Exit at the border of Italy / Austria
On the very border of Italy and Austria in the Karnische Alpen area, we took a nice one-day trek, which can be very easily adapted as a trip with children. It depends on the possibilities and preferences. Our destination is the summit of Monte Cavallo di Pontebba / Rosskofel (2239 m). The length of the trek was measured by our watch as 18km from the lake Lago del Pramollo – Strausee.
Lago del Pramollo - Strausee
The beginning of the route is from the lake Lago del Pramollo – Strausee, which lies at an altitude of 1500m.nm. You can get here by a winding climb on the road either SP110 from the Italian side or B90 from Austria. The whole way up crosses the border several times, but our final destination lies in Italy.
Up the Kärntner Greezweg
From the lake we continue to the Italian – Austrian border, which we cross and a little behind it the tourist signs suggest that we turn left behind the parking lot. We set off on a shared tourist route Kärntner Greezweg and a single trek for bicycles. When climbing, we enjoy the surrounding picturesquely green hills.
Artificial pond and cows
After a few dozen meters, we pass an artificial lake and a grazing herd of cows, which can be heard with their bells for at least another kilometer as we continue to climb.
Climb under the cable car
The surrounding hills are interwoven with cable cars that allow you to climb to the top even the less able or families with children. Upstairs there are several playgrounds for them, including trampolines and other attractions. But if you have children who are a little older and more capable, then on our route under the cable car there is an educational children's trail with signs with various tasks, information, etc. It will help distract children from a challenging hike and motivate them to look for another place.
If the signs do not work, the marmots, who are shouting at each other and watching us from the height of their posts, will surely please not only small tourists.
Views to Austria
Today's trip aims to ascend and descend 800 meters above sea level. During the route, views of the Alps on the Austrian side of the border are revealed. If you are interested, there are several ferrata trails in this area, thanks to which you can get to the top of the rocky hills more easily and, most importantly, safely. We did not have equipment with us, so we had to choose a longer bypass route.
Madritschen (1919 m)
The top of the Madritschen cable car (1919 m), where you can either be transported or step on it. There is a restaurant and the first playgrounds.
Fountain in almost 2km
On Mount Madritschen you are right on the border of Austria and Italy, but this is not the only attraction that surprised us here. We found probably the tallest fountain here in almost 2 km. There are even 3 cable cars ending here.
Wooden carved gate
The area is lively both in winter for skiers and in the summer months thanks to the built infrastructure and attractive playgrounds with ponds suitable for easy walks.
It tries to attract visitors to a number of playgrounds and older tourists to the paved sidewalks, ponds with fountains and comfortable wooden loungers with beautiful views. If you haven't seen a live marmot, you have the opportunity to take a picture with a wooden one.
Playgrounds on top
Near the final station of the cable car you will find many playgrounds that will delight children and parents, as they are located with beautiful views and always equipped with benches for sitting.
Lake at 1800m.nm
The center of entertainment for children and their companions will probably be a lake with turquoise-emerald water, which reflects the surrounding peaks as in a mirror. Right by the lake is another large playground with a trampoline, on the water there is a children's boat as a playground and for adults there is a car park with fresh coffee and donuts.
For us, the place on the loungers was ideal as a resting point, where we could gather strength for a true mountain climb to our planned destination.
Vespa with a height record
To show what they have prepared here to lure children into nature. Playground with Vespa where the children will not want to leave. The children are really full of it here. All you have to do is make sure they don't touch the electric border when they occasionally cross the road and prevent the cows from running. The passage is through a wooden gate.
Start of the trek on Monte Cavallo di Pontebba / Rosskofel
After recharging, we start to climb to the top of Monte Cavallo di Pontebba / Rosskofel. The road leads from the lake in its southwestern tip to the left first down, which we are not very happy, because we are aware that we will have to climb again.
Across the snow fields
From the lake to the top it is about 500 meters above sea level, but pretty steep. The first part is to jump over large boulders. Then there is the rubble and although the route is recommended from July, even here we had to cross several snow fields. But it was possible to manage even in low hills.
Views of an alternative trek
At the lake we were still thinking about not going to the opposite hill Creta di Aip / Trogkofel, but it was a bit even longer, so we chose a shorter variant. Nevertheless, this hill led us all the way up, at least in the views of it.
Peak of Monte Cavallo di Pontebba / Rosskofel (2239 m)
At the top you will find a small bell tower and a top book. The peak is not very pointed, so the final climb is slower.
View from the top
The last view from the top, gather strength and the whole route awaits us back. There are possible routes that would make a circuit, but they are ferrata routes, or at least with chains, and this is not pleasant for the descent. So we choose a certain already tested route.
Return to the lake
After a more difficult descent, we are back at the lake, where the sun is slowly setting and drawing beautiful long shadows on the hills. All visitors are already down, the cable cars are shut down and we walk the same way back to the parking lot. We have enough at our feet for today.
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