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    The joy of summer

    Autumn at lake Woerthersee

    When summer steps aside for autumn here along the shores of Carinthia’s Wörthersee, it isn’t only the colours of nature that change. The people, too, begin to walk a little differently. The high spirits of summer are replaced by the amiable companionship of autumn.

    Wine and Hiking, Palaces and Villas: With high season over, a special time of year begins in Wörthersee for those with a taste for the finer things in life.

    A time to live like lords and relish every moment. It is the gourmets of the tourist world who truly prize the late summer and autumn in this land alongside the Wörthersee in Carinthia. The mild climate, countless hours of sunshine and pleasant water temperatures bathe the Carinthian autumn in a very special light. Palaces and villages featuring classic Wörthersee architecture, built between 1864 and 1938, serve as befitting residences for aficionados of autumn. Famous establishments, including Schloss Velden, Schloss Seefels, Villa Bulfon, Schloss Leonstain and the Seeschlössl, combine first-class hotel comforts with tradition and elegance.

    Autumn is a time for hiking, cycling and unabashed enjoyment. A recipe for success that includes cider, bacon, wine, along with leisurely bicycle and hiking tours, such as the Wörthersee Hiking Loop, ending, not infrequently, at one of the many wine taverns for which this region is so renowned. For fans and connoisseurs of fine wines – as well as for those who aspire to become one – wine festivals profiling vintners from Austria, Italy and Slovenia are held in the communities of Maria Wörth and Velden.

    In autumn, too, the Wörthersee Card is definitely an “ace in the hole” here in Carinthia. This free card serves as your key to more holiday experiences than you could ever have imagined. In fact, the Card allows you to visit over 100 attractions at absolutely no cost. This includes ferry rides, mountain lifts, scenic roads, museums and animal parks throughout Carinthia. The Wörthersee Card also grants you free use of nine different swimming beaches in the Wörthersee Region. In addition, our guests have a variety-packed selection of daytrips to choose from, with the guide and transfers included. Bus and rail travel are discounted as much as 50 percent.

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