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The Carribean of the Alps


Scharnitzen 6,
9711 Paternion


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At an altitude of 930 metres you will find the highest lake in the Alps – Lake Weissensee, very close to our farm within a designated natural park municipality. The lake is one of a kind with its strikingly intense turquoise colour, its crystal clear waters, its purity and its fjord-like bays. Its much vaunted water quality, clean enough to drink, has even won international awards. The moment you lay your eyes on the crystal-clear, turquoise water you’ll feel yourself removed to a lonely bay in the Caribbean. Now we’d like to take you to this insider tip in the middle of Carinthia, so take breezy hiking clothes with you, in the summer don’t forget your bathing gear with sun protection, good shoes and a camera! On request, we’ll prepare a packed lunch at the farm for you to take with you along with hiking maps and brochures.

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First, start out from our farm by car and take the road leading to Weissensee/Ostufer (Sackstrasse). Drive for 17 km. Once you’re there facing the lake, you’ll see a turnoff with a signpost saying Strandbad – Campingplatz. Next to it is the big car park. This is where the Norduferweg starts that covers 7 km of level field- and forest paths. If you start out in the morning, you can cover the first part of the route barefoot through the dewy grass. Besides the pleasant sensation on the soles of your feet, this is a brilliant way to activate your organ systems.

Bay of your dreams. My special insider tip for you is the “lonely island bathing bay” which you’ll reach after 15 minutes walk: When you come across especially big gnarly roots on the forest path, you’ll notice a narrow cul-de-sac leading down to the lake. Other walkers have already secured the spot with stones and driftwood. If it’s hot you’ll find it nice beneath the shady trees and bushes. Make yourself comfortable in this wonderful bay and immerse yourself in the turquoise waters. With every stroke you take you’ll feel lighter and freer. Here, time has no meaning. The colour blue has a very soothing effect and will help you to gain new energy and courage to face life. Isn’t it just wonderful to sense how your body is being recharged with energy surrounded by such fabulous scenic beauty and to let the waves wash away the stressful remainders of your every-day life? By the way, you are amidst a designated nature park.
On the soft forest floor you can let your mind wander and when you feel peckish, have your packed lunch. And something else, you’ll soon notice that you’re not the only one in this wonderful spot. Fish will come over and almost eat from your hand.

Take the same route back to the car park; if you prefer an alternative route, turn left and walk along the shore until your reach Gasthof Ronacherfels and take the ship back to the car park.



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