The Nockalmstrasse (or Nockalm Road) is a breathtakingly beautiful ride in Carinthia, in the Karnten region of southern Austria. It’s one of the scenic Austrian Alpine roads.
Situated in the middle of the Nockberge National Park, this lower alpine road is 34 km long with 52 turns over mountains and through valleys. It’s a toll road open from May to October. Its highest point is way up at 2.042m (6,699ft) above the sea level. The road leads through the only European national park in gentle high mountains with the largest stands of spruce and stone pine in the eastern Alps. Along the way through mountain landscapes you will have panoramic views to every direction.
The road was built in 1979. Along the way you will find plentiful choices of charming wooden mountain huts where tasty Carinthian specialties are served. Between 6:00 pm and 8.00 am, motorcycles are not allowed. The surface is near perfect and the corners are well balanced. The road is a delight to drive, with every kind of twist and turn leading through this highly fascinating area.
The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities here. The road does get busier at weekends and in the main holiday season. The slight gradient of the road is an optimum prerequisite for enjoying the uniqueness of the Nockbergs and their unmistakeable appearance - the rounded "Nocken" (summits) - which count among the geological rarities and are unique in the entire region of the Alps. The ride or drive in the Nockbergs is a lasting experience for every nature lover. The road encompasses in numerous gentle bends an area of especially delightful landscape.
Pic: Andeas Madritsch