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Hiking Along the Alpe-Adria-Trail in Carinthia

Conquer just one or all of the stages on this long-distance trail which wends its way from the majestic Großglockner through Carinthia and Friaul-Julisch Venetia all the way to the azure blue sea of Slovenia.
 
Summit cross Gerlitzen © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl Summit cross Gerlitzen © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl

The Trail

Take the Alpe-Adria-Trail for a transnational journey of discovery. The trail is around 750km in length and leads from the foot of Austria's highest peak, the majestic Grossglockner (at 3,798m altitude) - to the azure blue Adriatic Sea and spans three countries (Austria, Italy and Slovenia) and three cultures. Even hiking just one of the 43 attractive stages (each around 17km long) leaves you with unforgettable experiences and memories. The trail passes turbulent rivers, bathing areas and lakes glinting in the sun, impressive gorges and blossoming Alpine meadows and fascinating fauna and flora, and the region in particular where Carinthia, Slovenia and the Italian province of Friuli-Venezia Giulia meet is extraordinarily beautiful. The Alpe-Adria Trail combines the joys of nature, culinary delights and the pleasure of hiking in a way no other trail does. The fact that it also leads through a non-Alpine area with only minor altitude differences makes it very suitable for ramblers. The accompanying Mediterranean climate promises long days and pleasant temperatures, rendering the stunning views even more impressive. You can walk from both sides of the trail along well-defined routes taking in about 6 hours of walking time a day, and can do it alone, book themed packages online or arrange to have your luggage transported for you.

Overview of the Alpe-Adria-trail stages

“A wonderful place to recharge your batteries is near to the Alexander hut. There's a bench where you can completely relax, which gives you beautiful views into the valley and over Lake Millstättersee.”

Highlights

  • Sunset over Millstatt's pastures © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl Sunset over Millstatt's pastures © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl
  • Mountain hut on the Alpe-Adria Trail © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner Mountain hut on the Alpe-Adria Trail © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner
  • Taking a break on the Alpe-Adria Trail © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner Taking a break on the Alpe-Adria Trail © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner
  • granite portal "Granattor" © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl granite portal "Granattor" © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl
  • The Nock Mountains © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl The Nock Mountains © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl
  • Buschenschenke "Tavern" at Lake Ossiach © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl Buschenschenke "Tavern" at Lake Ossiach © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl
  • Finkenstein Castle Ruins © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl Finkenstein Castle Ruins © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl
  • Summit cross Gerlitzen © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl Summit cross Gerlitzen © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl
  • Goldberghut in Carinthia © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl Goldberghut in Carinthia © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl
  • Mountain Ossiach © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl Mountain Ossiach © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl
  • Alpe-Adria-Trail - Millstaetter Alp © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl Alpe-Adria-Trail - Millstaetter Alp © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl
  • A lake on the Alpe-Adria Trail © Österreich Werbung A lake on the Alpe-Adria Trail © Österreich Werbung
  • Panoramic views on the Alpe-Adria Trail © Österreich Werbung Panoramic views on the Alpe-Adria Trail © Österreich Werbung
  • Panoramic views on the Alpe-Adria Trail © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner Panoramic views on the Alpe-Adria Trail © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner
  • Alpe Adria Trail © Kärnten Werbung / Hannes Wallner Alpe Adria Trail © Kärnten Werbung / Hannes Wallner
  • Emperor Francis Joseph's Peak © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl Emperor Francis Joseph's Peak © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl

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