and it's diversity
Those who stand up here will see Carinthia through new eyes. For the Gerlitzen Alpe was blessed greatly, and as a popular day trip destination, it offers a wonderful mix of everything we like: brilliant circular paths, powerful peak successes, cosy alpine cabins, exciting Nordic Walking trails, laid-back mountain bike tours, rapid descents on the mountain go-karting track ("Pistenflitzer), etc.
The Gerlitzen Alpe is situated directly by the northern shore of Lake Ossiach. From there, the Panorama-Kanzelbahn and the Gerlitzen-Gipfelbahn cable cars will take you up to 2000 m above sea level. The Gerlitze offers you the most beautiful panoramic view of Carinthia. Almost the entire scenic lake world of the region will be at your feet.
The Ossiacher See is located northeast of the city Villach and is the most varied lake in Carinthia. Peace and culture on one side, sports and events on the other. The combination of Mediterranean and alpine delights locals and guests alike. Between the Gerlitzen Alpe and the Ossiacher Tauern you find the region Ossiacher See. It is a perfect holiday destination for connoisseurs, discoverers and nature lovers.
The turquoise Lake Faak with its idyllic island in the middle looks almost like paradise. Active holidaymakers can look forward to all sorts of activities not only on and in the water, but all around the lake too. Tips: a kayak tour through the reed belt, the Kopein mountain bike trail, the Kanzianiberg rock climbing centre, hiking on the Alpe-Adria-Trail (Stage 22) and a visit to the European Bike Week.
Dobratsch Nature Park
Dobratsch nature park shows how a sustainable development is possible. Here everyone gets his own adventure. The smallest enjoy the adventure playgroud and adults can choose from many different hikes and a lot of culinary offers in the mountain huts. Up on the alpine pastures you can enjoy views of the Alpine-Adriatic mountain world, whilst down below the warm lake waters of up to 28 degrees sparkle in the sun.
The heart of the region beats in Villach, the town on the River Drau, with its picturesque pedestrian zones and cafés. Here you can really feel the Carinthian peoples' zest for life, and the focus is on celebrating, especially around Carnival time and the famous Kirchtag fair. The KärntenTherme in Villach-Warmbad is one of Austria's most modern spa experiences, open all year round.
Region Villach App
Search for the most beautiful trips of the region or draw your very own routes with the Region Villach app. In order for you to have your favourite routes with you at all times even without an internet connection, you can also save favourite items offline on your device. With this app, you can also find the most entertaining day trip destinations, great culinary tips and the live cams in our region. Additionally, the app offers many more useful tools such as the peak finder, a compass, and more.
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Have fun exploring!