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Healing Power of Nature: the “Speik”
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In the Nockberge Mountains, located in Carinthia, you will find a world-renowned medicinal plant. Its distinct scent and exceptional healing powers are there to be discovered by anyone out taking a stroll.

Nockberge Mountains, Speik © Bad Kleinkirchheimer Tourismus Marketing GmbH

Nockberge Mountains

Nockberge Mountains on the map
Those who are looking for Alpine Valerian - the so-called “Speik” - have to climb up high in the mountains and leave the tree line of the Carinthian Alps far behind. At 1800 meters above sea level, within the protected Nockberge Biosphere Reserve, the precious plant can be found. In former days, the "Speik" was actually bought for its weight in gold because it relaxes without making you tired and revives body, soul and mind.

Nowadays visitors can enjoy guided "Speik" exploring walks, starting right from Bad Kleinkirchheim, and eleven traditional mountain huts offer “Speik” foot baths in wooden buckets. The plant and its herb-fresh spicy scent can be considered the celebrity of the hiking season, especially during the months of July and August. And once you have worked up an appetite from the mountain air, take a rest at one of the mountain huts and enjoy some of Carinthia's tasty dishes.