Österreich Kärnten Naturpark Dobratsch Villach

Dobratsch nature park

Recreation on the mountain

Österreich Kärnten Naturpark Dobratsch Rundwanderweg Villach

Carinthia’s oldest nature park. Nature also creates the backdrop and mixes the sound. Take the Villach Alpine Road up to it – a panoramic route for the best views.

The best place to relax is outdoors. Like on Villach’s nearest mountain, Villacher Alpe, at an altitude of 2,167 metres above sea level. It is also known as Dobratsch. Just another name for the massif due west of Villach. The area has been protected as a nature park for many years to preserve it for posterity – and of course visitors: the unspoilt countryside, wealth of flora and fauna, amazing wonders of nature and best spots for looking, relaxing and enjoying the surroundings.

And on the summit? The huge radio transmitter towers up into the sky, Europe’s two highest altitude churches cling to the rocks and the modern refuge (40 beds, restaurant, meeting rooms) stands proud. Highlights: lovely walks (all well signposted), a fascinating exhibition on local birds (at Aichingerhütte), an interesting geology trail (with fossils, karst and volcanic rock, Gail Valley crystalline and alpine shell limestone) and the unique rock garden with over 1,000 alpine plants.

You can drive up Dobratsch on the Villach Alpine Road – one of the most scenic panoramic routes in Austria. It runs 16.5 kilometres from Villach-Möltschach to Rosstratte at an altitude of 1,732 metres. En route: many fantastic picnic spots and viewing platforms, fun children’s adventure playgrounds, traditional chalets and welcoming mountain restaurants. Open all year round.


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Dobratsch circular trail



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