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Summer in Toblach-Dobbiaco

Experience Nature and leave every day life behind.

»The world belongs to the one, who enjoys.« Giacomo Leopardi (1798 - 1837)

Your pleasure is our success… Enjoy the deep silence of our house located in a quiet forest glade in one of the most romatic areas of Toblach.
We love spoiling our guests early in the morning with our fresh bread and morning paper service. As soon as you get up in the morning, you will find crusty bread rolls, tasty croissants and fresh milk bottles on your doorstep. We will gladly also provide you with your favourite morning paper – is there any better way of starting the day?
All you have to do now is jump into your hiking boots and off you go! So pack your backpack with a raincoat and a mountain peak Schnaps and enjoy a day`s hike with our mountain guides Erwin and Iris. There are many different walks to choose from – easy ones as well as more challenging hikes, according to what you like and are interested in!

»The point in travelling is arriving at a destination.
The point in walking is being on the way.« Theodor Heuss (1884 - 1963)

Hike from Toblach to Elsler Kaser

Start and Finish: Apartments & Relax Greta, 1,220m a.s.l., Elsler Kaser 1,650m a.s.l.

Difference in altitude: 430m

Difficulties: easy for experienced hikers, steep descent at times

Trail map: Tabacco Sextner Dolomiten 1:50,000, Page 1 or even better 1:25,000 Page 10

Walking distance: way up 1.30h, way down 1.20h on the same track

Equipment: Hiking boots, raincoat, small snack and drinks, warm clothes.

Special feature: hike in the Drei Zinnen Nature Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, beautiful spruce, fir tree and larch woods, floral diversity and breathtaking views.

Views: Toblach, Aufkirchen pilgrimage site, Ratsberg, Egger, Hasels, Innichberg, Vierschachberg and Köckberg (A) mountains, Golfen, Hochhorn, Gaishörndl, Toblacher Pfannhorn, Strickberg, Marchkinkele, Rudlhorn, Eisatz, Million, as well as the grand Hochgall and Wildgall Mountains.

Flora: daphne, cranesbill, herb Paris, yellow monkshood, spear thistle, Alpine columbine, martagon lilly, willow gentian, Alpine clematis, globe flowers and many more.

Directions: Take a short walk of only a few metres from Apartments & Relax Greta over the wooden bridge on the path leading towards Toblach. Shortly before the next wooden bridge (cross country ski run) turn right and walk along the narrow path towards Cortina-Toblach. Walk along this path for about 300m, turn right at the Gasthof Emma hotel up to the sign “Elsler Kaser” and the prohibition sign, go up the steep ascent after a left turn and keep slightly to the right at the crossroads (signs). At the next crossroads at 1,425m follow the sign “Elsler Kaser 28” in easterly direction towards Innichen. At the forest glade on your right you will se the 2,581m high Neunerkofel Mountain (ascent has no explicit marking or path, i.e. for experts only; deep snow ski run in winter), cross over the little brook in the Kalvariental Valley. The hike up to here will take you about 1h, from here on to the Elsler Kaser (Alpine hut is not open) with a new cross at 1,650m a.s.l.

Alternative 1: Way back via Innichen with an extra 8.30km, 2.1h. Take the narrow path at the Alpine hut through the fir tree forest leadingyou down towards “Innichen 28”. After having crossed the little brook, cross the forest glade in the Rohrwald forest with a raised hide for hunters, then walk on the broad gravel path down to the crossing (sign) to “Innichen 28”. Shortly after that, go straight ahead at the crossing at 1,521m (no sign here) on the broad gravel path past the Greiterwiesen meadows (private hut) on your left. After a short flat part your path will intersect with the winter taboggan run leading down from the Haunold Hut (signs), follow this path down 2 turns and then before you reach the cable car of the valley station (summer toboggan run) and the football field take a sharp left hand turn. After about 1.3h, cross the River Drau springs, go past the shooting range and the recycling centre on an almost flat path back to the Gasthof Emma hotel and cross the road to the Höhlensteintal Valley. Follow this road for 300m towards Cortina, then follow the path through the fir tree forest, turn right at the bike track and follow it for a short distance, then turn right at the wooden bridge to our apartments. From Monday to Friday there is a train from Innichen to Toblach every half hour, on weekends every hour. There is also a bus from the valley station of the cable car to Toblach every hour.

Alternative 2: back via Military Road, extra 1.5h, 7.5km If you take a sharp left turn on the gravel path at the crossing at 1,521m leading a little upwards for a short distance (instead of walking down to Innichen), you will arrive at a gate, then at a forest glade and then you will once again reach a gate; follow the old winding military road downwards, cross a concrete bridge, turn right at the next crossing (again no sign here), at the next crossroads (signs) there is an air-raid shelter right next to the forest path, turn left here, go past the shooting range and at the recycling centre cross the street Toblach-Cortina straight ahead to the Gasthof Emma hotel. Walk along this road for 300m, turn onto the bike path after the bridge for the cross country ski run and on the asphalt road cross the wooden bridge to our house – this variant will take you about 0.4h (from the air-raid shelter). Alternatively, in the same time, you can take the path at the air-raid shelter towards the east via the River Drau springs to the historical village of Innichen. From Monday to Friday there is a train from Innichen to Toblach every half hour, on weekends every hour. There is also a bus from the valley station of the cable car to Toblach every hour. Or take the bus from the valley station to Toblach which leaves every hour. Another 20min. from the bus stop in Toblach or 15min. from the train station will take you past the cross country skiing stadium and over the wooden bridge to our house Apartments & Relax Greta.

Hike around Lake Toblach and to the smelting furnaces

Start and Finish: Apartments & Relax Greta at 1,220m a.s.l, smelting furnaces at 1,300m a.s.l.

Difference in altitude: 80m easy hike, especially for families (accessible with prams), two restaurants on the way

Walking distance: way to and back 1.45h (7km), if you wish to read the charts along the Nature Path you might want to take a little more time.

Special Feature: unique Nature experience at the biotope around Lake Toblach, the Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), smelting furnaces at the Klauskofel Mountain.

Directions: At Apartments & Relax Greta turn south towards the Höhlensteintal Valley at the Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Park chart and go past the prohibition sign. The slightly ascending gravel path leads you through a young spruce, larch and pine tree forest with the occasional alders and willows. At the side of the path and in the undergrowth the Nature lover will find spear thistle, wild berries and juniper berries that sometimes need up to four years to ripen. These dark blue berries, along with many other ingredients, add to the typical savoury flavour of South Tyrolean Speck. Here you will hear the River Rienz to your left. The bridge crossing the Trogebach Brook with its protective constructions leads you to a forest glade from where you can see the Trogehof Farm and the Sarlkofel Mountain. Walking past the camping site, you will reach the traffic-free lakeside. This oasis is one of the last remaining biotopes in South Tyrol and was formed after a mudflow down the east flank of the Sarlkofel Mountain. From here you will see the Höhlensteintal Valley, the Naüßwand and the Neunerkofel Mountains. Enjoy an Italian Cappuccino and a South Tyrolean Apple Strudel, some ice cream or maybe even a glass of red wine on one of the sunny patios. Or do you prefer more romantic scenes? Then hop on one of the pedal boats (can be rented at the boat house) or rowboats and let your thoughts wander. The Lake Toblach Nature Path starts at the pretty villa at the edge of the forest and leads you around the lake leaving out the area around the southern shore out of ecological reasons. This 2km long Educational Path leading over many little bridges was designed by the South Tyrolean Department of Nature Parks in the year 2000. Its 12 stations convey lots of interesting information on the area and are easily accessible for wheelchairs. On the edge of the path you will find thorny barberries. After the crossroads, enjoy the view of the lake with its biodiversity at its shore, a nesting place for waterfowl. Walking on, go past two gates and you will arrive at a crossroads of the Nature Path (sign) at the end of a forest glade, turn left here. Walking on, a bridge crosses over the Sarlbach Brook and walking through the forest you will come to a crossroads with the sign “Sarlkofel 14”. Once again, go straight ahead and after a left hand turn go over the bridge, past the gate and the “Schmelze” electric power station. Here a sign points south to a slightly ascending path crossing over a wooden bridge to the ruins of the 17th century smelting furnances in 400m distance. The furnaces situated on a small green meadow in the middle of the forest were renovated a few years ago. Sitting on the wooden bench and under a cozy blanket, just close your eyes and go back in time, when it was hard work mining precious ores in the nearby Knappenfusstal Valley and at Passo Giau above Cortina. In summer horses and oxen facilitated the transport of the material; in winter heavy wooden sleighs were used. The hustle and bustle here must have been immense while precious lead and smithsonite were smelted in the blazing hot furnaces. Go back on the same path until after the bridge you reach a sign pointing to the right to the Nature Path. At the outlet of the lake you will reach a long wooden bridge and once again come to the camping site and back to our starting point at Apartments & Relax Greta. You can also go back along the bike trail on the orographically right side of the river. Here, go past the “Schmelze” power station on your right until you reach the road Cortina-Toblach. This is where, during WW1, the so-called K&K Feldbahn train transported soldiers, supplies and weapons to the Dolomites front – bringing back so much more sorrow. At the end of the Great War, the railways were modernized and experienced their most important period around 1956. In February of this year, the Winter Olympics were held in Cortina. Imagine scenes of noble ladies with umbrellas and gentlemen with hats! Unfortunately, railway services were suspended in 1962 as its popularity had declined.

Alternative 1: In less than half an hour, walking along the forest path, you will reach the beautifully mended Naßwand Military Cemetery honouring soldiers of all nations killed at the Dolomites front. The way back leads you along the same path or on the bike trail via the eastern lake shore. From the end of June until the beginning of July you can find hidden specimens of rare flowers, such as lady’s slipper. Greta and Rolando will gladly reveal their knowledge of these plants to true friends of Nature.

Hike from Toblach to Flodige Alm hut or Kasamutz (2,333m a.s.l.)

Start and Finish: Apartments & Relax Greta, 1,220m a.s.l., Flodige Alm hut 2,039m a.s.l.

Difference in altitude: 1,134m

Difficulties: easy for experienced hikers, steep ascent at times

Equipment: hiking boots, raincoat, small snack and drinks (Flodige Alm hut is closed).

Trail map: Tabacco Sextner Dolomiten 1:50,000, Page 1 or even better Pragser Dolomiten / Enneberg 1:25,000 Page 31.

Walking distance: ascent 3.20h, descent on the same path 3h. If you drive up to the military cemetery by bus or to the power station by car, you will need 1h less. If you are an inexperienced walker you may need a little longer.

Special features: hike through the Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Park and the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the foot of the Dürrnstein Mountain and Pyramid, over the Alpine meadows of the Flodige Alm in the middle of a fairy-tale landscape with breathtaking views including the Drei Zinnen Nature Park.

Directions: At Apartments & Relax Greta turn south towards the Höhlensteintal Valley past Lake Toblach, walk along a short part of the Nature Path to the smelting furnaces and the military cemetery (about 1h) or on the bike trail that leads along the former railway tracks (for more information check the hike descriptions of “Hike around Lake Toblach and to the smelting furnaces”). Go straight ahead for about 300m past the “Flodige / Landro 2” power station and through the gate on your right, then walk along the gravel path past the prohibition sign and the sign ZUR ALM HÜTTE FLODIGE surrounded by spruce trees, pine trees, heather, barberry and juniper berry bushes and over a ford. The slightly steeper ascending path is now flanked by larch trees. Turn slightly left at the crossroads and behind you you will see the Neunerkofel, Hochebenkofel and the Birkenkofel as well as the Nasswand Mountains. The broad path now turns into a narrow winding track leading upwards through mountain pines and along the Flodige Brook bank. If you take a close look at the edge of the track you will find Alpine clematis, dark red helleborine, hairy and rusty-leaved alpenroses. To your left you will hear the burbling waterfall. In front of you the Dürrnstein Mountain and the Pyramid rise high up to the sky, and there are the Höhlensteintal Valley and the Schwalbenkofel and Rautkofel Mountains a little to the left down below. The Toblach hydroelectric power station has been generating green electricity for years. To your right you will hear the rush of the little brook and enjoy the bright red of the mountain pine fields in autumn. How beautiful the golden larch trees look in the October sun! Thanks to the Nature Park administration, there are many wooden benches for you to sit on and enjoy the surroundings. From here on, walk past a gate on a less steep path – don’t forget the stone pines! In the late summer and autumn the nutcrackers’ loud calls cannot be overheard in the treetops of the stone pines as this is when they are busily looking for up to 6,000 hiding places for pine nuts. Not only do these nutritious and tasty nuts get them through the icy cold winters up here, nutcrackers also use them to feed their brood in the following spring. The coal tits’ calls can be heard everywhere in spring. Despite their inconspicuous brown feathers, you can hardly oversee them as they have a pointy feather crest. Refresh yourselves and have a mouthful of fresh mountain water from the little spring at the edge of the path, or have a rest on the wooden bench. The Alpine dairyman from the nearby Flodige Alm hut is probably the one who takes care of the geraniums at the cross. At the crossroads (1,912m a.s.l.) with two benches only a few metres above the spring, there is a sign pointing straight ahead to the Flodige Sattel 33 (*). Follow the path along a fence and after about 30min. you will reach the Flodige Alm 33A. At the larch tree forest glade you will see the impressive northern flanks of the Dürrnstein Mountain to your left and the Pyramid. Once again there is an old sign ZUR ALM HÜTTE FLODIGE. You will then soon see a lush Alpine meadow; just enjoy the panoramic view here. You will also be able to see the Kasamutz mountain peak cross directly in front of you. By the end of September, the old, sunbaked Alpine hut (2039m a.s.l.) with its shingle roof and a well is aready closed. During the main season in summer, when crowds of people can be found almost everywhere in the valley, the only sounds you can hear up here are those of the bells hanging around the cows’ necks. Later on in autumn, the only sign of life is a small flock of white and brown goats. The Alpine dairyman and the young shepherd are sometimes the only people around. Only a few locals and tourists know about this unique place. You will need about 3h back to our house, Apartments & Relax Greta.

Alternative 1: Circular track to the Flodige Sattel (2,163m a.s.l.) with descent up to the sign Flodige Alm (*) next to two benches above the little well (1,912m a.s.l.), extra 50min. At the Alpine hut with a station for collecting stamps in your little hike booklet, ascend to the hay barn, go past the stone pine with the small statue of the Virgin Mary and then, while keeping to the left, you will reach a wooden well on a narrow track marked 33A. Shortly after the well, just under the Flodige Sattel, there is a sign showing down to the Höhlensteintal Valley 33. You are now surrounded by mountain pines, larch trees, stone pines and alpenroses, Dolomite bearberries and blueberries and the mighty Dürrnstein Mountain and Pyramid. Watch out for the black cock! You can easily spot it by its dark brown feathers and its slightly forked tail. Grouses like the black cock are native to these areas as they need peace and quiet during the breeding season. They live in the half open vegetation with a good supply of berries. At the edge of the gravel slide, the track will lead you over big boulders to a true natural monument: four twisted larch trees growing out of a root up into the sky. The lichen growing in the dense forest here, a perfect symbiosis of algae and fungi, are an indicator for top air quality. According to studies carried put by the South Tyrolean Institute for Environmental Conservation, this special group of air plants has been disappearing from the edge of our hiking paths since the late 1960s. The sudden appearance of the next sign to the Flodige Alm (*) brings you back to the present.

Alternative 2: off-track ascent for summiteers to the Kasamutz (2,333m a.s.l.) and hike back to the Flodige Alm (294m difference in altitude), an extra 1.4h. At the Alpine hut with a station for collecting stamps, ascend to the hay barn and then walk either directly or zig-zagging and off-track up to the mountain peak past the last larch trees and spruces. Keep your eyes open for the lady’s mantle, globe flowers and wood avens that grow here. In the autumn sun the blue gentian is espescially beautiful. From here on the track across the meadow and up the slope is cleary steeper. Tip: the track to the west of the peak is not as steep and strenuous as there are little grooves in the trail that make the ascent easier, like walking up stairs – they lead all the way up to the peak, following the mountain crest. The world famous edelweiss flowers can also be found here as well as an old sign pointing towards the mountain peak. Standing at the mountain cross erected in the year 2000, the grand view compensates for the effort. See if you can identify the Dürrnstein Mountain with its Pyramid, the Sarlkopf Mountain, Sarlkofel Mountain and the Sarlkofel Alpine hut, the Langkofel, Kleine Gaisl and Hohe Gaisl, Seekofel, Schwalben- and Daumkofel, Große Rosskopf and Gametzalpenkopf, Herrstein, Hochalpenkopf, Mauerkopf, Piz da Peres Mountains as well as the famous ski arena Kronplatz. Turning to the north you will see the Ötztal Alps, the Stubai Alps and the Zillertal Alps, the Rieserferner Mountains, the Defreggen Mountains and Venediger Group! In the east, however, you will find the Sexten Dolomites and the world famous Drei Zinnen, the Cadini and a part of the Cristallo Group.

Circular track from Toblach to Baumgartner (Hackhofer) Kaser

Start and Finish: Apartments & Relax Greta 1,220m a.s.l., Baumgartner Kaser 1,606m. a.s.l.

Difference in altitude: 386m, steep descent at times.

Difficulties: none for experienced hikers, steep descnt at times.

Trail Map: Tabacco Sextner Dolomiten 1:50,000, Page 1, or even better 1:25,000 Page 10.

Walking Distance: ascent 1.20h., descent on meadowy path 1.10h., 5.5km. Inexperienced hikers might have to plan a little extra time.

Equipment: hiking boots, raincoat, small snack and drink as well as warm clothing.

Special Feature: Hike in the Drei Zinnen Nature Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rather shadowy, beautiful forest with spruces, fir trees and larches.

View: Toblach, Toblach, Ratsberg, Egger-, Haselsberg, Golfen, Hochhorn, Gaishörndl, Toblacher Pfannhorn, Rudlhorn, Eisatz, Million Mountains as well as the magnificent Hochgall and Wildgall Mountains, the Sarlkofel, Dürrnstein, Helltaler Schlechten und Hohe Gaisl Mountains.

Flora: daphne, cranesbill, herb Paris, yellow monkshood, spear thistle, martagon lilly, willow gentian, Alpine clematis, globe flowers and more.

Directions: Cross over the wooden bridge near Apartments & Relax Greta on to the bike track leading towards Toblach and shortly before the next wooden brodge (cross-country ski run) walk up the path to your right and another 300m on the road from Cortina to Toblach. Go past the Gasthof Emma hotel and turn right and walk up to the sign 28B Baumgartner Kaser, prohibition sign and gate. Go up the path after a left hand turn and keep to your right at the fork in the road (signs) at 1.425m a.s.l. At the sign Baumgartner Kaser 28B turn right, walk up the steep path to a forest glade with many ferns, through a beautiful fir tree forest, walk along a wooden fence, through a gate, keep to the left at the signs, keep walking along the meadow fence, once again through a gate and you will reach the Baumgartner Kaser and an old hut, stable and a group of beehives if you keep walking along the fence. For the descent, follow the sign Neutoblach 28B that leads you down a meadowy path through the Assental Valley towards the Höhlensteintal Valley (4 turns), then go through the gate to the road from Cortina to Toblach. Cross this road and turn towards Tobach, after 100m go past a small car park to your left with a sign pointing towards Toblach, walk down the path for a few meters until you reach the bike track, then turn left, go across the wooden bridge, past the chapel and back to Apartments & relax Greta.

Hike from Toblach to the Sueskopf / Sarlkopf Mountains

Start and Finish: Apartments & Relax Greta 1,220m a.s.l., Sueskopf 2,052m a.s.l.

Difference in altitude: 832m

Trail Map: Tabacco Sextner Dolomiten 1:50.000 Page 1 or even better Pragser Dolomiten/Enneberg 1:25.000 Page 31

Walking Distance: ascent 2.30h., descent on the same path 2.10h. For experienced hikers only. Alternatives 1 and 2 are described below.

Equipment: hiking boots, raincoat, warm clothing, small snack and drinks

Special Feature: Hike in the Drei Zinnen Nature Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, beautiful pine tree, spruce and larch tree forests, floral diversity and breathtaking view.

Directions: Starting from our house Apartments & Relax Greta, walk up to the Troge 16t farm driveway and go past the gate, then walk along the asphalt road (roller ski track) straight up through a pine tree forest with juniper and barberry bushes and shadblow. Standing in the forest glade you can see the Neunergruppe Mountain Group, the Birkenkofel, Northern and Southern Bullkopf, Hundsstall, Ebenkofel, Naßwand Mountains, the Baumgartner Kaser in the north and a little to the west Toblach with its baroque church, and the Ratsberg Mountain at the back. At the bend to the right you can hear the Trogebach Brook. After walking through the next gate the path becomes a little steeper. On the mountain slopes you can see the steep meadows of the Trogehof farm and at the spruce tree forest glade enjoy the view of the Nordic Arena cross-country ski run stadium, the Grand Hotel and the Nature Park House, the Innichberg Mountain and the historical village of Innichen. Spear thistle, yellow monkshood, tiger lily and meadow sage line the path. At the left-hand bend there is a path to your right leading up from the River Rienz (sign pointing to the Sarlkofel Mountain). At the next fork in the road take the path leading upwards. Shortly before reaching the Trogehof farm (1,420m a.s.l.) a short-cut to your right descends rather steeply through the forest. If you follow the broader path through the meadow, you will reach a well directly next to the farm, enjoy some fresh water! At the end of the meadow, go through a gate and you will see the Sarlkofel mountain peak cross. After a right hand turn, the short-cut path crosses the Alpine meadow path and leads to a broad gravel path which, now a narrow path again, leads to the Trogealm alp (1,631m a.s.l.) with its well, old hut and stable – once again turning into a broad gravel path (well). The Nature lover will easily find the Guter Heinrich (wild spinach), wild caraway, rose hip bushes, silver thistles, field horsetail, cranesbill, senecio and bellflower. Following the broad alp path and not the short-cut, you will reach a forest glade where wild animals are fed. If you turn left at the crossroads you will reach the Trogealm hut or straight ahead the Alpine meadow and the well. The alp path meets the short-cut coming down from the Trogealm hut. At the well there is a sign 33 and 16 pointing to a path on your right to the Sarlkofel and Suesriedl Mountains. Through a sparse spruce tree and larch tree forest you will reach a grass-covered mountain ridge. The path is now a little flatter towards the left. Enjoy the view of Innichen, Vierschach, East Tyrol, Helm Mountain, the Carnic Alps and the Lienz Dolomites. After a few bends you will reach a small meadow (view of the Troge Klamme and the magnificent Sarlkofel Mountain and Suesriedl Sattel 2,013m) surrounded by a wooden fence. Walk along the fence and after a few minutes turn right and walk up the mountain flank (no path) up to the Sueskopf (2,052m) with a sign and simple cross, and enjoy the view of the Altpragstal Valley. Arnica, Alpine rose, lady’s mantle and Pyrenean dead-nettle grow here. In the west you can see the lower Pustertal Valley with the Eidechsspitze Mountain, the ski arena Kronplatz, the Kühwiesen and Hochalpenkopf Mountains, in the east the Lungkofel, Daumkofel and Schwalbenkofel Mountains, the Großer Rosskopf and Gamezalpenkopf, Herrstein and Brentriegel Mountains. In the north-west you can see the Rieserferner Mountain Group, Zillertal Alps, Rudlhorn, Eissatz and Million Mountains, the Golfen, Hochhorn, Gaishörndl and Toblacher Pfannhorn Mountains. It is also easy to find the path to the Sarlkofel Mountain. At the back there are the Neunerkofel, Birkenkofel and Birkenturm, Northern and Southern Bullkopf, Hohenkreutzstock, Hundsstall, Naßwand, Schwalbenkofel and Rautkofel Mountains, and the Rautspitzen Mountains next to the Monte Piano and Monte Piana. After a short break, walk back to Apartments & Relax Greta via the Trogehof farm (2.10h).

Alternative 1:Descent (40min.) to the Putzalm hut 270m further down and ascent (50min.) back up to the Suesriedel Sattel: At the signs next to the fence at the Suesriedel Sattel (2,013m a.s.l.) go down the path over the meadow and then through a sparce larch tree and fir tree forest. At the sign Putzalm 16 keep to the right to a forest glade and go through the gate to the Alpine hut (food and drinks served from June-late September) and new stable (1.743m a.s.l.). After a short break, walk back up the ascent (50min to Suesriedel Sattel) and back down in ca. 2.10h to Apartments & Relax Greta.

Alternative 2: descent from the Putzalm hut to Niederdorf (1.5h) and back to Apartments & Relax Greta with public transport or on foot: Leaving the Putzalm hut (1,743m a.s.l.) behind, follow the broad gravel path on the orographically right side of the Putzgraben Brook through a shadowy fir tree forest with the occasional larch tree. Walk through two gates on a sometimes rather steep path through meadows and have a short refreshing break at the Kalkbründl spring (table and bench). Then go straight ahead until you reach the signs pointing downwards to Niederdorf and upwards to Putzalm (*). Follow the less steep path through the meadow and onto the asphalt road and you will once again reach a crossroads with a table and a bench and a cross (1,214m a.s.l.) (**). From here on keep to the left and cross the wooden bridge, walk along the wooden fence, through the tunnel of the bypass of Niederdorf, cross the road and go through the subway to Niederdorf (1,157m a.s.l.). From Mondays to Fridays there is a train every half hour from Niederdorf to Toblach, on weekends every hour; buses to Toblach leave every hour (except at 4.50pm on weekends). From the bus stop in Toblach you will need about 20min., from the train station about 15min. back home, walking past the Nordic Arena and over the wooden bridge to out Apartments & Relax Greta. (*) this is where instead of going downwards towards Niederdorf you can walk along the broad gravel path past the prohibition sign, through the gate (fence) and over the brook. Enjoy the view of the Bad Maistatt chapel and the Aufkirchen pilgrimage site. Only a few meters before the end of the road a little path to your right leads up the bank to the narrow gravel path through a spruce tree, fir tree and pine tree forest. Slightly descending, you will reach a broader gravel path and follow it over a brook. At the forest glade there is the starting gate of the winter toboggan run. Shortly after the left hand bend before the ski piste there is a residential building and further down there are sign posts and a broad path leading to Bad Maistatt (ca. 40min.).(**) Instead of turning left here (1,214m a.s.l.) and wlaking down to Niederdorf, turn right at the edge of the asphalt road and cross a meadow past a wayside shrine. Enjoy the view of the Neunerkofel Mountain and after a short 10min. walk you will reach Bad Maistatt (now a holiday house belonging to an Italian ecclesiastical organisation) and its chapel. A broad, often wet path leads past the house and over a little wooden bridge, through a forest glade with view of the hamlet Aufkirchen, over a brook up to the sign posts and the summer toboggan run (s. description under (*)). Follow the broad path here until you reach the asphalt road (to your left and right there is the preserve fence, connected by two wooden bridges over the asphalt road) and the Gasthof Gustav Mahler hotel in Altschluderbach (1.230m a.s.l.), as well as the little house (20min. from Bad Maistatt) where Gustav Mahler composed his 9th and 10th Symphonies during the summers of 1908-1910. Under the valley station of the ski tow an almost flat narrow path leads you downwards to the Rienz ski hut and the valley station (1,200m a.s.l.). At the car park cross the wooden brodge, walk past the Nocker company premises to your left, past the houses and slightly ascending you will see gardens and a prohibition sign. Walk past this and along the asphalt road for roller skiing, past the dog-school training ground and the transformer station and you will reach Apartments & Relax Greta. Walking distance for routes (*) and (**) about 1.2h each.

Alternative 3: Once again, ascend from the Suesriedl Sattel to the Sarlkofel Mountain peak (2,378m a.s.l.) – be careful – surefootedness required! (1.10h). From the Suesriedl Sattel follow Path 33 towards south, past larch trees, then mountain pines (path leading up from the Putzalm hut). Walk past the second ditch, then turn left and walk up a steep path through rocky terrain and mountain pines, past stone pines and three scrawny larch trees under mountain cliffs up to the Sattel (2,229m a.s.l.). You will find a bench (35min.) and sign posts and enjoy the view including cows that spend the summer grazing on the Sarlalm alp. Nature lovers will find saxifraga, Dolomites Veronica, green-winged orchid, Dolomites potentilla, Dolomies achillea and of course the mythical edelweiss flower. Follow the exposed path, crossing the southern flank with the help of the short wire rope and walk up the grassy slopes. After another 35min. you will be surprised by the suddenly appearing mountain peak cross. Enjoy not only the view down to Toblach and the Pustertal Valley, but also the impressive panoramic view of the Rieserferner mountain group, the Zillertal Alps, the Hohe Tauern mountain range, the Defregger Mountains, the Dolomites of Lienz, Sexten, Cortina and Prags and the Dürrenstein Mountains and Pyramides. These pyramides, like all of the mountains in the Fanes-Sennes-Prags nature Park, are almost exclusively made of sedimentary rocks. This means they are of marine origin and rose up from the waters of the Tethys ocean about 30 million years ago. After about 1 hour you will return to the Suesriedl Sattel and then chose one of the above described descents to Toblach and back to Apartments & Relax Greta.

»Travelling is like drinking from the source of life.«
Friedrich Hebbel (1813 - 1863)

And you will definitely find these springs of life here in Toblach, where water is one of it most valuable natural sources. Its numerous “Water Treasures” can be found in many different places around the community. The rivers Rienz and Drau have their sources in Toblach. Toblach draws its drinking-water from two different sources: from the Dolomites limestone and the iron-bearing primary rocks of the Central Alps. The impressive Lake Toblach and Lake Dürren are probably the most beautifully situated Dolomite Lakes. Toblachs abundance of water has ever since been used for driving mill-wheels and for trades of all kinds. Nowadays, the inhabitants of Toblach are supplied with electricity by the local hydroelectric power station.


Cycling: Toblach – Lienz (River Drau cycling track)

Slightly descending cycling track along the River Drau, well secured. Journey back on the train to Innichen.

47.8km – ca. 3.5h – 570m difference in altitude

Start your cycling tour along the River Drau at the Toblach train station. The River Drau spring is between Toblach and Innichen (1,175m a.s.l.) in the Toblacher Feld field. The cycling tour Toblach-Lienz leads along a well marked cycling track and is suitable for all kinds of bikes. The starting point in Toblach is higher than the finishing point in Lienz, so the 50km track leads downhill and is easy to do. The tour along the River Drau is recommendable to families with children as well as cycling beginners. The journey back from Lienz to Innichen ends on the special bike-train from Lienz to Innichen. Don’t forget to bring ID with you as you cross the border from Italy through meadows and forests into the heart of East Tyrol in Austria! Take a trip to East Tyrol’s capital city Lienz and descover its authentic character, with many shops and cafés.

Cycling: Toblach – Bruneck

Slightly descending bike trak, well secured. Return journey by train to Toblach.

30km – ca. 2-3 h. - 450 m difference in altitude

Cycling: Toblach – Cortina

A cycling track including a wonderful view of the Dolomies and the Drei Zinnen Return journey by bus to Toblach

35km – ca. 3h – 300m difference in altitude

Starting at Apartments & Relax Greta, cross the bridge and drive on the cycling path to Lake Toblach. The track leads you along the railway lines which were closed down in 1956, through the Höhlensteintal Valley to an idyllic resting area from where you can see the Drei Zinnen – the magical triple star of the Dolomites. Driving on you will reach Lake Dürrensee, one of the most beautifully located Dolomite lakes. Towards the north you can see the ruins of the village Höhlenstein, which was blown up during WW1 in 1915. Go on until you reach the marking – the highest point of the route. From here on the track will lead you downhill through tunnels all the way to Cortina.

»It is wonderful here and surely repairs body and soul« Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911)

Gustav Mahler, the famous composer, loved Toblach, even confirmed its therapeutical qualities. In 1909 he wrote in a letter to his friend Richard Strauss: “It is wonderful here and surely repairs body and soul…” Mahler spent the summer months from 1908 to 1910 in Toblach, where he composed the “Ninth Sympony”, the unfinished “Tenth Symphony” and “The Song of the Earth”.

Gustav Mahler often went on excursions to Lake Toblach (only a ten minutes walk away from our apartments), an enchanted water mirror. Lake Toblach divides the valley like a horizontal blade. In summer the water surface reflects the Sarl and the Neuner Gipfel, in winter you can see the mountains reflected from the frozen over lake.
Little house where Gustav Mahler composed his oeuvres in the Toblach game park.