Slow Trails in Carinthia: paths that inspire

People love walking along the shores of a lake. The open space created by the surface of the water, the varying shapes of the mountain backdrop against the horizon, the gentle lapping of the waves, the scent of the flora and fauna that surrounds: this combination creates an atmosphere that can relax yet inspire. The new Slow Trails, within view of six of the loveliest Carinthian lakes, have been designed to clear the head, set spirits free and sustainably wind down.

Away from the daily grind, into a calming landscape, which also inspires. Slow Trails are a project by the“Urlaub am See“ (Holidays by the Lake), formed by the five Carinthian lake destinations of Millstätter See, Region Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See, Wörthersee, Klopeiner See and the Region Nassfeld – Pressegger See – Lesachtal - Weissensee.

Slow Trails are perfect examples of Carinthia’s unique landscape of lakes and mountains. Slow Trails are relaxed paths of no more than 10 km in length, with a max. 300 m difference in altitude. None of the trails takes longer than three hours to complete, and bathing is possible on all – be it a refreshing cool-down for the calves or barefoot across the soft moss in the forest lakes.

 

 

Slow Trails Millstätter See, Wörthersee

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Slow trail Mirnock

Mirnock Millstätter See

Mirnock Millstätter See

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Wörthersee Römerschlucht

Wörthersee Römerschlucht

Silent mountain lakes and fabulous moor landscapes

One of the two Slow Trails at Lake Millstatt has a long tradition as a path with hidden secrets. The 4.4 km trail through the mysterious Mirnock Moor, home to the legend of the Mirnock giant and the fisherman’s daughter, ends at the top of the Mirnock. Locals have long been drawn to the mountain with its fascinating views and romantic sunsets. The proximity between lakes and mountains is apparant on the second trail too, the Zwergsee Slow Trail. This trail leads through the shade of chestnut- and pine tree forests, in the midst of which a forest stage opens up the view of the art nouveau villas along the shores.

 

 

The Slow Trail at the Wörthersee does not just introduce you to the well-known lake and its neighbouring mountain world, it also gives you unrivalled views of the 7.1 km long Römerschlucht, the solitary Forstsee and Velden. The trail can be well-combined with a boat trip on Lake Wörth.

Slow Trails Klopeiner See, Ossiacher See

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Slow Trail Kitzelberg Klopeiner See

Slow Trail Klopeiner See

Slow Trail Klopeiner See

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Slow Trail Bleistätter Moor

Slow Trail Bleistätter Moor

One of the prettiest view points in South Carinthia can be found on the Slow Trail at Lake Klopein. The 3.5 km long path leads from the western shores, gently up the Kitzelberg, with an impressive new viewing platform as its goal.

The Slow Trail at Lake Ossiach is quite unique, taking you from the Steinhaus in Steindorf at 7.1 km into the mystical Bleistätter Moor, through archaic moor landscapes and passed untouched shore passages, accompanied by the view of the OssiachTauern and Gerlitzen Alpe. You can also combine the Slow Trail with a boat trip on Lake Ossiach.

Slow Trail Weissensee und Pressegger See

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Weissensee Slow Trail

Slow Trail Weissensee

Slow Trail Weissensee

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Slow Trail Pressegger See

Slow Trail Pressegger See

Slow Trail Pressegger See

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Weissensee Alpenperle

MS Alpenperle

MS Alpenperle

Slow Trail Weissensee

The Weissensee, known for its fjord-like landscape and the only Carinthian lake without a bypass in its proximity, offers the perfect Slow Trail scenario. The shore path entices with bays and resting places across 7.7 km, against the proud backdrop of the Lienz Dolomites. You can either follow the trail from Neusach/Techendorf to the eastern shore, or take it the other way around. It can be rounded off with a trip on the “Genussfloß“ (Pleasure Raft) or the environmentally friendly “MS Alpenperle“.

Slow Trail Pressegger See

The 5.8 km Slow Trail at Lake Pressegg leads through Austria’s second largest reed belt, framed by the Gailtal- and Carnic Alps. Observant hikers will spot rare flora and fauna in this unique vegetation with its reeds of up to three metres in height, water lilies and mare’s-tail, including yellow-green “Glanzstendel“ orchids and uncommon types of dragonfly. The Slow Trails at the Weissensee and Lake Pressegg will be completed this summer.

Six lakes and ten Slow Trails

Ten Slow Trails are planned by the end of 2019. Slow Trails create a hiking experience unlike any other. They are uniformly-marked, with benches, platforms and hammocks inviting you to take a break along the way. Well, it is all about relaxing and winding down here! More information on the individual Slow Trails can be found on the homepages of their regions, or in the local tourist information centres.

Slow trails (in German)

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