Hohe Tauern National Park Region
A Unique Holiday Destination between the Grossglockner and the Dolomites
Fascinating experiences in nature, unforgettable views and a delicious local cuisine are the main ingredients for a perfect holiday in the Hohe Tauern National Park region. Stable weather conditions and a slightly Mediterranean climate add to the beauty of a holiday here. The white, snow-covered summit of the Großglockner, Austria’s highest mountain, whistling marmots, roaring waterfalls, the peaceful waters of the river Drava - that’s the idyllic backdrop in the Hohe Tauern National Park region in Carinthia
A Different Kind of Play
CLOSER TO NATURE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE
The sound of birds chirping echoes through the woods, roe deer is grazing on the fresh grass, a group of young Alpine ibex can be observed in the distance. Have you ever been wildlife watching from a raised hide? The rangers in the national park are happy to keep you company on your way through this area of outstanding natural beauty on the southern side of the Alps. Let them show you the most beautiful spots!
Have you ever walked barefoot through a mountain stream, looking for fossils embedded in rocks? Have you ever put on your rubber boots and panned for gold in a creek? Have you ever taken a close look at an ant hill through a magnifying glass? The Hohe Tauern National Park is a natural playground with endless opportunities for outdoor play.
From local cable cars to walks past ravines, gorges and waterfalls and guided tours with a national park ranger - countless activities are included in the guest card “Nationalpark-Kärnten Card”. Guests get it for free for the length of their stay in a partner accommodation.
Winter Holidays in the Hohe Tauern National Park Region
A HIDDEN GEM ON THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF THE ALPS
The mountains of the Hohe Tauern National Park region with majestic 3,000m+ peaks are a spectacular backdrop for the arguably most delightful winter activity: alpine skiing. Far away from the hustle and bustle, this is a place to slow down and soak up the beauty of the scenery as you slide down the slopes.
You can also explore the breathtaking mountains in a different way, relying on your own strength only. Grab your ski touring skis, snowshoes or cross-country skis and discover the backcountry around Mallnitz or at the head of the Mölltal valley.
Alpine huts, cabins and mountain restaurants invite you to stop by. Enjoy home-made apple strudel with vanilla sauce, a snack platter with bacon, sausage and locally sourced cheese or the most iconic dish in Carinthia, “Kärntner Kasnudeln”. At an altitude of roughly 3,000m, the food tastes even more delicious! A taxi sled takes you back down to the valley floor in no time.
Party time? Not here. In the evening, it’s time to cosy up in a mountain cabin or a traditional farm in Carinthia. What a peaceful end of the day!
Carinthia - Austria's Sunny South
Immerse Yourself in a Mediterranean Lifestyle
Carinthia is the land of lakes. Home to Austria’s highest mountain. The setting for experiences that you can only find here. In the midst of an intact natural landscape that is as unique as it is different from farm to farm and from region to region. Let go and enjoy the hours of sunshine - this is possible all year round in Carinthia. Click your way through the individual regions of Carinthia and find your perfect holiday farm in the sunny south!
- Hohe Tauern National Park Region
In 1800, courageous men were the first to climb Austria’s highest mountain, Großglockner (3,798 m). This region is home to the largest national park in the Alps and some of the world’s most diverse landscapes: majestic waterfalls, extensive glaciers, rare animal and plant species. Explore the Hohe Tauern National Park with one of the rangers.
- Nassfeld-Pressegger See - Lesachtal Valley - Lake Weißensee
Hikers and cyclists can cross the border to Italy on a number of great tours. Food lovers will indulge in culinary delights that are typical of the world’s first Slow Food Travel Destination. A breathtaking panorama is guaranteed! Keen swimmers can take a dip in Lake Pressegger See or Lake Weißensee. The Lesachtal valley, Europe’s most natural valley, is unique. The region provides the perfect balance of tradition, nature, culinary delights and tranquility. In winter, it’s home to Carinthia’s largest ski resort called “Nassfeld”.
- Bad Kleinkirchheim - Lake Millstättersee - Nockberge Region
Nestled between the undulating hills of UNESCO’s Nockberge Biosphere Reserve, this is one of Austria’s most diverse regions. Carinthia’s “Nockberge” range is an insider tip for travellers looking for the ultimate indulgence during their activity holiday. Look forward to sports, spas or skiing in Bad Kleinkirchheim and outdoor activities at Lake Millstätter See, one of Carinthia’s most beautiful lakes that’s steeped in legend and surrounded by mountains. Romantic mountain cabins, pristine nature and historic farms are the icing on the cake.
- Katschberg - Liesertal - Maltatal Region
At altitudes between 1,100 and 2,200 metres above sea level, south of the Alpine divide, on the border to the province SalzburgerLand - that’s the Katschberg - Liesertal - Maltatal Region with Gmünd, the “town of artists”, at its centre. Lots of mountain cabins are the ideal starting points for long, alpine hikes on the southern side of the Alps.
- Villach - Lake Faakersee - Lake Ossiachersee
This region borders Italy and Slovenia. Enjoy country walks, hikes and day trips on the mountains “Gerlitzen” and “Dobratsch”. Visit the town of Villach with its Mediterranean flair, the famous celebrations during the carnival season and Austria’s largest fun fair, the “Villacher Kirchtag”. Marvel at the turquoise waters of Lake Faaker See with the iconic island at its centre. A picture-perfect scenery! The festival Carinthian Summer with its renowned cultural events draws lots of visitors to Lake Ossiacher See in summer. The spa “KärntenTherme” in Villach is one of Austria’s state-of-the-art spas and is open all year round.
- Lake Wörthersee - Klagenfurt - Carnica Rosental Region
This is one of Austria’s most popular regions: stage for parties and lifestyle, paradise for water sports enthusiasts and sun-worshippers, hot spot for yogis, meeting point for bikers, hikers and runners with Europe’s tallest wooden lookout tower “Pyramidenkogel”. Carinthia’s capital Klagenfurt is a vibrant renaissance city and an exciting crossroads where three different cultures intersect. Guests with a sweet tooth should visit the Carnica Rosental Region. Here, it’s all about beekeeping!
- Central Carinthia
The historical heart of Carinthia is surrounded by unspoilt, charming natural landscapes. A number of attractions such as the castles “Hochosterwitz” and “Taggenbrunn” can be discovered by bike or on foot. For more than 650 years, the so-called “Wiesenmarkt”, Austria’s fair with the longest tradition, has drawn thousands of visitors to the town of St. Veit each year. Warm lakes with water that’s safe to drink are oases of relaxation.
- Lake Klopeiner See - Southern Carinthia - Lavanttal Valley
Do you prefer vibrant beaches open to the public or spots in peaceful seclusion? Thanks to the mild climate, the swimming season starts at the beginning of May. At that time, the water temperature of Lake Klopeinersee often reaches 22 °C already. The caves in the mountain “Obir” featuring stalactites and stalagmites and the flow trail for mountain bikers on the massif “Petzen” are some of the region’s most spectacular attractions. Southern Carinthia is a bilingual region where Austrian and Slovene cultures and culinary traditions meet. In the Lavanttal valley in the very east of Carinthia, creative producers turn locally-grown ingredients into irresistible delights.
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FARM HOLIDAYS IN CARINTHIA
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