Walkers and mountain bikers will find much to do in the Dobratsch (2166m) area, in the Villacher Alpen about 12km west of Villach. Just south of here, hiking trails go from the small town of Arnoldstein to the Dreiländereck – the point where Austria, Italy and Slovenia meet. At 1500m there’s an alpine garden with flora from the southern Alps. To reach the garden, follow the Villacher Alpenstrasse from town. This is a toll road (€15 per car), but it’s free from about mid-November to mid-April, or free in summer if all occupants have the Kärnten Card. Dobratsch is popular with cross-country skiers.
Buses run to Villacher Alpe Rosstratte in the Naturpark Dobratsch, via the Alpenstrasse and the alpine garden. Frequent trains connect Villach and Arnoldstein (€3.60, 25 minutes).