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The Gailtal Alps

The Alps


The Gailtal and Carnic Alps

The Gailtal Alps form the northern border of the valley Gailtal. The Pfeiferhaus, your holiday cottage, is situated directly below the Kuckuckswand (a rock face) at the foot of the Gailtal Alps. Southwards, you look at the valley Gailtal. Eastwards, you have great view of the top of the mountain Dobratsch that is 40 km away. With its longitude of 122 km, the valley is the longest one in the East Alpine region and the ideal place for hikers, cyclists, and skaters. There are, for example, 150 km of bicycle trails – from easy tours through river flood plains up to more difficult mountain bike tours to the Nassfeld Pass.

Owing to its length of 90 km with a total of only 200 m of climbs, the Carnic bicycle trail is perfect for families. Most of the time, it leads you along the Gail River, from Hermagor through idyllic villages and quiet river flood plains, past numerous natural monuments. The water of the Gail River is clear, has drinking water quality, and is said to be a brilliant area for grayling fishing – a paradise for fly fishermen.

A couple of years ago, the Geo Trail Carnic Alps was set up. Five signposted nature trails full of easily understandable explications present 500 million years of history like a huge open-air museum.

The Carnic Alps are mountain range in the southern Limestone Alps. They border the valley Gailtal in the South, and form the natural border to Italy at the same time. They are part of the world’s 100 most important geological regions. Nowhere in Europe, the developing areas of the ocean, the continental margins, and the reef lagoons from the Palaeozoic moved closer together. Thus, these natural landmarks can all be visited in a short distance from the Pfeiferhouse. In spite of repeated mountain folding, the preservation of the fossils is remarkable. Geologists from all over the world visit the Carnic Alps regularly to examine this phenomenon.

Your holiday cottage has a direct view of the Eggerkanzel (1595m) and of the Poludnig (1999m).