Nassfeld-Pressegger See - Lesachtal Valley - Lake Weißensee
Come to the “World of Mountains & Lakes”. Soak up the beauty of the scenery with panoramic views extending to Italy as you stand on the summits of the Carnic, Gailtal and Julian Alps. Look at the fascinating reflections of the mountains on the water surface. The warm waters of Lake Pressegger See and Lake Weißensee are ideal for swimming. With plenty of sunshine and clean, healthy air, the mild, Mediterranean climate in the Southern Limestone Alps is a special treat for body, mind and soul. In the valleys such as the Lesachtal, you can indulge in outstanding culinary delights.
Slow Food Travel
UNCOVER THE ORIGINS OF GOOD FOOD
How are butter and cheese made? How come that, sometimes, a bread’s crumb is crispy and sometimes it’s soft? Which herbs make for a delicious spread with quark? Where does honey come from? So many questions! Find an answer to them all during your holiday in the Nassfeld-Pressegger See - Lesachtal Valley - Lake Weißensee region. For example, in the herb village Irschen, at the honey festival in Hermagor or in a bread baking workshop in this “Slow Food Travel Destination”.
Slow - Food - Travel. That means travelling to discover authentic food experiences. Meet local farmers, cooks, bakers and botanical guides that know everything about herbs. They are the narrators of their local areas and will bring travellers closer to the origins of sustainable quality foods. Take a look behind the scenes of food production in this region. Yes, you’re allowed to help! And at the same time, you can look forward to genuine and authentic encounters with local producers.
Hike, Ski & Bike on the Remains of an Ocean Floor
UNLIMITED TRAVEL EXPERIENCES
Tie your hiking boots! The Nassfeld-Pressegger See - Lesachtal Valley - Lake Weißensee region boasts several thousands kilometres of hiking trails in Austria and Italy. Hike on the remains of an ocean floor on the Trail of Peace in the Carnic Alps (known in German as “Karnischer Höhenweg”) or the Gailtal Valley High Route (“Gailtaler Höhenweg) or explore the Lesachtal valley and its award-winning landscape.
With its forested valley floors, lush green alpine pastures and rugged mountains, this region is of outstanding natural beauty and grace. Discover it on one of the 46 mountain biking trails and cycle routes with a total length of 950 kilometres. The Lesachtal valley is Europe’s most natural valley. There’s no better place to disconnect from the demands of everyday life. Here, you can enjoy your farm holiday offline.
Lake Weißensee - A Natural Playground
NATURAL. CRYSTAL-CLEAR. ENERGISING.
Immerse yourself in a paradise of crystal-clear water: Lake Weißensee is an all-natural playground and a gem of a lake. Nestled between majestic mountains, the shimmering, turquoise waters of Carinthia’s “Lago Bianco” will remind you of the Caribbean. Your heart will fill with joy during a holiday here! Almost every farm comes with a private beach. Spend a lovely day at the lake. Also in high season, you can relax off the beaten track here.
Lake Weißensee is a holiday destination focusing on sustainable tourism. Here, hosts who are passionate about what they do, family-friendly places to stay and culinary ambassadors with a special sense of good food will make you feel at home. In winter, the pristine lake is covered with a sheet of ice as smooth as glass - Europe’s largest natural ice surface.
Fun Moments and Activities for Wildlife Explorers
There’s plenty of things to discover for adventurous families: “Aqua Trail”, summer toboggan run in Nassfeld, themed trails, adventure playgrounds and outdoor parks on the mountain or at the lakeshore, activities on the river and much more. Would you like to join the ranger on a tour through nature? Little and big adventure seekers will find what they’re looking for in this region.
Tip: Feel free as a bird and choose from a multitude of activities free of charge using the guest card “+CARD holiday”: free rides with cable cars, exclusive hiking and cycling activities, adventures for children and much more.
In winter, the region is home to Carinthia’s largest ski resort.
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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