Articles – 10 Lakes of Carinthia

Cycle until sunset and end the day on the water. Story! You can of course relax in the SPA. The combination of mountains, crystal clear lakes and above average sunshine offers many opportunities for active recreation.

During a family vacation in Carinthia, the southernmost federal state of Austria, we will appreciate the top-level attractions that await us. The combination of mountains, countless warm lakes and above-average sunshine provides many opportunities in which young and old will find something for themselves.

Why do we recommend a holiday by the lake? If you can’t imagine a holiday without a motorhome or caravan, you can literally choose from the range of campsites near the lakes. And this guarantee to enter crystal clear water again and again. As pure as nature wanted. Do you like fish? In Carinthia there are many opportunities for anglers!

Sustainable caravanning

Carinthia impresses with its approach to tourism. Many Carinthian hosts have specialized in family stays. So nothing prevents you from spending a successful holiday in a certified family hotel, on a child-friendly campsite or on a farm or mountain chalet. On our recent visit we chose to stay at a campsite ?Pesenthein Here, nature lovers and sunbathers will find their own personal “place on the box” – right on the lake.


On an area of ​​5,000 square meters there are about 200 spacious individual pitches overlooking a lake surrounded by mountains. For more than 35 years, the campsite in Pesenthein has been a benchmark for nature lovers and nature lovers, textile-free camping and swimming on Lake Millstatt.

And here’s the most interesting encouragement. The water in the lake is of drinking water quality.

Camping Pesenthein at the Millstätter See

The climate at Lake Millstatt on the southern side of the Alps is influenced by the Adriatic Sea and is very temperate. The average summer temperature is between 25° and 35°. In summer the water temperature is on average 20° – 25°. The bathing season is from May to September. Nudist or songwriter – everyone will feel free here.

Thanks to the slight slope of the campsite right on the lake, you can enjoy beautiful views from every level. The higher the view, the better. Sanitary facilities are located in the pavilion’s centrally located building. The interior is delightful with stone floors – it is also a guarantee of reliability and easy maintenance of standard sanitary facilities. There is also a children’s playroom, a TV room and free WiFi internet throughout the building.

There are bicycles on site – you can rent them for free! In addition, current information about these and other campsites in Carinthia can be found at:

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Walk around the lakes of Carinthia

Encourages active rest, again with 2 wheels. The 340 km long cycle route was created as a joint project of five Carinthian destinations: Millstätter See, Villach – Faaker See – Ossiacher See, Wörthersee, Klopeiner See – Südkärnten and Nassfeld – Pressegger See – Lesachtal – Weissensee. In each of the five regions, you can admire beautiful landscapes of lakes and mountains. The shape of the double loop also allows you to plan your trip on a bicycle according to your needs.

Information about bike rental throughout Carinthia (according to the motto “borrow and return everywhere”) is available at Kä

Magical moments

Holidays have their own rules and it is they who influence our happiness. In Carinthia you can try something completely new: you can cross the lake in a rowboat, cross the river in a canoe, watch the cows milking or make cheese. Always in contact with nature. It is worth noting that Carinthia is also home to exotic animals such as 170 Japanese macaques in Affenberg in Villach, snakes, spiders and iguanas in the Reptilienzoo Happ in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee and alpacas in the Bleiberger Hochtal.

See the world from above

If you want to end your holiday in Carinthia with a test of courage, a rope descent from the world’s tallest wooden lookout tower, the Pyramidenkogel, which sits high above Lake Wörthersee, is worth doing. For all others who want to admire the fantastic panorama of Carinthia from a height of 75 meters, there is a covered slide or lift.

The Stadtpfarrturm in Klagenfurt also opens up new perspectives. If you climb 225 steps, you have a beautiful view over Klagenfurt and the surrounding mountains. More information at:

Photo R. Dobrowolski

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