Nockberge-Trail – a perfect trail for the summer

5. Apr. 2020

Winter 2019 is history! The last ski tourers have successfully completed the Nockberge Trail through the Nockberge Biosphere Park. Behind us lies an intense and successful winter.

Combines moderate climbs with magnificent views: The Nockberge Trail, across the UNESCO Biosphere Park of the same name © Region Nockberge/Franz Gerdl

The conclusion of our Nockberge Trail ski tour guests: The Nockberge Trail has definitely proven its potential to become a cult trail in its second winter season. Scenically outstanding, always varied, but also long and challenging. As soon as you leave the ski resorts after the morning cable car ascent, you are immediately standing in the lonely wintry high mountain landscape of the Nockberge Biosphere Park. Even if the mountains are mild and round. So no picnic on the flower meadow. But in any case a trail that will stay in your memory for a long time.
Panoramaweg Südalpen Panorama am Hochplateau

The imposing summit cross of the Falkert, one of the most famous of the many peaks along the Nockberge Trail © Biosphärenpark Nockberge/Franz Gerdl

All in all, you don’t need to be a prophet to predict a glorious future for the Nockberge Trail. Above all, it’s the mix that makes it: Long days in the mountains let you enjoy the evenings in the comfortable hotels mostly with very nice wellness areas and excellent cuisine especially. Wilderness and wellness. No mass camps and musty dry rooms on huts as otherwise often usual with crossings, but sauna, comfortable beds and good wine. And that’s a good thing, because the next day you have to be fit again for the wilderness in the Nockberge Biosphere Park. Partially long stages take their toll and at the same time give deep impressions of a lonely high mountain world. True to the motto: the more you give, the more you get.
Panoramaweg Südalpen Panorama am Hochplateau
The hotels along the Nockberge Trail, such as the Schlosshotel Seewirt on the Turracher Höhe, guarantee you the best rest and relaxation between your hiking stages in the wilderness of the biosphere park Noockberge © Schlosshotel Seewirt

But actually I didn’t want to write about the Nockberge Trail in winter. Because together with our Nockberge Trail partners we have had a glorious idea: The Nockberge Trail is now also available in summer! Let’s toast ourselves now – because a Nockberge Trail delivers what it promises. Namely, fantastic hiking with great views at literally the highest level in the Nockberge Biosphere Park. Hardly any other mountain range, with its rounded peaks and grassy ridges, is so ideal for long-distance hiking. You’ll spend most of your time moving across broad ridges from peak to peak, enjoying nearly unrestricted views from the Julian Alps to the ice-capped Hohe Tauern.

Also with a summer ascent of the Nockberge Trail you have wilderness & wellness all inclusive. You can of course also enjoy the comfort of good hotels and at the same time the wilderness of the Nockberge Biosphere Park in summer. However, to take the pepper out of the first stage a bit, we have added an overnight stay at the cozy Neue Bonner Hütte. So to speak as a counterpoint to the hotels at the other stage destinations Katschberg, Innerkrems, Turracher Höhe, Falkertsee and Bad Kleinkirchheim.

Panoramaweg Südalpen Panorama am Hochplateau
Enjoying the tranquility of the Nockberge Biosphere Park: A sunrise on the Nockberge Trail © Biosphärenpark Nockberge

The route of the summer version of the Nockberge Trail runs through the Nockberge Biosphere Park in much the same way as in winter, but with a few adaptations: overall, it is a little milder in summer than in winter. Not only because an additional overnight stay makes the stages shorter, but simply because it is summer. In general, you don’t have to worry about any exposed or difficult parts: the trail leads continuously on easy (blue) to moderately difficult (red) paths. With walking times of up to 7 hours per stage (and these times do not include dawdling), it is nevertheless no children’s birthday party. But for mountain-experienced hikers it is from my point of view the ideal type of an alpine long-distance trail. Because as we already know from winter: If you give a lot you will be richly rewarded. With impressions that you will never forget.

All important information about the Nockberge Trail can be found here!



Born in Bavaria, he is a qualified environmental science expert and state-certified mountain and ski guide. He combines competence and passion for his great love, the mountains, in an ideal way. Approved mountain book author and first-time climber of bold routes in rock and ice.

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