Weissensee Alpine Pearl

The municipality of Weissensee takes its name from the crystal-clear waters of the lake it looks over. The Alpine Pearl is in the province of Carinthia, in Austria, and thanks to its attention for eco-sustainability became one of the destinations loved the most by green tourists. In every season, you can find the perfect activity to do: not only watersports in summer, but also ice-skating in winter! Relax and quality in Weissensee are a priority every day of the year.

1. What to see in Weissensee

Boat on the Lake Weissensee
Boat on the Lake Weissensee, photo by Silvia Ombellini

 

Weissensee will charm you in every possible way. The pure waters of the highest Alpine lake change color during the day with every passing moment. Not only you can relax on the shores of the lake, but also you could take the chance to visit the surroundings and the southwestern part of Carinthia. Among every kind of museum, climbing parks and picturesque villages in the surrounding mountains, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice! Above all, we suggest to stop in the village of Stockenboi, in the eastern shore of the lake, and in particular to admire its churches and chapels, built since the beginnings of 1500.

2. Weissensee’s nature

Lake Weissensee
Lake Weissensee, photo by Silvia Ombellini

 

The entire area of the lake is part of the Natural Park of Weissensee, which covers more than 76 km2. The park was recognized only in 2006, but for centuries, the communities that live on its shores have been protecting the purity and the biodiversity characterizing the lake. Surrounded only by the nature and the silence of the Gailtal Alps, this lake is an oasis of peace and harmony between man and nature. We advise to try the chair lift that will bring you up to 1.324 m. From here, in addition to the breathtaking view on the lake in every season, start many hiking paths and biking tracks. Read our article about Weissensee to know what else to discover in this Alpine Pearl.

3. Sport and slow itineraries

Biking paths around the lake
Biking paths around the lake, photo by Silvia Ombellini

 

On the lake, you could try differ kinds of sports, depending on the season. In winter, it becomes the largest natural ice surface of Europe, and this makes it perfect for sports like ice-skating, hockey and ice diving: immersions under the ice surface. On the sides of the mountains, there are plenty of ski slopes and sleighing tracks, suitable for every level. In summer, in addition to the hikings and the various walking and biking paths, you can enjoy the pure and warm water of the lake. It reaches even 25°C and it is so clean, that you could even drink it. It’s the perfect place if you want to dive, sailboat, go with the canoe, fish or simply swim and splash around with your family and friends.

4. Tastes and local food

Fish delicacies
Fish delicacies on the lake's shores, photo by Silvia Ombellini

 

From the many bars and restaurants on the lake’s shores to the mountain huts and shelters on the surrounding mountains, Weissensee will spoil you mouths with the typical specialties of the region. The attention for the quality and the origin of the products is just one more reason to let these delicacies tempt you.

5. Where to stay in Weissensee and surroundings

The lake at sunset
The lake at sunset, photo by Silvia Ombellini

 

Discover all eco-friendly accommodations near Weissensee: between bio-hotels on the lake’s shores and little family B&B, you can surely find the perfect solution for your needs!

Discover all eco-friendly accommodations near Weissensee

Cover photo by Silvia Ombellini

Author: Eleonora Frasson

Eco-friendly accommodations

Biohotel Gralhof

Spittal an der Drau (Carinthia)

Starting from 80,00 €
Bio-Vitalhotel Weissenseerhof

Spittal an der Drau (Carinthia)

Starting from 220,00 €
Hotel Regitnig

Spittal an der Drau (Carinthia)

Starting from 100,00 €
Hotel Kolbitsch

Spittal an der Drau (Carinthia)

Starting from 70,00 €