Hiking in the universe of the alpine cheese dairies

The Carnic Milky Way

The Carnic Alps: an adventurous and fantastic mountain landscape. At the top, summit ridges like bizarre limestone reefs and below a hidden peaceful world of lush green mountain basins with a magnificent world of flowers, awarded the title ”Austria's most sustainable tourism region” by the Ministry of Life and the Austrian Climate Fund. A mountain range where Carinthian cosiness meets Italian lifestyle - a region that offers boundless outdoor fun.

Along the Carnic Milky Way

The mountains and alpine pastures of the Carnic Milky Way - the area of the Carnic Alps between the Wolayerseehütte and Feistritzer Alm – beckon with wonderful hiking experiences and extensive insights into the art of cheese-making.

You can hike the Carnic Milky Way in two different ways:

The Carnic Milky Way

Surrounded by this mountain range, the cheesemakers here use their cheese vats to process all the beauty and diversity of the landscape on the alpine pastures and turning it into a wonderful and flavoursome product - the Gailtal Valley alpine cheese PDO. The centuries-old tradition of cheese making is lived here in the Carnic Alps like in hardly any other region. Every cheese vat has its special history, but all the vats are mysteriously connected with their own and shared stories: Like the stars on the Milky Way, the alpine pastures are lined up along the Carnic Alps and create a special Milky Way - the Carnic Milky Way. Here, dairy cows graze on lush alpine meadows and their milk is processed at the alpine cheese dairies of the Gailtal Valley, turning this treasure into the famous Gailtal Valley alpine cheese PDO and other tasty specialities. And here you can gain fascinating insights - both educational and culinary - into where healthy food actually comes from.

The alpine cheese dairies of the Carnic Milky Way

Of particular importance for the Carnic Milky Way is the traditional Gailtal Valley alpine cheese PDO. It stands for flavour and is a flagship product, combining landscape and traditional craftsmanship in its exceptional tastiness. The Carnic Milky Way region is home to 13 Gailtal Valley cheese dairies, which have made it their mission to continue the wonderful time-honoured tradition of producing Gailtal Valley alpine cheese PDO directly on the mountain pastures.

You can experience this craftsmanship up close on the alpine pastures and watch the cheesemakers at work. Exceptional culinary delights, show dairies, tastings, shopping opportunities and overnight stays on the alpine pastures beckon to go on a voyage of discovery. Because every alpine cheese dairy is different, every Gailtal Valley cheese has its own distinctive flavour. The different herbs on the meadows and the little well-kept secrets of the cheesemakers make sure of that.



Holidays in the World of Mountains & Lakes

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With its boundless advantages, the sunny south of Carinthia is one of Austria's most popular holiday destinations. Activity and relaxation programmes provide a variety of options in both summer and winter: Top ski area, adventure mountain, culinary delights, and a diverse lake landscape.

Take the opportunity to go skiing in winter, mountain biking or hiking in summer and pay us a visit. Here you can experience the region's special lifestyle and unrivalled cuisine at every turn.

Location & Arrival

The Nassfeld-Pressegger See holiday destination is located in Carinthia / Austria directly on the border with Italy.

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