Swimming in Carinthia’s Lakes
200+ Lakes with Crystal-Clear, Turquoise Waters
More than 200 warm lakes are inviting places to go swimming in Carinthia. Enjoy life to the fullest, relax and enjoy. It’s so easy here! What’s certainly more difficult: deciding where to spend the day. You can choose from a great number of beautiful lakes with water that’s safe to drink. Each one is special! Simply ask the kind hosts from our family farms if they have a sunny insider tip to share with you.
Carinthia - Discover the Land of Lakes
When the crystal-clear, turquoise waters of the 200 shimmering lakes in Carinthia reflect the warm sunrays ... When the delightful sounds of birds and music travel across the land with the wind ... When children splash about in the water and bursts of merry laughter feed your soul ... then, it’s summer in Austria’s southernmost province. Thanks to Carinthia’s location and the mild, almost Mediterranean climate, the lakes reach temperatures pleasant for swimming early in the year. Starting from May, they are inviting you to take a swim. Plenty of family farms in Carinthia either have private access to one of the lakes or offer swimming ponds or pools with a panoramic view. Keen swimmers will find everything their hearts could possibly desire!
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Namaste with Lake View
Travelling by train and boat, you can spend a day exploring the natural landscape on the shores of Lake Wörthersee. Salute the sun in the early morning at the yoga festival “Namaste am See” and enjoy a sundowner in one of the legendary beach bars.
Splashy fun awaits you at one of the 31 public beaches. Ride the waves in your water skies or cruise around the lake with a motorboat. Finish off the day on an exclusive lakeside terrace sampling the traditional Carinthian cuisine which is heavily influenced by the Alps-Adriatic area. Indulge in an unmatched and unrivalled culinary experience and soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere. An inspiring setting, also for numerous artists. Great musicians such as Johannes Brahms and Gustav Mahler have composed many of their famous works here, on a warm summer’s evening. Numerous villas in the so-called “Wörthersee Style” are an architectural testimony.
Are You Ready for the Alpine Caribbean?
Lake Weissensee is special. No other Alpine lake with warm water that’s safe to drink and ideal for swimming is located at such a high altitude. With its fjord-like shape and pristine surroundings, it’s a paradise for nature lovers. Two thirds of the lakeshore have remained natural without any buildings spoiling the landscape.
Fine dining at its best! Drift through pristine waters and enjoy culinary delights on a raft called “Genussfloß”. Four award-winning chefs prepare gourmet menus with locally-sourced ingredients such as Michael Müller’s wild-caught fish from Lake Weissensee.
A Romantic Hideaway for Two
Take a break and unwind, just the two of you. Submerge in the warm, mineral-rich waters of Lake Millstätter See. Rejuvenate and rejoice! Exploring secluded bays with guide Gottfried Strobl is simply unforgettable.
When the magical morning mist rises off the lake, he’s already busy setting his wooden rowing boats afloat. With great care, he has built them in his workshop. There are few experiences in the world as wonderful as floating on a scintillating blue lake, the water surface reflecting the morning sun. Stroke by stroke, the boat glides silently through the water, passing romantic bays and majestic trees. Discover the most beautiful hidden gems. Fancy taking a dip in the warm water of 26 °C? A once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Enjoy the Sunny South on the Lakeshores
Look at the bright, turquoise waters of Lake Faaker See. In fact, high concentrations of dissolved lime, sediments from the surrounding mountain range, the Karawanks, give the water a shimmering, turquoise colour, reminding you of the Caribbean. Looking for your own piece of paradise? Spend your holiday on the island in the middle of the lake. Join an exclusive guided canoeing tour to explore this beautiful haven and a host of other hidden gems around the lake.
Once a year, Lake Faaker See is the number one meeting point for motorcycle enthusiasts. The European Bike Week which is held at the beginning of September has become one of the region’s most iconic events. Every year, it attracts tens of thousands of visitors, in particular Harley-Davidson fans.
Music lovers are drawn to Lake Ossiacher See seeking a sophisticated musical experience. It wouldn't be summer without a marvellous music festival. Let spectacular sounds surround you while you’re swimming in the lake. The annual festival Carinthian Summer is set in the most stunning locations in Austria’s south and features renowned artists. A highlight for classical music aficionados!
Take a Dip in Carinthia’s Warmest Waters
Lake Klopeiner See is one of Carinthia’s warmest lakes with water temperatures rising up to 28 °C. Twelve public beaches guarantee fun for the whole family. Nature trails in the forest including a treetop trail and zip line are a blast for children! One of a kind: the lakeshore promenade allows you to stroll around the entire lake without leaving its shore a single time.
Spa Break at the Lake: Relax and Unwind
Calm down, disconnect from the demands of your everyday life and relax. Restore your inner balance. A holiday in Austria’s south makes it very easy. Leave all your cares behind and step into a world of comfort and relaxation in one of the bathhouses and spas in Carinthia.
Regenerate body and mind in Carinthia’s first bathhouse at Lake Millstätter See with spa treatments such as sauna infusions with Austrian stone pine or a hot stone massage with granite. The ingredients are sourced from the region. The spa “Werzer’s Badehaus” at Lake Wörthersee which was built in 1895 and carefully redesigned in 2013 combines traditional and modern spirits. Carinthia’s third bathhouse at Lake Klopeiner See is currently being built.
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FARM HOLIDAYS IN CARINTHIA
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