Weissbriach is located in the Gitschtal valley, between Hermagor and the Weissensee. The Gitschtal is a side valley of the Gaital valley, which runs roughly from Villach via Hermagor to Kötschach-Mauthen, two beautiful valleys, very suitable for walks and other outdoor activities.
From Weissbriach you can reach Lake Weissensee in fifteen minutes, one of the largest mountain lakes in the area. In summer time you can swim in the lake and in winter you can go ice skating. The Weissensee is also the scene of the Alternative 11-City Tour, well known among the Dutch. You can make beautiful hikes around the lake, which you can combine with the boat that makes several trips across the lake every day to different jetties (though not during the winter season).
Another beautiful lake is the Presseggersee, located in the Gaital valley. A small mountain lake where you can also swim or skate. There is a beautiful walk around the lake taking about an hour and a half and there are several organised beach areas (with entrance). This is a very nice place to go.
The area around Nassfeld, which also has the Nassfeld ski area with 110 km of slopes, is a paradise for outdoor and nature lovers. The area even extends to Italy! There is plenty to do regardless of the season. Hiking, mountain biking, skating, skiing or snowshoeing, it’s all possible. Take a look at the Nassfeld website for an overview of all the options.
Carinthia lies on the borders with Italy and Slovenia. A stay in Weissbriach is therefore very suitable for a day trip to, for example, Tarvisio in Italy (50 km) or Planica (65 km), Kranjska Gora (70 km) and Ljubliana (150 km) in Slovenia. The three-country point is 70 km from Weissbriach where there’s also a small ski area.
Towns in the area
Do you want to visit a town in the area? Hermagor is 12 kilometers from Weissbriach with shops, restaurants and on Saturday there’s also a farmers’ market. Villach (55 km) is more of a city, with a shopping area containing the well known brands, several restaurants and cafes. Villach is also a spa town (Thermen Warmbad) with a beautiful historic centre, and a few museums. Nearby is the Ossiacher See and Naturpark Dobratsch, the oldest nature park in Carinthia. Klagenfurt (95 km) is the capital of Carinthia. It is the sixth-largest city in Austria and has a beautiful historic centre and various sights and museums. Near Klagenfurt is the Wörthersee, the largest mountain lake in Carinthia
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