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The latest news for this summer
There is sure to be something for everyone. Our guides off er you a very special experience with these services.
THE BEST OF ALL:
You will receive the „Aktiv Card Südkärnten“ with all services FREE when you book your accommodation in the Klopeiner See – Southern Carinthia region.
Alone, as a couple or with the whole family, on a long weekend or two weeks of holiday fun – the Active Card is already included from the first night’s stay and provides variety galore.
- Free when booking in one of the participating accommodation establishments
- Free for the duration of your stay
- Free from May to September
- Free every day of the week
- Free for children and adults
- Over 70 attractive activities free
- Guided mountain bike, racing bike and leisure cycling tours of various levels of difficulty
- Guided hikes and alpine hikes in the Geopark Karawanken
- Standup paddle boarding
- Running and Nordic walking groups
- Golf for children and adults
- Children’s fishing on the Drau River
- Riding at the pony club
- Zumba and Aqua Zumba for young and old
- Climbing taster courses
- Roller skating
- eBike hire
- Outdoor tennis courts
- Nostalgic trips
- Train station shuttle services etc.
Here you will find the latest events and leisure activities in the region
Our tour suggestions
At Lake Klopeiner See, one of the warmest lakes of Austria, a vast variety of leisure facilities will make your summer vacation eventful.
Trekking, hiking, nordic walking
Guided tours from the lakes to high mountain peaks – to protected landscape areas and nature reserve.
A network of hiking trails covers an unmatched magnificent 800 kilometres, at elevations from 440 to 2,139 metres above sea level.
Whether hiking trails, alpine tours, lakedistrict, mountain huts, nature parks – it´s a first class offer in the region Lake Klopeiner See – Southern Carinthia.
A visit to the marsh
A wealth of nature for guests from the Klopeiner See – Südkärnten region in Sablatnigmoor to experience.
The site where the present-day Sablatnigmoor has established itself was a post-Ice-Age lake some 12,000 years ago.
Over the time, the area and the boggy landscape came into being, bringing with them a rich variety of plant and animal life.
Here, you will find 1,700 animals, 300 plants and 170 bird species over 104 hectares. And something for garden lovers: Featured here are two carnivorous species of sundew and waterwash, as well as numerous rare orchids (for example, the marsh sundew). Fauna also need not hide within the Natura 2000 preserve. Birds, butterflies and frogs are particularly at home in Sablatnigmoor.
Right next to our house starts the easy Klopeiner See Route (5.8 km) and the Kleinsee Route: (3.6 km).
Mt. Kitzelberg: Easy hiking or Nordic Walking Tour. Duration about 2h, about 270 height meters. Passing the Kleinsee, before the Steinerberg, a gravel road leads up to the summit, the climb offers a beautiful view over the Kleinsee and from the top a panoramic view over the region Klopeinersee-Südkärnten. The descent leads along a forest path.
Mt. Georgiberg: Parking lot in the curve of the Georgibergstraße. Duration approx. 1 hour, approx. 160 meters in altitude – otherwise you could start directly at the Waldperle (+ approx. 1 hour). Beautiful easy hike up to the Wunschglöckchen on the Georgiberg summit. Not only the little old church and the wishing bell are a highlight, but also the view of Lake Klopeiner See, as well as to the northern and to eastern mountains.
Tscheppaschlucht Canyon (45 km) Entrance to the canyon marked. Large parking next to the street also marked. Entrance to the canyon, walk and climbing through the Tscheppaschlucht to the exit at the road tunnel of the Loiblpass-Road. Right next to the tunnel is about 50 m behind the road the Tschauko Waterfall.
Trees, steel cables, footbridge, bars, suspensions bridges, carabiners – visit of the Adventure park is new experience for whole family.
87 different attractions, 8 different track levels, 2 spectacular Flying Foxes (300 meters long) – the longest Flying Fox in Austria, suspended 1–14 m above the ground.
Family Adventure park in Tscheppaschlucht is a park of unique challenges. It is set up in the natural environment of trees. And this is what gives it a special allure. Healthily spend day in nature with lots of fun for everybody – children and adults, singles, couples, whole family, with friends or in groups. If you are looking for a fantastic fun day outdoor you should visit new Adventure park – Waldseilpark Tscheppaschlucht.
Wildenstein Waterfall – Gallizien 15km: The waterfall owes its name to the Wildenstein Castle, which was destroyed in the 1348 earthquake. It breaks out of a vertical rock face and drops down 54 metres into the depths for a spectacle to admire. Visitors make a short hike to the platform from which this wonder of nature can be observed. The ascent spirals and becomes quite challenging in the final third. Every step takes you closer to the noise and refreshing coolness of the waterfall.
A road leads to a parking lot, from where the waterfall can be reached in about 20 minutes on a forest path. Afterwards you can take refreshments in a small, cozy inn.
Hiking Trails Petzen 20 km The Petzen cable car lifts you up to a height of 1,708 m above sea level. Enjoy a view of the Jauntal Valley plus the mountains, hills and lakes of Southern Carinthia. Let the impressions of unspoiled nature enchant you.
Petzen offers wide-ranging leisure activities, from mountain hiking, climbing and mountaineering to mountain biking or cycling, right up to a tandem flight with a paraglider. The 2,126 m high Kordeschkopf and the 2,114 m high Feistritzer peak are the most impressive peaks in this mighty limestone formation.
Hiking Trails Saualpe – Diex With more than 2,000 proven hours of sunshine a year, Diex is the sunniest mountain village in Austria. The municipality lies at an altitude of around 1,200 metres above sea level, and offers a unique panoramic view. In summer hikers are delighted by the more than 100 kilometres of marked hiking trails in a mist-free location, and the municipal area is also crossed by several signposted cycle and mountain bike tours.
Hiking Trails Bad Eisenkappel 25km: Bad Eisenkappel is a climate protection municipality, and is also Austria’s southernmost health resort and climatic spa. But it is famous above all for one thing: the Obir dripstone caves, which are unique in Europe.
You can find out all about the unique cave world and its animal inhabitants on an 800-metres-long subterranean adventure trail, with living dripstones, coupled with a fascinating multimedia show.
You can also plunge into the peculiarities of nature in the Geopark Karawanken: the new information centre is right on the main square. From here amongst other things you can go on guided tours into the Trögerner Klamm gorge (“hiking on the sea bed”), up to the Petzen or Topitza, or to the Drau reservoir water meadows.
Hochobir: From the Eisenkappler hut, a hiking trail leads over the remains of the former mining and then over alpine pastures (past the “Cold Well”) to the ruins of the former Rainer-Refuge. From there continue to the summit with a fantastic view over a large part of Carinthia and the Julian Alps. Hiking trail to the summit about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
z.B. Trögerner Klamm(24 km) Klopeiner See – Eberndorf – Gösselsdorfer See – Rechberg – Bad Eisenkappel.
Starting in Bad Eisenkappel in the direction of Schaidasattel – Ferlach and follow the road accompanied by creek Ebriachbach to Ebriach/Obirsko. At the Gasthof Srienc turn left into the Trögerner Klamm. Follow the narrow road through the impressive gorge to the rest stop at the end of the gorge. Here is also the water playground for children, then return the same way.
z.B. Kärntner Storschitz (30 km) Klopeiner See – Bad Eisenkappel – Bad Vellach – Seebergsattel/Slovenian border. From there you can climb the Storschitz in about 1 1/2 hours.
Anyone wearing sandals on this tour will land at the doctors for sure!
Climbing paradise Southern Carinthia:
The holiday region Klopeiner See – Southern Carinthia is an unlimited hiking and climbing area. Climbing enthusiasts can enjoy a climbing garden and reach dizzying heights in the process. Beginner climbers, on the other hand, should try the climbing tower in St. Michael, the climbing route at the Petzen.
More experienced climbers should nort miss the demanding via ferrata and challenging climbing tours on the Koschuta.
Cycling and Mountainbike Tours
The Klopeiner See – Südkärnten region is a unique Dorado with over 1,200 km of signposted trails.
Whether strenuous mountain bike tour or easy 3-Lakes-Tour: in the region Klopeiner See – Southern Carinthia every cyclist will find the ideal tour.
Very popular with families is the Drau-Bike-Path (Drauradweg).
Two-wheeled fans can enjoy a total of 333 kilometres of car-free cycling. 60 km of the network belongs to a section of the famous and scenic Drava bike path. A route to be proud of, taking in the Santa Lucia Bridge and the highest railway bridge in Central Europe, where adrenaline junkies bounce 96 metres into the depths while bungee jumping.
Flow-Country-Trail: Enjoy the thrill of the 10km downhill Flow Country Trail Petzen.
The Flow Country Trail Petzen has opened for bikers from mid-May. Covering a total of ten kilometres, it is the longest country trail in Europe and also offers three cross-country trails, an exercise course with a pump & dirt area, a bike wash station, a service and rental station and a bike school.
Note: The track can only be entered with high-performance mountain bikes (for rent on site).
Kunstradweg Bleiburg: Along the Art-Trail to Bleiburg: an adventure journey through the southern Jauntal-Valley, along churches, shrines, healing springs, places of energy, modern sculptures, passing the highest railway bridge of Carinthia.
“Bike into the mountain” : The Klopeiner See – Südkärnten region not only lets mountain bikers enjoy riding on the mountain, but also offers them courses in open-air mines. Helmet on, mine lamp on, the tunnels await…
At about eight degrees Celsius and humidity of 95 percent, you cycle through the old mine, past breathtaking stone formations en route and into mountain halls almost 30 metres high – where you can greet the Lord of the Rings.
Allow around two hours for the seven kilometre course – accompanied by experienced mountain guides to ensure your safety at all times. Incidentally, this tour also takes you across the border between Carinthia and Slovenia.
Excursion Destinations near lake Klopeiner See
If the sun has overslept a bit or is timid, you do not need to despair immediately.
There are too many worthwhile excursion destinations, which can be visited with a Kärnten Card at reduced fees or even for free.
Castles, palaces, monasteries, museums, the Minimundus, cable cars, viewpoints, boat-trips – everything is there.
For guests who want to make use of this offer, we have put together a Carinthia-Package.
The content was mostly taken from the websites of the respective destinations (unproofed, also in extracts).
Within walking distance:
Game Park Wildgatter Klopein (1 km): Children can feed deer, there are also other small animals. Who rather would drive can also come here riding an small funny-train. A wine tavern “Buschenschank” provides during the opening hours snacks and apple juice or apple cider.
Forest Experience World Klopeiner See (1 km): A world full of exciting places.
Jumping, climbing, balancing: forest experience world at Klopeiner See was created for children and their needs. This is a natural playground 20,000 square metres across, boasting over 50 open-air attractions.
Stand-out features include the treetop trail, with a 28-metre-high observation tower, while a visit to Reiny’s fox’s den submerged underground.
Bird Park: Vogelpark Turnersee (4 km): The Turnersee bird park operates on the principle that no animals are to be removed from their natural habitat. The 300 species presented to visitors are thus mainly the product of their offspring.
As well as traditional crowd pleasers such as parrots, cockatoo, birds of prey or pheasants, the selection includes lesser-known species such as lorikeets or Amazons.
There is also an petting zoo, which features rabbits, guinea pigs, dwarf goats, alpacas and ponies, plus an adventure children’s playground and a bouncy castle.
Obir-Stalactite Caves (20 km): Nature has been perfecting this work of art for millions of years. Visitors to Bad Eisenkappel have three hours to get an inside look at the breathtaking grottos and hollows of the Obir stalactite caves. 200 million years of history and state-of-the-art technology make any visit to the Obir stalactite caves an unforgettable experience. The huge stalagmites, stalactites, caves and grottos offer an incomparable spectacle.
The Obir stalactite caves are not accessible to normal motor vehicles. Visitors are taken to the cave by an shuttle-bus from the Bad Eisenkappel ticket office.
Petzen Bergbahn (20 km): Take the easy way to the summit with the Petzen Cable Car (free for Kärnten Card holders). The Petzen cable car (gondola lift) takes you to a height of 1,708 m above sea level. Enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the Jaun Valley and the mountains, lakes and lakes of Southern Carinthia. Petzen offers wide-ranging leisure activities, from mountain hiking, climbing and mountaineering to mountain biking or cycling, right up to a tandem flight with a paraglider.
Enjoy the thrill of the 10km downhill Flow Country Trail Petzen. The Flow Country Trail Petzen has opened for bikers from mid-May. Covering a total of ten kilometres, it is the longest country trail in Europe and also offers three cross-country trails.
Observation Tower: Pyramidenkogel (35 km): Carinthia’s most beautiful lookout point!
Enjoy a unique panoramic view of Carinthia and its impressive landscape of lakes (lake Wörthersee, valley of four lakes of Keutschach) and mountains from an altitude of 920 m – from the world’s highest wooden look-out.
Using one of Europe’s most modern panoramic lifts or the staircase you may comfortably reach the panoramic platforms. Europe‘s highest slide: start at a height of 51,4 m, length 120, weatherproof glass Skybox.
Treasury of Carinthia – Benedictine Monastery of St. Paul: Stift St. Paul (35 km): Embedded in the landscape of the Lavanttal valley the monastery of St. Paul arises on a rock cone. In 1091 Benedictine monks from the monastery of Hirsau settled here. The former reception halls of the monastery are today used as the monastery museum presenting medieval goldsmith´s works, treasures, one of the most important manuscript collections and a valuable art gallery with works by Rubens, Van Dyck, Holbein, Leonardo da Vinci and Kremser Schmidt.
Medieval Fortress: Burg Hochosterwitz (30 km): Hochosterwitz Castle was first mentioned in a 860 deed and is possessed by the Khevenhüller family since the 15th century. Hochosterwitz Castle is one of Austria‘s most important and impressive Renaissance castles. The superbly preserved castle was built from 1570 to 1586 over a much older core.
Worth to see: Armory museum, weapons collection and the Renaissance gallery bear witness to the history of this fortification.
A path through 14 gates and a passenger lift lead up to the 150-meter high castle rock, on top of which the fortress stands.
Archaeological Park Magdalensberg: The „Town at Magdalensberg“ (25 km) ranks among the largest excavation sites of the eastern Alps and is archaeologically studied since 1948. The parks size is about 4 hectares and shows important areas of the ancient settlement and its ruins.
Along your way across the historic area you may encounter the “Youngling from Magdalensberg” and many other findings, proving Roman life at Magdalensberg.
Other interesting exhibits can be found in the Landesmuseum Kärnten, the cultural and natural science museum in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (closed for renovations at present).
More interesting places
Neuhaus – Museum Liaunig (30 km) The Museum Liaunig possesses one of the most extensive collections of contemporary Austrian art since 1945, which is supplemented by leading representatives of classic modernism and exemplary works of international artists.
As a counterpoint to contemporary art, an artistically and ethnologically unique collection of African gold is shown.
The exhibits of the collection Liaunig, which contains all important object types of the Akan art, show finest craftsmanship in conjunction with highest aesthetic quality.
Summer Theatre (6 km): A must-stop for those in the know is the Summer Theatre in Südkärnten.
The open-air stage is located in the courtyard of the former monastery of the Canons Regular of St. Augustine’s Order. Founded in 1976, the Summer Theatre is nowadays one of the largest and best known theater festivals in the country. The program features comedy rarities and ancient comedies in July and August.
There is an ascending public gallery, which currently offers 432 seats.
Griffen (20 km): The distinctive emblem of the municipality of Griffen is the castle rock, which houses probably the most colourful dripstone cave in Austria.
Stone Age finds in the cave point to the first human traces in present-day Carinthia. One of the mightiest castles of the Middle Ages stood in Griffen, and today the ruins still remind us of that time. The castle rock is accessible via a generously laid out hiking trail including nature trails, a well-run castle-tavern invites you to take a break.
Globasnitz and Mt. Hemmaberg (15 km): Globasnitz in Southern Carinthia is situated in an ancient settlement region with a long, historic past, and is assumed to have been settled during Celtic times.
The Hemmaberg with it´s striking rock walls is visible from far away.
In the rock it houses the Rosalia grotto with its medicinal spring. Both are cult sites and popular destinations.
A total of five churches, a hospice and residential rooms dating from the 5th and 6th centuries have been uncovered on the Hemmaberg. The excavation site is accessible free of charge and marked with information boards. The small finds are on display in the Hemmaberg Juenna Archaeological Museum of Pilgrims in Globasnitz with the tiny Elberstein Castle.
Klagenfurt (30 km): Capital of the holiday region Carinthia and Garden City by Lake Wörthersee, offers some interesting attractions.
On the outskirts of Klagenfurt directly by Lake Wörthersee lies Minimundus – the miniature world by the lake Wörthersee. Around the world in just one day!
Come and admire more than 150 of the most beautiful miniature architecture models, ships and trains from all over the world.
The Taj Mahal is a stone’s throw away from Eiffel Tower and the Great Wall of China is just a few steps away from the Basilica of Saint Peter. Many interactive stations on 1300 sqm indoor exhibition space are perfect for an active family adventure.
Next to it: Reptilienzoo Happ, the most complete reptile zoo of Austria with 1000 animals presented on 4000 m² and the Planetarium.
The mileage is “approximate” information, all times mentioned are about 30 minutes by car.