A quick snapshot here, a selfie there and better take another pic from over there as well. The requirements for the obligatory souvenir photo from a hiking holiday are high: an impressive mountain panorama in the background, ideal lighting conditions for the portrait and, preferably taken at altitude too. In the search for the perfect photo spot, a few kilometres of hiking come together.
We were also on a mission to find the "perfect mountain photo" in our hiking and biking area. And, of course, we don't come back empty-handed. Here are our top 5 most panoramic photo spots around the Bad Kleinkirchheimer Bergbahnen. 3, 2, 1, … Cheeeeeese.
1. The stone portal.
The stone arch marks the start of Europe's longest flow country trail. And with it the adrenaline kick for all mountain bikers. At 2,050 metres above sea level, a breathtaking panoramic view towards the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Carinthian Nockberge awaits you here – in summer and winter. By the way, another of the special highlights is the direct view of the summit cross of the Wöllaner Nock (2,145 m).
Please note: Here, in front of this dreamlike backdrop, is the perfect spot to get that all important souvenir photo. However, bikers always have priority at the archway.
Where? Directly at the Kaiserburgbahn summit station.
2. Nocky Mountains Flair.
A very special stone massif sits enthroned in the midst of our gently rolling Nockberge mountain area. A hike there is always worthwhile, because even without advanced climbing skills you can conquer this extraordinary natural phenomenon effortlessly and enjoy the fantastic panoramic view down into the valley to Bad Kleinkirchheim. Great, isn't it? It's not for nothing that the Nockberge are often referred to as the Austrian Rocky Mountains. They've even been given the affectionate nickname "Nocky Mountains".
Where? From the Kaiserburgbahn summit station, turn left onto the hiking trail in the direction of the Kaiserburg reservoir. You'll find the special stone collection about halfway to the reservoir.
3. At the Brunnach reservoir.
Only a 12-minute cable car ride on the Biosphärenparkbahn Brunnach separates you from this idyllically situated photo spot. Simply make yourself comfortable on the sun terrace of the panorama restaurant Nock-IN and enjoy the view of the glittering mountain water. The panoramic loungers located directly by the reservoir, which boasts a fantastic view of the Nockberge mountains, are even more relaxing.
Where? Directly at the Biosphärenparkbahn Brunnach summit station.
4. Panorama bench on the Brunnachhöhe.
A break with a panoramic view: Taking some time out to sit on the panorama bench never hurt anyone. And while you make the most of the stillness of the mountains to replenish your energy reserves, a dreamlike view of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Carinthian Nockberge opens up in front of you – from the Zunderwand, the Pfannnock and Plattnock, and the Mallnock peak, to the largest mountain of the Nockberge, the Rosennock. And if you don't feel the need to take a photo here then you only have yourself to blame.
Where? Be transported to the heights with the Biosphärenparkbahn Brunnach. Head off on the hiking trail in the direction of the Aktivpark, turn right at the mountain station and you'll reach the panoramic viewpoint in just a few minutes on foot.
5. Onwards to the "Rote Burg".
And last but not least: At 2,030 metres above sea level, in the midst of the Gurktal Alps, it's not just an impressive panorama that awaits you, but also an exceptionally colourful stone massif. Due to the high iron content of this dolomite rock, the stones here actually shimmer a reddish colour. And it's obvious that's where the name "Rote Burg" (Red Castle) comes from, of course.
Where? From the Biosphärenparkbahn Brunnach summit station, turn right onto the hiking trail in the direction of the Aktivpark. It's a leisurely walk of about 3 kilometres. After about 45 minutes, you reach the "Rote Burg" – a spot for both young and old.