Lake Klopeiner See - Southern Carinthia - Lavanttal Valley
Discover a Land of Warm Lakes, the Mystic Mountains of the Karawanks and an Astonishing Array of Activities
Southern Carinthia is a large playground for families, for the fit and outdoorsy as well as for thrill-seekers. It’s an inspiring place for memorable outings and adventures. Seven warm lakes with excellent drinking water are inviting you to enjoy swimming and water sports. Lake Klopeiner See is the region’s most iconic lake. The Lavanttal valley, located in the very east of Carinthia, comes with unique natural gems and warm-hearted hosts on the farms.
Lake Klopeinersee - Southern Carinthia
A BILINGUAL PARADISE FOR FOOD LOVERS, CULTURE ENTHUSIASTS AND CYCLISTS
The Wildenstein waterfall, the wetlands “Sablatnigmoor”, the mountain Hemmaberg (voted third in the 2020 TV show showcasing Austria’s most beautiful spots) or the ravine “Trögerner Klamm” are must-sees of outstanding natural beauty. Visitors can get up close and personal with nature and geology as they cycle, mountain bike or hike through the Karawanken UNESCO Global Geopark. Southern Carinthia is a paradise for cyclists with diverse road cycling tours, leisurely rides for recreational cyclists and e-bikers, the famous bike park “MTB ZONE Bikepark Petzen” and a network of varied mountain biking trails. Hiking? Absolutely! The panoramic multi-day hike “Panoramaweg Südalpen”, the Slow Trail “Kitzelberg”, the mountains Gracarca, Petzen, Hochobir and Saualpe and plenty of other easy or demanding summits are on the agenda.
Family-friendly attractions, countless outdoor activities and excellent culinary and cultural experiences add to the beauty of a holiday in Southern Carinthia. Get familiar with the two cultures and cuisines in Southern Carinthia by spending time on the traditional farms and in the mountain cabins. “Ante, pante populare, konzelna vrate cvilelore” - this phrase is an obligatory part of a local custom from Bad Eisenkappel which sees people carrying small, candlelit churches through the village in a procession. Have you ever tried a real “Pohača”?
Things to Do
Visit Carinthia’s third bathhouse: for an indulgent spa break on the shores of Lake Klopeiner See
Take a Bike break: nice stop for cyclists at Lake Turnersee incl. skills area, playground and lookout tower
Zip line “Črna”: adrenaline rush crossing borders in the Karawanken UNESCO Global Geopark
A GOOD TIP: “Aktiv Card Südkärnten”
The guest card is free of charge for everyone staying in the region. It includes lots of interesting activities and exciting attractions. Whether you’re travelling solo, with your partner or the whole family, whether you’re staying for a weekend or two weeks - with the guest card “Aktiv Card Südkärnten”, you’re sure to spend a diverse and varied holiday.
Where the alpine air blows loud, Pomona’s most beautiful temple stands proud,
where the banks are lined with blossoms and the river Lavant rushes through the cloud..
Nature in All Its Glory Far Away from the Crowds
IN CARINTHIA’S EASTERNMOST REGION
No matter if you’re hiking, cycling, swimming, horse riding, fishing or doing winter sports - you’re always surrounded by places of outstanding natural beauty. A stunning scenery in a region steeped in history, kind and warm-hearted hosts on the farms, lovely country walks on the mountain range Saualpe and much more make for a great holiday in the Lavanttal valley. Here, in Carinthia’s easternmost region, a holiday always comes with culinary delights.
Since October 2020, the Lavanttal valley is Austria’s second designated “Slow Food Travel Destination”. Creative minds produce excellent food products using locally sourced ingredients and the restaurants prepare irresistible delicacies. Indulge in a culinary experience like no other!
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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