Reflections of the surrounding mountains shimmer in the turquoise waters of Carinthia’s Weissensee, one of the highest bathing lakes in southern Austria.
Soft tourism and sustainability are the philosophy at the Weissensee. The 76 square kilometres around the lake was declared a nature park in 2006 and two thirds of the lake shore are completely undeveloped.
Environmental protection is a matter of pride at the lake. Even a boat trip across the lake leaves no ecological footprint. Austria’s first electric hybrid ship, the “Alpenperle”, glides across the crystal-clear water without any emissions or noise.
Visitors who want to be more active can rent a wooden rowing boat while, on certain dates you can also book a trip on the ‘breakfast raft’. A breakfast featuring regional specialities is served during the approximately one and a half hour round trip.
A lakes and mountains break at the Weissensee is an especially peaceful experience. But that doesn’t mean that there is nothing to do. Nestled in the Gailtal Alps, the lake is the starting point for plenty of leisure activities: swimming, mountain biking, hiking, boat trips, sailing, surfing, fishing, diving, horseback riding and much more.
The lake is a real paradise for mountain bikers: 13 mountain bike trails totalling over 150 kilometres in length and all levels of difficulty are waiting to be discovered. The Weissensee MTB trails from the Naggler Alm are particularly spectacular.
Those who like to explore the mountains on foot, without losing sight of the impressive view of the lake, will feel particularly at home at the Weissensee: 200 kilometres of marked hiking trails lead from the lake (930 metres above sea level) up to 2300 m high mountains. Of course, the trail around the shoreline of the lake offers a less strenuous alternative.
Summer visitors should definitely try taking an original Weissensee wooden rowing boat to moor in a secluded bay. Or enjoy the view from the “Gosariawiese” meadow in comfortable wooden lounger swings: Or watch the brave cliff divers on the “Kleine Steilwand”.
More information: www.weissensee.com