Lake Wörthersee - Klagenfurt - Carnica Rosental Region
It’s All About Finding the Right Blend
Take in the stunning beauty of its shimmering waters in all shades of green and blue. Lake Wörthersee is one of a kind. Set in Austria’s south near the borders with Italy and Slovenia, the water is safe to drink and reaches 28 °C in summer. Traditionally, Lake Wörthersee has always been regarded a gem of a lake in Austria. It’s not merely the beauty of the scenery that makes this lake so appealing. The unique quality of life here is truly magical. Nestled in a beautiful landscape surrounded by forests and hills, this region will satisfy the longing for some light-hearted moments in life. 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!
Farm Holidays in a Vibrant and Fashionable Destination
At the turquoise Lake Wörthersee, it’s a tough choice.
The Lake Wörthersee region and the “valley of four lakes” around Keutschach is the only place where you’ll find a unique blend of a peaceful, down-to-earth farm stays and a fashionable holiday destination. Would you like to take it easy and spend a day in the shady orchard with your kids? Or do you prefer the bustling public beach? In the evening, you can choose between reading an exciting book on the balcony or playing roulette in the casino. Do you fancy trying traditional food from the farm such as cider and bacon or trendy cocktails and finger food in the beach club? At the turquoise Lake Wörthersee, it’s a tough choice.
Are you in for something special? Check out these five unique things to do at Lake Wörthersee - our local insights for making your holiday unforgettable! The region is full of secret spots to explore. For you, this might be an expedition to rediscover not only the lake and its shores but also yourself.
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#1 Culinary Delights on the Lakeshore
FINE DINING AT ITS BEST
Did you know that Lake Wörthersee has a water surface of 20km² and a shoreline of 17km? We bet that you also didn’t know that the restaurants on its shore have been awarded a total of 20 toques by Gault&Millau? 20! Fabulous, isn’t it? The combination of these award-winning gourmet dining experiences, Slow Food based on locally sourced ingredients and a classic, international cuisine makes Lake Wörthersee a foodie paradise beyond comparison. It’s the ultimate culinary indulgence in a Mediterranean setting. Treat yourself to an exclusive gourmet break in one of the fine dining restaurants at the lakeside. Or enjoy a sundowner on a lake view terrace - including a Mediterranean holiday feeling.
#2 A Perfect Start of the Day
WAKEBOARDING OR STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING AT SUNRISE
Are you also one of the food lovers who could not resist the culinary delights served at Lake Wörthersee? After feasting on local delicacies, you can get some exercise in the turquoise waters of Lake Wörthersee. Go wakeboarding or stand-up paddleboarding on a lake as smooth as glass as you see the sun rising. This is the perfect way to regenerate body and mind, to restore your inner balance. The icing on the cake of la dolce vita!
#3 A Breathtaking Panoramic View
FROM THE LOOKOUT TOWER “PYRAMIDENKOGEL”
You haven’t been to the top already? Then, you should get going! The lake view from the lookout tower “Pyramidenkogel” is priceless! Thrill-seekers can speed down Europe’s largest tunnel slide - 120m of twists and turns. But the mountain Pyramidenkogel is also a place to find rest and relaxation. Before the large amount of visitors flock to the lookout tower, you can increase your awareness by starting your day with an energising morning meditation. Practice yoga on the world’s tallest wooden lookout tower and take in the panoramic view overlooking Lake Wörthersee. Where else can you do that? It’s simply wonderful.
Speaking of yoga: You don’t need to do without it during your holiday. The yoga festival “Namaste am See” comes with a unique and diverse programme for every fancy.
#4 You Can Be a Child Here
COUNTRY WALKS, SWINGS AND DAYDREAMS
Joyful and carefree - that’s what a holiday should be like. Children are the experts when it comes to being joyful, carefree and lighthearted. And let’s be honest: Who would say no to feeling like a child again every once in a while? Just going on the swings and starting to dream. This light-hearted and carefree childhood feeling! Stroll along the themed trail in Reifnitz and leave your worries of being an adult behind for 2-3 hours. Several swings along the way invite you to pump your legs and go higher and higher. Enjoy the natural flashback to your childhood. Whether it’s in a hammock in the forest or in a hanging chair with lake view. It’s an easy footpath without much elevation gain. A peaceful country walk that’s fun for the whole family. Nevertheless, laughing out loud is allowed!
#5 Motor Boat Cruise
THE ULTIMATE HIGHLIGHT
We don’t want to brag. Maybe just a little bit. The thing is ... where else can you take a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters, get a nice tan and then go to the fashionable restaurants, bars and lakeside terraces by motor boat? Here, of course. At Lake Wörthersee! Put on your best clothes and spend an evening in the casino in Velden. Classy! Check out the most fashionable party locations in a stylish outfit. Or cruise the lake in a motor boat with your family or friends. Not only the kids will love it.
A GOOD TIP
Never forget your guest card again by using the app “Visit Wörthersee” which includes the “Wörthersee PLUS Card”. Take advantage of discounts and other benefits in the region surrounding Carinthia’s largest lake, in Klagenfurt and Central Carinthia.
Klagenfurt at Lake Wörthersee
FROM THE HISTORIC CENTRE TO THE LAKESHORE - LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST
Carinthia’s capital Klagenfurt is a vibrant renaissance city and an exciting crossroads where three different cultures intersect. A melodic dialect, a good sense of humour and a laid-back attitude is characteristic of the Carinthian culture. The city centre and its squares where shaped by Italian architects, the Slovenian influence is evident on the markets and in the art of celebrating.
Stroll through the centre of Klagenfurt and marvel at the lovely Renaissance courtyards which accommodate museums, galleries, shops and boutiques. They invite you to discover the city. It’s a short way to the shores of Lake Wörthersee via the Lend Canal. It starts at the Lend Harbour in the city centre, in a vibrant, young district with casual bars, before running quietly along a stretch lined with Art Nouveau buildings. After passing an elegant stone arch bridge (the oldest existing bridge in Carinthia) with an excellent ice cream parlour and contemporary seats on its banks, the canal flows past the popular attractions “Minimundus”, the reptile zoo and the planetarium right to the nature reserve next to Maria Loretto Castle.
10 Things To Do in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee
THE ULTIMATE BUCKET LIST FOR CARINTHIA’S CAPITAL
- Cycle leisurely along the rivers and stop by the romantic natural swimming hole “Kalmusbad”
- Stroll through the city and have a latte on the Old Square
- Walk along the Lend Canal and take a seat on one of the benches
- Take in stunning views of Lake Wörthersee and the city’s historic centre after having jogged to the top of the hill Kreuzbergl
- Go shopping and discover beautiful hidden courtyards
- Climb the tower of the parish church for an amazing mountain and lake view & visit tower keeper Horst
- Sample local delicacies on the farmer’s market “Benediktinermarkt”
- Join a themed guided tour through the city focusing, for example, on local crime scenes or the history of doctors and barber surgeons
- Try the Austrian, Italian, Croatian and Slovenian cuisine in the city’s restaurants
- Take a photograph standing on the eastern shores of Lake Wörthersee between the Maria Loretto Castle and the local cruise ships
Carnica Rosental Region
THE BEE VALLEY
In Carinthia’s south, right on the border to Slovenia and Italy, you can visit the Carnica Rosental Region with the pristine Bodental valley and the beautiful kettle “Meerauge”. Its waters have a bright turquoise colour in summer and winter alike. This is a paradise for hikers, cyclists and nature lovers. It’s a region of diverse landscapes extending from the alpine terrain of the Karawanks in the south to the rolling hills in the centre and the flat valley floor on the banks of the river Drava. Bask in the charms of nature! The Rosental valley has a long history of beekeeping. This is the native land of the Carniolan honey bee (Apis mellifera carnica). The “Carnie” is extremely gentle in its behaviour and produces honey of extraordinary quality! Be prepared to discover culinary experiences like no other. Plus, the cultural diversity and multilingualism in this region are enlightening and enriching. This is the spirit of the Alps-Adriatic area!
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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