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Bathing lakes in Carinthia

Carinthia is not known as Austria's Riviera without reason. This South Eastern corner of Austria is blissfully warm in summer, providing excellent swimming and tanning oppurtunties at its many beautiful lakes.

Faaker See
Austria’s southernmost lake is 26°C warm and its turquoise waters offer fun, sports and relaxation for the whole family.
Special features: Austria’s only car-free island, the European Bike Week in the fall, and a diverse cultural program at Burgruine Finkenstein from where you enjoy magnificent views of the surroundings.
Facilities: bathing beaches, sailing and windsurfing school, boat rental, nudist area, campsites, hotels.
Further information: www.wasserreich.at

Klopeiner See
Thanks to its 28°C warm water, Klopeinersee offers almost tropical swimming fun. People gather at the shores of the family-friendly lake from the beginning of May. On the hottest of summer days only the Obir Stalactite Caves, Austria’s largest and most colorful, offer respite from the heat. At a temperature of around 8°C you even have to dress up!
Facilities: bathing beaches, boat rental, campsites (nudist campsite),hotels
Water sports: scuba diving, fishing
Further information: www.klopeinersee.at and www.wasserreich.at

Millstätter See
141-meter-deep Millstätter See is Carinthia’s second largest lake. It is attractively situated, bordered by tree-lined hills on its southern shores and a sprinkling of small resorts on its northern shores. The wide and flat shores of the 26°C warm lake are perfect for families with kids.
Water sports: water skiing, sailing, windsurfing, crazy banana, tubing, scuba diving, parasailing.
Facilities: bathing beaches, boat rental, nudist area, campsites, hotels.
Further information: www.millstaettersee.com/en/
Ossiacher See
This emerald green, long and narrow lake between Gerlitzen mountain and the Oassiach Tauern range is Carinthia’s third largest. The venue of the Carinthian Culture Summer offers fun activities for young and old. How about some climbing action on the 1st Swimming Iceberg or water sliding fun with Carinthia’s longest waterslide? A popular outing destination south west of the lake is Burgruine Landskron. The castle, partially in ruins, is famous for its bird of prey show and the monkey mountain.
Special features: cycle path encircling the lake; bi-annual water skiing championships.
Sports facilities: sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, scuba diving, crazy banana, tubing, parasailing.
Facilities: bathing beaches, boat rental, pleasure cruises, hotels, campsites.
Further information: www.wasserreich.at

Presseggersee
Beautifully located amid mountains, forests and meadows, crystal-clear Pressegger See is also known as the Bathtub of Gailtal. Pressegger See boasts super clean water fit for drinking; thanks to the many sunshine hours here it is one of Austria’s warmest swimming lakes.
Sports: wind surfing, sailing, fishing;
Facilities: bathing beach with large play lawn, boat rental, wind surfing school, sports and leisure center, fun park, camping sites, hotels, etc.
Further information: www.hermagor.at oder www.wasserreich.at

Weissensee
At 1000m above sea level, this is Carinthia’s highest lake. With a temperature of around 24°C the clear and clean water is refreshing even on the hottest of days, has a fantastic visibility and abounds with fish.
As two thirds of the lakeshores are protected under conservation laws, the area offers great scenic beauty. Ideal for those in search of peaceful relaxation as well as families with young children.
Sports facilities: windsurfing, crazy banana u. tubing, water-skiing, parasailing, fishing
Facilities: bathing beaches, pleasure cruises, boat rental, campsites, hotels.
Further information: www.weissensee.com und www.wasserreich.at

Wörthersee
This is not only Carinthia’s largest lake, but also its most popular and famous thanks to plenty of film shootings. Wörthersee is 17km long, 1.6km wide and 27°C warm and offers a wealth of activities for the family.
Sports facilities: sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, scuba diving, parasailing, crazy banana and tubing. Europe’s largest bathing beach is located on the lake’s eastern shores and boasts a giant waterslide, the venue of the annual international beach volleyball competition, and is the scene of the yearly Ironman Austria.
Facilities: bathing beaches, boat rental, nudist area, sailing and windsurfing schools, Casino (in Velden), bars, Kneipp facilities, hotels, campsites (nudist)
Further information: www.woerthersee.com und www.wasserreich.at