Poertschach am Woerthersee
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The Lake Wörth (Wörthersee) is a lake region in Carinthia in Austria.
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About Poertschach am Woerthersee
The Wörthersee is Carinthia's biggest lake and one of Austria's top tourist attractions in Summer. The visually stunning setting is reason alone to stop by for a few hours, though the only way to truly experience it is to take a dip.
Many consider it Austria's best destination for bathing and swimming, for several reasons: a) With water temperatures averaging 21-23 C (often reaching a pleasant 25 C in August), it is one of Austria's warmest lakes. b) Its water is clear, has a characteristic blue-green colour, and is clean enough to be safe for drinking, at least in early June, before the tens of thousands of swimmers arrive in high season. c) Its location south of the Alps means it gets one of the highest number of sunny days in Austria, and it is also protected from strong winds, making ideal bathing weather in the months of July and August.
Ever since Austria's aristocracy has chosen the Wörthersee as their summer retreat in the 19th century it has been associated with glamour, though in recent decades it has lost a little of its shine. Nevertheless, the lake still attracts the rich and famous, and food and accommodation prices along its shore are very high compared to the rest of Carinthia.
- Auriga Spa, ☎ +43-4274-52000-5303. Schloss Velden, a Capella Hotel, Schlosspark 1, 9220 Velden, Austria. Capella Schloss Velden's crown jewel is the signature Auriga Spa. Take a spa vacation in Austria and stay at this wellness hotel in Velden and enjoy custom crafted treatment programs with relaxation and rejuvenation in mind.
The Bakery / Cafe Wiennerroither in Poertschach is on the main road a few hundred meters east of the train station. A very large variety of freshly baked Austrian bread is sold here from 5:30 am to 10:00 pm. Though quality suffers a bit in summer, by international standards the bread is superb.
The restaurant Joainig in Poertschach started off as a typical Austrian Gasthaus and expanded to become a large-scale operation with huge indoor and outdoor dining spaces and an industrial size kitchen supplying smaller local hostels. However, high standard food is still servedat moderate prices and the service is friendly and professional. Wide choice of local specialities on menu, different theme every month. Joainig is about 1 km east of the town centre. It is hard to miss if the cycle path is followed.
Half way on the main road between Velden and Poertschach, a fully Italian- staffed pizzeria serves excellent stone oven pizzas and pasta. €4-8 for a large pizza.
For a more authentic and simple Austrian Gasthaus in Poertschach, go to the small hostel opposite the Wienerroither Bakery on the main road near the town centre. The interior is simple but local specialities are very good.
Supermarkets are located in all towns along the Woerthersee. At the cheese and ham counter sandwiches are prepared at no extra charge. This is probably the only way to buy a meal for less than a euro in Austria.
- Fabrik (Velden)
- Monkey Circus (Velden)
- Anna W (Pörtschach)
- Rainer's (Pörtschach)
- American Bar (Pörtschach)
Klagenfurt, Carinthias capital (approx. 95,000 inhabitants), with its old and neat downtown and lots of smaller shops and boutiques, is equally appealing to the tourist as it is to locals.
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