The Karawanken-Karavanke UNESCO Global Geopark has a rich geodiversity. In the Geopark area, 48 Geosites and 14 other Geopark features have been registered. Geopoints or also commonly called Geosites, are geol. and geomorphologically interesting points or areas in nature. They also have archaeological, historical, botanical, zoological, cultural or technical significance. Most Geopoints are accessible via hiking trails but have so far been inadequately made accessible and staged. The aim of the project is to establish an overall strategy for valorisation, visualization, and enhancement of the awareness of the rich geodiversity of the geopark. In order to achieve this goal, the project partners are planning the joint development and equipping of a long-distance journey around the Geopark Karawanken. Through this offer, a substantial increase in the awareness of geodiversity and biodiversity is achieved. The individual stages are analyzed and staged separately according to the local focus points and combined as a whole product. On the way, smaller interpreting modules – for different target groups – and various programs and offers are set up. Attractive access situations and a uniform guidance system are created over the entire course of the long-distance route. For the imparting of the geodiversity as well as the other cultural and natural peculiarities of the path, trained guides are required, which are trained through well-founded professional basics within the framework of their own Geoparktraining to the cross-border peculiarities. All key informations are conveyed with adequate information products. Additionaly special group offers are developed, especially for schools in the form of Geopark Adventure Camps. The entire product is set up as part of the organizational form of the Geopark Karawanken with its partners as a separate Geodiversity-management-tool. All activities are carried out in the program area in both languages.

ARGE Geopark Karawanken 

Project Partners:

  • Municipality Črna na Koroškem
  • Municipality Prevalje 
  • Municipality Ravne na Koroškem
  • The Municipality Dravograd 
  • Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation / Zavod Republike Slovenije za varstvo narave/OE Maribor 
  • RRA Koroška, regionalna razvojna agencija za Koroško d.o.o.
  • Društvo Kulturni dom Pliberk/Bleiburg


Duration: 1.5.2018 – 30.4.2021
Approved ERDF contribution: 1.624.332,55 €