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The Wörthersee is in the Klagenfurt basin and, with more than 19 square km the largest lake in the Austrian province of Carinthia. The greatest depth reached the Wörthersee with about 85m at an average depth of about 42m. The Wörthersee is fed by a large number of small and medium-sized streams. The drain is located in the east. About Glanfurt the lake Wörthersee is drained first in the river Gurk and Glan and later in the Drava river.

In the summer the Wörthersee reach 20 to 26 degrees. The region around Lake Wörthersee is a very popular summer resort area (about 23,000 beds and approximately 1,650 campsites).

The Wörthersee completely freezes in very cold winters. Then you can skate on a length of 16 km, but not every year is possible. In the Wörthersee, there are also two small Islands - the island of flowers and the Capuchin island (often referred to a Snake Island). The two former islands Maria Wörth and Maria Loretto were converted to peninsulas. The largest cities are in the east Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (provincial capital of Carinthia) and in the west Velden am Wörthersee. Between lie the communities Pörtschach, Reifnitz, Techelsberg, Krumpendorf and Maria Wörth.

The steamship company at the lake Wörthersee was founded in 1853 of Baron Edmund Herbert with a used paddle steamer. Today, many tourists take advantage of this leisure activities. 

Very well known are the events at the Wörthersee: 

  • GTI meeting at the end of May in Reifnitz attended by thousands of car enthusiasts with their tuned vehicles.
  • The A1 Beach Volleyball Grand Slam in Klagenfurt
  • The Ironman Triathlon (3.8 km swim in the lake Wörthersee, 180 km cycling and 42 km running).
  • Star Night at the Wörthersee in Pörtschach.
  • Late April-early May, you can ride on car-free streets with the bike, mountain bike, or inline skates around the lake (approximately 40 km).

The Wörthersee was already filming location of some feature films and television series such as You are the Rose of Lake Wörthersee, Schloß am Wörthersee and the doctor from the Wörthersee - Shadows in Paradise.

Leisure activities at the Wörthersee in the summer: swimming, swimming in the many beach resorts around Lake Wörthersee (with many water slides, diving boards, parasailing, wakeboarding, water skiing, banana boat, tire rides), canoeing, kayaking, rowing boats, nude, diving, sailing, surfing, fishing , hiking, mountain biking, cycling, Nordic walking, jogging, volleyball, golf, triathlon, boat trips.

Leisure activities around the Wörthersee in the winter: Ice skating, hockey, cross country skiing, winter hiking trails.
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