To the wishing tree on the Kathreinkogel

  • Andreas Irnstorfer
    © Andreas Irnstorfer
  • © Bernhard, Pichler-Koban
  • © Bernhard, Pichler-Koban

When the trees around Lake Wörthersee turn colorful in autumn and the sun with its flattening rays bathes the shore in bold orange, then the hiking autumn at Lake Wörthersee has begun!

Dozens of easy hiking routes in the Lake Wörthersee region invite you to take a leisurely stroll or leisurely hike in Indian summer, because hiking in Carinthia is simply at its best in autumn.


And the hike to the Kathreinkogel near Schiefling (6 km from Velden) is something very special. Because the 772m high Kathreinkogel is not only a place steeped in history with settlements dating back to the Neolithic Age. On its top you can also find Austria's only wishing tree, where visitors write their small and big wishes on wooden tablets and hang them on the tree. So that the wind carries them out into the world full of hope and all the warmth of heart of their authors....


It is an easy, contemplative hike


From the former inn Kreuzwirt the tour leads in about 1 hour to the Kathreinkogel. In autumn, the meadows exposed to the south are still very green for a long time and make you feel a little melancholy about the past summer. But if you enter the wonderfully colorful beech forest after about 15 minutes, the melancholy fades as quickly as it came. In early autumn, the trees present themselves in a splendid, reddish coat of color. And in late autumn, the fallen leaves transform the forest floor and hiking trail into a rustling sea over which one simply strolls.

At the summit of the Kathreinkogel awaits not only an old church and archaeological excavations, but also Austria's only wishing tree.

Prepare at home already your very personal wish. Please bring a small wooden tablet with a suitable string and simply hang it on the tree. The wind will carry your heart's desire out into the world, where it may come true!

Pause for a while on the bench at the viewpoint next to it, enjoy the view and take a lot of strength from this wonderful place.

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