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Mass tourism is “off limits”

Walking, hiking, mountaineering – it’s all possible in Hochpustertal. Those who prefer easy circuit hiking trails are just as well catered for as those who enjoy border-crossing hikes and challenging mountain tours. Be that to South Tyrol or to neighbouring Defereggental. In the centre of Hochpustertal is the wild and romantic Villgratental, with its massive farms which look like swallow’s nests clinging to the steep slopes. The wide-eyed visitor is entering the most original natural and cultural landscape of the Alps. “Being quiet” is the official maxim here. And, “We don’t want any mass tourism at all”. It is no wonder that Villgratental is also the starting point of two ‘highly decorated’ trails – ‘Thurntal’s circular hiking trail’ in Außervillgraten and the ‘Bonner altitude trail’ in Innervillgraten.

A very special kind of attraction

One genuine attraction for long-distance hikers and people who are historically aware is the Carnic altitude trail, or the “Peace trail” between Sillian and Arnoldstein. Eight to eleven day stages are required to tackle this route, which is some 150 kilometres in length. 11 inns and 30 easy to hike to summits are on the route. 100 years ago the area was the setting of a bloody high mountain war. The remains of old posts, rock caverns and soldiers’ cemeteries still bear witness to this terrible time between 1915 and 1918. Thousands of men had to sit tight in the summer and winter, at altitudes of between 2000 metres and 2700 metres; carry up large amounts of ammunition and weapons and live in the most adverse conditions in poor accommodation. In the course of the decades – since 1974 - the ruined sections of the route have been re-constructed to create one single connecting trail, which today brings together mountaineering fans from across the globe.

Hiking trails in Hochpustertal

A few popular hikes and hiking trails in Hochpustertal can be found here.

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Alpine huts in Hochpustertal

Alpine huts in Hochpustertal which invite you to enjoy a refreshment stop can be found here.

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