Pension Alte Schule

Summer Activities in St. Oswald

 

The Brunnach Biosphere Cablecar in St. Oswald will resume operation on May 2021.

 

You can go on vacation with your car. There are many hiking trails that start around the "Alte Schule". You can have free use of 2 pairs of Nordic walking poles, thermoses, backpacks and hiking maps.

You might like to walk along with me when I go up to visit our cows and calves on our pasture?

In summer, the Kärnten Card is included in the price. This means that you can visit more than 100 destinations throughout Carinthia FREE as often as you want. In our neighborhood, some of the free offerings would be: National Brunnach (8-seater gondola), Kaiserburgbahn (6-person gondola), Nockalmstraße (scenic road), Wild Animal Park along with other Parks, Lake Millstättersee Ferry and District Museum Spittal.

In summer, also the "Sonnenscheinkarten" - Sunshinecards are included in the price. That means: free use of the Nockmobil call taxi, free participation in the local program, f.e.guided hikes, mountain bike tours, sailing and surfing at Lake Brennsee or a discount on admission to the St. Kathrein thermal spa in Bad Kleinkirchheim and much more.
 

An extensive mountain bike network extends across the Nock (the local mountains). Cycling maps are available on loan from us, and we can provide safe parking for your bicycles.

 

From summer 2020:


Flow Country Trail Kaiserburg - Bad Kleinkirchheim: Europe's longest Flow Country Trail: The 15.9 km long trail offers bikers of all skill levels and ages fun to ride, embedded in a unique natural setting between mountain and lake.


Kaiserburg Bob - Carinthia's 1st roller bobsleigh run with 36 bobs, 26 curves and a length of 1.4 km

Natural stage + panoramic circuit + motor experience park on the Brunnach in St. Oswald

GraVity Card: Bad Kleinkirchheim is a partner of the GraVity Card: 1 ticket, 120 trails, 21 bike parks in 6 countries from April to November.

6-seater-chairlift SPITZEGG - St. Oswald.

 

E-bikes are available in St. Oswald to rent, along with a bike map of the charging stations.

Our garden is also at your disposal to relax on our cozy wooden benches. Comfortable deck chairs and our own currants and strawberries in the garden invite you to relax and enjoy.

Our forests provide an abundance of mushrooms and berries, such as blackberries blueberries, raspberries and cranberries. "Stein" and "Herrenpilze" mushrooms are commonly found here. You can pick as many berries as you like, but mushrooms are limited as to per person per day quantities.

Also collecting ZIRBENZAPFEN (pine cones) is limited - 3 Zapfen a day/person. Best time: July.

Bathing in the hot springs Römerbad and St. Kathrein in Bad Kleinkirchheim, or near Millstättersee or on Brennsee is possible.

Free access to the lake Brennsee in Feld am See in the municipal bath.

 

ALPE ADRIA TRAIL

Over a distance of 750 km the Alpe Adria Trail leads from the Großglockner through the regions of Kärnten, Slovenia and the Friuli Venezia Giulia area to Muggia at the Adria. Under the motto Hiking in Garden of Eden three of the 43 stages – No. 15-17 – lead through the Nockberge Mountains biosphere park. From the Erlacherhaus hikers hereby head towards the Falkerthaus and the Lärchenhütte to Bad Kleinkirchheim and then to Arriach. The trail leads across gentle, lush summits though an impressive landscape, which does not bear the name of UNESCO’s biosphere reserve for nothing. No matter what the season, the special light situation in this area creates a mystical atmosphere that is accentuated by the intensive scent of the healing Speik plant, aka Valeriana Celtica. Magic places and mystical views are on offer along the way and make this section of the Alpe Adria Trail a memorable experience.

Whether as individual stage of the trekking trail or as a day-trip during your stay in Kärnten – consciously exploring the stages No. 15-17, listening to nature and letting your gaze drift into the distance is definitely worth your while.

Stage No. 15: Erlacherhaus - Falkerthaus/Lärchenhütte: The fragrant and blossoming diversity of species available on this stage developed thanks to the calcareous and crystalline bedrock of the Nockberge Mountains biosphere park. Three summits are to be conquered before reaching the goal of this stage, the Falkerthaus/Lärchenhütte: Predigerstuhl (2,170 m), the Pfannnock (2,254 m) and the Mallnock (2,226 m).


Stage No. 16: Falkerthaus/Lärchenhütte - Bad Kleinkirchheim: From the Falkerthaus and/or from the Lärchenhütte hikers continue via Hundsfeldscharte to the Falkert, then to the Rodresnock, which at the same time is the highest point of the stage. From the Rodresnock the trail gently descends to the Schwarzkofel, further to the Moschelitzenalm and via the hamlet of Zirkitzen back to Bad Kleinkirchheim.

Stage No. 17: Bad Kleinkirchheim - Arriach: This stage leads persevering trekkers of the Wasser-Sinnespark in Bad Kleinkirchheim towards Waldtratte and to the Kaiserburg. Via the mighty double peak of the Wöllaner Nock the trail take you to Kärnten’s geographical centre in the municipality of Arriach. Ideally, you will also be able to discover your inner centre on this stage.

Interesting tip for smartphone users: The Alpe Adria Trail app can be downloaded for FREE via iTunes and Google Play.
More information is available in form of a brochure: www.alpe-adria-trail.com .

 

SPEIK - The treasure of the Nockberge Mountains

Exclusive Speick Natural Cosmetics

Only Speick Natural Cosmetics products contain Alpine valerian essences. All ingredients of Speick products are produced by organic farming – as certified by the ‘Ökotest’ organic seal of quality. Further useful information on Alpine valerian, Alpine valerian hiking tours and the role of the treasure of the Alps in Bad Kleinkirchheim can be found in the Alpine valerian study book available at the Bad Kleinkirchheim tourist office. Why not take a look at the precious Alpine valerian natural cosmetics products by Speick Natural Cosmetics right away?

The outstanding reputation of the Speik plant has echoed throughout the peaks of the Nockberge Mountains in Austria for hundreds of years. And just like in days of old, the plant is still only found in the Nockberge Mountains. It is only here in these mountains that this aromatic plant has found the ideal climate in which to grow. Those looking to experience the Speik plant in its natural environment should come to the Nockberge Mountains and enjoy walks and hikes through this Speik wonderland.

A wide range of Speik-products you can try out in our house "Alte Schule".

 

CLIMBING AROUND BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM

* Climbing route in Döbriach/Millstättersee, vertical climbing wall, difficulty level C/D

* Climbing gorge in Radenthein - horizontal climbing with steel ropes and steel pens, also suitable for children

* Falkensteig - climbing route Falkert - difficulty level D, 3 hours, 3,6 km with beautiful views

 

DEER IN THE RUTTING SEASON

From the end of August to the end of September you can hear the cries of the deer in the evening and the early morning. An experience not only for hunters.

 

FRIESIAN HORSES

Our neighbour Elisabeth Schneeweiß leads the oldest horse stable in Austria. In addition to the friesian horses there are many other animals to see.

 

INDIAN SUMMER IN THE BIOSPHERE PARK NOCKBERGE

Pleasant hiking from 1100 to 2400 m above sea level in the middle of yellow larch trees and green spruce trees. Autumn is greeting. Lift operating till early November.

 

THE NOCKBERGE GARNETS

Disvover the magic of GARNETS!
The history of garnets spans a thousands of years. Know as the stone of love and passion, and available in endless shades of red, the fascinating gem has always had its very special place in the town of Radenthein. Here, the Granatium offers a unique experience and not only for gem stone aficionados. The indoor exhibition leaves no question unanswered. Visitors are most welcom to touch, see and experience the different facets of the special Nockmountains treasures. Stroll through the exhibition with wonderful garnets from all aver the world, experience the unique sensation in the GarnetChamber, and enjoy yourself in the garnet mine.

Our mining grounds are the highlight in our garnet world. With tools supplied by us you can mine the gemstones directly from the rock face and then wash, sort and process them using original historically used equipment. Subject to requirement we can also professionally grind and polish your garnets. More adventure is guaranteed in the beautiful garnet canyon, featuring a pendant bridge and a hidden GeoCache.

Granatium Shop in Radenthein - 9 km far from St. Oswald: Elegantly polished garnets, modern and traditional garnet jewellery, garnet decoration including other precious and semiprecious minerals, informative literature, over 100 different types of tumble-polished gemstones plus lots more can be found in our indoor garnet shop. In addition to the above you can find water minerals, homemade chocolates, garnet wines and high-quality products from the region of the Nockberge. You are sure to find a beautiful present for your loved ones or a lasting reminder of your trip to the Granatium.