Obir Dripstone Caves
The Mela Koschuta Geotrail - The bizarre Karavanke
Length: 10 km (round trip)
Height difference: 850 m
Walking time: 6 hours
Refreshments: The Terkl Bauer Inn
By car, you drive to Zell/Freibach to the Terkl Bauer Inn where you turn in the direction of Bad Eisenkappel – Schaida and drive for about 100 metres, then turn right again to the sports field.
The climb through the beautiful beech forest takes you to the Potoksattel Pass where you can see the impressive Potokgraben. You soon reach a redesigned shelter which includes detailed information about the geological features of stratification and crashes. When crossing the rocky wilderness of the Mela Koschuta karst, the fault zone becomes visible, extending from the Koschuta towards the Potokgraben. In this zone, pleated marl and shale can be found. The final climb to the border ridge leads again through a bizarre Schlern dolomite landscape and requires absolute surefootedness. The rugged, fractured, and karstic Dachstein limestone stands in great contrast to the red and brown rocks of the fault zone as well as the whitish, bizarrely shaped Schlern dolomite.