Carinthia – Home to Numerous Beautiful Lakes

The sight of a beautiful lake makes me forget about the sea. That is why today I want to demonstrate some of our wonderful lakes to you.

Next to the famous lakes like lake Ossiacher See, lake Woerthersee, lake Millstaetter See, lake Weissensee, lake Faaker See, and lake Pressegger See there are also many small lakes. Interesting to know is the fact that the biggest four of them take up about 60 square kilometers and the rest of them only about 10.

There are also quite a few activities that our great lakes offer. For diving, lake Millstaetter See is a perfect choice and  lake Weissensee is famous all over Europe for ice-skating. For example, every year many people are visiting from the Netherlands as a part of the so-called eleven cities tour. But that’s not it: you can go swimming, walk around the lakes, go on a boat trip, enjoy water skiing, or simply enjoy the beauty whilst reading a book.

There is also a new trending sport called Stand Up Paddling (SUP). Everybody was speaking about it last year and when I finally decided to buy myself a paddle, they were out of stock at nearly all of the sports retailers. Being similar to a surfboard there is one huge advantage: it’s easier to carry around because you can just let the air out once you’re finished. This sport is also a perfect workout because you stand on the board and you have to paddle to move forward in the water. It looked easy at first, but after I had tried it myself, I can assure you it’s a hard workout.

So, as you can see, you can do so many things at our lakes. What’s your favorite activity? Please comment below and if you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask. I hope you enjoyed reading this post.

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Dobratsch: More than just a Mountain

Dobratsch, also known as the Villacher Alpe, feels like my second home. It’s were I spent a lot my youth and to this day it has a special place in my heart.

You are looking for a fantastic location to hike? Then you have found just the right place. There are more or less two ways to the top of the mountain, where you will be able to enjoy a great panorama while standing next to the summit cross. The easier route is doable for almost everyone and doesn’t need much training or skills, whereas the second way called the Jaegersteig is more difficult. You definitely need good shoes, even better conditioning and endurance for the hike that will take you about two and a half hours. While steadily making your way to the top you will also come across cows, horses and sometimes even donkeys.

A special memory that I always enjoy thinking back to is the time during the holidays that my family, friends and myself used to spend at a small alpine cabin. We had no running water, no electricity and spent most of the time playing outside and simply enjoying the nature.

I hope you enjoyed reading my post and would really like to hear about your unforgettable experiences in the nature in the comments below. For more information about Dobratsch please enjoy this video that I came across.

Indication of source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY8iZJA7Lpc

Winter time in Carinthia – Skiing

Skiing is a very popular sport and there are more than 20 skiing areas in Carinthia. Obviously, it is very important for winter tourism. Sliding down the snow-covered slopes with my carving skis is a pleasure for me.  

Due to corona, there is nearly no winter tourism this year. However, one big advantage is that only a few people are skiing on almost empty slopes. Unfortunately, many locals are not able to go skiing. That is a very sad fact, but on the other hand, I can understand why. As a child, this very expensive hobby was paid by my parents, so I had the opportunity to learn skiing. I am very happy about it. I learned skiing when I was three years old. At the age of nine, I tried something new. Skiing wasn’t cool anymore, so I learned to handle a snowboard. For more than fifteen years I only used my snowboard.
This winter I was very afraid to go skiing after the long break. Now I can tell you, it is not possible to unlearn skiing. After one day I was able to do it safely and nearly like a professional. Skiing is a funny sport and I really like it. If you want to learn skiing, go to a small ski lift first. Second, ask friends if they could help you. Finally, take a professional ski course.

More information on skiing areas in Carinthia are available under following link: https://www.bergfex.at/kaernten/.

Now it’s your turn. Hope you have been inspired by me for my favorite passion with snow and mountains. I would like to know your opinion about skiing. Please comment below.