Inselhotel Faaker See

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Inselweg 10, Finkenstein, 9583, Austria
Inselhotel Faaker See
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Faaker See

by Anjutka

A surprisingly short drive (much of it on Autobahn) is between Austria's highest mountain and warmest lake. In normal Summers you may expect water temperatures of 25 degrees even in late September. It is a very small lake among the many attractive and also warm lakes in the Sout of Kärnten, like for example the Wörther See or the Ossiacher See. Faaker See is quite close to Villach, the second largest city in Carinthia. Of course a lake as this one is perfectly economically exploited all around its beaches

"Karnten is a Wahnsinn (Carinthia is a Madness)!!!

by Anjutka

"Austria's Highest Mountain and Warmest Lake"

"Karntn is a Wahnsinn" is a very popular slogan intended to promote tourism in the southernmost Austrian state. It refers to the wealth of beautiful landscapes and the sometimes more relaxed way of life as compared to other Austrian regions. It means the specific local narrow-mindedness concerning bi-lingual (German-Slovenian) roadsigns in areas where both ethnic communites are living (in the almost neighbouring South Tirol German-Italian roadsigns are everywhere and nobody is worrying about).

I was unfortunately only a very short time in this beautiful country but I had the chance to experience both the area around Austria's highest mountain Grossglockner (3800 m) and to swim in Austria`s warmest lake Faakersee, 25 degrees water temperature in late September. And both is only a three hours drive separated from each other.

I have chosen Kaernten as location for my page because half of the time in Kaernten I spent in the area of Grossglockner in the Hohe Tauern National Park enjoying the great Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse and a woderful scenic hike above the Pasterze glacier on the popular Gamsgrubenweg. See also the Fusch an der Glocknerstrasse page of my friend Lothar. And the other half I spent on the tiny warm Faakersee.

"Glocknerstrasse - a scenic way Kaernten - Salzburg"

This road was not build to cover urgent transport needs - just as a luxury to provide a scenic drive by car through one of the most attractive landscapes of the Central Alps. And all this luxury was built under Austria's darkest economic period in the 1930ies when only a micro-minority in Austria could afford to drive an own car and to enjoy such a trip. One third of the population was unemployed and even those working for lousy salaries hardly could affford a bus ticket for the road.

"Faaker See - perfect contrast to the "Eternal Ice""

From the Pasterze glacier (the name - as the vast majority of the topographic denominations in Kaernten - is of Slovenian origin) it is less than three comfortable hours drive to the warm lake Faaker See (it is said to be the warmest lake in Austria but many of the lakes around it are quite similar in temperature). It is the perfect contrast to the ice of the Glockner and its neighbours and it was great to swim in it with all the fresh memories of the great mountains almost nearby.

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Spring bicycling

by Bikerwolf

I'm planning a bicycle trip through Norway and Sweden, ferry to Rostock and then to Salzburg and south to Italy or Slovenia in the last days of April or beginning of May. My plan is to bike to Radstadt and take the Tauernpass and Katschberg. Are this passes open all the year? Later I will go to Villach and over Wurzenpass to Podkoren in Slovenia. Is it better to bike west to Tarvisio in Italy? Are other routes preferable for a biker?

Re: Spring bicycling

by amicus_viae

Bikerwolf, I´m impressed! (I cycled the Fjords and Fjell and the Alps myself several times in younger days myself..).
I strongly advise to avoid most of the main roads you mentioned (horrible traffic!) and select small, even more scenic routes with little car traffic.
Here is the perfect route for you (personally tested and approved!) :
Salzburg - go east on small roads via Faistenau to Fuschl (scenic lake Fuschl), on to St.Gilgen, along Wolfgangssee on nice bicycle route off the mainroad, on to Bad Ischl, south to Hallstatt (!) (lake!), short steep ascent to Bad Aussee (more lakes! don´t miss Altaussee!); from Bad Mitterndorf there is a tiny road south to Groebming; cross the main Alpine range via Soelkpass (1788m, old Roman Alpine crossing), a swift descent to Murau; go west and then turn south to Flattnitz (1400m, lots of meadows and cows); then a swift descent into lovely Carinthia; don´t miss the outstanding Romanic cathedral in Gurk, maybe medieval Friesach and the old town of St.Veit; and make sure to spend some time cycling around in the beautiful Woerther See area!! continue west via Faaker See, cross Wurzenpass to Kranjska Gora. Finally, going further south on Vrsic pass (1611m) is another breathtaking scenic experience, but you´d have to come back via Passo del Predil to Tarvisio (major railway station).
I hope this does it! I´d love to do the same route again!! Enjoy! and I´d love to get some feedback in case you really do this route

you´ll certainly get a good map... Freytag&Berndt has Austria´s best maps, www.freytagberndt.at

I think all these mountain passes will be open by beginning of May (only Soelkpass?) but better check with OEAMTC (Austrian Automobile club) on short notice.

Re: Re: Spring bicycling

by Bikerwolf

Thank you for the fine route proposal. I have read about Soelkpass and other routes, I will consider it but I think the E55 will take the most heavy traffic. See my former trips and my plan in http://fag.hials.no/id101402/uk. From Rostock to Salzburg I will follow the maps from
http://www.radweit.de. You biked in younger days, you said, my age is 66.

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