Holidays at Lake Wörthersee, Austria

author ALEX C. . February 13, 2023

Looking for a sunny lakeside vacation spot with stunning scenery, plenty of activities, and warm temperatures?

If so, Lake Wörthersee or Lake Wörth in Austria should be at the top of your list!

Nestled between majestic Alpine peaks and shimmering Adriatic, the stunning Wörthersee holiday region beckons as one of Austria's premier holiday destinations.

On the shores of this stunning lake lies an oasis full of exciting sights and adventures. From vibrant cities to quaint villages, Wörthersee Lake is sure to provide everything you need to enjoy the best holiday ever.

But what makes Lake Wörthersee special is its water temperature, in the summer months the deep green to turquoise blue water can heat up to 28 degrees, which is why it is considered one of the warmest lakes in Austria.

So it is not surprising that the lake is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Moreover, thanks to its climatically favorable location, it is a paradise for families, sun worshipers and for everyone who wants to enjoy the Mediterranean climate.

But in addition to the many activities in the warm summer months, Wörthersee is also transformed into a dreamy fairyland in the colder months of the year, when the sun is no longer so warm.

Long bike paths, wide hiking trails, snow covered slopes, wellness and relaxation, or exciting sightseeing tours await you here.

Those traveling with children also have numerous excursion options. Around Lake Wörthersee travelers will find many adventure parks and open-air museums, zoos and wildlife parks.

Luminous turquoise waters, sunshine and a southern vibes - it can only be in the Caribbean? Certainly not! Welcome to Lake Wörthersee, the Austrian Caribbean - an idyllic place with diverse leisure opportunities, wonderful destinations in the middle of untouched nature.

Is this what you are looking for? Then you are in the right place!

In this article, we'll reveal the best things to do and see in and around Lake Wörthersee, so read on and get ready for an unforgettable lake holiday in Austria!

Water activities in Lake Wörthersee

Watersport Worthersee, Austria photo source: Wassersport Wörthersee

Are you water sport fans? Then you can really let off steam at Lake Wörthersee.

Whether jet skiing, water skiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, pedal boating, kayaking, Stand-Up-Paddling - if you like being active in the water, you won't get bored at Lake Wörthersee.

Around the lake there are countless rental stations and water entertainment providers to choose from, on your Lake Wörthersee holiday.

You can find the largest range of water activity providers in Velden, Pörtschach, Krumpendorf, Reifnitz and Klagenfurt.

In addition, you can also find water sports schools around the lake, where you can put yourself in the hands of professional instructors if necessary.

And if you are interested in diving, then go to Krumpendorf, there you will find diving instructors who will provide you with equipment and show you the best places for diving.

Of course, the Wörthersee is also an exciting travel destination for swimmers, as the Austrian lake impresses with warm temperatures and excellent water quality, it will even lure into the clear, calm waters those who are afraid of water.

Around the lake there are twelve different public swimming spots (and several hidden ones) where you can relax in the sun and cool off with a swim.

For example, Klagenfurt beach is very wide and suitable for everyone, here you will find especially friendly areas for children with slides and a wide sandy beach with protective barriers that will not allow them to enter deeper water, especially active areas with trampolines, as well as a more hidden beach for those who want silence.

Like the previous one, Parkbad Krumpendorf is ideal for everyone, with a wide range of activities for both active visitors and families with children.

Promenadenbad Pörtschach stands out for its location, on a peninsula connected to the Blumeninsel (Island of Flowers) by a wooden bridge.

In addition to swimming options, here you will find table tennis tables, volleyball courts and children's playgrounds.

Strandbad Velden, on the other hand, is a great place for luxury lovers who focus on sight and being seen.

By the way, the best bathing time with the highest average water temperatures is from the end of June to the beginning of September.

In addition, if you want to stay dry and enjoy Lake Wörthersee from a completely different – magical – perspective, then a trip by boat or ship is your best choice.

Although ships were still used to transport goods around 150 years ago, today it is a popular attraction for transporting visitors across the water.

As a lake excursion, you have the opportunity to take advantage of the various offers of Lake Wörthersee.

And if you want to get behind the wheel yourself, you can of course rent a boat and explore the lake on your own.

What's more, if your passion is fishing, you can also do that in Lake Wörthersee. Wörthersee has many fish species such as whitefish, trout, and pike.

The lake's fishing season is from mid-May to the end of October, and fishing is possible in several areas.

However, you need an official fishing license and follow local regulations. Then nothing interferes with the pleasure of fishing.

Read also: 10 must-see lakes in Austria

Destinations at Lake Wörthersee

Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

Picturesque castles with a view of the lake, exquisite villas with a spa area, quietly in the embrace of nature or in a swirling atmosphere - all around Lake Wörthersee you will definitely find a place to stay that suits your taste.

Regardless of whether it is a villa, a campsite, or a farm. You just need to know what you want!

Klagenfurt am Wörthersee

Klagenfurt, Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

If you like city life and want to reach many different attractions on foot, Klagenfurt is the right choice. Klagenfurt is the capital of Carinthia and the sixth largest city in Austria.

The city forms the eastern shore of Lake Wörthersee and not only impresses with its location directly on the lake, but also with its beautiful alleys, Italian-style buildings and a great southern flair.

The city has a lot to offer, such as the historic 17th century square known as Alter Platz, the popular Benedictine market, fine shops and great restaurants, museums, Minimudus - a small world, the Reptile Zoo, beautifully decorated gardens and children's playgrounds, and walking trails.

In addition to the attractions, Klagenfurt also offers a program of various events, countless concerts and exhibitions, all year round.

In winter, during Advent, thousands of visitors rush to the Klagenfurt, which is transformed into a Christmas market.

Here everyone can enjoy the pre-Christmas atmosphere with a steaming cup of mulled wine in hand.

Maria Wörth

Maria Wörth, Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

There are many small towns along the Wörthersee, all of which exude their very own charm and are ideal as Wörthersee holiday destinations.

But, if you are looking for relaxation and recreation, then the harmonic little town of Maria Wörth is the right place to choose.

The idyllic spa town of Maria Wörth with the famous pilgrimage church is located on a peninsula on the southern shore of Lake Wörthersee, and it has gained its popularity thanks to the pilgrimages, as well as the wide range of health and recreation offerings.

Many health facilities and spa centers have made a name for themselves here and offer not only spa facilities but also a wide range of healthy food.

The Maria Wörth pilgrimage church is also a popular destination and is particularly popular around the Christian holidays, as well as due to the romantic atmosphere surrounding it, it is also a popular wedding church.

Maria Wörth is located right next to the community of Reifnitz, which is known beyond national borders for the GTI meeting (usually in May), the world's largest meeting of Volkswagen fans.

In addition to relaxing spa facilities, nearby you can find hiking trails, golf courses, and beaches full of fun.

Velden am Wörthersee

Velden, Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

If you want to spend your holidays with a touch of luxury, then the chic little town of Velden is the right place to choose.

Here you can spend time shopping in glamorous shops, dining in fine restaurants, strolling through its pretty streets and gazing at luxury cars.

Velden is one of Austria's most popular holiday resorts, mostly with a rich influence.

It has also gained its popularity due to the famous casino, the legendary Schlosshotel Velden, Wellness facilities and the nightlife with various bars and clubs.

During the summer, it is filled with water sports enthusiasts who enjoy the pleasures on the water, as well as those who just want to get a bronze skin while relaxing on its beach.

As the evenings and nights in Veldena are filled with a Mediterranean atmosphere, it is an ideal holiday destination for travelers who do not necessarily want to live in a big city, but still want to walk around the pedestrian zone in the evening and feel the surrounding chic atmosphere.

By the way, from mid-July to the end of August, visitors to Velden are entertained by various street artists every day from 19:30, and from 18:00 there is a special Bambini promenade that will delight the smallest visitors.

In addition, Velden is also very well known among fans of fast cars, because in the summer a sports car festival takes place here, where around 40,000 visitors admire the cars.

Nothing stands in the way of a comfortable relaxing holiday in Velden, because away from the town center there are countless hiking trails, dreamy bathing lakes and top-class golf courses.

In winter visitors can enjoy winter hiking trails, nearby ski slopes, toboggan runs, boat trips, and a wide range of spas and indoor pools.

Pörtschach am Wörthersee

Pörtschach, Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

Pörtschach is one of the most beautiful places on the shores of Lake Wörthersee.

Here, the clear turquoise water on its shores with an impressive mountain panorama in the background immediately catches the eye.

Pörtschach is located in the north of Lake Wörthersee and offers visitors many opportunities for recreation as well as sightseeing and hiking opportunities.

Pörtschach is particularly impressive in terms of scenery, with a peninsula jutting far into the lake and the Flower Island connected by a bridge.

On the peninsula there is a promenade where you can walk and enjoy the view of Lake Wörthersee, as well as table tennis tables, a volleyball court, an open-air chess court, and children's playgrounds.

Although there is no shortage of things to do here, and there is a great beach with a cool water attractions, the atmosphere here will be much calmer than in Velden or Klagenfurt, so there is definitely a place for those who are looking for a more peaceful atmosphere, as well as for those who are actively engaged in water sports.

If you like to use wellness, then excellent hotels and villas with impressive spa and leisure offers can be found here.


Krumpendorf, Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

Krumpendorf is located on the north shore of Lake Wörthersee between Pörtschach and Klagenfurt, and, like Pörtschach, is a rather quieter community, but has both hotels and campsites.

As well as a great beach with various water attractions and water sports and many hiking trails around.

In addition everyone can enjoy the beautiful beach promenade, which is ideal for a walk or a morning jog.

Krumpendorf is also only about 10 minutes from Klagenfurt, a great place to stay while still being very close to the city with many attractions available.

Keutschach am See

Keutschach am See, Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

Keutschach is a charming destination, tucked away close to the beautiful Lake Wörthersee.

The lake valley's natural beauty and gentle hills provide the perfect backdrop for an outdoor adventure.

With 70% of Keutschach belonging to a nature reserve, abundant nature life rewards exploration and offers gorgeous scenery.

There are well-marked hiking trails that traverse the area as well as a Pyramidenkogel lookout tower which provides sensational panoramic views of Carinthia.

In winter, ski areas fit for every skill level provide ample opportunities for skiing and other traditional snow sports.

Keutschach is truly a place for nature lovers who do not need the hustle and bustle of the city.

Reifnitz am Wörthersee

Reifnitz am Wörthersee, Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

Summer, sun, water skiing! If you want to try something new at Lake Wörthersee, then go to Reifnitz.

The small town on the south bank is not only popular with GTI drivers for their annual meeting, it also offers you an idyllic, Mediterranean summer flair in the summer months.

In Reifnitz you can try all kinds of water sports, be it water skiing, wakeboarding, tube riding or a tour with an inflatable rubber banana. The adrenaline junkies among you can also get their adrenaline rush with parasailing.

And for refreshment in between, you can treat yourself to a wonderful Carinthian treat on the airy lakeside terrace at the Seehotel Sille.

Read also: Top Attractions and Things to do in Klagenfurt, Austria

Highlights at Lake Wörthersee

Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

With a length of 16.5 kilometers, the largest lake in Carinthia is a true water paradise.

But, the Wörthersee is not only a bathing paradise, it also has a few surprises in store around its shores that you should not miss!

Depending on where you have chosen your accommodation on Lake Wörthersee, you can even reach many of them by bike.

Or you can take one of the numerous excursion boats that will take you to the most beautiful places on the lake.

Cruise with breakfast on board

Cruise, Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Wörthersee Schifffahrt

Enjoy the waves with a glass of Prosecco, bite into a fresh salmon roll and enjoy the scent of freshly brewed coffee? The Wörthersee Schifffahrt makes it possible!

The shipping pier is located in Klagenfurt's east bay, directly on the Metnitz beach. From there, the steamship sets sail and moors at eight locations along the north and south shores until it arrives at the westernmost point in Velden am Wörthersee.

With the breakfast ticket you can get on and off as often as you like. On board you will be served different breakfast menus, which you have to select in advance.

With a light wind on the deck, a wonderfully sparkling glass of Prosecco and a few rays of sunshine on the tip of your nose, you can enjoy Lake Wörthersee even more!

Tscheppa Gorge Ferlach

Tscheppa Gorge Ferlach, Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

The Tscheppa Gorge Ferlach is a destination not to be missed for anyone hoping to experience the beauty and adventure of Carinthia.

Located near the village of Ferlach about 20 kilometers from Klagenfurt, very close to the Slovenia border, the Tscheppa Gorge provides visitors with winding paths that lead through steep gorges, over swinging bridges, ladders, steep rocks - a great source of active exploration.

Of particular note are its roaring waterfalls, as well as various natural features such as Tschaukofall waterfall, Teufelsbrücke (Devils bridge), Bodentaler Felsentor (rock gate), Vodni mlýn (water mill) and the Meerauge or Sea eye (an awe-inspiring crystal clear pond).

And in addition to the spectacular gorge, there is a family-friendly forest rope park, and the truly adventurous can go canyoning.

Get ready for an awesome hiking experience perfect for adventurers of all ages!

With its winding trails past turquoise waterfalls, ladders hanging from steep cliffs, and lush fauna dotting the landscape, it's a must-see for anyone on a Wörthersee lakeside vacation.


Pyramidenkogel, Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

Pyramidenkogel Tower, located near Maria Wörth, is definitely a highlight of the whole area. This spiral tower is made of elliptically arranged wooden pillars and can be seen from anywhere on the lake area.

Visitors can enjoy a magnificent 360-degree view of Lake Wörthersee and the surrounding area from the 100-meter-high wooden observation tower.

Moreover, that's not all, here are great attractions that will fascinate any visitor. For example, a slide that you can use if you don't want to climb down more than 400 steps. And also the newly opened "Fly 100", where you can descend on a rope.

In the summer months Pyramidenkogel tower is open even until 21:00, the perfect place for a romantic sunset over Lake Wörthersee!

At the foot of the Pyramidenkogel tower there is a huge playground for children, where they can spend hours, while parents can enjoy a delicious local meal in a restaurant or sunbathe.

Minimundus - the small world in Klagenfurt

Minimundus, Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

Around the world in one day: The official slogan of the small world on Lake Wörthersee keeps what it promises.

More than 160 detailed replica buildings from almost 50 countries around the world await you there, faithfully reproduced on a scale of 1:25.

The architects of the Minimundus model workshop used almost exclusively original materials such as marble, sandstone, and lava basalt.

Children will surely love the railway, on which the model train travels 5000 km every year, and the spaceship that takes off every hour. In recent years, a children's playground and children's adventure trail have also been created for the youngest visitors, and special children's tours are available.

The Minimundus adventure world opens its doors daily from 9 a.m. in spring, summer and autumn.

It doesn't matter whether it's the Statue of Liberty, Leaning Tower of Pisa, St. Peter's Basilica, the Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal or the Tower Bridge: a realistic world travel feeling is guaranteed in the Klagenfurt world of experience!

Savings Tip: If you plan to visit Pyramidenkogel and Minimundus, buy the Pyramidenkogel-Minimundus combo ticket. This will save you several euros per person.

Reptile Zoo Happ in Klagenfurt

Reptile Zoo Happ in Klagenfurt, Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Reptile Zoo Happ

As one of the biggest reptile zoos in Europe, Happ Reptile Zoo in Klagenfurt is the perfect family-friendly destination for animal lovers.

It houses an impressive number of around 1,000 reptilian residents, including 60 species of snakes, 20 species of lizards, and numerous turtles.

Highlights include the king cobra – the world's largest snake – mambas, rattlesnakes, as well as young crocodiles waiting to be pet and touched during the Saturday afternoon feeding!

There is also a fascinating aquarium with piranhas and an insectarium with various types of scorpions and spiders on display.

But that's not all - don't forget to explore the dinosaur garden on your visit to experience a long-forgotten era through true-to-scale exhibits.

Pizza, pasta and dolce vita at Villa Lido in Klagenfurt

Villa Lido in Klagenfurt, Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Villa Lido

Taking inspiration from the sunny south of Europe, one will find no better place than Villa Lido to tantalize the taste buds with a variety of Italian delights.

Located close to the Wörthersee shipping station and nestled against the serene lake shores, this charming restaurant offers a special view for food lovers - an optimistic view of both Lake Wörthersee's majestic waves and the rustic Carinthian countryside from its marvelous terrace!

With Aperol spritz in hand, feast on mouth watering dishes that span everything from heavenly pasta dishes to hot and cheesy pizzas, all complemented by the inviting Mediterranean atmosphere provided by surrounding palm trees.

Whether it's for casual dining or celebrating a special occasion, come to Villo Lido for a taste of dolce vita!

Wellness at Werzer's Bath House in Pörtschach

Wellness at Werzer's Bath House in Pörtschach, Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Werzer's Bath House

At Werzer's Bath House in Pörtschach, visitors can experience the perfect combination of luxury and relaxation.

Established in 1895 as a swimming school and public pool, the Werzer's Badehaus has now evolved into one of the most highly prized establishments at Lake Wörthersee.

Today, visitors are able to take advantage of its lake spa facility with heated outdoor pool and numerous saunas, while they enjoy delicious culinary experiences with breathtaking lake views.

Holistic relaxation and culinary pleasure can be found year-round at this location, allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in the ambience of their lakeside surroundings.

Those who wish can enjoy its charm and luxury as a hotel guest at the Werzer Hotel or as a day guest. A visit and enjoy Werzer's Badehaus is an absolute “must” for both locals and holidaymakers.

High Gloriette in Pörtschach

High Gloriette in Pörtschach, Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

High Gloriette is a vantage point over Lake Wörthersee above Pörtschach. From Pörtschach you can reach the high Gloriette in about 30 minutes, and the hike or walk is not particularly strenuous.

The path leads you uphill over a few stairs and paths to the small, white columned pavilion, from where travelers have a fantastic view of Lake Wörthersee and surroundings. By the way, it's an ideal place for a romantic evening.

The way back takes you to the Leonstein castle ruins and the lower Gloriette. The vantage point is definitely one of the most beautiful on Lake Wörthersee, and well worth a visit!

Wörthersee Forest Rope Park in Pörtschach

Forest Rope Park in Pörtschach, Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

If you're looking for a unique way to explore the beauty of Lake Wörthersee, the forest rope park by lower Gloriette vantage point is definitely worth a visit.

This is your chance to challenge yourself at dizzying heights and test your skills as you move from one tree to another on ropes or suspension bridges.

After an intro class and practice course to get familiar with safety gear and techniques, you can begin your journey of discovery in this stunning climbing park.

Young explorers don't have to miss out, since there's a separate children's climbing course designed just for them.

Come enjoy incredible views of Wörthersee while engaging in some truly unforgettable fun!


Rosseg, Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

Rosseg is only about a 7-minute drive from Velden, between Lake Wörthersee and Lake Faaker. This place will especially appeal to families with children thanks to the Rosegg Animal Park, one of Austria's largest garden mazes, as well as the Keltenwelt Frög open-air museum.

The extensive Rosegg Animal Park around the old castle ruins is home to more than 300 wild and domestic animals, including bison, kangaroos, mountain monkeys, ibex, lynx, rare species of deer and white-tailed deer.

All visitors have the opportunity to feed the pets living in the park with special food. Walking through the park itself is also full of adventure, as some animals like peacocks, deer, and ibex roam freely here.

A special highlight is the petting zoo located next to the large children's playground, where children can admire ponies, miniature donkeys, miniature goats, rabbits and other small animals.

Next up is the Rosegg Garden Labyrinth, located between Rosegg Castle and Rosegg Animal Park.

The hedge is impressively made of more than 3,000 hornbeams and is about a kilometer long.

It's a great place to take a leisurely stroll, as well as a place to test your sense of direction and try to find your way out of the maze as quickly as possible.

In the middle of the labyrinth there is a tower with a beautiful view of the castle and the surrounding area. At the end, visitors can visit the cozy castle cafe.

Last but not least is the Celtic World (Keltenwelt Frög) open-air museum, which is located a little less than two kilometers from Rosegg Castle.

At the Keltenwelt Frög open-air museum, everyone can learn and see a lot of information about how people lived in the Iron Age. With special children's tours, children's activity days and puzzle rallies, the Celtic World becomes an adventure for the whole family.

If after this visit your interest in Celtic culture is fully awakened and you want to experience Celtic life up close, you should attend the annual International Celtic Meeting.

From show battles and fashion shows to storytelling and myth-telling, and more.

Visit the Wishing Tree in Kathreinkogel

Kathreinkogel, Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

Kathreinkogel is located 6 km southeast of Velden near Scheifling and is one of the most popular hiking spots around Lake Wörthersee.

An ideal place for an easy, idyllic hike that will last about an hour. Katreinkögel is a 772 m high mountain and stands out along the western bay of Lake Wörthersee with its peculiar shape.

There is an old Catholic church on the hill with great views of the surrounding area, and near the church there is a small museum of archaeological excavations from the Neolithic and Bronze Age.

But its main highlight is Austria's only wishing tree at the top of the hill.

There, anyone who has measured the way to that point can write their wishes, dreams or something else on small wooden plates and hang them on the tree (it is recommended to prepare the wooden plate and rope in advance).

The wishing tree hike starts at the Katharinaweg (Schiefling am See) and leads past green meadows through dense beech forests to the summit. Will the wishing tree keep its promise? Try it once!

Rauschelesee and Magic Forest

Rauschelesee and Magic Forest, Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

Rauschelesee is a small bathing paradise in unspoilt nature surrounded by greenery. Located in the Keutschach lake valley south of Wörthersee, about 7 km from Maria Wörth, 10 km from Klagenfurt and very close to Keutschach am See.

This place is definitely an excellent place for families with children as well as hikers. Rauschelesee offers a family-friendly beach with a boardwalk, plenty of green meadows to relax under the shade of trees, a huge children's playground, and an excellent restaurant, while hikers can discover the lovely hiking trails.

In addition, this lake is also popular among anglers hoping to catch a fish. Hikers will find countless hiking trails here.

Near Rauschelesee there is also a forest playground - Magic Forest Rauschelesee (Zauberwald am Rauschelesee).

The Magic Forest is an approximately 10,000 m² adventure playground for families with children where the attractions are mainly made of wood, you will find: Noah's Ark, bear cave, fairy tale characters, flying witches, talking trees, singing witches, a 15 m long slide and much more.

Admire views from Gerlitzen Alps

Gerlitzen Alps, Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

Only about 20 minutes from Velden is Lake Ossiach, which in turn is home to the Gerlitzen Alps mountain railway station, which takes you to the top of Gerlitzen.

The Gerlitzen mountain is the perfect starting point for hikes with fantastic views of the Carinthian lake landscape.

A combination of two lifts - the Kanzelbahn (gondola) and the Gipfelbahn (chair lift) will take you from the valley of Lake Ossiach all the way to the Gerlitzen peak at an altitude of 1,911 meters.

The Kanzelbahn itself will delight you with stunning views, but the views at the top are simply unbeatable. Here is a platform from which you can observe the Wörthersee, the Faaker See, the Ossiacher See and the rest of the area.

In winter, this area turns into a ski resort, with countless slopes for all levels.

Read also: Top Places to visit in Austria

What else can you do on holidays at Lake Wörthersee?

Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

Although Lake Wörthersee is famous for its water sports activities, there are also exciting things to do away from the water.

Get in touch with nature while hiking and biking or practice a bit of a peaceful yoga session or relax in SPA paradise.

For the more adventurous, why not take on one of the many challenging golf courses around? Or indulge your taste buds with local culinary delights!

The possibilities for things to do here are endless, and everyone will find something to suit their taste!

Hiking and cycling at Lake Wörthersee

Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

Lake Wörthersee welcomes visitors with picturesque scenery including rolling hills and rugged rock faces – ideal for hiking and nature exploration. Many hiking and cycling trails run through the Carinthia region and offer a nice variety.

Cyclists will find both challenging off-road routes and flat bike paths here.

If you are planning an impressive trip, you can hike or cycle the Alpe-Adria-Trail for a total of 750 kilometers - from the foot of Großglöckner, Austria's highest mountain, through Slovenia to the Adriatic Sea in Italy.

Or you can first take the approximately 55 km long hiking and cycling trail around Lake Wörthersee.

But if all this is too much for you, don't worry, you will find many other well-marked routes around the lake to suit your fitness level.

There are also bike rental stations all around.

Yoga at Lake Wörthersee

Yoga at Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

Lake Wörthersee not only attracts tourists with its turquoise color and wide range of water sports, but is widely known throughout Austria for its specialization in yoga.

If you want to go on a journey of yoga discovery, then Lake Wörthersee is definitely the right choice. Here you will find a wide range of yoga offers such as yoga classes, yoga teachers, yoga trails and much more.

Yoga with a view of the lake, in the forest and in the meadows and in the mountains, as well as in and on the water.

You can get great deals and yoga packages at several hotels.

Be it vegan and vegetarian dishes, organic and regional breakfast buffets, yoga mats, light-filled gyms, lakeside pools and roof terraces, SPA offers with steam rooms and panoramic saunas with unique views of the lake, trekking bikes that you can borrow for free, or a yoga festival weekend pass.

With these great deals, you are guaranteed a relaxing holiday.

In addition, Europe's largest annual yoga festival, known as Namaste am See, takes place here at Lake Wörthersee.

Over the course of three days, hundreds of yoga mats will be spread along the shore of the lake, and together with the world's leading yoga instructors and seminars, everyone has the opportunity to return to harmony with themselves.

Wellness at Lake Wörthersee

Velden spa, Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

Regardless of whether you relax in the sauna during your wellness holiday at lake, enjoy a soothing massage or bubble in the beach whirlpool, you will always have a stunning view of Lake Wörthersee, which makes the wellness more special.

Wellness treatments with volcanic stones, a floating bath or a fire relaxation room, that's how you could imagine the SPA paradise?

Around Lake Wörthersee you will find the most exquisite oases for a great wellness holiday in Carinthia Austria.

Unique are the heated lake pool in the the Werzer's Badehaus in Pörtschach, Hotel Schloss Seefels with the hot-stone-massage and more, the lake sauna in the Hotel Villa Rainer and the Acquapura SPA in the Falkensteiner Schlosshotel Velden.

During the floating experience at the Allegro Hotel, you bathe in a highly concentrated brine bath and Hotel Balance in Pörtschach, Europe's first 4-element SPA and wellness hotel, brings to life the thousand-year-old Celtic and Roman health teachings.

At the MAYR & more-Golf Hotel am Wörthersee you can come to terms with yourself in a new way with an F.X.Mayr cure.

Sparse fare opens up new dimensions, broadens the view and gives completely new impressions.

Detox, live more consciously, feel what you have not known before and be richly rewarded by doing without.

Health is also important at the Seehotel Dr. Jilly in Pörtschach with a special dialysis center in the foreground.

At the Hotel VIVAMAYR in Maria Wörth, guests from all over the world experience a holistic treatment for body, mind and soul.

Golfing at Lake Wörthersee

Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

The location of Lake Wörthersee in the border triangle of Austria, Italy and Slovenia ensures a Mediterranean climate and allows the golf season to start a little earlier than elsewhere in Austria.

There are 4 top golf courses around Lake Wörthersee, such as Kärntner Golfclub Dellach near Maria Wörth, Golf Course Velden-Köstenberg, Golfclub Moosburg-Pörtschach, and Golfclub Klagenfurt-Seltenheim.

All these golf courses you can reach from anywhere in no more than 20 minutes by car, and by the way, they are among the leading golf courses in Austria.

Try Culinary Specialties

Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

Around Lake Wörthersee, you will find countless restaurants that will spoil you with the culinary delights that have made this area a gourmand favorite.

The local gastronomy stands out with a modern atmosphere, lake views and sunny terraces with international dishes such as pizza, sushi or beef tartare on your plate.

Of course, you will also discover one or another country inn, where you will be offered Austrian cuisine such as semolina dumpling soup, Vienna schnitzel or onion roast beef.

If you want to experience the region's sustainable food, you should drive to the outskirts of Carinthia and visit a farm where you can taste and buy fresh fruit, vegetables or dairy products.

From the end of April to the beginning of May, the "See.Ess.Spielen" festival takes place, where the best chefs present their dishes and take you even deeper into the culinary world of Lake Wörthersee.

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What to do in Winter at Lake Wörthersee?

Kleinkirchheim, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

The winter vacationers are happy to have several ski areas in the immediate vicinity at Wörthersee.

Offers such as skiing, cross-country skiing and toboggan runs are of course available and offer unlimited fun in the winter paradise.

With the spectacular Gerlitzen ski area with more than 50 kilometers of slopes just close to the Lake Wörthersee, and the neighboring Dreiländereck ski area with more than 15 kilometers of slopes and Bad Kleinkirchheim ski area boasting more than 100 kilometers of slopes, everyone will find something suitable here.

If you're looking for a greater variety of skiing experiences, thirty minutes away in Italy is Tarvisio or take a forty minute trip away in Slovenia to Kranjska Gora.

When you tire from the skiing, there are other winter activities available such as snowshoe trails and cross country skiing.

Families who want some fun can take the 8 km toboggan run down Dreiländereck.

For those looking for ice-skating opportunities, if it is cold enough, one of several nearby lakes might freeze over providing a great chance to don skates (Wörthersee itself almost never freezes), or if not Schiefling has an ice rink for a guaranteed skating experience.

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Christmas time at Lake Wörthersee

Christmas time at Lake Wörthersee, Austria photo source: Shutterstock

And if your holiday falls during Advent, then you can enjoy the traditional Carinthian Advent with a quiet atmosphere and choirs at both the romantic Maria Wörth and the Pörtschach.

Meanwhile, Klagenfurt and Velden offer typical Christmas markets with various attractions and programs.

For those who are looking for something special, Advent on the Pyramidenkogel observation tower is definitely recommended.

And to get from one place to another and enjoy everything Lake Wörthersee has to offer at this wonderful time of the year, be sure to take advantage of the magical Advent boat trips.

And Finally… Lake Wörthersee has so much to offer that if you're looking for a lake vacation, be sure to put it on your list. From warm turquoise waters to snowy mountain slopes. And by following our guides, your vacation will turn out to be perfect. Have a nice Wörthersee holiday!

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