Carinthian natural arena in summer

Carinthian natural arena

The natural Arena of Carinthia is located directly on the border with Italy, with the Gailtal, Gitschtal, Lesachtal, Weissensee and Nassfeld-Hermagor valleys creating a micro region with strong Alpine characteristics.

The tourist area has over 1.000 km of marked trails (many of them on the border with Italy) from 600 to 2.800 meters above sea level. 31 itineraries for cycling enthusiasts, 2 bathing lakes, 55 adventure programs, the longest summer toboggan run, the Flying-Fox route, the rocky labyrinth or 26 thematic trails such as the Geo-Trail, the Via della Pace, the " Via del Formaggio ”transform the area into a hiking paradise for the whole family but also for passionate walkers who are no longer young.

As you can well understand, the natural Arena of Carinthia offers a very diversified offer that goes from the quiet walk in the mountain hut to the mountaineering ascent to the summit, to climbing on the Via Ferrate of the Carnic Alps and the Gailtal valley or to the bathing lakes .

With more than 70 points of interest between the municipalities of Feistritz (in the lower Gail valley) and Maria Luggau (in the Lesachtal valley) they become stops to travel. Hikers can encounter cascading waterfalls, gorges, vertical rock faces, quiet mountain lakes, marine fossils, ferns and ancient logs. The man's role is only that of an extra.

For example, the nature trail of the Plöckenhaus Refuge and the Monte Croce Carnico Pass is a key point for discovering the geology of the Natural Arena of Carinthia, as it represents the "gateway" to the past of the history of the earth. In less than an hour you cover the entire history of the universe and the solar system. In the famous gully called "Cellonetta" the history of the earth from 400 million years ago is told.

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Those who love nature and fun can take a trip to Lake Weissensee, nestled in the Alps of the Gailtal valley at an altitude of 930m above sea level and extends over 6,5 square kilometres. It is one of the cleanest lakes in the entire Alpine region, so much so that it won the "European Award for Tourism and the Environment", it is possible to swim in it as the water is clean and there are no health risks during competitive swimming competitions are also held throughout the year on the lake's waters.

Il Weissensee lake it lends itself to numerous water activities, from rowing boat tours to the more modern pedal boats as well as kitesurfing. The surrounding area is very green thanks also to the environmental constraints dictated by the fact that the entire lake area is protected as a National Natural Park of Austria. In summer the temperatures are mild (average 24 degrees) ideal for those who want to rest and sunbathe along the lake shore.

Another important area of ​​the Natural Arena of Carinthia is the Lesachtal (Lesach Valley), a small tourist center nestled between the Lienz Dolomites and the Carnic Alps. Far away from mass hotel complexes, the Lesachtal is one of Austria's 17 mountaineering villages.

In mountaineering villages the awareness of the balance between man and nature is stronger than elsewhere, here mountaineering is an integral part of the cultural identity of the inhabitants and tourists also perceive this passion. This respect for nature gives tourists 300 kilometers of marked paths that wind between the farms of the valley and the mountain pastures at high altitude until reaching the peaks at 2700 metres.

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