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L1 - Wolayersee

Mountainbiking · Wolayersee und Umgebung
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Distance 16.2 km
4:09 h
1,362 m
400 m
Starting point of this mountain bike tour is the Lesach Valley settlement of Birnbaum, junction Nostra. Birnbaum, situated at about 950 meters in the Lesach Valley, is best reached by car, which can be parked in the center of the village and changed to a bike. If the road from Nostra is still asphalted, it soon turns into a gravel road. A short rest at the small Hubertus Chapel, built on a rock at 1,114 metres, should be taken on the further way to the Wolayersee Hut. The enchantingly situated building was erected in 1916 by Austrian soldiers in memory of those who fell and were buried by avalanches.

A few years ago, the mountain bike tour to Lake Wolay was reserved for experienced bikers, but now, thanks to the new construction of the road, it has become an easier tour to master, but with a route length of about 16 km and about 1,200 metres of altitude difference up to Lake Wolayersee it is still very challenging.

About 200 metres after the Hubertus Chapel, after crossing a small wooden bridge, you reach the road to the Wolayersee Hut after a road barrier. A little further on, after passing the old customs house and the wooden building of the Untere Wolayeralm, the actual mountain bike tour begins, with constant views of the Biegengebirge and the dominating Wolayer Kopf (2,472 m). Here the path is still lined by dense beech forests, which are quickly replaced by spruce and larch forests at an altitude of around 1,200 metres. The newly laid out forest road has taken much of the magic of the old path to the Wolayersee. However, the new alpine pasture access path blends more harmoniously into the landscape and makes the ascent easier. The trail continues past the idyllic Hildenfall at about 1,500 metres above sea level and then in several hairpin bends into the realm of the mountain pine forests and finally to the enchantingly situated high valley of the Upper Wolayeralm, with the two Wolayer huts at the end of the valley. High up in the Biegengebirge above the Wolayeralm huts, you can see the so-called "Donglloch", a hole in the rock face which, according to legend, reminds you of a farmer who "dengelte" his scythe on a church holiday (the dialect word used here for sharpening tools), which gave him a ride with the devil through the rock face.

A few hairpin bends after the upper alpine pasture you reach the "Angerl" at about 1,750 m, another flat high valley with only sparse vegetation and after further generously laid out hairpin bends you finally reach the Birnbaumer Törl and the Wolayerseehütte at 1,967 m above sea level, situated directly at the lake, below a mighty war memorial built in 1932.

Good to know: In principle, it is also possible to reach the Hubertus Chapel further in the Wolayertal by car. However, the road by car from the settlement of Nostra is mostly only gravelled and should only be driven on with an off-road vehicle, also because of the danger of "getting on". There is a larger parking lot about 200 meters after the Hubertuskapelle.

Author’s recommendation

In order to maintain acceptance among farmers, foresters and hunters and also for reasons of protecting the vegetation in the high mountains, the route should not be left on the mountain bike tour to Lake Wolayersee.
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Update: August 24, 2020
Highest point
1,979 m
Lowest point
839 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Rifugio Lambertenghi-Romanin

Safety information

  • When the line is closed - absolute driving ban!
  • Always drive on half sight.
  • Always adjust your speed so that you can stop in time before obstacles or avoid oncoming traffic
  • Watch out for pedestrians and hikers and drive slowly past
  • Driving on the track with motorcycles will be reported without exception.
  • The use of the bicycle routes is at your own risk.
  • In the forest, especially camping, camping in the dark, making fires, disturbing game or entering forest cultures under 3 m tree height are prohibited by law.
  • Check your sports equipment regularly and wear a helmet
  • Only the use of the approved, marked routes is permitted.
  • Never leave the marked path
  • We ask for consideration for the environment. Avoid noise and pollution. Restrict driving in the twilight to protect wild animals.
  • Observe the road traffic regulations and provide first aid if necessary.
  • Please always close gates and gates. Caution during forestry work!
  • Correct self-assessment
  • Start in time and plan for reserves
  • Leave higher altitudes in bad weather
  • Make sure that you can get through safely if there are impassable stretches of road. If you do not feel safe, turn back soon enough
  • For a safe cooperation please follow the Fair Play rules (Link) Emergency call: (+43 4282)112


Obernostra (994 m)
46.686356, 12.880457
46°41'10.9"N 12°52'49.6"E
33T 337921 5172492



Turn-by-turn directions

  • Paved road from Birnbaum to Nostra
  • Continue towards Obernostra and to the Hubertus Chapel
  • About 200 meters after the Hubertuskapelle, after crossing a small wooden bridge, you reach the road to the Wolayerseehütte after a barrier.
  • Along the new forest path to the upper Wolayeralm
  • Along the hairpin bends to the Birnbaumer Törl and the destination of the tour, the Wolayersee Hut


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Arrival to Birnbaum by public transport possible.

Getting there

Approach via the B111 in the direction of Lesachtal until Birnbaum. After the village of Birnbaum turn off in the direction of Nostra. In Nostra direction Wolayersee up to the Hubertuskapelle.


Parking spaces are available at the starting point of the tour!


46.686356, 12.880457
46°41'10.9"N 12°52'49.6"E
33T 337921 5172492
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  • Helmet duty!!!!!!
  • Right clothing: Do not only adapt your clothing to the current weather conditions. Also pack warm clothing, a spare jersey and rain protection in summer, especially in the early and late seasons.
  • Emergency equipment: bandages, repair kit (spare hose, pump, tools), map, mobile phone and possibly GPS
  • ATTENTION: In the mountains reception is not guaranteed everywhere!
  • Take enough to drink with you and plan a stopover in good time

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1,362 m
400 m
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