The Nassfeld is a popular ski resort in Austria, but it offers action-packed adventures all year long.
Where is Nassfeld
The Nassfeld is well known as a ski resort in Kårnten (Carinthia in English), Austria’s most southern state. It is near the Italian border. With 110km of ski tracks, it’s a skiers paradise.
But that doesn’t mean that it should be neglected for the rest of the year. I was there in summer for an action-packed couple of days. In summer one of the most popular things to do is hiking.
Why Visit Nassfeld
The Nassfeld offers exceptional hiking and climbing trails ranging from short to all-day trails. There are over 1000km of hiking trails. The coolest thing about some of the hikes though is that some of the trails criss-cross over the Italian border. So you’re technically hiking in both Austria and Italy.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to hike in the Nassfeld when I was there, but I will definitely be back.
From a quick scan of the mountains, I saw several trails that were calling my name. I think I will probably be making a trip back here. Correction… I think it will probably be a few trips.
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Why I Loved Nassfeld
Many of the trails are reached from the Milleniumsbahn, a gondola that whisks you up high into the mountains so that you already have amazing views from the start of your hike.
Even better, if you stay at the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Carinzia conveniently located at the base of the ski resort you will receive a free +Card, meaning a free gondola ride.
There’s even a children’s hiking trail at the top of the gondola with twists along the way – like a trampoline and a water feature.
One of my favourite adventures was the Summer Rodelbahn, which is, in essence, a summer sled. In this case, it’s a 2 km track where you can reach speeds of up to 40km/hr! I screamed like a little girl on the turns but could have ridden it all day.
There’s also a Flying Fox and a Rock Labyrinth Adventure Course. The Flying Fox was one of the fastest I’ve ever been on. I loved the Rock Labyrinth Adventure Course as well, even though some of the challenges made my arms shake and realize that I need to do more push-ups.
There are a couple of different options and courses depending on your abilities and even a course designed for kids, so it’s very family-friendly.
Not visiting in summer? Well, there are plenty of outdoor activities in winter too, besides skiing I mean. And if you’ve never skied before then don’t fret, there are plenty of ski schools that will have you out on those slopes in no time.
What Else Is There To Do
What else could there possibly be to do after everything I have already told you? Well, a lot actually. There are a whopping 950km of cycling trails (that also weave between Austria and Italy). There is also the fantastic Outdoor Park which offers you 10 different activities including climbing. And they all have kid-friendly version.
If you love watersports, there are several lakes where you can take a boat ride or enjoy a cool swim. You can also enjoy windsurfing and fishing at the lakes. The most popular I have heard of is Pressegger See which happens to be the cleanest lake in Europe.
If your looking for more adventure try kayaking and white water rafting on the Gail River. And you love climbing then look no further. There are loads of places where you will be able to climb and will get the bonus of enjoying unique views of the Nassfeld Panorama.
I could have easily spent a week there. Some guests at the nearby Hotel & Spa Bleibergerhof, located just 30 minutes away stay for as long as two weeks. After visiting the Nassfeld, I understand why.
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Where to Stay When You Go to the Nassfeld
- Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Carinzia is conveniently located right at the base of the Nassfeld Ski Area. Be sure to unwind in the luxurious spa while you’re there.
- Another option is the Hotel & Spa Belibergerhof in Bad Bleiberg, located ~30 minutes away from the Nassfeld Ski Area. Its seclusion is perfect for couples looking for a quiet romantic getaway as is the no children policy implemented for most of the year.
- Der Tröpolacherhof Hotel & Restaurant is a quaint and cozy hotel that has spacious rooms and ski storage. The rooms have a small balcony’s perfect to enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and take in the beautiful views. The hotel also offers a sauna and infrared room where you can relax. The best part is that the hotel will provide you with a bicycle free of charge so you can discover the region’s trails.