Gorges and Ravines

Water always finds its way into the Hohe Tauern National Park

“Follow the route of the water and you will find your own!” That doesn’t sound bad, does it? Just like the waterfalls in the Hohe Tauern National Park, the wonderful gorges and ravines are typical of the landscape in the Mittlere and Untere Mölltal area. No one gorge is like another and there is barely any other natural landscape that has so may ravines to offer than the Hohe Tauern National Park.

Wasserfall Barbarossaschlucht
Wasserfall Barbarossaschlucht

State-of-the-art jetties and paths …

… ensure that the ravines and gorges are accessible to everyone. Water shapes, water channels, water moves, water changes and water is healthy. Let water reveal its realm to you and make inroads into a strange, exciting realm of rocks and water that is under continual change. Head out on a journey through the loveliest gorges in the region.

There is so much

WILD WATER to explore
moellschlucht

Möllschlucht – incl. via ferrata

Located very close to the town of Heiligenblut, yet in spite of this, it is regarded as a hidden gorge. Thanks to the link with the breath-taking via ferrata, the Möllschlucht has become a magnet, attracting climbing fans. This is a particularly impressive via ferrata route with a boldly designed rope bridge with 420m steel cable, proceeding through which the raving that washes out of the Möll.

  • Medium difficulty level: C to D
  • 0.7 km in length, walking time approx. 1 ½ hours
  • Approx. 60 m altitude difference
  • Via ferrata set and helmet
  • Do not tackle the path when there is flooding
  • TIP: Refreshment stop in Landgasthof Sonnblick
Raggaschlucht - Klaus Dapra
Raggaschlucht - Klaus Dapra

Raggaschlucht – the ravine of ravines

The Raggaschlucht is one very special feature and anyone who is honoured to visit the Hohe Tauern National Park, must see this natural spectacle. Where the Raggabach cleaves a way through the ravine with its wild roar, you won’t be able to hear a thing. The ravine is so narrow that at many points you can’t even see the sky. The path that links this natural wonder and makes it accessible is a sight in itself. But we have talked about it long enough – just come and see it!

  • Difficulty level: easy
  • 3.4 km length; walking time approx. 1 ½ hours
  • Approx. 270m altitude difference
  • Spectacular footbridge
  • The most impressive natural ravine in Carinthia
  • TIP: Refreshment stop in Gasthof Raggaschlucht
Groppensteinschlucht _ neue Steiganlage mit Zechnerfall (3)
Groppensteinschlucht _ neue Steiganlage mit Zechnerfall (3)

Groppenstein- and Rabbisch Ravine – with all your senses

In this instance we have two ravines, both of which link the Mallnitz and Obervellach National Park areas and together make up the longest ravine trail in Carinthia. The “Sinnesschluchten”, as the Groppenstein and Rabbisch ravines are often called, inspires thanks to its romantic rockslide scenery and superb waterfalls, all in the shade of the picturesque Groppenstein Castle. After the long trail through bot ravines, the hiking bus take you back to the starting point.

  • Difficulty level: medium
  • 5.5 km length. Walking time around 1 ½ hours
  • And 13 km in length. Walking time around 4 ½ hours
  • Approx. 550 / 1100m altitude difference
  • The longest ravine trail in Carinthia
Barbarossaschlucht
Barbarossaschlucht

Barbarossa ravine – a legendary history

Near Mühldorf in is the Raggaschlucht’s ‘little sister’, whose well-signposted route is not to be disregarded. Why the Barbarossa ravine? Emperor Friedrich I, known as Barbarossa, rested for a day in the ravine on the way back from one of his crusades. Weary from battle and from the long journey, he and his soldiers fell asleep, and it was then that the devil appeared to him. What then happened, can be experienced along this fairy-tale ravine trail, an attraction for all the family.

  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • 2.8 km length. Walking time: approx. 1 hour
  • Approx. 200 m altitude difference
  • New path proceeds through the ravine
  • In the footsteps of Emperor Friedrich I
  • TIP: Refreshment stop at the inn in Mühldorf
Ochsenschlucht
Ochsenschlucht

Ochsen ravine – unique wild river romance

At the Ochsen ravine the Feistritzbach emerges from the cliffs in the Gailtaler Alps into the light of day and creates an idyllic water landscape, one that is not quite like the standard ravines in the region. Nonetheless, plenty of scope for experiences in the natural surroundings await in this nature-oriented adventure realm – an exciting adventure playground for all ages. The strange buttes where, in the course of time unique flora and fauna have come about, are interesting.

  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • 2.1 km in length. Walking time: approx. 30 mins
  • Approx. 50 m altitude difference
  • A landscape characterised by a wild river
  • Romantic natural scenery
  • TIP: Refreshment stop in Gasthof Sandhof
Pirkner Klamm
Pirkner Klamm

Via ferrata route in Pirkner Klamm

Last but not least is a via ferrata route where for millions of years Pirkner Bach has ‘washed’ its way through the Gailtaler Alps. The ravine, with its deep gorges and waterfalls reveals quite clearly who is in charge here. The via ferrata route begins at the bottom of the valley and takes its conquerors over wonderful rope bridges and across a sporty route up to the Regenbogenfall, which gets its name from the fact that the incoming sunlight means that you can almost always see a rainbow.

  • Difficulty level: moderate C
  • 2 km in length. Walking time approx. 2 ½ hours
  • Approx. 200 m altitude difference
  • Via ferrata set and helmet
  • Do not tackle the path when there is flooding
  • TIP: Refreshment stop in Cafe Egger Oberdrauburg

Would you like to be accompanied by the WILD WATER on your journey through the Hohe Tauern National Park?

Then don’t miss out on a trip to the ravines and gorges and start planning your next holiday in Carinthia.

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