• Alpe Adria Trail / Carinthia, Austria

    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.

    Alpe Adria Trail

    The Alpe Adria Trail in Numbers

    • Distance
      750 km (466 mi)
    • Stages
    • Stages in Austria
    • Average distance per stage
      17 km (10,5 mi)
    • Starting point
    • 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
    A lake on the Alpe-Adria Trail


    • 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
    Alpe-Adria-Trail Carinthia


    “Carinthian Summer” festival

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

    “Magic of the Night” Hike

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


    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.


    St. Kathrein's Church

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


    Granatium Radenthein

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

    granite portal "Granattor" / Carinthia, Austria
    Taking a break on the Alpe-Adria Trail

    Useful Links


    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.

    Contact Information

    Alpe Adria Trail

    Carinthia, Italy, Slovenia

    Telephone: +43 4824 2700

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