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    Camping holidays in Carinthia

    With around 1.8 million overnight stays at camp sites in the 2014 summer season (21 per cent of the total number of overnight stays for the whole of this period in Carinthia), the figures make it impressively clear that Austria’s most southerly province counts as a paradise for campers.

    With 100 plus camp sites with 16,000 top quality camping places, as well as fully equipped caravans and mobile homes for renting, carefree holidays are guaranteed. In addition, many sites offer comfortable holiday apartments or rustic wood cabins as alternative holiday accommodation. So you certainly don’t have to have your own caravan in order to enjoy a holiday on a camp site in Carinthia. The magnificent mountain and lake scenery in an unspoilt natural setting, and the large number of clean bathing lakes with water temperatures of up to 28 degrees, invite you to enjoy an active holiday. New for 2015: the “Lust auf Camping“ (“joy of camping”) consortium (which nine camp sites have now signed up to) provides visitors with an entirely new kind of camping holiday, offering all kinds of ways of experiencing nature, enjoying excellent food and drink, and enjoying exercise.

    At last, time to breathe freely: you have arrived in a heavenly southern landscape, in the middle of the Alps-Adriatic region at the border with Italy and Slovenia
    In Carinthia, even in the spring months campers enjoy a warm, mild climate on the sunny southern side of the Alps. Everyone can find their perfect holiday setting here, be it in our bathing lakes, in the foothills of the Alps, by romantic river banks, on a rustic farm, at one of the naturist camp sites in southern Carinthia, or on the lakes Millstätter See or Keutschacher See. Everything is available for your comfort and convenience at over 100 camp sites, 18 of which have been awarded the sought-after Carinthia seal of quality. Our high quality service ensures an atmosphere of wellbeing and friendliness. Regular consultations ensure that this commitment to quality for our guests is fulfilled at the highest level.

    New: “Joy of camping”
    The companies that have signed up to the new “joy of camping” consortium offer their guests more than just beautiful places to park their caravans. This new, fresh camping concept is designed to appeal above all to those who want to actively discover nature, who value individuality, freedom and spontaneity but also appreciate the community experience and the closeness of family life. The member operations of the consortium aim to arouse a new “joy of camping”, particularly among active target groups, and to make this kind of holiday more exciting and interesting with facilities that offer a top quality experience of nature. This concept goes far beyond the usual service with additional options. The consortium partners want to make the whole of the Alps-Adriatic region available to visitors, offering carefully selected experiences and thereby bringing people closer to the natural life, culture and culinary specialities of the region. From the taster “basic camping” option to camping for connoisseurs, products and places at camp sites are bookable online via the FERATEL booking system.
    More information can be found at: www.lustaufcamping.at

    Enjoy an active holiday among mountains and lakes
    With its varied mountain and lake scenery, historic cultural heritage and above-average hours of sunshine, Carinthia is a popular destination for active holidaymakers at any time of the year. In the freshness of summer, hiking and cycle paths beckon against a picturesque backdrop of mountains and clean, warm bathing lakes. Here, summer shows us its best side. With options including sailing, surfing, stand up paddle boarding, scuba diving, water skiing and boat trips, the variety of leisure activities has something to get all nature lovers going.
    You can explore the Alpine summer on foot on Carinthia’s well marked footpaths and on the Alpe-Adria-Trail, which extends over 43 stages from the Grossglockner to the Adriatic Sea at Muggia. From easy family walks to demanding rock climbing, there are routes to suit all hikers. If you want to go cycling in Carinthia, the conditions are perfect from spring to late autumn. The network of cycle routes now covers 1300 km, with an additional 1800 km of legal, signposted routes for mountain bikers and a comprehensive e-bike network. The flagship routes include the 366 km long Drau cycle path and the Alpe-Adria cycle path which runs from the National Park right to the sea. Carinthia also has plenty to keep young people amused. Popular attractions for the whole family include the Tscheppaschlucht gorge in Ferlach with its forest rope course, the Aqua Trail and the rock labyrinth at Nassfeld, the Katschberg with geocaching, archery and mascot walk, the Lieser-Malta Valley with its “fairytale walk”, the Millstätter See with an exciting treasure hunt on Captain Barbossa’s pirate ship, and the Klopeiner See with its “forest experience world”. Neither must we forget the castle building project at Friesach, where a hill castle is being built using exclusively mediaeval methods and techniques, with special guided tours for children.
    Many other fascinating experiences can be enjoyed using the Kärnten Card, with which you can visit over 100 attractions in Carinthia as often as you like, free of charge. More than 60 bonus partners also provide fantastic reductions. Valid from 12 April to 26 October 2015.
    More information can be found at: www.kaerntencard.at
    For an intensive experience of nature (spiced with culture and culinary specialities), “Magic Moments” can be booked all over Carinthia. These organised day programmes, led by specially trained guides, are suitable for adventure seekers and food lovers as well as romantic couples and families. The range of activities extends from a treasure hunt in the petrified primeval forest (Carnic Region Geo Park), to the pleasure raft on Lake Weissensee, to watching wild animals in the Hohe Tauern National Park.
    More information can be found at: www.naturlust.at

    The Alps-Adriatic cuisine of Carinthia
    Campers also enjoy the pleasures of the table, and our local cuisine and hospitality in Carinthia are particularly highly regarded. In the Alpine-Adriatic cuisine of Carinthia, fresh ingredients from the regions and longstanding cooking traditions are combined with new interpretations to form a delicious local style. As one would expect from any truly authentic cuisine, the range of dishes is determined both by the different regions and by the course of the seasons. Essential dishes to be sampled include Carinthian “Käsnudel” (pasta pockets with curd cheese), “Reindling” yeast cake and the “Kärntner Laxn” lake trout. On the subject of fish, in 2015 the culinary focus for Carinthia as a holiday destination will be on locally produced fish dishes. The best way to get to know these specialities is at the culinary festivals such as the fish festival in Feld am See (www.fischfest.at), “Küchenkult” in Villach (www.kuechenkult.at), “Gailtaler MundArt” (www.gailtaler-mundart.at), “Tafeln” on Lake Millstätter See (www.millstaettersee.com) and on the Alpe-Adria-Trail (www.alpe-adria-trail.com).

    Contact and travel information
    All important information on the individual camp sites in the holiday regions of the sunny south can be found on the Internet at www.camping.at. Here you will also find useful tips about travelling to your holiday destination. For example, if you are coming from Germany and do not want to pay the GO-Box and Austrian toll sticker, you should take the route via the Felbertauern with its unique scenery. A congestion-free journey can be enjoyed on the Tauern motorway, where the Tauern tunnel has been extended and now has four lanes.

    To really start looking forward to your next holiday, get a copy of our free Camping Magazine. This introduces you to 50 selected camp site hosts who would be delighted to welcome you to a holiday full of sunshine and fun. The magazine can be ordered at www.camping.at or can be read online as an e-paper.

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