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.
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.