The Week-long Summer Tour
Come and explore the regional “heart of Europe” with Get Local Tours. Our base for the week is a small village in the Austrian Alps on the border to Italy. You will be accommodated in a small family run Bed & Breakfast with lovely views over the village and towards the mountains.
All itinerary components can be booked as day tours. Contact us for prices and availability.
Join our guide in a comfortable 9 seater Mercedes Vito tour bus that will transfer you between the different attractions. The touring program for the week will introduce you to local nature with a day exploring Europe’s most unspoiled valley (awarded by the EU) Lesachtal, local culinary with visits to Alpine cheese makers, a local boutique brewery and northern Italian hidden culinary gems. You will be amazed by the vast concentration of local history dating back to prehistoric times to the present including our ”fossil forest”, Celtic history, Roman history, medieval history and, more recently, WWI history.
After a fascinating week staying local, exploring local and enjoying local the week will end with local culture by visiting one of the traditional festivals with focus on Austrian or Italian culture and culinary highlights. Being a regional tour operator in an Alpine region we are weather-dependent. To ensure you get the best out of your tour rain, hail or shine we will adjust itineraries based on the weather conditions.
Our standard tour package includes:
- Transfers from designated train stations and airports. Please contact us for a list of pick up points or prices for requested airport transfers
- 6 nights accommodation twin share including breakfast at a local B&B
- English- and German-speaking guides
- Daily organised activities
- All fees and transfers (while on-tour)
- All meals and a complimentary drink (while on-tour)
- Maximum 8 guests per tour
- Due to the nature of activities on the standard tour, the minimum age for guests is 18. There is no age limit for “Design Your Own” tours
The village of Kötschach – Mauthen lies at approximately 705 meters above sea level and is situated in the state of Carinthia. It is located at the western end of the Gail Valley and lies on the border to Italy, surrounded by the Karnischer and Gailtaler alpine regions. We are around 220km north of Venice and 112km west of our state capital Klagenfurt. Kötschach – Mauthen has a population of around 2800 people.
Guests are encouraged to take a wander around the village and it’s surrounds. You will be amazed by it’s beauty and be greeted by the many friendly locals. The municipality was established around 200 BC and a Venetian rock inscription from this time still exists today in Würmlach, right next door to Kötschach. A Roman road ran over the Plöckenpass, which in the current day is still the main thoroughfare to Italy for the locals. A Roman settlement was situated above present-day Mauthen.
There is a rich history in the area that has been documented since Roman times. An opportunity also exists to visit the “Versteinerter Baum”, which is a tree that has been fossilized and has an estimated age of 280 million years.
In World War I the border pass became a theater of the Italian campaign of 1915–1918, when Italian Alpini troops tried to push northwards into Carinthia, though to no avail. As both sides soon concentrated on attrition warfare, numerous bunkers and tunnels were constructed, the remnants of which are still visible today. The hike to Kleiner Pal encapsulates stunning views from start to finish and begins at “Plöckenhaus” where a cable system was developed to accommodate Austrian troops on the front line. During the hike you will have the opportunity to view and walk through WWI storage bunkers, tunnels and vantage points, which were dug into solid rock by soldiers fighting on the pass. Summiting the hike you will be able to explore the Austrian and Italian front line and trenches that have been preserved to the present day.
We then hike down on the Italian side of Kleiner Pal where there are also several chances to view remnants from the war. The hike draws to a close on the Austro-Italian border. There lies a single restaurant, frequented by village locals, where you will be rewarded with traditional home made pastas and house wine.
As Kötschach lies near the border to Italy the museum documents the southern front directly surrounding the town. It exhibits the history of the First World War based on the fate of the civilian population and the soldiers on both sides with numerous historical photos, documents, and exhibits, as well as replica alpine positions. Click on the image below to visit the museum’s own website!
Visiting the museum is a perfect pre-cursor for the hike to the Italian border front where guests will see preserved trenches on both the Austrian and Italian sides.
Loncium is a private brewery that was first established in 2003 as a hobby brewery for owner Alois Planner and his counterpart Klaus Feistritzer. Their passion for brewing drove the quality to such a standard that the boutique beer has won several awards in European and International brewing competitions.
You are invited to an evening at the Loncium restaurant and brewery to tour the brewery and sample an array of their top quality beers whilst enjoying the local cuisine.
Explore the villages and way of life in this amazing alpine region of northern Italy. With the Italian border pass being a short 10 min drive up the mountain from Get Local HQ in Kötschach we are in a perfect position to take advantage of what this region has to offer.
Step over the border with us and experience the cultural, traditional and culinary wonders of northern Italy. A world apart yet so close…
Forget Oktoberfest, visiting a traditional Kirchtag in our region is a melting pot of tradition and customs. Indulge in great Austrian food and beer whilst enjoying live traditional music from a local “Oom Pa” band.
See the locals in their traditional “Dirndl” and “Lederhosen”, which is still the norm down here, without the hassle of waiting in lines and being surrounded by thousands of other tourists. You will truly get to mingle with the locals and it will leave a lasting impression on you long after you leave.
Lesachtal is a valley in the Austrian state of Carinthia. It is the uppermost part of a valley formed by the Gail River, and stretches from the border between East Tirol and Carinthia to our town of Kötschach-Mauthen.
In East Tirol the valley worn by the Gail River is called the Tilliach valley. The Lesachtal valley borders the Lienzer Dolomite Mountains, the Gailtal Alps to the north, and the Karnischer Alps to the south. There are an array of hiking opportunities and other activities to partake in whilst taking in the breathtaking views. Most settlements are over 300 meters above the valley floor and boast authentic Guesthouses and beautiful local cuisine.
Lesachtal has been elected as “the valley with the purest and most un-spoilt nature in Europe” and chosen by the international association of the Friends of Nature as the landscape of the year.