This alpinist village Kartitsch is located in the Gailtal valley, the highest located valley in East Tyrol.
Altitude: 1,356 m asl
Kartitsch can look back on a long history: already in the 3rd and 4th century AD it has been inhabited by the Romans. In 965 AD, however, it has been mentioned for the first time under the name “Kartisa”. After having been affected by Black Death and locust infestation, this place has been frontside in the WWI. In the surroundings there are still trenches of those times. The emblem of the village is kept simple - it depicts a golden crescent moon on blue background and reminds on the Wiser family of Kartitsch.
Its position in the Gailtal valley, in the heart of the Dolomites and the Carnic Alps, makes Kartisch a perfect starting point for hikes in the beautiful world of mountains with its lush meadows and clear mountain air. You can also make hikes in the Sesto Dolomites, as South Tyrol/Italy is only 12 km away. There are a range of possibilities to explore the mountains, as for example the Grosser Kinigat path as well as the Spitzenstein fixed rope route. Kartitsch is also a pilgrimage site! The little Maria Hilf church, located above the village, with the nearby tavern is a popular destination.
In winter the Gailtal valley is one of the valleys of East Tyrol which is snow-sure! Two lift facilities of the Dorfberglift-Kanterlift skiing area take you from the village on 4 km of ski slopes, and in the south of Kartitsch the Kanter ski lift offers the perfect slope for children and beginners. The winter offer includes several winter hiking paths, the “Grenzlandloipe” cross-country ski trail Hollbruck/Kartitsch - St. Lorenzen/Maria Luggau, as well as three circular trails: the Tannwiesen loop, the Schöntal valley loop and the Kartitscher Sattel loop. Maybe you prefer speedy toboggan rides? You can even choose between the 1.1 km long toboggan run Bärenlochbahn and the 1.8 km long toboggan run Seelandbahn.
Our recommendation: the Obstans ice cave (Obstanser Eishöhle) is a special place - the way takes about 45 minutes and you can go inside about 100 metres. Don’t forget to bring a lamp and adequate equipment! Mysterious: the largest part of the 800 m long cave system is still unexplored.