Rosental Valley region

From the starting point of the stage in Villach, you can explore the beautiful Rosental. This region has family-friendly trip destinations, impressive places and landscapes of particular beauty.

Not far from the banks of the Drava, the Celtic World of Frög in the market town of Rosegg offers a historical look back at the last 3,000 years and the life of our ancestors. As the largest zoo in Carinthia, Rosegg Zoo is home to around 400 animals. In addition to 35 animals, here families will find a small animal zoo and a large children’s playground. Between the zoo and Schloss Rosegg, visitors can cross through a large garden labyrinth of hornbeams, a fun experience for visitors big and small.

On the stage Mühlbach – Feistritz – Ferlach, you enter the realm of the Carnica bee – also called the Carniolan honey bee or Apis mellifera carnica. The Carnica Bienen-Erlebnis-Museum in Kirschentheuer is devoted to it. From the development of bee use to a large number of products that can be bought here, the museum shows how important this honeybee is to people. At the end of the stage at Schloss Ferlach, the Büchsenmacher- und Jagdmuseum shows the history of the gunsmith trade as well as trophies, the history of hunting and its influence on music, painting and literature. Slightly further to the south, the Tscheppaschlucht gorge promises exciting nature experiences between waterfalls, rope bridges and deep gorges.

Villach – Lake Faak – Lake Ossiach          Carnica region – Rosental

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Mühlbach - Feistritz/Rosental

Difficulty level: easy | Water body: still | Distance: 13.0 km | Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours

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Mühlbach - Feistritz/Rosental

Difficulty level: easy
Water body: still
Distance: 13.0 km
Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours

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Our stage begins in Mühlbach. You can enjoy your boat trip on the Drava on a stretch of 13 km and with a journey time of 2.5 to 3 hours. Far large parts, you are complete alone with nature, surrounded by river banks abundantly covered with vegetation. In the background, you can see the impressive Karawank mountains and spot one or two little churches. Small harbours and land art projects invite you to take a break. There are good rest areas in between – with great views and animal encounters. The stage leads past St. Jakob and Dragositschach to Feistritz Reservoir. Water body: very lightly flowing, still in the water storage areas.

Drava power plant

The safety zone before and after the power plants is 300 metres. The safety zone must be observed without exception; when the locks are open there is mortal danger!

The Feistritz power plant lies on this stage. Going around it requires a short foray onto land. You disembark on the right-hand side before the power plant and after a few metres you can go back into the water – also on the right-hand side – under the Drava bridge. A special boat trolley, which you receive from us at the start of the stage, makes transporting the boat, canoe, kayak or SUP no problem. The embarking and disembarking points are marked.

Rest area

Paddlers must take breaks in order to refill used up reserves of strength. The first rest opportunity is found on the right-hand river bank in Dreilach. The next rest area is found in St. Jakob, further down the Drava. You can then make your way calmly to the rest area in Dragositschach, also on the right-hand river bank, or you can stop a bit further on at the Zikkurat-Drauwelle land art project on the left bank. In St. Oswald, it is possible to make a brief stop to visit the St. Oswald chapel. The journey continues on as far as the Wahaha Paradise Resort. Here you will find everything you need to reenergise and have a break, before shortly afterwards you must circumnavigate the Feistritz power plant.

Biohof BaumgartnerZikkurat Drauwelle

Accommodation & cuisine

Wahaha Paradise | Gasthof Camping Juritz

Trip destinations & tips

Family time, art and culture, hiking in the mountains. After the paddling trip, you can use the day as you please. With children, a trip to Carinthia’s largest outdoor playground – with football golf and much more – is well worth it. Here, kids can run riot again; also, the St. Johann bathing lake is reachable on foot. A good option on days with bad weather is the Wahaha Paradise, with indoor activities and climbing opportunities. Art and culture lovers should take time to visit the gallery at the historic Kraigher House and Schloss Ebenau with the Walker Gallery, the castle grounds and the heads of Kiki Kogelnik.

Land art fans will undoubtedly want to schedule a stop at the Drauwelle Zikkurat in Ludmannsdorf. The outdoor artwork can be scaled within a few minutes and offers a splendid view over the Drava. There are also barbecue opportunities on site. Trips and hiking tours into the Karawanks are on offer on the other side of the river; for example, into the original Bärental valley or up to the managed Klagenfurt Hut at 1,660 metres above sea level. Changes in perspective and variety-packed views into the landscape are guaranteed!

Wahaha Paradise | Play2Gether – Outdoor Spielplatz I Kraiger Haus I Galerie Walker I Kick2Gether – Fußballgolf

 

 

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Feistritz/Rosental - Ferlach

Difficulty level: easy | Water body: still | Distance: 10.0 km | Duration: 2.0 – 2.5 hours

Etappe 9
Feistritz/Rosental - Ferlach

Difficulty level: easy
Water body: still
Distance: 10.0 km
Duration: 2.0 – 2.5 hours

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This stage begins with a hint of the scent of roses. This is because thousands of rose trees blossom in the municipality of Feistritz im Rosental. If you have a good eye, you can even see a few of them from the water during the trip to Ferlach. Our stage begins at the landing place in Feistritz/Rosental. At first, the river is narrow, almost like a canal. However, after just the first few kilometres, the riverbank recedes further and further. The river becomes wide and goes into the Ferlach Dam. From here, paddlers have a wonderful panoramic view of the Karawanks, the green, untouched riverbank, the spectacular bridge and the Hollenburg. You can enjoy your boat trip on the Drava on a stretch of 10 kilometres and with a journey time of 2 to 2.5 hours. Ideal for all who like it cosy. The exit is located shortly before the Ferlach power plant. Water body: very lightly flowing, still in the water storage areas.

Drava power plant

The safety zone before and after the power plants is 300 metres. The safety zone must be observed without exception; when the locks are open there is mortal danger!

At the end of the stage is the Ferlach power plant, which you should go around on the right-hand river bank. A special boat trolley, which you receive from us at the start of the stage, makes transporting the boat, canoe, kayak or SUP no problem. The embarking and disembarking points are marked.

Rest area

Even though this family-friendly stage is good for paddling through, it is worthwhile making a short stop in between to enjoy the landscape in full. On the route, you can dock in St. Johann on the right-hand side and stretch your legs, for example, in the St. Johann meadow or by the Kleine Drau. A bit further downstream, you have the opportunity for this again before the bridge on the left-hand riverbank in Unterschlossberg. Also, by the way, a good point to take great photos before we return to the other riverbank to go to the starting point.

Rosentaler Stüberl | Badesee Reßnig

Accommodation & cuisine

Gasthof Singer | Gasthof Plasch

Trip destinations & tips

Welcome to the realm of the hard-working bees! The Carnica Bienen-Erlebnis-Museum in Kirschentheuer is devoted to the Carnica bee, also called the Carniolan honey bee or Apis mellifera carnica. From the development of bee use to a large number of products that can be bought here, the museum shows how important this honeybee is to people.
Inside Schloss Ferlach, the Büchsenmacher- und Jagdmuseum shows the history of the gunsmith trade, trophies, the history of hunting and its influence on music, painting and literature. Slightly further to the south, the Tscheppaschlucht gorge promises exciting nature experiences between waterfalls, rope bridges and deep gorges.

Carnica Bienenmuseum | Schloss Ferlach & Büchsenmacher- und Jagdmuseum | Tscheppaschlucht | Kick2Gether – Fußballgolf

 

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Ferlach - Annabrücke

Difficulty level: easy | Water body: very lightly flowing, still in the water storage areas | Distance: 13.7 km | Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours

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Ferlach - Annabrücke

Difficulty level: easy
Water body: very lightly flowing, still in the water storage areas
Distance: 13.7 km
Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours

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Broad landscapes, dense forests and imposing rocks of the Karawanks: nature lovers appreciate the tranquillity and natural beauty of this stage. The embarking point is located on the right-hand river bank after the Ferlach power plant. This stage starts here and leads through Linsendorf to Annabrücke power plant over a c. 13.7 km stretch that takes 2.5 to 3 hours to cover. The river is calm and leisurely in this area. The untouched river bank is very close by. Only occasionally does a bridge crop up on the horizon; otherwise, paddlers travel in the tranquil greenery and can enjoy long-distance views. Water body: very lightly flowing, still in the water storage areas.

Drava power plant

The safety zone before and after the power plants is 300 metres. The safety zone must be observed without exception; when the locks are open there is mortal danger!

Do not forget that the Drava is to be left at the Annabrücke power plant at the left-hand river bank. Here, you need to walk around the barrage. Shortly after the power plant, the boat can go into the water again and the journey continues calmly. A special boat trolley, which you receive from us at the start of the stage, makes transporting the boat, canoe, kayak or SUP no problem. The embarking and disembarking points are marked.

Rest area

If you want to recharge your batteries in between times, you will find a few cosy rest areas on the way. Immediately after the embarking point is the Äschenrast rest area on the right-hand side going downriver. Also on the right-hand side, you can dock at the Valentinsfähre ferry or at the Glainach harbour rest area. The campsite Camping Rosental ROZ is located at St. Margareten. In Linsendorf, you can dock at the left-hand river bank and have some food there and relax at Lake Linsendorf.

Accommodation & cuisine

There are a few places to stop on the stage for accommodation and cuisine. Restaurant and kids’ paradise await at the Camping Rosental ROZ campsite. On the other hand, you will find quaint and cosy options at Mostschenke in Linsendorf and at Gasthof Annabrücke on the left-hand river bank at the bridge.

Camping Rosental ROZ I Mostschenke LinsendorfGasthof Annabrücke

Trip destinations & tips

A lot of nature can be experienced in the area surrounding this stage. On the left-hand river side, hikers can undertake a trip onto the Radsberg and enjoy a magnificent view onto the Drava. There is also a paragliders’ club here. In Linsendorf, a trip to the Linsendorfersee can be undertaken. On the other side of the river, there are idyllic hiking trails past historic small monuments in the municipality of St. Margareten im Rosental. At the EXPI, children can immerse themselves in the world of science and even produce a tornado themselves. Slightly further away from the Drava is the Wildenstein Waterfall, with impressive falling water and a new flying fox park.

Radsberg Paragleiten I Forschen und Entdecken im EXPI I Valentinsfähre I Flying Fox I St. Margareten im Rosental

 

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