At the Gate to Paradise
Berg im Drautal is one of the oldest summer holiday locations in Upper Carinthia. This little community on a sunny terrace in the Upper Drautal Valley has been insistently developing its tourist traditions since 1871, with the building of the southern railway line. But we have always placed a large value on meeting others. The word “Carinthia” comes from the Illyrian “Carantanien” and means “The Land of Friends.”
The peoples of the north and south met at the Drau river, and this is where the reserved manner of the Alpine inhabitants mixed with the warm-heartedness of the Slavs and the talkativeness of the Romans. The history of the village can be told from the 10th century onward, through churches, chapels and written sources. (More about Culture)
They say the Carinthians are prone towards idleness and a certain melancholy. This is certainly a good character trait for making friends. The openness of Carinthia’s people has made it into a holiday-land. Yearly, over 20,000 guests visit Berg im Drautal alone, for hiking, golf, skiing or simply relaxing. Many also come again, because they love people and nature.
Magnificent gorges, unforgettable mountains
In the summer, Berg im Drautal (670m above sea level) offers you magnificent hikes through gorges (Ochsenschlucht, Gaislochklamm), up mountains (Knoten, Hochtristen, Reißkofel, Spitzkofel up to 2,300m), Alpine club huts (Comptonhütte, Feldnerhütte, etc) and mountain lakes (Einsee, Zweisee, etc.).
There are countless art monuments, churches, castles and antique excavations for bicycle riders, mountain bikers, horse-lovers or hobby historians, the thermal conditions for hang-gliders are fantastic, and the waterways are in pristine condition, ready for water sports enthusiasts.
If you like touring by car, you can visit the nearby shopping town of Lienz in East Tyrol or Spittal an der Drau (both 30 km away), Heiligenblut and the Großglockner High Alpine Road (60 km) or the Carinthian lakes on a one-day circular tour. Click here for outings by car and motorcycle.
In winter there are more than 200 km of enticing cross-country skiing trails and downhill ski slopes from the South Tyrol border to Villach, the Emberger Alm (1700 to 2200 m) and the ice areas of Lake Weißensee (900 above sea level, 14 km away). Numerous ski regions can be reached in 30 to 60 minutes – offering variety for many days and hours.