Water sports and skiing in Carinthia

Ossiach is a charming community of some 1,000 inhabitants on the shores of Ossiacher See, the third largest lake in Austria. It enchants visitors with its special charm and relaxed atmosphere, but also with a number of public beaches and pleasant water temperatures of up to 28 °C in summer. However, Ossiach has a lot to offer in the field of culture and the arts, too: In summer it plays host to the renowned “Carinthischer Sommer“ Music Festival. In winter the Gerlitzen ski area is just 15 kilometers away and welcomes skiers and snowboarders with some 60 kilometers of immaculate ski runs, thus ensuring a fabulous day out.

Lake Ossiach: Swimming and cultural highlights

When it comes to summer holidays, Ossiach can make your dreams come true. Located on the southern shore of Lake Ossiach, the cozy town makes a prime destination for the whole family. The water slide, the beach volleyball courts, several playgrounds and a 4.5 meter high inflatable iceberg with climbing facilities are the children’s favorites. From the sunbathing area sun worshippers may enjoy stunning views of the lake. Yet, Ossiach has a lot more to offer than bathing pleasures and relaxation. Culture vultures will love the internationally renowned Carinthischer Sommer Music Festival staged at Stift Ossiach with its baroque-style church on an annual basis. Every year Ossiach turns into a hub of music with international orchestras, opera stars and young talents that take the audience by storm. In addition, the picturesque surroundings of Lake Ossiach lend themselves to nature exploration, walking, cycling and mountain biking. Try the 25-kilometer walking trail around the lake, for instance, or go for any of the fabulous cycling and mountain bike routes.
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1 Lake in Ossiach

  • Size: 10.5 km² Beach: Sunning Lawn, Wooden Pier Village: Steindorf am Ossiacher See Region: Villach Region
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Information on the region

Skiing in a picture postcard winter wonderland

Ossiach is in a favorable location between Gerlitzen and the Ossiacher Tauern mountain range. Cutting-edge uphill facilities, immaculate slopes for skiers of all ages and ambitions, as well as state-of-the-art snow-making facilities ensure outstanding skiing pleasures at Gerlitzen (1,911 m). Leave your tracks on untouched powder hills and do not miss out on a stop at one of the quaint mountain lodges and restaurants, be it for a meal or just for a drink. Off-piste activities – in case of bad weather or just for a change – include walking, sightseeing, trips to nearby Villach, and a visit to one of the lovely Christmas markets in the area.

More detailed information provided by the Tourist Board

Ossiach - the charming little town at Lake Ossiach with many cultural highlights With just under 1000 inhabitants Ossiach is the smallest community in the Ossiacher See area. Stift Ossiach and the baroque church are not only prominent landmarks, but also host the CMA Carinthian Music Academy and the famous "Carinthischer Sommer" music festival.

At Erlebnisbad Ossiach boredom is virtually unknown! Plenty of fun and action are guaranteed on the 93 m water slide with jumps and bumps and a top speed of up to 20 km/h! Other fun-filled sports facilities: 2 beach volleyball courts; handball, basketball and inline skating facilities; playground; diving platform and an inflatable iceberg (height: 4.5 m) which can be climbed from three sides. A fun challenge for the young and old!
Winter pleasures in Ossiach No matter if you prefer tobogganing, ice skating on the Ossiacher See Halle ice rink, cross-country skiing or Alpine skiing in the nearby Gerlitzen Alpe ski area with a total of 60 km of ski runs - Ossiach is always worth a visit! Free ski buses ensure hassle-free transportation to the Gerlitzen ski area.

Over the past few years the CMA Stift Ossiach has proved to offer the perfect venue and infrastructure for numerous cultural and music events, including "Brass Herbst" and "Begegnungen im Advent".

The Carinthische Musikakademie stages concerts with renowned national and international artists throughout the year. Choose your favorite event!

Let your thoughts drift away...

... while walking across a snow-covered winter wonderland. Ossiach is a secret tip for people longing for rest and relaxation, but also for sports-minded visitors.
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Climate & Weather

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Travel Route & Address

From Salzburg: A10 Tauernautobahn motorway - exit Villach-Ossiacher See - B94 to the towns and villages at Lake Ossiach (3-10km)
From Vienna: Südautobahn motorway - B17
From Italy: motorway Udine - Tarvisio - Villach/Ossiacher See (Lake Ossiach)
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Villach railway station: direct trains to Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Regional trains operate between Villach and Feldkirchen; bus links to all towns and villages at Lake Ossiach
Klagenfurt airport (35km)
Direct flights to Zurich, Frankfurt am Main, Vienna
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Tourismusinformation Ossiach
Ossiach Nr. 8
9570 Ossiach, Austria
Österreich Kärnten Ossiacher See Gerlitzen Alpe - Ossiach Carinthia