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The 5 most idyllic spots on the lake

The author Claudia Lux will tell you about great places by the lake that you probably don't know about yet

The many lakes in and around the region “Villach – Lake Faaker - Lake Ossiacher”, nine in total, are not only offering bathing fun with drinking water quality. Moreover, you will find excursion destinations and secret places at these dreamlike lakes, which Claudia Lux, a Carinthian-wide expert on lakes wants to bring you closer to you. Discover our top five places by the lake.

Rejuvenation point
The gorge starts in Old Ossiach and leads up to the Tauern pond. With its wild roughness and the cool air of the wild creek along the way, it is powerful and adventurous at the same time. Well secured and with many well-kept bridges, the gorge path is also recommended for families – good footwear provided. You will climb 400 metres of altitude here in just over 90 minutes and will be rewarded along the way with the view of Lake Ossiach and idyllic resting places that invite you to pause in nature.
Starting point is at the Ossiacher-See main road, (coming from Villach) shortly after the town sign "Alt Ossiach."

Escape route
The Mittagskogel mountain is reflected in the water, its picture framed by reeds, and dragonflies buzz through the air: This most beautiful scenery in Lake Faaker can only be reached by paddle boat. The outlet of this natural idyll with Caribbean flair leads along winding paths through the reed belt. Fish, aquatic plants and birds are within easy reach – there is no other more beautiful escape route from everyday life.
Starting point of paddling in Lake Faaker reeds: Village pond in Faak by the lake, near camping pool Poglitsch.

High altitudeg
It doesn't have to be a tandem flight to experience Lake Ossiacher from above. A hike (or for those feeling less active - a ride) to "Eder's Einkehr" is enough. The small restaurant is famous for its homemade modern interpretations of Carinthian cuisine, these being even more famous than the stunning view over the lake! Host Brunhild runs her small, cosy tavern mostly alone, therefore it is advisable to make a reservation.
Eders Einkehr, Ossiachberg 9, 9520 Sattendorf. Daily from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. Closed Monday’s and Tuesday’s. Tel. (04248) 29 686.

Oasis
The wellness and sauna world of Seestuben in Villach is a wonderful oasis right on Lake Leonharder, which is lovingly designed with small art objects, moorland baths, Kneipp path and barefoot path. Perfect for soaking up the sun or cooling off after a sauna session. It's not just the wellness temple that's legendary: The adjacent Moonlight bar has been THE nightspot for pop fans in Carinthia for decades.
Spa Hotel Seestuben, Treffnerstraße 94, 9500 Villach

History
The spiky hills, which can be found in the forest around the Michaeler pond under the castle ruins of Landskron, are mound tombs and were created by the Celts 600 years BC. Their former funeral trail is now a popular tour for walkers and hikers. If you look closely, you will also find closed entrances to mine tunnels from the Middle Ages. Silver was searched for and found here - the Michaeler pond, which was created for drainage purposes in the past, is now romantically embedded in the forest. A visit of the pond can be perfectly combined with a short hiking tour to the castle ruins of Landskron.
Michaeler pond walk: The walk starts near Max Lauritsch Street in Gratschach, opposite the "Gasthof Waldhof," up on the left. (About 10 minutes).

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