Today, countless garnets can be found along the trails leading to Garnet Gate, which towers above the Millstätter Alpe ridge. The mighty gateway, whose columns are filled with garnets, serves as a reminder of Europe´s largest garnet deposit.
The Millstätter See Alpine Trail was opened in September 2009 and runs for about 200 kilometres around Lake Millstätter See between 600 and 2,600 metres above sea level. The eight main stages lead hikers across the Hochgosch, through Spittal, to the Goldeck, through Baldramsdorf and Lendorf across the Millstätter Alpe, through the small towns of Radenthein/Döbriach, Ferndorf and Fresach to the Mirnock world mountain. Eight special places along the trail are not only inviting spots to stop for a while, but also have their own stories to tell.
Walk along the stages, all georeferenced and integrated into Google Earth, and from peak to peak in thirteen days: from the world of the 3000-metre peaks in the West, across the Millstätter See Alpe and Mount Mirnock through to Mount Goldeck in the South. The way up to Mount Mirnock is characterized by mystical places and places of power. The last few metres up to the peak lead up the 30 steps of the Scala Paradisi (Ladder of Paradise) nestled into mountain scenery.