Other Activities (Carinthia)

While Austria is well known for its excellent and varied ski resorts, there is lots more to do and to keep those who are less keen skiers occupied. There are many thermal baths in the Carinthia region, most notably at Bad KleinKirchheim, right at the bottom of the ski slopes, but also a recently built facility at Villach and the bath house on Lake Millstätter See.

We spent an enjoyable day at the baths at Villach, where there are several pools, saunas and jacuzzi’s as well as water slides. You can read more about our day trip to the mineral spa here. 

Ice skating on weissensee

Annual Ice skating competition on Weissensee

Many of the lakes offer ice-skating during the winter months and there is also horse riding in the snow, snow-shoeing and cross country skiing. One of the most well known is Weissensee, which freezes over in about December and is the setting for the Dutch ’11 cities tour’, where hundreds of Dutch ice skaters (and many other nationalities) descend on the small village to compete in various races. There are large marquees, bands playing and some of he best skaters come to compete. As well as huts selling Dutch delicacies.

In December many of the towns hold Christmas fairs, while in March there is an Ice Polo tournament on the frozen Lake Turracher See or the Cuba festival in Nassfeld-Hermagor.

For those a little more adventurous you can try Ice-surfing and Ice-tennis on the frozen lakes. Or ice-climbing on specially prepared practice routes.

Pressegger Sea

Pressegger See

 

Ice Skating is free at Pressegger See, just a short drive from Hermagor. There is plenty of parking and a small hut selling Gluhwein and tea.

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