Winter at Lake Wörthersee

Advent at Lake Wörthersee

The floating Advent wreath on Lake Wörthersee is perhaps the largest, Advent in Pörtschach the most peaceful, and Advent in Velden the most inviting, watched over by angels. But Advent at Lake Wörthersee doesn’t need superlatives. Simply put, it is well worth a visit during Advent.

Velden Advent

When the shopping zone and promenade in Velden is charmingly lit, the smell of cinnamon, oranges and gingerbread wafts in the air and the snow falls quietly, it’s Advent in Velden. And it is magical, even angelic. The floating beings watch over the Advent market and make Velden a town of angels during the Advent period, with the angel post office, the angel bakery, the angel craft lounge and the angel certificate. It truly is an angelic time all around Lake Wörthersee. Handicrafts and artworks are displayed and sold in the charming Advent huts. There are Christmas cookies and mulled wine and punch. It’s good that Hotel Post in Velden is so central. It’s just a few steps from the Advent market to your room.

Pörtschach Advent

A boat trip is a wonderful experience on the illuminated Santa Lucia from Velden to the Silent Advent in Pörtschach. From the landing pier in Pörtschach you follow a path of lights on the promenade to the illuminated Advent village. As the song goes, “All is calm, all is bright.” It is a magical time.

Plan ahead and book your room for Advent in Velden.

Snowshoe tours

Walking in the deep snow without sinking in?

Snowshoes make it possible. In the forests around Lake Wörthersee, guided snowshoe tours are becoming increasingly popular. Great fun for young and old!

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Winter ski tours

In the nearby ski regions such as ...

... GERLITZEN, DREILÄNDERECK, KRANJSKA GORA or TARVISIO, there are not only excellent opportunities for downhill skiers, but also for tour skiers who want to go the distance. The nearby Karawanken mountains are also a real El Dorado for tour skiers.

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When Lake Wörthersee is open for ice-skating, nearly 10,000 ice-skating fans accept the invitation.

Because of its size, Lake Wörthersee needs relatively long to freeze over, but other smaller lakes near Lake Wörthersee are just as good for skating.
To help shorten the waiting time, the indoor rink in Velden is open daily.

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Lake Wörthersee is also an ideal starting point for a variety of skiing trips.

Nearby, there are wonderful ski regions for young and old, approx. 20 to 60 minutes’ drive away.
Gerlitzen: Always excellently prepared slopes, ideal family ski region.
Bad Kleinkirchheim: The distance between the icy cold snow straight into the warm water of the thermal spas is the shortest here in Bad Kleinkirchheim.
Dreiländereck: Small children as young as three years old are welcome in the ski kindergarten

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Winter walks and winter hikes

Around Lake Wörthersee there are numerous well-signposted and cleared winter walking paths.

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Around Velden there are – as long as there is enough snow – lots of attractive toboggan runs that are easy to reach, such as the toboggan run in St. Leonhard, at Baumgartnerhöhe, the Landskron castle ruin, Gerlitzen, or Dreiländereck. And, of course, après-tobogganing is just as much fun as après-ski ...

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Cross-country skiing

Around Lake Wörthersee there are several trails that are well groomed in winter (depending on snow).

One popular trail is the six-kilometre Velden-Köstenberg trail, at approx. 800 m altitude. Cross-country lovers for whom that is not enough will find plenty more in the nearby skiing regions.

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