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Innerkrems

The Innerkrems

In winter ski resort Innerkrems attracts many visitors with its relaxing and friendly atmosphere. Its versatile slopes with perfect snow provide a wonderful winter experience for the whole family. 

The Southern slope of the “Blutige Alm” and the downhill tracks on Grünleitennock are great fun for beginners and experienced skiers.
When the snow recedes from the mountains, a dense network of hiking trails invites you to the highest mountaintops of Innerkrems. The Nock Mountains with their numerous hiking possibilities offer the perfect setting for tours and excursions. The “gentle Nocks” with their many well-marked trails, comfortable alm huts and its unique flora and fauna invite grown-ups and children alike to hiking and exploring.

Municipality Krems in Carinthia

THE LANDSCAPE

The Nock Mountains region is an alpine gem on the sunny south side of the Alps. Deeply rooted in the Nockberge Biosphere Park you can find unique activities in the unspoilt nature of the gently-rolling mountain tops, following the rhythm of the seasons.

Biosphere Park & Nature

Biosphere Park “Nockberge” spreads out over a large area in Carinthia, Austria’s southern-most province. Under the guidance of specially trained park rangers holidaymakers can observe groundhogs or hike through the habitat of plants like Speik and stone pine. 
Biosphere reserves are divided into zones that reflect different degrees of human influence. The area below the tree line functions as buffer zone, whereas the area above is regarded as a nature reserve. The settlement area is in the transition zone. Biosphere Park Nockberge stretches across four rural communities/municipalities: Bad Kleinkirchheim, Krems in Carinthia, Radenthein and Ebene Reichenau. The Nock Mountains in Carinthia and the Lungau in Salzburg were included in the international system of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in 2012, both together form Austria’s largest Biosphere Park. Colorful alp grasslands, alpine meadows, forests with stone pines, lark and fir trees – in combination with numerous crystal clear mountain streams, lakes and ponds they form a unique and soothing landscape of the soul.

HISTORY

In the region of Kremsbrücke and Eisentratten, an area known for its tradition in iron processing, early types of modern furnaces were set up in 1541 and 1566, respectively. They were the oldest ones of their kind in Austria, perhaps of all the German-speaking countries.

Innerkrems & Eisentratten

Since the 14th century limonite (brown iron ore, an iron oxide) was mined in Innerkrems. On August 13th 1566, the first furnace was put into operation in Eisentratten. This type of furnace already enabled the continuous melting of iron ore. A privilege by Emperor Ferdinand I. granted the export of this iron to Friuli, Istria, Venice and other ‘wallish’ (i.e. Italian) places. The still preserved ‘Türggenhaus’ dates back to that time. It used to be the home of Jakob Türgg, who built the first furnace. At the beginning of the 19th century the furnace was enlarged to increase the production. Finally, Count Lodron who wanted to modernize the mining industry of the area, acquired the iron mines and the steel mills. Thus another furnace, which still stands to the present day, was set up. However, in 1862 the furnace of Eisentratten was shut down forever. The long distance to the railway and the remote location of the mining area were the causes for the decline of the industry. The furnace is the only listed industrial monument of Upper Carinthia’s mining history and has been property of the municipality since 1949.

Churches connected to cultural history

The succursal church of St. Nikolai, dedicated to St.  Nikolaus, first mentioned in 1351, the high altar dates back to the 17th century.

The Church of St. Erasmus at Nöring, first mentioned in 1398, a painting on wood, positioned on the side altar left hand, dating back to the 15th century, mural paintings.

The succursal church of Pleßnitz, dedicated to John the Baptist, first mentioned in 1465, spätgotischer Altar, among its sights are the altar, built in late Gothic style, and the legendary wood-carved bust of St. John the Baptist.

 

 

Knappenkirche (miner’s church) of Innerkrems, dedicated to St. Andrew, first mentioned in 1482, a late-gothic edifice with three altars, epitaph from 1587.

Parish church “Maria Trost” at Kremsbrücke, first mentioned in 1646.

St. Florian’s  Church at Eisentratten, first mentioned in 1664 it is private property now.

“Johannes Nepomuk” Church at Leoben, first mentioned in 1766 it was build in the style of late baroque.

 

 

Protestant Church at Eisentratten, first mentioned in 1803 ,baroque altar with the four evangelists dating back to 1805.

Peace Church at Eisentratten, dating back to 1974, it’s sculptor Hans Gasser was born in Eisentratten and ranks among the most important representatives of Viennese Historicism.

Sled Dogs at Innerkrems

The Nockberge Longtrail aka Innerkrems is regarded with good reason as Austria’s most challenging dog sledding and is, at the same time, it's last remaining Longtrail. The race is set against the magnificent backdrop of the Carinthian Nock Mountains and offers an incredible view, once you have made your way up to the mountaintops.

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Experience Nockalmstrasse

The diverse and varied mountain road in the heart of the Nockberge.

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Ski Resort Innerkrems

Versatile, familiar and guaranteed snow. The slopes of Innerkrems offer fun and a skiing experience suited for the whole family.

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Welcoming huts

Best Carinthian cuisine, a wonderful ambience and an incomparable view await you in the huts of the Innerkrems - during summer and winter!

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Culinary delight

Mmmmm, that makes you want more!

Snowpark Innerkrems

The varied playground for freestylers - with the only BIGAIRBAG jump in Carinthia.

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Off the pistes

Hiking, enjoying nature to the full, relaxing and culinary delights - there is more to the Nockberge ski tours Longtrail than endurance training and exercise in the fresh air.

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"The Innerkrems has a very special valley due to the Grünleitennock in the south and the Blutige Alm in the north. It is a small place, and exactly this familiar, quiet and honest atmosphere in the middle of a largely untouched natural landscape, allows me to wind down"

Antonia Pokorn

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High Rope Course Nock Mountains Innerkrems

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