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Lake Ossiach: One for all

Seeblick Ossiacher See

Natural revitalisation and musical inspiration. Lake Ossiach holds by far the most varied range of attractions in Carinthia.

In 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.

On 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 paragliding.

Not 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.

And 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.

Or, 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.

Craggy peaks & alpine pastures

Experience magical moments. Go at your own pace. It means freedom – freedom and fascination – the fascination of Villach's mountains in the heart of Carinthia.

Walkers 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.

Extraordinary 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.

Wandern in der Region Villach - Gerlitzen, Drobratsch, Dreilänedereck Mittagskogel

Climbing 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.

But 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!

Gerlitzen Alpe
Carinthia lies at your feet

Action 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.

Watch 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.

Dobratsch nature park
Recreation on the mountain

Carinthia's 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.

The 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.

And 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. 

Highlights: 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.

You 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!

Dynamic, active, energetic
Exercise for everyone

Actively explore the Villach Region. Lucky for you: the impressive mountains and sparkling lakes draw you outdoors automatically. 

Active 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.

What 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.

Whether swimming, cycling, hiking, Nordic walking, jogging, golfing, riding, paragliding, angling or rock climbing – the main thing is out in the fresh air!

Lifts 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.

In the great outdoors and amazing light

Hiking 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 Region.

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.

Golf course Moosburg - Pörtschach
Meeting point for golfers in the heart of Carinthia

The 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.