Where the wild waters of the high mountains meet ancient rocks, is a place where you have to stand your ground. Beating a path through rock, through narrow fissures and over breath-taking waterfalls into the valley. Enter, but don’t forget to close your mouth again. Anyone who has ever visited the Raggaschlucht and observed the water making its way into the valley, will enjoy no end of amazement.
06. May – 26. May 2023
» daily open 10.00am – 4.00pm, last admission 4.00pm
27. May – 10. September 2023
» daily open 9.00am – 5.00pm, last admission 5.00pm
11. September – 15. October 2023
» daily open 10.00am – 4.00pm, last admission 4.00pm
16. October – approx. 31. October 2023
» daily open 11.00am – 3.00pm, last admission 3.00pm
Open until probably the end of October (depending on the weather).
In case of bad weather, Raggaschlucht is closed – please check before arrival.
During the opening hours, in exceptional cases or due to extreme weather conditions (e.g. thunderstorms, storms), the gorge may be closed at any time for safety reasons. Safety has the highest priority.
Through the power of water, to natural landmark
At times tranquil, at others seething; at times glistening and at others crystal clear – there is no question that water is the crucial element in Raggaschlucht. Over millions of years the wild waters have shaped, smoothed and sculpted the rocks in the mountains, and today we can experience this natural spectacle up close. Cross the man-made walkway to get to the loveliest sections of the gorge. A safe and remarkable experience for all the family and entry is free with the Kärnten Card.
Knowledge and expertise on the Geological Educational Path
Of course you can ‘only’ walk through Raggaschlucht, take photos and enjoy the breath-taking natural surroundings, but you can also take some knowledge and expertise home with you about how it came about. The Geological Educational Path in the Raggaschlucht is a themed trail which provides information and a background as to how this natural spectacle came about, served to you on a silver platter. How did it start to develop millions ago and how has the gorge been turned into an experience that you can encounter today?
Virtual tour through the Raggaschlucht
We take you on a virtual 3D tour through the gorge.
Become with us an observer of a breathtaking natural spectacle. And do not forget, every journey begins with an adventure in your head.
The village Flattach is directly opposite. We wear sturdy shoes and weatherproof clothes, because the water is foaming and splashing in the gorge and the footbridges could be wet (be careful when it is wet – there is a danger of slipping). After about 10 minutes walk through the village of Schmelzhütten we reach the cash desk (entrance to the gorge).
Let’s start! It is simply impressive, our way leads us over artistically arranged wooden footbridges. Past vertical rock faces the roar of the water fills the air. In thousands of years of work the Raggabach created one of the most beautiful natural gorges in the Alps.
After about 200 meters of altitude difference and 800 m length we have walked through the gorge and we deserve a refreshment. Now we take the way back to the valley. After about 1.5 hours of total walking time (circular route) we reach our starting point again. The inn ‘Gasthaus Raggaschlucht’ is a nice place to stop and have a drink after you visited the Raggaschlucht.
- was first made accessible to visitors in 1882
- 1978 declared a natural monument
- is family-friendly and an experience for young and old
- offers many details and information on the geological nature trail
- free admission with the Kärnten Card or Nationalpark Kärnten Card
- is after about 1,5 hours and 200m of altitude passed through
- is about 800m long
- is easily accessible on foot, by car or by bus
Interesting information & tips
We have summarized the most important information for your visit at the Raggaschlucht:
- Equipment: We recommend hiking shoes (partly wet passages on the wooden footbridges) and clothing adjusted for the season. It can be very cool in the gorge. After rainy days and in autumn, take weatherproof and warmer clothing/jacket with you (at some places it can drip very heavily from the rocks onto the footbridges).
- Physical exertion & time required: Surefootedness is required for a hike through the gorge. We do not advise people who are not sure-footed to visit the Raggaschlucht. The way back through the forest is a bit steep in the last third. Total walking time (circular route) is about 1.5 hours. The canyon can only be walked in one direction (from bottom to top) There are no alternative routes directly on the boardwalks.
- Children: Children must be sure-footed and be specially supervised during the hike. We recommend a hike for children from the age of 6. Walking with prams is not possible.
- Dogs: Dogs are generally allowed on a leash. Please note, however, that the ascent of more than 200 m of altitude is continuously on wooden footbridges. The wooden footbridges can be wet and slippery. All this can be a great effort for your dog and possibly lead to injuries. In the gorge, sometimes the background noise is very loud for dogs.
- Weather: In case of heavy rain the gorge is closed. Please inform yourself before arrival if the canyon is open (Raggaschlucht cashdesk +43 4785 333 or tourist office Flattach +43 4785 615). In case of extreme weather conditions (e.g., thunderstorms, storms) the gorge maybe closed temporarily for safety reasons.
- Other: Outside the official opening hours and in winter, Raggaschlucht is closed for safety reasons!
In the high season a visit during off-peak hours (11.00am to 2.00pm) is recommended.
Two large, free parking spaces are available. From there it is about 10 minutes’ walk to the cash desk.
Parking space for bus available at the tourist office (approx. 12 minutes’ walk to the cash desk).
» Bus stop “Raggaschlucht”. Approx. 12 minutes’ walk to the cash desk and this is the starting point for the hiking tour. Here you can find the timetables for the buses of ÖBB, Postbus and Kärntner Linien.
» Mallnitz-Obervellach train station. From there, continue by bus or the station shuttle to the excursion destination. Click here for the ÖBB timetables. Book the train station shuttle online here (transfer from your accommodation or from the train station to the excursion destination).