A nature experience in Carinthia's Nockberge mountains
Nockberge Biosphere Reserve
he Nockberge National Park has existed since 1987 and is set in one of the oldest low mountain ranges in Europe. In 2012, it was converted into a biosphere reserve based on the concept by UNESCO and today it covers a total of 184 km² in combination with the neighbouring Lungau Biosphere Reserve. The Nockberge Biosphere Reserve is a unique habitat for a diverse range of flora and fauna, and also an impressive recreational area. Immerse yourself in this diverse natural and cultural setting, while hiking, biking or exploring along the Nockalm Road.
An invaluable natural paradiese in the eastern Alps
The Alps have always been home to a large range of incredibly diverse animal and plant species. Some of these are preserved in the Nockberge Biosphere Reserve, where there are varied plants such as the resilient Swiss stone pine and the fragrant Valeriana celtica, which is a medicinal herb that only exists here. The animals include shy marmots, alpine salamanders, numerous butterflies and birds. People have worked for centuries to shape this region and transform it into a valuable natural and cultural setting.
Hiking in the Nockberge mountains
Experience the best of the Nockberge mountains in compete tranquillity, as you stroll past geological features, cross sunny alpine pastures and wander through shady forests in this unique alpine setting. Hikes range from leisurely family routes to challenging tours. To get to the trails, you can take the Nockberge summer bus, which runs along Nockalm Road on weekdays during the summer months.
Nockalm Road runs right through the park and was constructed with focus on protecting nature to the greatest extent possible. The road is 35 kilometres long and leads from Ebene Reichenau in the east to Krems in the west. In addition to the information points and places to eat, there are also playgrounds, rest areas, amazing views and themed trails to enjoy along this panoramic road. The interesting destinations include a nature trail, the Karlbad baths, where you can enjoy soothing, infused baths according to ancient custom, and an interactive exhibition at the Pfandlhütte mountain hut.
Holidays in the south of Austria
Explore the natural riches of the Nockberge Biosphere Reserve during an active holiday at Lake Millstatt, where you can enjoy the 4-star comfort at Hotel am See****Die Forelle and the hotel spa right by the lake. If you would like to reserve a room, please send us an enquiry.