2020


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