Lakes near Villach

Wörthersee

Wörthersee

The first to mention is the Wörthersee as it is a beautiful alpine lake in Carinthia. This lake stretches from the capital Klagenfurt to the Velden in the west. It is about 1km wide and 20km in length. You can see the snow-capped alpine peaks very easily and the special thing about this lake is its blue-green colour which is also transparent. It used to be an exclusive summer relaxation retreat for Vienna’s noblemen in the early 19th century. When you are here, you can visit the main towns Velden, Krumpendorf and also Portschach. There are many reasons why it is a popular destination, one of which it is has nice Mediterranean climate. So the waters are warm and clean in the summer time. Most tourists are here because they want a high quality of vacation, with their family, for horse riding and also for golfing. It is exceptionally popular in July and August and the waters are naturally at 25ºC. Otherwise, if you like the largest Audi and Volkswagen car show in Europe, you will get to come to the town called Reifnitz in the month of May.

Millstätter See

Millstätter See

Millstätter See

Millstätter See is also in the Carinthia of Austria. It is in the Central Eastern Alps and near to Spittal an der Drau. This may be just a town which lies between the Lower Drava Valley and the Lurnfeld area. Some sights not to be missed are: Schloss Porcia which is a Renaissance castle. It is one of the most important castles in Austria and it has an Italian palazzo style. This is also where the annual festival for classic theatrical comedies is held. The other sight is the town hall that used to be a former Renaissance Palais of a noble family. If you like churches, there is a late Gothic Catholic parish church Mary’s Annunciation that dated back to the 13th century. The first monastery is in the village of Molzbichl dated 780 and was abandoned in the 10th century. You can see from the artifacts in the small museum about the Caroligian. One key exhibits is the altar of a Roman tombstone of an Early Christian deacon Nonnosus. Another highlight is the Red Tower or Roter Turn. It is the fiefdom of the Counts of Ortenburg. There is also where you can find the largest private collection of model railroad in Spittal.

 

 

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