FASCINATING VIEW OF THREE COUNTRIES FROM THE HEART OF THE DOBRATSCH The Villach Alpine Road is one of the panoramic roads in southern Austria with the most stunning views. Grandiose vistas of the fascinating karst mountains and to the neighboring countries of Slovenia and Italy are offered over a length of approx. 16.5 kilometers from Villach-Möltschach to the Rosstratte at an altitude of 1,732 meters above sea level. The Dobratsch is Carinthia‘s oldest nature reserve with a speciose fauna and flora. MOUNTAINS, FLOWERS, BIRDS Breathtaking observation platforms, mountain inns, lodges, panoramic rest stops and themed playgrounds line the scenic road. The best vantage points can be found at the “Dreiländerblick” (overlooking three countries) at an altitude of 1,307 meters above sea level and from the “Red Wall” observation platform (Parking Lot 6). The “Villach Alpe” alpine garden (1,483 m) featuring nearly 800 alpine plants is an absolute must for flower lovers. The “Rulers of the Skies – Bird Life in the Dobratsch Nature Park” exhibition at the Aichinger Lodge (Parking Lot 8) deals with the extraordinary diversity of bird life indigenous to the region. IMPRESSIONS AT THE PEAK AND SHORT HIKES On Rosstratte – the end of the road for vehicles – a geology trail entitled “From the Ocean to the Mountain” invites visitors on a journey through time. Part of a former reef and a lagoon with a variety of corals, seashells and conches can be admired along the trail. Hikers will find a number of marked trails of various lengths. After only about a 20 minute walk along the panoramic summit path, in the morning you can often observe chamois in the wild from the the newly constructed chamois- and mountain-view platform.
NATURE ADVENTURE ON DOBRATSCH MOUNTAIN Arena Lookout Platform Curve 2: View of the ski jump (also during the summer) P1 Panoramic rest area (770 m) Comfortable rest area with a large recreation area. P2 View of the city and lakes (862 m) Stunning panoramic view of Villach. P3 Forest rest area (965 m) Idyllic rest area in the mixed forest with a view of the Finkenstein castle ruin. VILLACH FOLDER P4 View of the Schütt (1,020 m) Impressive view of the “Schütt“ landslide area, view of the Julian Alps and Karawanken. P5 Tri-border view (1,307 m) View of the tri-border region (Austria, Slovenia and Italy) GAMS- UND GIPFELBLICK PLATTFORM Dobratsch Gipfel 2.167 m Wanderweg zum Dobratsch Gipfelhaus P6 Alpine garden (1,483 m) The “Villach Alpe” alpine garden is an absolute must for flower lovers. Nearly 800 alpine plants from three climactic zones thrive on 10,000 square meters of ground. One of the garden‘s special features is that nearly half of the plants are in their original locations, making it a true nature garden. Separate admission. Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from the beginning of June to the end of August (time involved: approx. one hour). P6 “Red Wall“ observation platform An absolute highlight: Stunning view 400 m into the deep rock face with a clear view of the Karawanken mountain range and Julian Alps. P8 Aichinger Lodge Restaurant (1,650 m) The exhibition „Rulers of the skies – the bird life of Dobratsch nature park“ includes numerous interactive stations at the Aichinger lodge dedicated to regional birds and provides valuable information about Dobratsch nature park. Nature park information point, adventure playground and shop, wonderful lake panoramas (time involved: about 20 minutes). P9 Berggasthof Aichingerhütte NATURPARK INFOSTELLE SCHÜTT Berggasthof Rosstrattenstüberl GEKLOBENE WAND P4 ROTE WAND P5 Schüttblick 1.020 m P11 P10 Rosstratte 1.732 m AUSSICHTSPLATEAU P8 P7 Alpengarten 1.483 m P6 AUSSICHTSPLATTFORM „ROTE WAND“ KEHRE 6 Dreiländerblick 1.307 m KEHRE 5 KEHRE 7 N P11 Rosstratte (1,732 m) On the Rosstratte, a geology trail called “From the Ocean to the Mountain” invites visitors on a journey through time. The Rosstratte provides a fantastic panoramic view of the mountains over most of Carinthia. Spacious deck chairs are available for relaxing. New since July 2016: „Sun trails“ observation station. Children will find a large adventure playground, the Rosstrattenstüberl serves Carinthian specialties. Large parking lot for buses at the end of the road. Waldrast 965 m P3 Stadt- und Seenblick 862 m P2 Aussichtsrast 770 m P1 KEHRE 4 KEHRE 3 KEHRE 1 Kasse zur Auffahrt Villach Warmbad KEHRE 2 Arenablick Möltschach Villach zur Auffahrt Villach-West Dobratsch summit (2,167 m) and the Dobratsch summit house (2,143 m) Hike from the Rosstratte to the summit, to the Dobratsch summit house and two of the highest pilgrimage churches in the East-Alps (walking time: approx. 90 minutes). LEGEND Themed playground Explore nature Bus Bikers‘ Point Restaurants barrier-free restrooms Restrooms electric vehicle charging station