Holidays on the Austrian lake Millstatt is a guarantee of excellent relaxation among nature. One of many virtues of the reservoir is an easy access to the best ski resorts of Carinthia.
Austria can boast a lot. It hides plenty of amazing spots, and one of them is the beautiful Lake Millstatt (Millstätter See), the deepest lake of the country, and the second largest lake of Carinthia. Its area is 13.3 km ², and the name comes from the small town located on the north shore. Its history is very interesting - according to the legend, Saint Domitian threw many pagan figures to the water. In Latin, "mille statuae" means "a thousand statues".
Millstatt is located in the Central Eastern Alps, close to the village of Spittal an der Drau. In the summer, the temperature on the surface of the lake reaches 25°C, which is due to the fact that the reservoir is protected from cold winds. From the north side it’s protected by mountains.
Attractions of Millstätter See and its surroundings
The town of Millstatt is one of the most important historical and cultural centers, which are located near the lake. It has an easy access to the best ski resorts of Carinthia, besides it offers a number of attractions at any time of the year. In winter it’s, among others, sledding, curling, ice skating and cross-country skiing, while in summer the proximity of the lake allows to do any water sports you want.
Around the reservoir are located many luxurious hotels and guesthouses. Tourists can also enjoy a Golflage Millstätter See, an 18-hole golf course, stretching in an exceptionally beautiful scenery with breathtaking views of the mountains.
In the town guests can visit Stiftsmuseum Millstatt, where they can learn about the history of the resort. A notable attraction is the building called Stiftskirche, the Catholic church. In summer, the city hosts "Musikwochen Millstatt" - a festival organized in the vicinity of the monastery church. Then, music lovers have an opportunity to listen to sacred music, classical jazz and organ recitals.
The charms of garnets
Near the town there’s Radenthein, to which is worth to go to explore the museum Granatium. Wandering through the dark caves and touching glossy and matt stones, angular and rounded, we can feel like in the treasure of the dwarves from “The Hobbit”. As the name suggests, the museum is devoted to garnets - minerals commonly found in Carinthia. Granatium exhibition is the richest in Europe, and the stones of love come here in many types.
Underground stretches an illuminated corridor hollowed in the rock, where you can see the garnets in their natural environment. Children won’t get bored there either. The youngest can get “dig” their own stone – there’s a long glass wall with garnets, and in the museum is a small water mill, where they can wash rocks.
Camping at Schwimmbad Camping Mössler
Those, who don’t need to be convinced that it’s worth to come here, won’t have any trouble in finding accommodation. A great idea would be to stay at the campsite Schwimmbad Camping Mössler. Actually, it’s not a campsite - it's a huge camping city, perfectly suited for families with children and the elderly. It extends near the lake on the area of over 45,000 square meters and has about 200 places for guests. All pitches have access to electricity, water, TV link and a system of sewage disposal. You can come here with your own motorhome, but you can also choose among cozy cottages and caravans.
At the Mössler Campsite there’s a swimming pool with water temperature of 30 ° C. You can use it from May to late September. That's not all - tourists can enjoy a wellness center with Finnish sauna and relaxation room, a restaurant and mini market. For children there’re several playgrounds, while in July and August they can participate in interesting animations (from Monday to Saturday).
There’s no time to loose. Start planning your holidays near the deepest Austrian lake!