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Welcome to GeoPark Carnic Alps!

…the most fossiliferous region of Lower Paleozoic strata in the Alps; established as  UNESCO Global Geopark since November 2015


 Infoblatt Geopark, Info sheet Geopark, Foglieto informativo


at Geotrail Zollner; view onto Findenig


Fossil world – Visitor Centre

Extraordinary fossil rocks can be seen in the Visitor Centre. Movies and films complement the exhibi-tion and kids can experience in the lab room

Opening hours


GeoPark Carnic Alps – home of the oldest saurians in Austria

Following the successful search for saurian tracks in 2013 three representatives of the earliest ter-restrail vertebrates and tetrapods were discovered in the Geopark. They belong to therapsids, or "mammal-like reptiles“ which gave rise to the true dinosaurs.

They truly belong to the oldest and first traces of saurians and terrestrail vertebrates in Austria.

In fact, one of the findings has been proven as the only one in the whole Alps.

For more informationen click here.


The petrified forest of Laas – the only one in Austria

Part of the trunk

Petrified forests are worldwide wonders. The Geopark Carnic Alps at the village of Laas belongs to one of these monuments

During the project phase of the Geopark Carnic Alps in 2012/2013 these occurrences were made ac-cessible  and party excavated for the public.

For more information click here.


The six Geotrails

In the year 2011 the Geotrails Garnitzen Gorge, Nassfeld, Lake Zollner and Lake Wolayer were newly designed and tri-lingually labelled (German, Italian, English). A new Geotrail, i.e. Laas, which actu-ally represents a geo-cultural walkig trail, was established around the petrified trees. The Geotrail at Plöcken Pass leading to the famous Cellon avalanche gully was yet not renewed.

For more information click "Activities".

With much pleasure we present the new "Geotrail Guide", which summarizes all new trails and which offers additional information.d

Reading "Geotrail Guide"


We are looking forward to seeing you at the Geopark!




The new starting board at the beginning og the Garnitzen Gorge


Calcite cristals from the Carnic Alps, embedded in transported wood of the Gail river
fern frond from the Carnic Alps covers the front page of a booklet about the UNESCO Geoparks
The magic Bodensee near the village of Tröpolach
The recovery of a unique fossil-bearing rock from the Mauthen Gorge
Search for slag bricks at Laas
A turquoise slag brick
Humid vegetation today
Humid vegetation some 300 million years ago
The highlight of the collectors day – a frond from the Carboniferous Period
Recovery of the erratic, glacially transported ammonoid-bearing rock from Laas