VILLACH - OSSIACHER SEE FROM A BIRD’S-EYE PERSPECTIVE: TANDEM FLIGHT FROM THE GERLITZEN
Suddenly, a whole world lies there beneath your feet. Or at least the Villach holiday region in Carinthia, including the greenish blue waters of the Ossiacher See. A safe partner on your back, total freedom in front of you and a full dose of adrenaline pumping through your veins. The Gerlitzen (elev. 1911 m) is one of the most popular mountains for paragliders to launch from, allowing you to glide a grand total of 1400 vertical meters on your way back down to the valley below. No prior experience is required for a tandem flight with one of the experienced flight schools located around Ossiacher See. Meanwhile, the Kanzelbahn and summit lifts will transport you in complete comfort up to your “launch pad” on the Gerlitze Alpe. The valley station, incidentally, is only 150 meters from your apartment at Alpe Maritima Ossiacher See. A little bit of courage and trust, along with a short run-up – and you’ll be taking off before you know it!
CARINTHIA FROM THE WATER – WATER SPORTS ON OSSIACHER SEE
Stand-up paddling is one of the trendiest summer sports. A suitable SUP board, a paddle, then away you go on your discovery tour, including a full-body workout on the lake. SUP is great fun, builds muscles and trains your sense of balance. This form of water sport is relatively easy to learn, while SUP boards and paddles can be borrowed from Campingbad Annenheim or Surfing & Sailing School Annenheim (600 meters from your apartment on Ossiacher See). And for something “completely different”, how about a yoga session on an SUP board (Fridays from July to September), just one of the highlights you get to enjoy with the Erlebnis Card. The Erlebnis Card is included for free whenever you stay at the Alpe Maritima apartments on Ossiacher See!
Sailing, surfing, boating: “Suddenly, I sense the tailwind at my back. I feel completely invigorated because I am so happy.” At Surf & Sailing School Annenheim, they offer basic courses in wind surfing and sailing as well as sampler classes (2 hours). Furthermore, you can rent out rowboats, paddle boats and electric boats for your personal tour of the Ossiacher See. In July and August, a spectacular night waterskiing show – with lots of acrobatic feats of skill along with a fireworks display – is staged in Annenheim during July and August.
UNDERWATER WORLD: DIVING IN OSSIACHER SEE
(Sampler) diving courses and guided diving expeditions are offered by the diving schools on Ossiacher See. Float weightlessly through the water, discover the underwater world of Carinthia, clear your mind completely … and in addition to the Ossiacher See, Carinthia offers a number of other interesting diving spots. Millstätter See, for example, always has something unexpected up its sleeve for divers. Or the turquoise-blue Weissensee, which, with visibility up to 20 meters and thriving fish life, is reckoned to be one of the most beautiful diving destinations in the Alpine region. With just a few exceptions, including Faaker See, divers are welcomed at most Carinthian lakes.