Holidays in the Nockberge area
The gently rolling Nockberge hills mark the highest point in the Gurktal Alps and cover the provinces of Carinthia, Salzburg and Styria. With more than 2,300 meters Carinthia’s Großer Rosennock ranks among the highest peaks in the entire mountain range. In summer the Nockberge Biosphere Reserve makes a fine destination for walking and hiking enthusiasts. Thanks to its mineral springs the charming spa resort of Bad Kleinkirchheim has been attracting health-minded visitors for more than 400 years now. Millstätter See is the largest one of several nearby lakes for bathing. In winter Bad Kleinkirchheim turns into a ski resort second to none – whilst offering perfect conditions for a variety of off-piste activities, too, such as tobogganing, winter walking and cross-country skiing.
Summer break in Bad Kleinkirchheim/Nockberge area
Bad Kleinkirchheim is one of Austria’s spa resorts with the longest tradition in health tourism. It is home to a spa designed in the style of the 17th century, and two spa centers with all the facilities and amenities modern travelers have come to expect. The charming environment of the Nockberge hills even enhances the feeling of well-being and will make your stay a feast for the body and mind and an experience to remember. After a walk to lovely Lake Millstatt or a tour through pine, larch and spruce forests to the Wolitzenhütte mountain restaurant you won’t resist the temptation of a soothing spa session at the Thermal Römerbad, Karlbad or St. Kathrein spas.
A summer break in Bad Kleinkirchheim is definitely a benefit to your overall health and well-being. Being part of the Nockberge Biosphere Reserve, Bad Kleinkirchheim is the ideal base when it comes to exploring the peculiarities of local geology, flora and fauna together with highly qualified park rangers. The Nockberge hills are home to marmots, chamoix and ibexes and enchant visitors with vast areas of Alpine rose in full bloom, and Speik (Valeriana celtica), which is known for its healing properties).
Winter break in Bad Kleinkirchheim/Nockberge area
The renowned World Cup venue of Bad Kleinkirchheim is proud of its fabulous ski area – the place where famous downhill champion Franz Klammer once learned to ski. Some 800 snow machines ensure perfect conditions for skiing until April. Numerous uphill facilities allow for hassle-free access to the immaculate slopes of the Bad Kleinkirchheim ski area. Traditional fare is served at many mountain restaurants and pubs. The Millstättersee-Bahn quad chairlift is the gateway to Wiesernock and its wide and immaculate slopes, which are highly popular among skiers and snowboarders.
Having spent the day in the bustling ski resort of Bad Kleinkirchheim, the Nockberge Biosphere Reserve lends itself to quiet nature exploration, backcountry skiing or snowshoe walking. The Bad Kleinkirchheim spas make for an overall relaxing day for those looking for an alternative to winter sports.
More detailed information provided by the Tourist Board
Nockberge ExperienceThe Nockberge hiking area is embedded between the lakes of Carinthia and the main Alpine ridge. It makes a fine destination for those who appreciate an unspoiled landscape, a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, and varied tourist infrastructure.
Of course, there is also plenty of room for skiers and cross-country skiing enthusiasts. Even though there is usually plenty of snow throughout the winter season, we have now installed eco-friendly snow-making facilities that cover a total of 170km of ski runs and cross-country skiing tracks to ensure top snow conditions.