Velden has more than its share of fine architecture.
I really enjoyed walking around here, and seeing all the Mansions. All are beautifully kept, nicely painted, if not, they are being restored.
Some you can stay in as they are now Hotels.
What a setting this bright yellow stunning building was in! This building was once Schloss Velden, and now is an upmarket Hotel located beside the beautiful Lake Worthersee.
The Schloss was originally owned and built by a local count in 1590, however, little of the original building is left, as in 1762 the Castle suffered fire damage. It was re-constructed and opened as a Hotel in 1890.
Celebrities and Royalty have stayed at the hotel, and now the general tourist can enjoy the same top service.
In the 1990’s Schloss Velden served as the setting for many films and the Austrian/German TV series Ein Schloss am Worthersee.
Lake Worthersee is an Alpine Lake that incredibly reaches 25 - 27° in summer. You can go swimming, diving, parasailing, water-skiing, kyaking, canoeing and sailing.
There's a banana-boat which operates in the summer months and we saw that in action with the occupants falling off more than once!
For smaller children, I saw paddle-boats in the shape of a Swan and a Motor-car, safer for the "little" ones.
There looked to be beach in some places, gravel or sand - I can't say.
Altogether, a lovely area to enjoy time in Summer!
Just a pretty drive of 9 kms from Velden, we came across the small Village of Kostenberg.
A smallish walled Church with a big frescoe made us stop and have a look. Once again, the door was locked, so I walked around the outside viewing the other frescoes and the old doors, plus the far reaching views over the pretty countryside. There even was a seat for resting and just taking the surrounding beauty in!
If you want a scenic drive from Velden one day, then I recommend the Goldeck-Panoramastrasse mountain road, a 14.5km long road that begins at Zlan and finishes at "Seetal" car park at 1,895m altitude.
Be prepared for the 10 hairpin bends!
Scenery is magnificent and there were carparks located along the way.
We could see the Millstatt Alps and Lake Millstatt, the Nockberge mountains, the Gailtailer Alm mountain pasture, the Karawanken mountain range and over the Drau Valley up to Villach. Some snow-covered peaks in the distance, probably were the Julian and Carnic Alps.
The Goldeck-Panoramastrasse mountain road is one of Carinthia's most popular attractions and is classified as ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DRIVES IN AUSTRIA.
OPEN IN 2012....May 15 - Oct 15 Daily 8am - 5pm
CAR ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARK....12euros
FREE WITH KARTEN CARD
54KMS from Velden am Worthersee
A boat trip on Lake Worthersee sounded like a great idea, and it was included in our "Karten card" for FREE.
The boat tour begins in Velden, BUT, you don't have to catch it here, as it makes stops all along at different lakeside towns where you can get off and on.
The boat took us along the northern shore over Portschach to Pritschitz, then followed the southern shore to Maria Worth and along the southern shore of lake Worthersee back to Velden.
We enjoyed the round trip, and commentary was included. Drinks and food could be bought on board.
The full round trip took about 2 hours.
VELDEN is located alongside Lake Worthersee which is a huge Lake.
A little big?....Want something a bit quieter? ........
Then if you have a Car, head along L95 [Keutschacher Strasse] for a pretty drive, and some beautiful pristine Lakes. Peace and quiet at these lakes, except perhaps for a couple of fishermen rigging up to head into the lake in their wet gear.
Not another person in sight, reflections, no noise, tranquillity!
I just had to take a photo of the sign "Frog," a small town by Rosegg.
What I didn't know, was Frog is probably quite well known, as the Celtic attraction "Keltenwelt" is located here.
We were on our way to another attraction, so couldn't go in for a look, as it read you need approx 2 hours to enjoy the Open Air Museum on the Celts.
I had a look at the website, which happens to be excellent, and found you can go on a virtual tour to see if it appeals.
APRIL..... Tuesday - Sunday and holidays from 11-4PM
JANUARY - JUNE..... Tue - Fri from -5PM Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10-6PM
7.01.2012 to 31.08.2012 daily from 10-6PM
01.09.2012 to 14.10.2012 Tue - Sun - 4PM
15/10/2012 to 31/10/2012 Sat - Sun 11-4pm
Adults: € 6.00
Children under 15 / students: € 3.00
Families (2 adults, 2 children under 15): € 12,00
Groups of adults, 10 or without a guide: € 4,00 / pers.
Premium guided tours for adults: € 2,00 / pers.
FREE WITH KARTEN CARD (Extra charge for guide)
Kärnten Card is not valid for Celtic Festival
As we drove along the lakeside in this area, we noticed a large number of what I call Mansions.
Beautiful big homes with distinct architecture, and if you could see the gardens, [some hidden behind walls] these were lovely and added to the beauty of these homes.
Lake-front and more nice lawn and gardens, paths for walking, and seats to enjoy the lakeside views, I loved this area!
I liked the Flower Fish in my photo, so creative for an area where Fish must play a big role, as I saw more than one Fish sculpture.
Altogether, a nice area for relaxation.
The Velden Tourist Information Centre is located in a newish building on the main road, and has off street parking.
The staff were very helpful and friendly, finding us excellent accommodation in Velden. They helped us with information, and it was here we bought the Karten Card.
Well worth a stop before going any further!
Coming back from Vienna, I stopped in Velden to say hi to a couple of my parents' friends who were spending some days there. I was impressed by the beuty of the town of Velden and of its lake. Of course a beautiful sunny day helped, but I really liked the town and I'd love to spend a weekend there in the near future.
Velden is very close to the Italian border. The town itself is very pretty and tidy, according to Austrian standards. Most of the hotels faces the lake Worther directly, and many of them has also private platforms on the lake ideal for sunbathing or diving. The lake's water is blue and trasparent, and it seems ideal for watersports such as swimming, sailing or parasailing. Around the lake there is a nice promenade, which I heard is very nice at sunset and night too.
There are also many gardens, many refined shops and restaurants and also a very elegant casino. Tourists themselves seemed very elegant and refined, I saw loads of expensive cars such as Ferrari, Maserati, BMW, ...
The best hotel is the "Schloss Velden", which is really impressive and was a real Renaissance castle once, which then turned to 5 star hotel. I entered the lobby and I found it to be superb, with black marbles and lots of flowers. I asked for the room rates, and I discovered that they run between 500 and 4.000 euro per night. There are many 3 and 4 star hotels too, which are also very nice and cosy and which may suit me better :) .
I think that Velden is a very nice vacation spot, ideal for relaxing, walking, swimming, having fun. I might visit it again soon!
Worther See is known to be the warmest lake in Austria. Hence you can go swimming in the lake practically any time of the year (except Winter off course!). The lake is very popular with the Austrians and the place is full of them during the Summer months.
Hence, if you want to spend a weekend in Velden and go swimming in the lake, perhaps, Spring or Autumn time would be good for you.
A very tight passage of the river Loibl, which flows from Slovinia to Austria. A walk with several climbs, with specially made stairs and paths. Special parkingplace and a bus takes you back after your walk.
Entrance with Kaernten card for free, otherwise you pay 6 euro. The walk takes you about two hours.
A mountaintrain out of the fifties up to 1200 m above sealevel and then several possibilities to wander around and climb the mountain. We went to Merniksalm. There is a station (huette) for refreshment and food on 1400 m. The top takes 3.4 hours and is 2400 m high.
Nice museum on the first and second floor of the castell Porcia in the centre of town Spittal. Knowledge of optics and false sights.
Old craftmanship and farmerstools and machines.