Gemeinde St. Stefan im Gailtal

Tourism

Welcome to the Nockberge!

If you are looking for a holiday destination that offers a blend of relaxation, recreation as well as a wide variety of things to keep you busy then the "Nocky Mountain" region will suit you perfectly.

Discover the stunning landscape during a hike in the Nockberge national park, have fun cruising the slopes of the ski resorts Turracher Höhe and Falkert.
The thermal spas of Bad Kleinkirchheim are accessible within a few minutes' drive and also some of the most beautiful Carinthian lakes are nearby such as Millstätter See, Ossiacher See and Wörthersee!

Cozy private rooms, beautiful holiday homes, self-catering apartments, budget to 5-star hotels, Kinderhotels (children hotels) or farm holidays – whatever your accommodation preference, the region around Ebene Reichenau has it and your hosts will ensure that your stay is most memorable!

 

The villages

Ebene Reichenau is the small village with around 450 inhabitants at the foothills of the Turracher Höhe and starting point of the Nockalmstrasse road. The village’s central location allows visitors to reach all recreational opportunities easily in both winter and in summer.

In the village of Ebene Reichenau you’ll find a small supermarket, a gas station, an elementary school, a bank with ATM, an inn and a café.

Accommodation options in Ebene Reichenau include guesthouses, bed and breakfast facilities, apartments and holiday homes.

The community’s municipal office is also located in the village – please feel free to contact us for any inquiry or further information


The village of Patergassen with a population of around 350 people, lies 6 km south of Ebene Reichenau. The neighbouring community of Bad Kleinkirchheim with its thermal spas Römerbad and Kathreintherme are within easy reach. So is Falkert, a popular winter and summer mountain recreation destination for the people from around the area.

The village of Patergassen offers a wide range of amenities including:
Billa supermarket, post office, sports and electrical appliance shop, bakery, hairdresser, two banks with ATM, a gas station and a police station.

There is a disco and a protestant church in Wiedweg. Our practitioner Dr. Gassler has his medical practice in Vorwald, phone 297

Choose among a variety of lodging options around Patergassen, including private rooms, guesthouses, apartments or holidays at a farm. A special offer is guaranteed by the “Nockalmnester” group


Wiedweg, situated at the southeastern edge of Reichenau municipality, has around 120 inhabitants.
From here it’s only a short drive to the thermal spas in Bad Kleinkirchheim or to lake Millstättersee.

Cycle and walking path to Patergassen and Bad Kleinkirchheim. Falkertsee mountain with Heidialm adventure park is very popular among the locals and provides an excellent base from which to set off to explore the area on walking and hiking tours.


Falkert is a real insider tip for family holidays winter and summer alike.

In summer:

Holidays amidst mountain pastures where cows wander and marmots whistle! Visit the Heidi Alm adventure pasture with Heidi figures and tales or set off for pleasurable hikes through the bordering Nockberge national park.

 

In winter:

Enjoy skiing holidays in a resort entirely geared towards family fun. The ski area is of manageable size with runs for all levels and abilities including a variety of off-piste routes, ski touring options and a high-altitude cross-country track for those who prefer Nordic skiing. A total of 2 ski lifts where queues are virtually unknown allow families with children relaxed skiing pleasures. Situated at an altitude between 1,720 and 2,300 m and equipped with modern snow-making facilities, a reliable snow coverage is assured in the resort throughout the winter season!


The Turracher Höhe – variety between mountains & lakes at 1,763 m/5,784 ft above sea level

Located at a high plateau with three mountain lakes (Turracher See, Grünsee and Schwarzsee), the village of Turracher Höhe is home to Austria’s largest continuous stone pine forest and framed by the gently rolling, yet impressive peaks of the Nockberge mountains. The idyllic natural jewel on the border between the provinces of Carinthia and Styria at 1,763 metres above sea level is a little Alpine world in itself with exceptional assets and amazing scenery that appeal to all kinds of visitors, from mountain enthusiasts and nature lovers to those seeking an active break or simply a chance to relax.

 

 Turracher Höhe winter enjoyment at 1,763 mt/5,784 ft above sea level ...

Between November and early May, Turracher Höhe offers a varied winter paradise of slopes with reliable snow coverage, idyllic cross-country skiing trails, winter hiking routes and a mountain lake which turns into a skating rink in winter. The ski resort delights skiers, snowboarders, cross-country skiers, winter and snowshoe hikers, walkers, ski tourers, skaters and night-time tobogganists alike.

 

Accommodation options ranging from top-rated hotels to self-catering huts

Let your holiday dreams come true and choose from a wide range of selected alpine huts or exclusive hotels. Whether you prefer a quaint self-catering hut or a comfortable holiday apartment, a welcoming B&B or a room in one of Turracherhöhe’s top hotels, you are sure to find the accommodation best suited for you.


Carinthia’s highest located parish church at 1,475m sea level

Situated between Hochrindl and Turracherhöhe, the tranquil little village of Sankt Lorenzen provides an excellent base for hiking tours into the surrounding regions. If you are looking for a particular quiet place to regenerate and unwind – St.Lorenzen, only 6 km from Ebene Reichenau is the place to be.

Place of pilgrimage: the annual pilgrimage from Ebene Reichenau to St. Anna church in St.Lorenzen takes place on 15 August followed by a folkloristic outdoor festival with music and a traditional wrestling competition.


holiday

  • Erlacherhütte hut, 28 beds, phone 04246/4460 or 0663/40548. Access by car from Radentheim via Kaning.
  • Erlacher Bockhütte hut, two 4-bed rooms, sleeping bag in the hay, phone 04246/2320, hearty cold platter
  • Karlbad bath, eight twin -bedrooms, phone 04246/3430 • Tangerner Hütte hut, one room with two beds
  • Stanghütte hut, one room with 4 beds
  • Steigerhütte hut, phone 04732/2746, Overnight stay in sleeping bags possible

Biosphärenpark Nockberge

he Nockberge National Park is located in the south of Austria, in the Province of Carinthia. It extends as far as the Lieser valley and along an imaginary line from Eisentratten to Radenthein in the west, from Bad Kleinkirchheim to Patergassen in the south, from Patergassen via Ebene Reichenau to the Turracherhöhe, and then along the provincial border to Innerkrems in the north. The National Park boundaries predominantly follow the lower tree line (buffer zone); the settled area lies beyond it (National Park Region). The Nockberge National Park extends over four municipalities: Bad Kleinkirchheim, Krems in Kärnten, Radenthein and Reichenau.


From National Park to Biosphere Park

The National Park came into being on 1st January 1987. Since 2004 we have been working on remodelling it as a ‘Biosphere Park’, which will accommodate the needs and the actual circumstances of the Nockberge mountains in the best possible way. Its division into ‘nature’, ‘cultivation’ and ‘development’ zones will make it easier to fulfil the aims and objectives of farmers and cultivators. The concept of a Nockberge Biosphere Park has been developed in consultation with the key regional stakeholders: the Chamber for Agriculture and Forestry and the Nockberge National Park Authority. It represents a modern contractual model of nature conservation.

Aims and Objectives

The regional authority has identified three key targets:

  1. The preservation of pristine nature, either fully or to a large extent
  2. Protection of the plant and animal worlds, as well as their habitats
  3. Making possible an impressive experience of nature, for you and for us


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