Experience the power of nature: holidays in Carinthia

5 ideas for an unforgettable holiday in Carinthia’s natural paradise

Spending time in nature is proven to benefit our physical and mental health, so prioritise your wellbeing on holiday! Nature soothes, stimulates, reduces stress, and even boosts your immune system!

Put on your hiking boots for the best nature holidays

From Carinthia’s many hiking trails, breathtaking views stretch across borders into Slovenia and Italy. Take a stiff climb up to the summits of the Hohe Tauern National Park where your reward is to wander through alpine meadows strewn with wildflowers. Or take a Slow Trail along the shores of one of the many beautiful lakes. If you’re quiet in the mountains you may surprise a marmot, or spot a magnificent bird of prey. Set your spirit free on a hiking holiday in Carinthia, where there are trails for all levels of fitness and ability.


Enjoy Carinthia’s camping holidays

Pitch your tent beneath dappled woodland shade. Or camp beside a bathing lake that reaches temperatures of 28 degrees celcius in summer. Open the tent flap to views of a stunning mountain landscape. Whether you are looking to relive childhood memories or create new ones on family nature holidays, Carinthia has many, very special camping places to make your dreams come true.


Family nature holidays by the lake

Carinthia is the land of lakes and holidays in lakeside hotels and cottages are a brilliant way to experience nature in comfort. Imagine waking up every morning to a view of still blue water reflecting the surrounding mountains. Take a refreshing swim in the warm summer water. Or a long walk around the lakeshore through autumnal woods. The icy brilliance of a frozen lake in winter is simply breathtaking. From romantic Millstatter See to the vivid turquoise of Lake Faak, Carinthia’s many lakes welcome you to the best nature holidays.


Cycling holidays: nature all around

The wind in your face; the scent of wildflowers on the breeze; stopping beside a pristine lake for a wild swimming break on a hot afternoon. Cycling puts you in the midst of nature in a different way. You can cover a lot more ground on your bike than on foot, allowing you to see more, do more and experience more. Carinthia has outstanding cycling holidays and excellent bike hire and repair infrastructure to support them. Complete a few sections of the Alpe Adria Trail or the Drau Cycle Route. Or explore the gentle, circular routes around Lake Faak or Lake Ossiach.


Family nature holidays on the farm

The warmth of Austrian hospitality and the richness of our rural traditions make Carinthia a perfect place to enjoy a farm stay holiday. Where better for kids to get in touch with nature than while climbing trees, getting to know animals, and gaining a deeper understanding of how we can live in sustainable harmony with the planet. Read more about the amazing opportunities for farm stay holidays in Carinthia.

Top tips for the most beautiful natural experiences in Carinthia

Discover the mysterious underground world at the Obir Stalagtite Caves. Hike one of Carinthia’s many beautiful gorges. Get in touch with the ancient past at the Karavanke Geopark. Explore the clear, turquoise waters of Lake Meerauge. Whatever adventure you choose in Carinthia, know that unspoiled nature will surround you.

Discover our world with your kids on family nature holidays

Are you already planning your next family nature holiday? Read all about our favourite tips for where to experience nature in all its richness in Carinthia with your kids

Follow the Greifenburg Water Trail through the stunning Gnoppnitzklamm gorge. The whole family will love this shady path, with plenty of stops for swimming in clear pools – water so clear in fact that you can drink it. Even quite young children will be tempted to walk on and on, from adventure station to activity, and from pool to pool. The roaring waters of the Gnoppnitzbach river create a relaxing backdrop to your walk. The trail leads directly from the town centre of Greifenburg and takes about an hour.

The Greifenburg Water Trail

The Sablatnigmoor nature conservation area near the town of Eberndorf covers 100 hectares of protected ecosystems, where visitors can walk among varied landscapes and see many different birds, amphibians, insects and plants. Another highlight is Lake Gosseldorfer where you can swim and relax in summer. Take a guided tour of the Sablatnigmoor to immerse yourself in the beauty of this rich marshland habitat.

Expeditions in Sablatnigmoor

Follow the Bacherlebnisweg adventure trail along the Lieser River, while it is still a mountain stream, and into the Pöllatal nature reserve. This charming family nature hike is around six kilometres and mostly flat. There are 11 information boards along the way, encouraging hikers of all ages to look, listen and understand. For the kids, each board has a special quiz or game to complete. At the end of the day, stop at the cosy Kochlöffelhütte for a hot chocolate and cake. You might even want to try some fishing on the way.

Hiking & fishing in the Pölla Valley

The Wildenstein waterfall is the highest free-falling cascade in the whole of Europe! A torrent of stunning, sparkling water plunges 54 metres into the pool below. The Wildenstein Waterfall Trail takes around an hour on a well-formed path through the forested canyon. Pick wild raspberries and strawberries from beside the path in late summer and enjoy views of Hochobir mountain and the wildflower-filled meadows around Gallizien on your way back down.   

The Wildensteiner Waterfall Trail

Near the market town of Steinfeld in the Upper Drau Valley, this Naturparcours/Outdoor Park has fun activities for the whole family. It is in the area of the Hohe Tauern National Park and the views are fantastic. For the best nature holiday, try the Rottenstein farm trail through meadow and woodland. Or the shorter Bee Trail with experience stations to learn about these important creatures. A unique outdoor experience is 3D archery, where participants roam through forest terrain shooting at foam 3D ‘prey’. Field archery is a great way of building concentration and enjoying the outdoors at the same time.

Archery in the Naturparcours Steinfeld

Nockberge Horizonte Trail
Franz Gerdl

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