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Panoramic hikes around the most beautiful lakes of Carinthia

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Panoramic hikes around the most beautiful lakes of Carinthia

Hiking Collection by Kärnten Werbung

10

Tours

35:53 h

72.4 mi

10,275 ft

Before departing on your adventure, you enjoy a coffee on the lakeside terrace. Then, walking down a narrow hiking path, you follow the tree-lined shore. The clear water of the lake is always visible through the trees, until—suddenly—you're standing right by it. The trees have opened up and in front of you is an epic panorama as the lake stretches out before you. The clear water glistens peacefully in the sun, between the rocks you can see small, agile fish and on the other bank a picturesque mountain landscape stretches out over the lake.

Lakes and mountains are a special kind of attraction. Wide views, idyllic Alpine landscapes, clear water and the silence of the mountains are things all nature lovers are naturally drawn to. In Carinthia, six famous lakes lure you to extensive discovery hikes: Klopeiner See, Millstätter See, Pressegger See, Ossiacher See, Wörthersee and Weissensee. An unbelievable variety of landscapes awaits you on these hikes: Lake Wörthersee lies in the hilly Klagenfurt basin, Lake Weissensee is framed by lush green mountain slopes, Lake Pressegger See is part of a quiet moorland, around Lake Ossiacher See you will find idyllic villages and small towns and Lake Millstätter See lures you with its untouched forests on its southern shore. All five lakes are popular bathing lakes with first-class water quality. Thanks to the mild climate, they are among the warmest lakes in the entire Alps and invite you to swim from spring to autumn.

We have selected ten hikes on which you can explore the lakes and the surrounding mountain world. In addition to some sporty mountain treks, however, enjoyment is at the forefront of the great Carinthian lakes. The best way to discover the lakes and landscapes is on the slower, more relaxed trails. These are no more than ten kilometers long (6 miles) and push you up less than 300 meters (1,000 feet) in elevation gain. On comfortable paths, you hike through the Alpine idyll and leave your everyday stress behind you very quickly. Nowhere else can you immerse yourself better in the Carinthian mountain and lake landscape than on these trails. Whether it's a lake trek, a walk in the woods or a panoramic hike - just choose your favorite trail and let Carinthia's lakes enchant you.

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  • Intermediate
    03:10
    3.86 mi
    1.2 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,775 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With a height of 2,139 meters the Hochobir is the highest peak of the North Karavanke. On top of the summit of the mountain you have a fantastic view down to the Klagenfurt basin and the rocky peaks of the Karawanken. From the Eisenkappler hut, a well-maintained hiking trail leads you up to the Hochobir

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  • Intermediate
    02:06
    4.34 mi
    2.1 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Kitzelberg is a wooded ridge on the west bank of the Klopeiner See. At the top of the summit you will find a beautiful viewing platform - so you can enjoy a great view of Lake Klopein despite the tall trees. From St. Kanzian, a leisurely circular hike takes you up to the summit. The slow trail runs

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  • Easy
    01:00
    2.23 mi
    2.2 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    With a length of more than eleven kilometers and a width of almost two kilometers, Lake Millstatt is the second largest lake in Carinthia. To experience the lake in all its dimensions, it is worthwhile to climb a little on the surrounding slopes. Above the lake you will then get an impression of its

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  • Easy
    00:56
    1.77 mi
    1.9 mph
    425 ft
    475 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Mirnock is an isolated ridge on the east bank of Lake Millstatt. According to a legend, the mountain once had a round cliff on which a giant lived. He fell in love with the daughter of a fisherman who lived on the Afritzer See. One night the giant kidnapped the daughter, but the fisherman was able

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  • Intermediate
    02:16
    5.36 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Weissensee is picturesquely nestled between the mountains on the edge of the Gailtal Alps. The lake is located at an altitude of 930 meters and is thus the highest located large lake of Carinthia. Only a small part of its shore is built, the much larger part is under nature conservation. Many hiking

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  • Easy
    01:39
    3.93 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the small lake Pressegger See in the Carinthian Gail Valley you can expect not only a picturesque landscape, but also great destinations for families. The cozy round trip around the lake can thus be perfectly combined with a visit to the outdoor pools, the adventure playground 'In the realm of the

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  • Easy
    01:53
    4.58 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Ossiacher See is the third largest lake in all of Carinthia. The long, narrow lake is framed in the north by the steep slopes of the Gerlitzen Alpe and borders on the mountains of the Ossiacher Tauern in the south. While roads lead along the north and south banks, you can go on hikes in untouched

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  • Difficult
    03:26
    5.60 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On the edge of Villach, the Dobratsch rises to an altitude of 2,166 meters. The isolated mountain range forms the easternmost foothills of the Gailtal Alps and offers a particularly beautiful view of the surrounding landscape due to its special location. The summit area of ​​the Dobratsch is today protected

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  • Difficult
    16:15
    33.9 mi
    2.1 mph
    4,500 ft
    4,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With a length of 16.5 kilometers and a width of almost two kilometers, the Wörthersee is the largest lake in Carinthia. Due to its location in the Klagenfurt basin, it is also one of the warmest lakes in the Alps. As befits an alpine lake, you can tour the Wörthersee on a spectacular hike. The route

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  • Intermediate
    03:14
    6.77 mi
    2.1 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In its enormous extent, you can hardly see the Wörthersee in its entirety from its shore. Fortunately, there are various viewpoints around the lake that offer a much better perspective slightly above the shore. This slow trail takes you from Velden on the west bank of the lake to the Hohes Kreuz viewpoint

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    72.4 mi
  • Duration
    35:53 h
  • Elevation
    10,275 ft

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