Gorges Trails

Sound gorge trail in Millstatt

Waterfall at the sound gorge trail in Millstatt, Austria

Along a gorge next to Millstatt there is a fun trail (Klangschlucht Millstatt) which invites hikers to listen to the sounds of the gorge and the water. At this waterfall I was impressed to hear two completely different sounds: The roar of the waterfall and the gurgle of the brook named Riegenbach at the same time.


Path of villas in Millstatt

Villa Waldheim-Mansbart (1899) in Millstatt, Austria

At the end of 19th century Millstatt became famous as the Austrian Nice. Many people from Vienna and abroad – even from Russia – loved to stay for a summer vacation at the Millstatt Lake. From this time a lot of villas are still to see. A path of villas (Villenweg) shows the most impressive villas along the lake and in the city.

Coat of arms

Coat of arms of Millstatt

Emblem of Millstatt in the Austrian state of Carinthia

The emblem of Millstatt seen at the ‘Hall of Coat of Arms’ (Wappenstüberl) at the family hotel Post in Millstatt. The emblem reminds of the legend that Domitian of Carantania throw 1.000 pagan idols into the Millstatt Lake. At the emblem you can see three idols representing a goat, a lion and a donkey.

Abbeys Sundials

Sundial at Millstatt Abbey

Sundial at the court of Millstatt Abbey showing Saint Sebastian

Sundial displaying the martyrium of Saint Sebastian seen at the inner court of Millstatt Abbey.


Domitian statue in Millstatt

The Domitian statue at Millstatt Lake tells about the origins of the name MillstattAfter a short hiking trip in the mountains around Millstatt Lake (Millstättersee) I came across this sculpture showing Domitian throwing an idol into the lake. There is a legend that the name of Millstatt origins from one thousand statues (mille statuae) of pagan gods and goddesses thrown by Domitian into the lake.


Sculptures in Millstatt

Example of dozens of sculptures scattered all over Millstatt, Austria

According to a legend Domitian of Caratania throw 1.000 pagan sculptures into Millstatt Lake. I guess people of Millstatt would love to get them back. Especially along the lake there are a lot of modern sculptures often created by artists who stayed in Millstatt for a while.


Diving platform in Millstatt

Diving platform built in the 1930s in Millstatt, Austria

An interesting architectural building of Millstatt is this diving plattform built in the 1930s by Christof Benedikt.

Abbeys Sundials

Sundial at the cloister of Millstatt Abbey

Sundial at the cloister courtyard of Millstatt Abbey in Carinthia, Austria

Sundial seen at the Romanesque cloister courtyard of the former Millstatt Abbey in the Austrian state of Carinthia.


Deborah Sengl in Millstatt Abbey

Exhibition with works by Deborah Sengl at Forum Kunst contemporary in Millstatt, Austria

At the Forum Kunst contemporay located in rooms of the former Millstatt Abbey I came across an exhibition with works created by Deborah Sengl. In these works she shows the plot of the theater play ‘The Last Days of Mankind’ (Die letzten Tage der Menschheit) written by Karl Kraus using the bodies of rats instead of figurines of humans.


Cheese platter at Millstatt Lake

Cheese platter at the Alexanderhütte high over Millstatt Lake, Austria

At the Alexanderhütte, a hut high over Millstatt Lake (Millstättersee) I had this faboulous cheese platter with a glass of elderberries sirup. All the cheese was made by an alpine diary attached to the hut. In Austria there are many alpine diaries where dairy(wo)men take care for the cows and produce such cheese and butter the whole summer round.