How to reach Lake Prags
All year round, nature lovers from near and far come to Prags in order to see the picturesque lake and to hike in the surrounding area. To protect the nature idyll – part of UNESCO World Natural Heritage – and to make the arrival easier to visitors, traffic is limited in Prags during the summer months.
Access with means of public transport
In fact, it is generally recommendable to come to Lake Prags by train and bus, as it is the most sustainable and stress-free option:
- From Niederdorf with line 442.
- From Welsberg with line 439 from 10th July to 10th September. Line 439 from Welsberg no longer operates from 11th September.
- BEFORE 10th July and AFTER 10th September Mobilcards, HolidayPass and other guest cards are valid, and no reservation is necessary.
- From 10th July to 10th September, advance online reservation and online payment is required for travelling on bus 439 and 442; HolidayPass etc. are not valid during this period. As soon as the seats are fully booked, access by shuttle bus is no longer possible.
Access with the own car
In the high season, traffic jams and problems may be possible at any time in the direction of Lake Prags.
- From 11th September, the valley and Lake Prags can be reached by car at any time.
- Parking at Lake Prags is limited and subject to charge. Parking reservations are possible (in the high season).
- Traffic restrictions are planned for the high season: From 10th July to 10th September, the road will be closed to individual traffic daily from 9 am to 4 pm. Then the valley can only be reached on foot, by bike, upon presentation of a parking reservation or a valid transit permit.
On foot or by bike
At any time and without restrictions, you can also reach Lake Prags on foot or by bike:
- from Schmieden on the Viktor Wolf Edler von Glanvell trail. Ideal for a trip with the whole family. The starting point is the entrance to Wildbad Neuprags. From there, you follow the educational nature trail no. 1 to the lake Prags. The trail reports on the life of the young alpinist and pioneer of Klagenfurt, who climbed more than 60 peaks, walls and ridges in the Pragser valley.
Walking time: 1.5 hours (by bike 45 minutes)
Length: 3.5 km
Elevation meters: 270
- from Welsberg train station, path no. 2 leads through meadows to Schmieden. From there you follow again path no. 1.
Walking time: 3 hours
Length: 12.5 km
Elevation meters: 400
- from the Niederdorf train station, path no. 1 leads via Lärcha to Schmieden in the Pragser valley. Then follow the Viktor Wolf Edler von Glanvell path again.
Walking time: 3 hours
Length: 11 km
Elevation meters: 215
Exempt from the regulation are:
- Guests of restaurants, shops and other service providers in the Pragser valley with transit permit. The deposit of €20 will then be offset against consumption.
- Holiday guests in the Pragser valley receive a transit permit for the entire duration of their stay.
Tourist office Prags
+39 0474 748 660