Hüttenberg in Carinthia - birthplace of Heinrich Harrer – is a Carinthian insider tip. Besides the Heinrich Harrer museum, the only mine in Austria that is open to visitors and still preserved in its original condition awaits you. Add to that an extensive collection of minerals, as well as numerous other museums for you to visit. This tour takes you right from Althofen to Hüttenberg and back again.
The route uses parts of the Carinthian provincial cycle path network. Additional signposts at key points will help you find your way!The sections in detail:
- R7B “Kappelerweg” cycle path: Treibach-Althofen railway station – Silberegg
- R7C “Silbereggerweg” cycle path: Silberegg – Guttaring – Mösel
- R7A “Görtschitztal Radweg” cycle path: Mösel – Hüttenberg
- Outward and return
This tour starts from in front of Treibach-Althofen railway station. A tip for connoisseurs: on the stretch between Althofen and Pöckstein-Zwischenwässern we recommend taking the Gurktal Museum Railway. Enjoy the romance of this authentic narrow-gauge railway. As you come out of the railway station your route leads off to the right from the square. After about 300m turn right again, under the railway lines, following cycle path R7B “Kappelerweg” in the direction of Althofen town centre until you reach the roundabout. If you are not put off by the steep incline, you have the option of continuing straight on into the historic town centre of Althofen, with its Auer-von-Welsbach museum.
However, the designated route turns right at the roundabout, away from the town, on a path that crosses the Krappfeld lowlands, in the direction of Silberegg. From Silberegg cycle path R7C “Silbereggerweg” traverses “Rabachboden”, an almost completely wild area alongside Silberbach stream as far as Guttaring, offering some pleasant opportunities for taking a break. From Guttaring the cycle path runs steeply uphill along the main road, in the direction of Mösel. Before cycling downhill again, you may wish to make a detour to Maria Hilf church. Then there is a descent in the direction of Mösel, where your route branches off to the left for the Görtschitztal valley and Hüttenberg, on the R7A “Görtschitztal” cycle path. Caution: for some 6km, all the way to Hüttenberg, the route runs along the main road through the narrow Görtschitztal valley. There is a future prospect of a cycle path following the course of the disused railway.
After viewing Hüttenberg’s many treasures, such as the famous Harrer museum, the Lingkor pilgrim path, and the numerous other attractions higher up in Knappenberg (the visitor mine, the mineral collection &c), the tour returns once more to Althofen along the same route.
- Starting place: Treibach-Althofen railway station
- Finish: Treibach-Althofen railway station
- Distance: 35,9 km
- Altitude difference: 537 m
- Duration: 4 hrs 15 mins
- Degree of difficulty: medium to difficult