This stage takes you on historical trails from Warmbad-Villach to the Gailtal valley. Due to the contrast between the flat, wide valley floor and the partly rugged mountain slopes we experience it especially charming. The 2,166-metre-high Dobratsch, Carinthia's first nature park and springboard for thousands of wild birds on their way south, acts as a constant companion. Just as paradisiacal as the area of the Schütt, impressive witness of the landslide of 1348 and today home to rare animal and plant species.

Statistics

4 - 5

hrs

351

m

288

m

6

max°

Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Difficult

Description

From the new Kärnten Therme Warmbad, which was reopened in 2012, the route leads along the Römerweg to Federaun and from there along the Gail towards Nötsch.

In Warmbad you will find remnants of times long gone.

From the Romans to the French, many cultures left their traces here.

Particularly impressive are the remains of Roman roads in this area.

For those interested in history, we recommend a detour to the ruins of Federaun Castle, a former Bamberg fortification. The first half of the route is marked by the distinctive local mountain of Villach, the Dobratsch, whose red wall bears witness to the great rockfall of 1348.

In this area you will often find the remains of this rockfall, which cover almost the entire valley.

The Dobratsch is now a nature park and home to many animal and plant species. Through the protected area "Schütt" one follows the river Gail further and further into the beautiful Gailtal, which is particularly charming due to the contrast between the flat, wide valley bottom and the partly steep mountain slopes. The neighbouring village of Feistritz is known for its church day on Whit Monday.

After the mass in the church and after the traditional lunch with the holiday soup the famous Kufenstechen with lily dance takes place in the afternoon first in the Oberfeistritz and then in the Unterfeistritz.

Young men dressed in Gailtal traditional costumes ride on unsaddled horses and hit a wooden barrel with iron drumsticks.