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    Camping holidays in Carinthia enjoying nature in the sunny south

    A camping holiday in southern Austria is an experience for young and old, big and small. An extensive range of leisure activities, the unspoilt natural world of the magnificent mountain and lake landscape, and the many clean, warm (up to 28 degrees) bathing lakes invite us to get active or just relax in good company at one of the 100 plus camp sites in Carinthia.

    Some of the sites have special quality certification, and at all of them a warm welcome from the owners is guaranteed, extending from wonderful walks which are personally accompanied by the owner-manager to the delicious fare on offer at the apple strudel workshop.

    In Carinthia, campers can enjoy a warm, mild climate on the sunny south side of the Alps even in the spring months. Over 100 camp sites offer high standards of comfort and wellbeing. 86 of these sites are “top camp sites”, and 16 have achieved the sought-after Carinthian seal of quality, which stands for particularly high standards of service quality. You can be sure to find just the right camp site for you – beside a beautiful Carinthian lake, at the foot of the Alps, by a romantic river, on a traditional farm, or at one of the seven naturist camp sites in south Carinthia and by Lake Keutschacher See.

    From accompanied walks to the apple strudel workshop
    In addition to the high quality of the camp sites, there is also a wide range of leisure activities on offer. The warm friendliness of your camp site hosts is something you will feel immediately. In Carinthia, looking after our guests personally is a big priority. At the Schluga Camping World in Hermagor, for example, the camp site owners accompany campers on spectacular cycling and motor bike tours and on walks through the beautiful mountain landscape of the Gailtal Alps. Through green meadows and on up to the magnificent peaks, from which on a good day you can enjoy a view that extends from the Hohe Tauern in the north almost as far as the sea in the south. These are truly uplifting experiences for both the guest and the host, providing moments of sheer sunlit happiness. The pleasures of the palate await you at the Mössler camp site on Lake Millstätter. Here, with your hostess Maria Mössler at the “apple strudel workshop”, you can find out how the delicious specialities of the Carinthian cuisine of the Alps-Adriatic region are prepared. If you want some relaxation after this afternoon in the kitchen, you can pamper yourself with a “garnet massage”. At the Burgstaller “comfort camp site” in Döbriach on Lake Millstätter See, the Burgstaller family invites you to join in their “apple feast”, at which every year an “apple queen” is chosen and guests can find out how cider and schnapps are produced from this wonderful fruit. Musical evenings can be enjoyed at Arneitz by the turquoise waters of Lake Faaker See, where fantastic events are held every year at the camp site. Staying with the Huber family in Sachsenburg is also a special experience. The camp site on the River Drau provides direct access to the river, from which you can experience all the fun of a canoe trip. Many other experiences can be enjoyed using the Kärnten Card, with which you can visit over 100 excursion destinations in Carinthia free of charge, as often as you want. In addition, fantastic reductions are offered by over 60 “bonus partners”. Valid from 13 April to 26 October 2014. www.kaerntencard.at

    Experiencing nature in Carinthia
    Enjoying nature with all the senses, walking through the dewy fresh grass in the morning to welcome the first rays of the sun, and experiencing this unique landscape in all its diversity – all this and much more awaits you at the “close to nature” camp sites in Carinthia’s eight protected areas. These are protected living spaces in the natural world which ensure the continued existence of rare and endangered species of animals and plants. The National Park camp site at Heiligenblut offers a splendid view of Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner. If you want to find out more about the rich diversity of plants and animals in the Alps while you are camping here, then follow the call of the wild in an exciting wildlife watch. Over 170 different types of bird can be seen in the mysterious Sablatnigmoor bog in the gentle climate of south Carinthia. You can take a guided tour to find out fascinating facts about this sensitive habitat. The camp sites at Lake Turnersee and Lake Gösselsdorfer See are located very close to the protected area and are ideal for whiling away the time in good company. For those who enjoy walking, a guided tour on the new Alpe-Adria trail is highly recommended. This long distance path leads across the varied mountain and lake landscape of Carinthia towards Slovenia and Italy, finishing at the azure sea of the Gulf of Trieste.

    16 camp sites awarded the Carinthian seal of quality
    16 camp sites have already been awarded the sought-after Carinthian seal of quality, which is only given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate a very high level of commitment. High standards of service make for an atmosphere of welcome and wellbeing. Regular consultations ensure that this commitment to quality for the guest is always fulfilled at the highest level.

    Contact and travel information
    All important information concerning the individual camp sites in the holiday regions of the sunny south, as well as useful travel tips can be found on the Internet at www.camping.at. For example, if you are coming from Germany and you want to avoid the GO-Box and Vignette motorway toll sticker, you should take the unique scenic route via the Felbertauern. Congestion-free travel can be enjoyed on the Tauern Autobahn, where the Tauern Tunnel has been extended and now has four lanes.

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