Delicious Carinthian food in the tri-border area What do you fancy? Are you in the mood for some fluffy ‘Kaiserschmarren’ pancakes? For some delicious Carinthian ‘Kasnudeln’ pasta? Or coffee and ‘Reindling’ cake, while enjoying views across the tri-border area? Carinthian cuisine is renowned for its specialities which connoisseurs and gourmets cannot resist. So, enjoy your gourmet tour in Carinthia’s Dobratsch Nature Park to the full!

Overnight stay

above the town's roof tops

Spending the night in the mountains, taking in the views to Villach, is a special experience! Enjoying sunset and sunrise with the fantastic mountains forming the backdrop. Exploring the road and its surrounding area early in the morning, when there is nobody else out and about. Heading out on hikes, while others are still slumbering in the valley. 

Bon appetit!

Aichingerhütte: A traditional inn with a nature park information point

Aichingerhütte on the Villach Alpine Road | ©

With around 160 seats in the ‘Almstube’ and in the ‘Kleinen Stube’, a sensational panoramic view and cosy overnight stay option, Aichingerhütte, which is steeped in tradition, is ideal for weddings, birthday celebrations, company celebrations and bus groups. It is rich in tradition, since Aichingerhütte was constructed as a ski lodge in 1913 by the chairman of Villach skiing association at the time, Josef Aichinger. Today, alongside delicious Alpine treats, there is also a Nature Park information point in Aichingerhütte. At interactive stations guests are provided with interesting information about the unique birdlife in the region. In the Nature Park shop visitors will come across regional produce as well as books and information about the Nature Park.

Villach Alpine Road, view of the Aichingerhuette hut | © Stabentheiner

Ausserwinkler Family
+43 4242 20 693  

Aerial photograph Aichinger Lodge | ©
  • 140 seats in the Almstube 
  • 20 seats in the Kleinen Stube 
  • Children's play area 
  • Panoramic view 
  • E-charging station 
  • Busses welcome!

Almgasthof Rosstratten: In the heart of Dobratsch Nature Park

Restaurant Rosstrattenstueberl | ©

Almgasthof Rosstratten, which is also known as ‘Rosstrattenstüberl’, offers everything your skiing or hiking heart yearns for when it comes to culinary delectation. Traditional Carinthian cuisine is served here – roast venison, Carinthian ‘Kasnudeln’, ‘Kaiserschmarrn’ pancakes, robust beef broth, hearty salads, meat and pasta dishes and other seasonal specialities. A winner - pizza from the wood-fired oven! There are over 20 different pizzas to choose from. Delicious home-made strudel – apple, curd cheese & the like  – complete the culinary selection available. The restaurant is divided into two cosy ‘Stube’: the ‘Zirbenstubn’ on the ground floor and the ‘Alpenstube’ which provides superb views – and not forgetting the large sun terraces.

Rosstrattenstüberl on the Villach Alpine Road | ©

Mr Johannes Staudacher 
+43 664 38 58 822  
+43 4242 219 517  

Villach Alpine Road, view from the Dobratsch | © Stabentheiner
  • Zirbenstubn on the ground floor
  • Alpenstube on the ground floor 
  • Sun terrace / front 
  • Sun terrace / rear 
  • Children's adventure play area 
  • Panoramic view 
  • Busses welcome! 

State-of-the-art Dobratsch summit house

Dobratsch summit house | ©

It takes around one and a half hours to get to the Dobratsch summit house from Rosstratte (P11) car park. This contemporary mountain bothy managed by the Austrian Alpine Association is just a few metres beneath the Dobratsch summit.  

Dobratsch summit house 
(Austrian Alpine Association - Villach section)
Family Fleissner-Rieger
Phonen: +43 720 350 340 

Passivhaus-Schutzhütte unterhalb des Dobratsch-Berggipfels

Dobratsch summit house

Journey to Villach Alpine Road | ©

Even though the Dobratsch summit house is only accessible on foot, it is definitely worth heading to. The view from the summit is incomparably lovely and the innkeepers look after their guests with typical Carinthian hospitality, serving numerous Alpine treats including Carinthian ‘Kasnudln’ (pasta with cheese) , ‘Buchteln’ (sweet dumplings) served with vanilla sauce and tasty goulash.

aerial photograph of a sunset with a view to  Villach Alpine Road | ©

Those of you who have  no desire to head back to the valley after some extensive feasting, can also stay the night in a room in Dobratsch summit house, or in the mountaineering camp. And next morning enjoy breakfast on the sun terrace while enjoying the legendary panoramic view. Reservation recommended!

Dobratsch summit house | ©

The Dobratsch summit house has been constructed using the passive house building concept. While the first-class insulation protects against heat loss, the extensive south-facing facade ensures optimum use of solar energy. The bio sewage treatment plant puts the finishing touches to the exemplary Dobratsch summit house.

Historical aerial photograph of the road with hiking trails and mountain in the background | ©

In 1810, Mühlbacherhütte was set up on the site where Dobratsch summit house stands today. However, due to the extreme weather conditions, it had to be refurbished 40 years later. In 1907 its new owners, the Alpine Association, extended the building and named it after the chairman of the Villach section, Ludwig Walter. In 2010 the inn was re-built in accordance with the latest sustainability standards and renamed Dobratsch summit house.