Hundsmarhof is one of Mount Dobratsch's most popular year-round hiking destinations. Hundsmarhof was a working farm that has been converted into an eatery. It is within reach of several starting points, which can vary depending on the weather and the hiker's physical strength. But all trails lead to a clearing in the woods where Hundsmarhof stands. The cozy old farmhouse has a tiled stove and its tables are big enough for three families each. There is a children's playground and plenty of space to run around the meadow.
The shortest hike to Hundsmarhof starts at Heiligengeist. Coming from Villach, drive in the direction of Bad Bleiberg and upon leaving the small village of Heiligengeist, turn left, so following the sign 'Hundsmarhof'. The big parking lot is a remnant from times (not so long ago), when downhill skiing was still practiced on Mount Dobratsch and this was where the long downhill run ended. First, walk about 100 meters on an asphalt road from the parking lot to the edge of the woods. Then, another 3 km on a forest road (cleared of snow in winter) that is not very steep. The road is suitable for strollers and even little ones can do this easy, short hike, which takes less than an hour. On snowy winter days there are also horse-drawn sleigh rides from Heiligengeist to Hundsmarhof (contacts below).
Those who love sledging should start at Villach-Pogöriach. Drive to the Goritschacher Weg car park. From there it is a 4 km hike through the woods to Hundsmarhof, which is 400 m above. Plan a good 1.5 hours for the ascent, while the 4 km long sledge ride back to Pogöriach should be a bit shorter. On picture perfect winter days this is a fun thing to do until well into the night.
Sometimes you can avoid the fog by starting your hike at the Villacher Alpenstraße/Alpine Road, P2, and approach Hundsmarhof via Völkendorfer Alm (6 km, 200 m difference in altitude, 1.5 hours). If you choose this route, you need to walk down the Alpine Road for a good 200 m, and then turn left to the forest road that leads to the Völkendorfer Alm/Völkendorfer Pasture (look for the signs!) and from there proceed in the direction of Heiligengeist/Hundsmarhof. Please note that there is no snow clearance on this route, nor on the following ones.
The most challenging hike is for sure the one that starts at Warmbad. From there you go up the Tscheltschnigkogel and then reach Hundsmarhof via Völkendorfer Alm/Völkendorfer Pasture (15 km, 570 m difference in altitude, 3,5 hours). Or you climb down to Hundsmarhof, starting at the 'Kaserin', a place next to the Villacher Alpenstraße/Alpine Road, after P5, on 1400 m altitude. If you choose this trail, the ascent is on your way back (3.5 km, 410 difference in altitude, descent: 1 hour, ascent: 1.5-2 hours).
Many routes lead to the Hundsmarhof!
Gasthof Hundsmarhof, St. Georgen 22, 9530 Bad Bleiberg. Phone: 04244 - 2312. For the website, please click here.
Information on horse-drawn sleigh rides is available here.