• Schild vom Alpe Adria Trail
    Schild vom Alpe Adria Trail
    Kärnten Werbung / Hannes Wallner

Hiking the Alpe Adria Trail in Carinthia

Long distance pleasure hike from the majestic Großglockner mountain through Carinthia and Italy to the azure sea of Slovenia.

Wegbeschilderung Alpe Adria Trail

The Alpe Adria Trail in Numbers

Wegbeschilderung Alpe Adria Trail
Region Villach Tourismus GmbH / Franz Gerdl
  • Distance 750 km (466 mi)
  • Stages 43
  • Stages in Austria 21
  • Average distance per stage 17 km (10,5 mi)
  • Starting point Großglockner
  • Difficulty Easy to moderate
  • Walking time approx. 6 h per stage

From Austria’s majestic, ice-capped Großglockner mountain through sunny Carinthia and Friaul-Julisch Venetia (Italy) all the way to the azure sea of Slovenia: the Alpe Adria Trail has been designed as a “pleasure trail”, which means it’s easy to moderate in difficulty and passes by some particularly beautiful lakes, mountains, and natural wonders.

Simply pick one or more of the 43 well-signposted stages across three countries and start planning your hike. Or challenge yourself by doing the entire 750 km (466 mi) from glacier to ocean...

Why Hike the Alpe Adria Trail?

  • 3 countries: Austria’s Carinthia province, Slovenia, and Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia province
  • From Austria's highest peak to the Adriatic sea
  • Pick your favourite of 43 stage(s) to hike
  • Mediterranean climate
  • Beautiful landscapes
  • Season: April to October
  • Travel packages and luggage transport available
See beim Alpe-Adria-Trail
See beim Alpe-Adria-Trail
Österreich Werbung /

Must-Sees:

  • Nockberge mountains (Austria): soft, rounded mountains with a maximum altitude of 2,441 m (8,000 ft) and a very unique flora and fauna
  • The Groppenstein gorge (Austria): a breathtaking natural gem with 30-metre (100 ft) waterfalls, located in the heart of the Hohe Tauern national park in Carinthia
  • Cividale del Fruili (Italy): a beautifully preserved medieval city
  • Trenta valley (Slovenia): a horseshoe-shaped valley in Slovenia, birthplace of the emerald Soca river
Unterwegs am Alpe Adria Trail
Unterwegs am Alpe Adria Trail
Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl

Must-Dos:

“Carinthian Summer” festival

Carinthian Summer is one of the most famous music festivals in Austria. Sounds good, right?

https://www.visitvillach.at/en/carinthischer-sommer.html

 

“Magic of the Night” Hike

Night hike through the Groppenstein gorge, every Tuesday from July to September.

https://www.groppensteinschlucht.at/?language=en

 

Breakfast at a Mountain Hut

Book an overnight with breakfast in one of the many Alpine huts along the trail and enjoy regional specialties whilst watching the sun rise.

https://alpe-adria-trail.com/en/alpe-adria-trail-booking-center/

 

St. Kathrein's Church

This Gothic church, with an entrance to the "Augenquelle", sits above a warm thermal spring.

https://www.badkleinkirchheim.com/en-EN/planning-holidays/the-bad-kleinkirchheim-region/infrastructure/infrastructure-detail/church-st-kathrein

 

Granatium Radenthein

Ruby-red precious stones from Millstatt's pastures: here you can mine your own personal talisman.

https://www.granatium.at/en/

Granattor auf der Millstätter Alpe
Granattor auf der Millstätter Alpe
Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl
Ruhepause auf dem Alpe-Adria-Trail

Useful Links

Ruhepause auf dem Alpe-Adria-Trail
Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner
Obervellach 58, 9821 Obervellach

How to Get There

The Alpe Adria Trail has its start at Kaiser-Franz-Josefshöhe on Großglockner mountain. The closest airports are Salzburg (145 km or 90 mi, 2.5 h) and Innsbruck (222 km or 138 mi, 3.5 h).

 

You can reach the starting point via the Großglockner High Alpine road – get directions for your trip by car here. If you don’t drive, take the “Glocknerbus” from Salzburg, Hinterglemm, or Zell am See. It runs from the end of May until the end of September.

  • Berghütte auf dem Alpe-Adria-Trail
    Berghütte auf dem Alpe-Adria-Trail
    Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner
    Obervellach 58, 9821 Obervellach
  • Berghütte auf dem Alpe-Adria-Trail
    Berghütte auf dem Alpe-Adria-Trail
    Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner
    Obervellach 58, 9821 Obervellach
  • Berghütte auf dem Alpe-Adria-Trail
    Berghütte auf dem Alpe-Adria-Trail
    Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner
    Obervellach 58, 9821 Obervellach
  • Berghütte auf dem Alpe-Adria-Trail
    Berghütte auf dem Alpe-Adria-Trail
    Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner
    Obervellach 58, 9821 Obervellach
  • Berghütte auf dem Alpe-Adria-Trail
    Berghütte auf dem Alpe-Adria-Trail
    Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner
    Obervellach 58, 9821 Obervellach
  • Berghütte auf dem Alpe-Adria-Trail
    Berghütte auf dem Alpe-Adria-Trail
    Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner
    Obervellach 58, 9821 Obervellach

Contact Information

Alpe Adria Trail

Carinthia, Italy, Slovenia

Telephone: +43 4824 2700

info@alpe-adria-trail.com
info@kaernten.at
www.alpe-adria-trail.com
www.carinthia.at