in the heart of the Carnic Alps
Mauthen in the Gailtal valley
Embedded between the Gailtal Alps to the North and the Carnic Alps to the South the mountaineering village Mauthen looks back on a long alpine history and tradition. In particular the varied landscape with its wonderful mountains, the extraordinary flora and fauna, crystal clear mountain lakes, impressive water falls and breathtaking gorges contributed to render it a starting point for various particular mountain adventures since several centuries.
The Carnic Alps form part of the most insightful territories concerning the geologic history; the different GEO-Trails give you interesting pieces of information on this topic. The two so-called flower mountains “Auf der Mussen” and the Mauthner Alm are popular destinations for botanically interested mountain hikers and botanists.
Until today in the Carnic Alps you will find traces of the merciless Alpine Warfare from the years 1915/17. Many documents from this period of time are exhibited in the Plöcken museum in the townhall of Kötschach-Mauthen and in the outdoor museum on the Kleine Pal near the Plöcken pass. Also the military trails of the First World War revitalised as peace trails impressively document the historical period in an international peace project.
Today a tight network of refuges and bivouacs offers easy crossing possibilities of this imposing, species-rich and geologically extremely interesting mountain range between Thörl Maglern to the east and Sillian to the west, or the other way round.