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, creating THE highlight of the village of Flattach – the Raggaschlucht. 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 AND will want to come back again.
29th May until 13th September 2020
daily open 9.00am – 5.00pm
14th September until Mid/End of October 2020
(it depends on the weather conditions)
daily open 10.00am – 4.00pm
During the opening hours, the gorge may be closed at any time for safety reasons due to weather conditions. Safety has the highest priority.
Adults € 7,00 per person
Children (age 6-18) € 4,00 per person
Group* (Adults) € 6,00 per person
*15 persons or more
Free admission for holders of the Kärnten Card and the Nationalpark Kärnten Card
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?
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
Dogs on a leash are allowed into the Raggaschlucht. We would like to point out that untrained dogs may not be able to pass through the gorge.
Sturdy shoes and sure-footedness are required for a hike through the gorge. Persons who are not able to walk are not advised to visit the Raggaschlucht. Children must be specially supervised.
In case of heavy rain, please check before arrival whether the gorge is open.
Outside the opening hours Raggaschlucht is closed for safety reasons!