Gemeinde St. Stefan im Gailtal


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.



Turracher Höhe – “I enjoy therefore I’m here“

  • Enjoy some of the best snow in Carinthia and Styria!
  • Snow-guaranteed skiing area with 2 new 6-seater chair lifts providing skiing fun for the entire family!
  • • Full coverage of slopes by artificial snow-making facilities

Falkert – the ski hit for the entire family!

  • Falkert is called the children mountain! Whether hosts of the children's hotels, ski instructors or lift staff - children have a special place in their heart!
  • New snow-making facility
  • • Ski huts and children’s hotels directly at the slope
  • Heidi Alm Falkert - Urlaub auf der Alm in Kärnten

Hiking paradise Nockberge mountains

The Nockberge region provides the perfect hiking terrain even for less adept mountaineers.

The gentle, soft rounded peaks of this region neither really challenge one’s surefootedness nor experience. However, the summits at up to 2,400 m above sea level provide unforgettable panoramic views from the Nockberge mountains as far as the Tauern and Karawanken mountain range.
Higher located villages and the Nockalm road enable short ascends up into the fascinating world of the Nockberge national park.


  • Walk around lake Falkertsee, walking time 0.5 hour
  • A view to the Nockalm road and the Glockenhütte hut, walking time 1 – 1.5 hours:
    Starting point is the car park at hotel Schneekönig, from there you go to the Goggauwirt hut and follow the hiking trail no. 3 until you can enjoy the spectacular view.
  • To the Schweinbichel with a view to the Kaiserburg mountain, walking time 1 to 1.5 hours 
    Starting point is the Kärntnerhaus inn, hiking trail no. 1 to the Schweinbichel; nearly no differences in altitude. The effort is rewarded by fascinating fauna and flora and wonderful views.
  • Tour of Heidi-Alm, the children’s adventure park on alpine pastures
    A must for all children: by bringing to life the Heidi story, families visiting this theme trail are shown the wonderful natural values alpine life has to offer. An impressive family hike with over 50 cartoon characters from the movie:” Heidi, deine Welt sind die Berge”.

Hiking tours

Lake Falkertsee - Moschelitzen – lake Falkertsee

Walking time 3 - 4 hours

Starting point Karlhütte hut, left to the Moschelitzen mountain ridge (shadowy north-east slope), continue path to summit (2,310m), on to Falkertscharte, Sonntagstal valley, lake Falkertsee.

Lake Falkertsee - Falkertspitz – lake Falkertsee

Walking time 3 hours

From the starting point Heidi-Hotel take the steep climb to the Falkert summit or follow the easier path leading over the Hundsfeldscharte to the summit (2,308 m). Hike back over Falkertscharte and Sonntagstal valley to lake Falkertsee.

Falkertsee - Prießhütte hut - (Turracherhöhe)

Walking time 3 - 4 hours (or between 7 - 8 hours)

From starting point Hotel Schneekönig take hike trail no. 3 to Goggauwirthütte hut, Kaplingalm, Ochsenalm, Mayerlingalm without climbing to Nockalm road. Follow road to Prießhütte hut (private catering hut). From there you can take an organized shuttle back or continue on trail no. 109 to Pregatscharte, Winkleralm, Schafalm, Turracherhöhe

Falkertsee - Ebene Reichenau

Walking time 3 - 4 hours

Starting from the Kärntnerhaus inn take hike trail no. 1 to the Schweinbichel, then descend (note: don’t miss the well-marked fork) to hike trail no. 3 left to Ebene Reichenau (right to Patergassen).

Falkertsee - Steinnock - Klommnock - Schiestelscharte

Walking time 3 - 4 hours

From the Heidi_Hotel Falkertsee to the Hundsfeldscharte, follow hike trail no. 109 to Steinnock (2,197m) and Klommnock (2,331m), down to the Schiestelscharte where the Glockenhütte hut offers a hearty snack. Behind the hut you’ll find the legendary “Wishing Bell”. From there you can organize a shuttle back or hike back (hike down to Prießhütte hut and from there accord. to hike suggestion Falkertsee Prießhütte home).

Instead of descending to Klommnock leading to Schiestelscharte, you can also continue to Malnock (2,222m), from there down to the Unterstandhütte hut, on to the Erlacherhütte hut where you could stay overnight (1,636m). Tel. 04246/4460.

Falkertsee - Falkert-Hütte hut - Falkertsee

Walking time 4 - 5 hours

From Heidi-Hotel Falkertsee to Hundsfeldscharte, Hundsfeld Graben, Falkert Refuge House (1,557m) for a snack – short hike. The hike Tanzboden, Falkertscharte, Sonntagstal valley to lake Falkertsee takes about the same time.

Falkertsee - Moschelitzen – Matl tavern - Bad Kleinkirchheim

Walking time 3 hours

From starting point Karlhütte to Sonntagstal valley over Falkertscharte and Schwarzkofel continuing down on hike trail 109. Take hike trail no. 1 right to the wine tavern Buschenschank Matl to the game enclosure and the mill. End is Bad Kleinkirchheim.

Hiking tours Turracherhöhe

Situated at 1,763m above sea level, the resort Turracherhöhe prides itself with snow assured winters with nine lift facilities including two new six-seater chair lifts. Winter walking and cross-country skiing around three idyllic mountain lakes count among the manifold options Turracherhöhe has to offer.

Walking and loop trails in winter

Walking tour around lake Turrachersee

Walking time approx. 1 hour

Set off to an idyllic walk along the shores of lake Turrachersee or enjoy the fantastic winter scenery on the lake with a sledge or on the ice-skating rink.

Turracherhöhe – lake Grünsee – Maizeitalm - Turracherhöhe

Walking time 1 –1.5 hours

From the starting point hotel Hochschober head towards lake Grünsee, continue along the lake and then turn left to a short stretch upwards on trail No. 127 to Maizeithütte hut with a view over lake Turrachersee. After a short break you might continue the hike along the eastern shore of lake Turrachersee or to the Schwarzseehütte hut at lake Schwarzsee: again a short ascend, follow a short stretch along the ski piste before crossing it, then take the trail on the left to Schwarzseehütte hut.

Turracherhöhe – ascend to Turracherlift mountain station – lake Schwarzsee

Walking time: 2 hours

Turracherhöhe with starting point Kornockbahn base station, cross the street to Wildkopf lift, follow the cross-country tracks on the left into direction Turrach lift/lake Schwarzsee (please watch out for skiers that might pass), continue along the tracks to Schwarzseehütte hut, from there down the valley to Maizeitalm hut to lake Turrachersee and starting point Kornockbahn.

The circular trails to the three mountain lakes

are popular destinations in both winter and in summer. The western lakeside promenade of lake Turrachersee has been redesigned in order to enable everyone to feel the clear water. Walking tour, family-friendly and accessible for prams.

  • approx. 1 hour
    Circular hike Walk around lake Turrachersee, playground, direct access to lake – enjoy nature and the clear water.
  • 1 hour: Lake Turracherhöhe – lake Grünsee - Turracherhöhe along lake Turrachersee heading Carinthia, continue left to lake Grünsee, trail No. 8 to serviced Karlhütte hut and back.
  • 1 – 1.5 hours: Turracherhöhe – lake Grünsee – Maizeit hut- Turracherhöhe
    Along the shore of lake Turrachersee heading to Carinthia, continue on the left to lake Grünsee, take trail No. 8 to the end of lake Grünsee, continue on a short stretch upward on trail No. 127 until Maizeithütte hut with a view over lake Turrachersee. After a short break you might continue the hike along the eastern shore of lake Turrachersee or descend to hotel Hochschober.
  • 2-3 hours: to the highest-located mountain farm in Saureggen Turracherhöhe – lake Grünsee – Saureggen – back to Turracherhöhe – direction Carinthia on trail No. 8 to lake Grünsee – follow the wide path to the Hochsinner, Carinthia’s highest located mountain farmer in Saureggen and home of Sigi Grabner, the multiple European snowboard champion. Visiting the Hochsinner farm you will understand how and where Sigi receives his physical strength, finds inner peace and regeneration after a difficult winter season.

More circular walks

To lake Schwarzsee

Walking time 1 to 1.5 hours

On the eastern shore of lake Turrachersee to hotel Hochschober – ascend to lake Schwarzsee and the Schwarzseehütte hut – back – also possible along the eastern shore of lake Turrachersee to the starting point.

Kornock base station – Panoramahütte hut – toboggan run

Walking time 1 to 1.5 hours

Turracherhöhe – ride uphill with the Kornockbahn six-seater chair lift – descent from Kornock on the right to Panoramahütte hut – from there the option to ride down with the toboggan run into the valley.

3-lakes hike: lake Turrachersee – ascent to lake Schwarzsee – lake Grünsee

Along the western shore into the direction Styria, turn right after the wooden bridge and continue on the path to the left, follow trail No.127 with ascent to lake Schwarzsee on the right through the pine forest to the Schwarzseehütte hut. From there continue the trail No 127 to lake Grünsee and back to lake Turrachersee.

One-way hikes

Turracherhöhe – lake Grünsee - Saureggen – St.Lorenzen - Turracherhöhe – hiking trail No. 8 to lake Grünsee, continue to Hochsinner farm, the highest-located farm in Saureggen, follow trail No. 8 or trail No. 154 on the left to the Pertlwirt inn in St.Lorenzen, from where you have to be picked up.

  • 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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