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ST09 AAT: Danielsberg - Hühnersberg

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  • Der Danielsberg - ein Etappenziel am Alpe Adria Trail.
    Der Danielsberg - ein Etappenziel am Alpe Adria Trail.
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This last, “legendary” stage in the Hohe Tauern is one to look forward to, including for technology lovers! The ancient place of worship, the Danielsberg, the Barbarossaschlucht Gorge shrouded in legend and the small white pilgrimage church of St. Maria in Hohenburg have many stories to tell and are highlights of this route, which leads from the picturesque Möll Valley to the idyllic Drau Valley.


Distance 19.6 km
6:15 h
684 m
589 m
1,049 m
576 m
With its 6,000 year history, the Danielsberg is an ancient site of significance throughout Carinthia. The spot where Celts, Romans and Christians erected their places of worship or sacrificial sites is our starting point.

The Danielsberg nature trail will lead you through the small nature conservation area on this unique hummock which stamps the landscape of the Lower Möll Valley. In Kolbnitz, the main village of the municipality of Reißeck, it is impossible to ignore the use of water power to generate energy. Right at the start you will cross the pressurised pipeline of the Reißeck group of power plants. At almost 1,800 metres, the difference in altitude between the reservoir and the power plant is the second largest in the world! Shortly afterwards you will also cross the pipelines of the Malta group of power plants, which take the water from the Kölnbrein reservoir in the Malta Valley to the power plant between Kolbnitz and Mühldorf. At 200 metres in height, this reservoir has the highest retaining wall in Austria! Given the worldwide discussions on energy, it has to be asked whether water power should be unconditionally welcomed as an emission-free form of energy, or whether the high demand for natural areas to be used for reservoirs and pipelines is not imposing too much of a strain on the landscape. The Reißeck group of power plants currently has an answer: Its subterranean pumping station means that its efficiency can be substantially increased without any visible interventions.

Near the municipality of Mühldorf you will once again be walking on historic soil: Emperor Friedrich I, known as “Barbarossa”, once returned here from the Crusades with his brave warriors and stopped to rest in the gorge. He fell asleep exhausted on the “Barbarossa table” while some of his soldiers kept watch overnight. Soon the Devil appeared to them and chased them. You can discover how the story ends on the enchantingly beautiful trail through the gorge.

Highest point
1,049 m
Lowest point
576 m
Best time of year

Rest stops

Herkuleshof am Danielsberg
Peharz - Wirtshaus seit 1898
Gasthof Hotel Winkler
Gasthof Zum Richter
Berggasthof Karlbauer


Danielsberg (954 m)
46.889082, 13.280770
46°53'20.7"N 13°16'50.8"E
33T 369025 5194273



Turn-by-turn directions

We start right by the Herkuleshof farm and set off along the “Danielsberg Nature Trail”, then we cross in a northerly direction below the church and descend through pine and oak forest into the small village of Preisdorf in the municipality of Reißeck.

Here we follow the village path towards Kolbnitz for a short way, but then we turn off left again in the hamlet of Sandbichl and cross the Riekenbach stream on path number 572. Immediately after this we head uphill along the stream and hike through the railway viaduct, so that we reach the road a little above the railway line. Walking slightly uphill and downhill, but always staying above the railway line, we finally reach the Barbarossaschlucht Gorge (also called the Klinzerschlucht Gorge) at Mühldorf. The hike through the gorge with its waterfalls includes some especially charming scenery. Our hike through the gorge concludes with the historic “Barbarossastein” rock, where according to legend the Emperor Barbarossa spent the night with his Crusaders.

From here we first hike along footpaths in the forest, then we once again follow small village paths through the hamlets of Göriach and Stöcklern, and thus reach the pilgrimage church of St. Maria in Hohenburg. From here the last part of the route leads us along side roads to the Kolmwirt inn on the Hühnersberg.


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Getting there

Von Penk oder von Kolbnitz im Mölltal auf Gemeindestraßen in die breite Einsattelung nördlich des Danielsbergs, hier in einigen Kehren (asphaltiert, aber schmal) bis zum Gasthof Herkuleshof

Kolmwirt am Hühnersberg:
In Lendorf von der Drautal-Bundesstraße (B100) abzweigen und auf den Hühnersberg.


Parkplätze beim Herkuleshof bzw. Kolmwirt


46.889082, 13.280770
46°53'20.7"N 13°16'50.8"E
33T 369025 5194273
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Julia H. 
June 24, 2022 · Community
Mir hat die heutige Route leider gar nicht gefallen. Ja, die Schlucht und die Erzählung der Geschichte sind gut gemacht, aber ab dann wurde es zäh und besonders der Schlussanstieg war fürchterlich... die bisher langweiligste Etappe für mich.
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When did you do this route? June 24, 2022
Iris Martinz
September 06, 2021 · Community
Sehr abwechslungsreiche Tour mit der Barbarossaschlucht als Highlight, die beiden Anstiege vor dem Hohenberg und dem Ende der Etappe sind nicht ohne! Wunderbarer Ausblick ins Mölltal! Aufpassen, wer am Danielsberg startet: die Beschilderung den Wald hinab ist der Endpunkt der vorherigen Tour! Lieber 2x schauen, sonst 4 km Umweg....
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When did you do this route? September 03, 2021
Jens Fischer
April 02, 2021 · Community
Nette Etappe, die nach dem prominent hervorstechenden Danielsberg zuerst der Möll entlang geht, dann in Mühldorf in die Barbarossaschlucht abzweigt. Danach geht es eben entlang und es ergeben sich immer wieder gute Blicke auf Möll und Drau. Es folgt ein Anstieg zur Kirche Hohenburg wo es auch ein Gasthaus gäbe, das aber derzeit wegen Covid geschlossen ist. Abschließend kommt ein kleiner Abstieg gefolgt von einem zähen Schlussanstieg nach Hühnersberg.
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19.6 km
6:15 h
684 m
589 m
Highest point
1,049 m
Lowest point
576 m
Multi-stage route Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest


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