Ossiach: One for all
revitalisation and musical inspiration. Lake Ossiach holds by far the most
varied range of attractions in Carinthia.
fact, Lake Ossiach arguably has it all: peaceful retreats, atmospheric natural
shorelines, a backdrop of magnificent mountains, stunning sunsets and top water
quality gleaming in all shades of emerald green. Perfect for action on the lake
or rest and relaxation. Lake Ossiach to the northeast of Villach holds by far
the most varied attractions in Carinthia. Rest and culture on the one hand,
sports and events on the other. And the combination of Mediterranean and Alpine
naturally appeals to both locals and visitors alike.
the lake there are all the water sports for you to try out. The mountains are
close – for climbing, enjoying and taking off on airborne adventures such as
for nothing does Gerlitzen Alpe, rising up on the northern shores of Lake
Ossiach, rank among the best for flying in Austria. The views: absolutely breath-taking!
You can relax afterwards in the region's best spa hotels or in the lake where
water temperatures climb to 26 degrees in summer.
applause please for Austria's most musical lake: Lake Ossiach is the venue for
Carinthischer Sommer, the international music festival. If you are interested
in learning more about music, you can always attend one of the many workshops
at the Carinthian Music Academy.
if sport is more your thing, you will have great fun cycling or inline skating
here, particularly on Lake Ossiach's traffic-free day. Another alternative is
running into the sunset on the Lake Ossiach night half-marathon.
peaks & alpine pastures
magical moments. Go at your own pace. It means freedom – freedom and
fascination – the fascination of Villach's mountains in the heart of Carinthia.
are people who enjoy life. Aware of their surroundings, they are always close
to heaven and earth. And the mountains? With their rock formations and lush
pastures, they are the bridges between those worlds. Walking in the unspoilt
countryside gives you the time to find yourself again, sharpen your senses,
free yourself from all those duties or pressure and consciously savour the
moment. With every step you take. That is walking in the Villach Region.
mountain trails: Gerlitzen Alpe, Dobratsch, Dreiländereck, Mittagskogel and
Verditz. Worth the effort for the endless views and superb scenery. A must for
fans of amazing panoramic views, fresh mountain air and Carinthian joie de
vivre. And that is just the start of happiness in the mountains.
does not necessarily mean getting to the summit, you can also have a walk over
the alpine pastures in the Village region. If you get hungry: There are lots of
inviting alpine chalets in the mountains - perfect for a rest and refreshments.
what would a walking holiday in the Villach Region be without swimming? Only
here will you find the unique combination of mountains and lakes. How about a refreshing
swim after your walk!
lies at your feet
or relaxation? You will find Gerlitzen Alpe is not only ideal for walking,
paragliding and relaxing, but also has the best panoramic views far and wide.
Mountains, views, magic light. Once you have stood on this mountain top, you
will see Carinthia in a new light. Gerlitzen Alpe is blessed with a wonderful
mix of everything you could possibly want, making it highly popular: great circular
routes, exhilarating peak experiences, traditional alpine chalets, lovely
Nordic walking trails, fabulous mountain bike tours, thrilling mountain go-kart
rides (for downhill daredevils) and so forth.
The hills are alive. Gerlitzen Alpe rises up on the north side of Lake Ossiach. From there the panoramic Kanzelbahn cable car and summit chairlift will also take you to just under 2,000 meters.
as the most magnificent panoramic view in Carinthia unfolds before you. Virtually
all the lakes in the land lie at your feet. Time for endless views. The
breath-taking views will make you want to sing.
Best of thermals. Ever wondered what a bird's-eye view of Carinthia's lakes and mountains is like? Well, this is the place for it! Gerlitzen Alpe is regarded as Austria's best area for flying. The take-off site is right next to the summit chairlift's top station. Also captivating for non-flyers: Watching the paragliders, hang gliders and even model aircraft in flight. No noise, just gentle gliding.
on the mountain
oldest nature park. Nature also creates the backdrop and mixes the sound. Take
the Villach Alpine Road up to it – a scenic route for the best views.
best place to relax is outdoors. Like on Villach's nearest mountain, Villacher
Alpe, at an altitude of 2,167 metres above sea level. It is also known as
Dobratsch. Just another name for the massif west of Villach, the city on the River
Drau. The area has been protected as a nature park for many years to preserve
it for posterity – and, of course, for our visitors: The unspoilt countryside,
a wealth of flora and fauna, amazing wonders of nature and best spots for
looking, relaxing and enjoying the surroundings.
on the summit? The huge radio transmitter towers up into the sky, Europe's two
highest altitude churches cling to the rocks and the modern refuge (40 beds,
restaurant, meeting rooms) stands proud.
Lovely walks (all well signposted), a fascinating exhibition on local birds (at
Aichingerhütte), an interesting geology trail (with fossils, karst and volcanic
rock, Gailtal Valley crystalline and alpine shell limestone) and the unique
rock garden with more than 1,000 alpine plants.
can drive up Dobratsch on the Villacher Alpine Road – one of the most scenic
panoramic routes in Austria. It runs 16.5 kilometres from Villach-Möltschach to
Rosstratte at an altitude of 1,732 metres. En route: many fantastic picnic
spots and viewing platforms, fun children's adventure playgrounds, traditional chalets
and welcoming mountain restaurants. Open all year round!
explore the Villach Region. Lucky for you: the impressive mountains and
sparkling lakes draw you outdoors automatically.
holidays. Between lakes and mountains. Taking exercise outdoors means feeling
good outdoors. Who knows, your holiday in the Villach Region may perhaps be the
start of a healthier, more active lifestyle. Being active has a beneficial
effect – on body, mind and soul. The Villach Region gets everyone exercising! Families,
amateur athletes, professionals and even confirmed couch potatoes.
are active holidays like in the heart of Carinthia? A successful combination of
exertion and relaxation in an atmosphere of absolute wellbeing. After all, you
don’t need a stop watch to enjoy yourself. Exercise should still be fun,
especially on holiday.
swimming, cycling, hiking, Nordic walking, jogging, golfing, riding,
paragliding, angling or rock climbing – the main thing is out in the fresh air!
can whisk you up to scenic altitudes, bike paths take you to beauty spots,
walking trails keep you on track and organised Natur Aktiv day programmes add
interest. For moving moments in the Villach Region.
the great outdoors and amazing light
has luckily lost its checked shirt and knickerbockers image. If you love
refreshing lake and tangy mountain air, you will be in your element here.
Off you go! If you are not sure what to expect when out
walking in the Villach Region, just think majestic mountains, striking rock
formations, lush green pastures, wild flower meadows, gurgling streams and
traditional alpine chalets serving refreshments. Simply perfect for getting
away from it all. In fact, time takes on a completely new dimension when
walking, and nature is a unique experience for all the senses. Make your dream
come true. Nurture your body, mind and soul – in the fascinating mountains of the Villach
Walking is ideal on holiday. The call of the wilds. And the magic mountains:
Dobratsch, Dreiländereck, Gerlitzen Alpe, Verditz and Mittagskogel. What is
more, the best hikes start right on your hotel's doorstep in the Villach
Region. Even with all the hills around, you don’t always have to go up or down.
An alternative is strolling round the lakes in the heart of Carinthia. It does
you and your body and soul the power of good. Nature, vibrant light, blue skies
and brilliant sunshine – it all helps to recharge those batteries.
From peak to lake. When your feet start to hurt, it’s time to get
off the climbing boots and into the flip-flops. One of the nine recreational
lakes is always nearby. For a refreshing swim after your walk.
course Moosburg - Pörtschach
point for golfers in the heart of Carinthia
golf course is located in the middle of a marvellous natural park near Moosburg
and is a short drive away from our hotel. Its central position permits players
an enjoyable and spontaneous game.
The 18-hole and the 9-hole course with sheltered driving range offers ideal conditions for ambitious golfers and absolute beginners. The golf course's charming hilly landscape with several small ponds is the perfect setting for unforgettable rounds of golf.
Dogs on leads are permitted on the Moosburg - Pörtschach Golf Course for a small surcharge of € 10.00.