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Carinthian Lakes 8-day Self-guided Walking Tour Level 1
Carinthia represents a relaxed way of life matched with an exquisite sense for enjoyment. Just as delightful, you will hike through this one of a kind region located in the South of Austria. From Villach, the gateway to the Carinthian lake paradise, you will discover the villas on Lake Wörthersee and the magnificent palace whilst walking along the Velden lakeside. Always accompanied by the mountain panorama and the Villach Alps, you climb up the Pyramidenkogel, followed by one lake highlight after another: fantastic lakeside trails along Lake Millstätter See, serpentine tracks on Lake Brennsee and comfortable trails on Lake Ossiacher See. Not only the sparkling lakes but also the high mountain peaks await to be discovered by you. The view from the so-called 'Sternenbalkon' (star balcony) situated high above Lake Millstätter See and the 'Juwelenweg‘ path through the Nock Mountains are only a few of the marvellous walking highlights.
You walk along beautiful, diverse hiking paths and trails, forest roads and forest paths. Surefootedness is required for a few narrow short rocky sections. For the hiking tours with a maximum walking time of 5 hours a good basic fitness level is sufficient. Often you have a choice between an easy and a more challenging option.
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Arrival in Villach
Explore the stunning historic centre of Villach, the bridge across the river Drau, the promenade and the Italian flair at the main square
Villach - Velden
A short train ride takes you directly to Lake Wörthersee. During a leisurely loop tour via the peninsula you discover the noble villas along the Brahms-promenade, high up from the viewpoint „Hohe Gloriette“ you enjoy fabulous views onto the turquoise-green lake. Onward through green forests and vast fields all the way to Lake Forstsee. On its shores you get to enjoy a break and marvel at the surrounding mountain world. In the afternoon you walk past the magnificent casino and palace along the lakeside to Velden. Approx. 5 hours 15 km +400 m -350 m
Circular walk Velden
Along diverse forest paths you ascend to the Teixelkreuz. Climb up the viewpoint tower Pyramidenkogel, from where you enjoy panoramic views as far as the Slovenian mountain world in good weather conditions. You descend in a spectacular fashion via Europe’s highest enclosed slide. In the afternoon you leisurely cross the lake by boat and from the water you get to marvel at the renowned peninsula and church of Maria Wörth. Approx. 4.5 hours 14 km +350 m -350 m
Velden - Döbriach
In the morning by train through the Drautal-valley to Spittal. Stroll through the castle grounds to the famous Renaissance palace ‚Porcia‘. After that you walk through the spectacular gorge ‚Lieser Schlucht‘ and reach Seeboden on Lake Millstätter See. A fantastic lakeside trail leads you directly along the water, accompanied by stupendous views onto the deep-blue lake and the fancy holiday resorts opposite. Delightful boat ride to Döbriach, today’s target. Approx. 4 hrs 13 km +150m -100m
Circular walk Döbriach
Today an entire day spent in the hiking village of Döbriach awaits, numerous activities and hiking paths to choose from. Ascend to the ‚Sternenbalkon‘ offering the best view across the entire length of the lake all the way into the Central Alps, you hike along the panorama path to Glanz and climb up the Hohe Wand-rockface. Alternatively you can simply embark on a loop tour in the village via dirt tracks and lakeside paths with wonderful opportunities for a swim in the bay ‚Döbriacher Bucht‘ – there are plenty of possibilities! Approx. 4 hours 10 km +550 m -550 m
Döbriach - Feld am See
The Juwelenweg-path leads you to Radenthein situated in the Nock Mountains, where a cheese tasting in the dairy Kaslab'n awaits. After this rewarding break you continue along forest paths and trails across meadows to the wildlife park, where you get to marvel at all kinds of animals. In the afternoon you reach Feld on Lake Brennsee. Here we highly recommend you enjoy a swim in the cool water. Approx. 3.5 to 4 hours 10 km +200 m -50 m
From Feld am See to Villach
A long the spectacular lake trail over hedge and ditch to the Finsterbach waterfalls and onward to the viewpoint pavilion at the rock face 'Peterlewand‘. Optionally you can also ascend by cable car to the Gerlitzen and embark on a loop tour on the alpine pastures to some wonderful mountain huts. In the afternoon you get to marvel at Lake Ossiacher See again, this time as part of a boat ride, before you return to your starting point after a short train ride: at the beautiful main square in Villach it is time to relax and with a glass of wine make a toast to your adventurous hiking week. Details: approx. 4 hours | 10 km | +350 m -350 m.
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