Winter holidays in Carinthia on Lake Millstatt

Enjoy an active winter holiday away from the pistes

A winter holiday in Carinthia is more than just skiing and snowboarding. The Lake Millstatt region is also a great destination for winter hikes, cross-country skiing and touring. For even more winter variety, you can also skate on Europe's largest natural ice skating lake, take on speedy toboggan runs or enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride.

Cross-country skiing

Depending on weather and snow conditions, the following cross-country ski trails are available around Lake Millstatt:

  • Long circular trail on the water meadows (4.8 km long)
  • Baldramsdorf cross-country ski trail (10.8 km long)
  • Trefflinger Feld cross-country ski route (4.7 km long)
  • Lendorf circular cross-country ski trail (2.3 km long)

Bad Kleinkirchheim is also only about half an hour away. There you will find additional cross-country ski trails that can be covered with artificial snow thanks to the high altitude. Weather permitting, cross-country skiing is possible from as early as November until well into spring.

Ice skating and curling

Ice skating on natural ice – a special experience on Lake Weissensee in Carinthia. About 50 minutes from Millstatt, you can go ice skating in a winter wonderland. The Weissensee is the largest consistently frozen natural ice rink in Europe and features perfectly prepared tracks that make gliding around on the lake an absolute delight.

You can also ice skate on the large indoor ice rink in Spittal an der Drau, where skating is great fun in any weather.

Horse-drawn sleigh rides

Horse-drawn sleigh rides on the snowy plateau in Millstatt are a delight for everyone, not just for children and romantics. Snuggle under blankets in the carriage or sleigh and admire the wonderful winter scenery as you pass it by.


Speeding down a prepared toboggan run is always great winter fun. You can enjoy the following natural toboggan runs in the area:

  • Schwaigerhütte natural toboggan run (4.2 km long)
  • Alpengasthof Bergfried natural toboggan run (1.9 km long)
  • Pichlhütte natural toboggan run (4 km long)
  • Gasthof Thurnerhof toboggan run (2.9 km long)

Tobogganing is also often combined with a winter hike because it is usually only possible to get to the start of a toboggan run on foot. Once at the top, you can refuel at a mountain hut before heading back down the mountain on your toboggan.

Experience a winter holiday in Carinthia

After enjoying winter sports out in the fresh air, simply relaxing and putting your feet up is probably just what you need. Spending a bit of time at the spa and indoor swimming pool at Hotel am See****Die Forelle is the perfect way to round off a winter's day. Are you tempted by a winter holiday in Carinthia? Our team at Hotel Forelle are happy to prepare a non-binding offer or answer any questions you may have about your holiday.

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