Chalets and apartments on the border of Styria to Carinthia
The Turracher Höhe is an idyllic alpine lake plateau, which lies at around 1,800 m above sea level directly at the pass crossing between the two Austrian federal states of Styria and Carinthia. In winter there is a diverse ski area with 42 kilometers of slopes of varying difficulty. In summer, mountaineers will find a true hiking paradise.
Holidays next to the ski Slopes - Turracher Höhe
Anyone who not only appreciates spacious, comfortable accommodation, but is also looking for an untouched natural landscape in combination with a diverse range of leisure activities, is in good hands in the Alpenpark Turracher Höhe. Located in the immediate vicinity of the mountain railways of the ski area around the Turrachsee, the extraordinary holiday complex consists of 49 free-standing wooden chalets, which are built on stilts in the middle of the pine forest and offer a wonderful panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. In the main building "Alpenresidenz", located amidst the village of Turracher Höhe, there are eleven apartments for those who want to stay directly at the ski slopes.
Wellness chalets with pool and sauna
The wellness chalets of the Alpenpark Turracher Höhe are located on the border between Styria and Carinthia. All chalets are equipped with a comfortable living, dining and kitchen area.
The high-quality chalets in modern wooden construction impress with contemporary furnishings and a spacious private wellness area including sauna and whirlpool (indoor and/or outdoor). Depending on the type of house, they have four to six bedrooms and several bathrooms and offer an exclusive living experience for eight to 16 people on 120 to 140 m². Open gas fireplaces create a cozy atmosphere in the evening. The spaciousness of the cozy wellness chalets and the wide distance between the houses allow a lot of privacy.
Apartments "Alpenresidenz" next to the ski slopes
The Alpenresidenz Turracher Höhe is located directly at the valley station of the Kornockbahn in the center of the village. The comfortably furnished holiday apartments with their alpine ambience create a pleasant feel-good atmosphere. The apartments offer space for two to six people on 32 to 77 m² of living space with up to three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The apartments are a cheaper alternative to the chalets and are particularly suitable for couples and small families.
As our guest you benefit from an exclusive online discount on the entire sports equipment rental at INTERSPORT. Simply book sports equipment here and save 10%. You will also enjoy numerous other benefits, such as free cancellation or additional discounts for families and children.
With the Butlercard, which is included in the price for all guests of the Alpenpark Turracher Höhe, you can enjoy an exclusive VIP service in both summer and winter. The advantages range - depending on the season - from free mountain railway rides and free use of the “Nocky Flitzers” to attractive discounts with various service partners and leisure activities. The centerpiece, however, is the butler program from June to October and December to April. With this you can experience a varied, exclusive weekly program accompanied by a piste butler in winter or an alpine butler in summer. Unforgettable holiday moments and small surprises are guaranteed.
Region - Turracher Höhe
Summer Holidays on the Turracher Höhe
The Turracher Höhe lies in the Nockberge mountains, on a roughly 1800 meters-high alpine pass between the Austrian provinces of Styria and Carinthia. This holiday region, which encompasses three picturesque mountain lakes (Turracher See, Schwarzsee and Grünsee), is home to the biggest uninterrupted expanse of pine forest, not only in Austria, but all of Europe. Villach, the closest biggish city with over 60,000 residents, is around 60 km away. Thanks to the unique natural setting and the many-and-varied holiday opportunities, the Turracher Höhe is an ideal destination for summer escapes in the heart of the Austrian Alps. And the Turrach Lodges, your luxurious hideaway from which to enjoy this natural jewel to the full.
The Turracher Höhe is a veritable hiking paradise, greeting you with leisurely hiking paths along with challenging alpine tours – for example, to the summit of the 2441 m high Eisenhut. The Kornockbahn carries you up to an elevation of some 2200 m, from where you will have no problems at all making the rest of the way to the top of the 2334 m Rinsennock. Set out on your next hike and roam through tranquil forests of Swiss pine. One particular highlight is the mountain walk along the idyllic 3 Lakes Path, which can be as short as 30 minutes or extended for as much as two hours. And thanks to interactive “Stations of the Senses” along the way, it also comes highly recommended for families. If you are surefooted and have a good head for heights, you might wish to put your skills to the test on the newly constructed “Hoher Steg”, a 400 meters-long fixed-cable climb with a difficulty rating of A to C.
This holiday region promises biking enjoyment for young and old. The new “Turracher Höhe Trail Area”, for example, is targeted specifically at families. Opportunities here include the 5 km long, ultra-natural “Kornock Flowtrail”, which winds its way for 350 vertical meters, accompanied by magnificent views of the Turracher See, down to the valley. There are also numerous practice areas and technique trails, where newbie bikers assisted by guides can prepare themselves perfectly for the flowtrail. E-bike fans can also look forward to clearly signposted tours leading through forests and alpine pastures.
Family Holidays on the Turrach
With its broad palette of recreational activities, the Turracher Höhe offers ideal conditions for a successful family summer holiday in the mountains. The most outstanding attractions lie right next to the Panoramabahn. Greeting you next to the mountain station at 2000 m above sea level is “Nocky’s AlmZeit”, a footpath with seven exciting play stations along the way. After refreshments and a bite to eat at the AlmZeit Hut, your adventure continues with a ride on the legendary “Nocky Flitzer”, an alpine slide that takes you on a winding thrill ride along a 1.6 km track down to the Turracher Höhe. Meanwhile, at “mythos edelstein”, kids up to 14 years of age can dig for precious stones and gold nuggets.
Sommer Butler Card with VIP Service
As guests of ALPS RESORTS, you enjoy all the benefits and services of the Alm Butler Card for free. The Alm Butler will accompany you dressed in appropriate authentic attire on a sunrise hike or family hike followed by a picnic at the lake. He will take an E-bike tour with you, will prepare you a summit breakfast, organize a variety-packed program for children and teens (ages 4 to 18), and much more. Add to that numerous all-inclusives such as once-daily free rides on the Panoramabahn, the Kornockbahn and “Nocky Flitzer” as well as various great discounts.
Winter Holidays on the Turracher Höhe
At 1800 meters above sea level on a pass between Styria and Carinthia, the Turracher Höhe is one of the snowiest regions in Austria and offers snowy enjoyment from November until the beginning of May. However, winter dreams don’t only come true on the perfectly groomed 42 kilometers of pistes. Away from the ski slopes, too, amid picturesque pine forests, a diverse winter paradise awaits, with your chosen ALPS RESORT the perfect base from which to explore.
Skiing Enjoyment in the 3 Corners Region
The Turracher Höhe ski area (1400 - 2205 m) is an insider tip amongst the numerous ski resorts in the 3 Corners Region of Styria-Carinthia-Salzburg. 42 km of snowy pistes in combination with 14 modern gondolas and ski lifts set the pulses of skiers and snowboarders racing in anticipation. Absolute highlights include the 1.5 km long “Snowpark Turracher Höhe” as well as the “XXL Funslope”, one of the longest fun slopes in the world. If you prefer a circuit, we suggest giving the 12 km long “Turracher Höhe Seenrunde” a try, also treating you to a fantastic overview of the ski area. One extraordinary highlight is the so-called “Lake Taxi”, that provides a connection across the frozen waters of the Turracher See.
Cross-Country Skiing & Ice Skating on the Styria-Carinthia Border
Aside from a total of 25 km of marked winter hiking paths leading through snow-blanketed pine forests or alongside the three alpine tarns – the Turracher See, Schwarzsee and Grünsee – the Turracher Höhe is also famous as a cross-country Eldorado. You have four different trails (for skating as well as classic technique) totaling around 16 km to choose from. On one course that is barely two kilometers long, for example, you will actually complete a lap on the frozen Turracher See, whilst on the longest trail (seven kilometers), you will discover an absolutely pristine valley known as Weitental. The Turracher See also features a small-yet-charming, approximately 850 m² natural ice rink.
Highlights for Your Family Holiday
Thanks to the compactness of the ski area and the broad pistes, the Turracher Höhe is ideal for a family ski holiday. Especially for the youngsters, right next to the practice lift there is a delightful kids’ slope known as “Nocky’s WinterZeit”. Meanwhile, the older teens and adults will have a great sporting time with “Funcross”. And if that still isn’t enough excitement for you, then we would suggest you try, on the Carinthian side of the ski area, the “Nocky Flitzer” alpine slide, also open in winter, hurtling from the mountain station of the Panoramabahn down a 1.6 km track to the valley below.
VIP Service with the Piste Butler
As guests of ALPS RESORTS, you also get to enjoy this VIP service for free. Holidaymakers discover the most beautiful side of winter accompanied by their amiable Piste Butler. Not only will he provide you with pocket handkerchiefs, sunblock and a glass of Prosecco, as well as delicious farmhouse ice cream beginning in March, he will also invite you to accompany him on a family snowshoe hike, a Morning Trilogy, or a behind-the-scenes look at a mountain lift.
Our excursion tips
Tip 1: Landskron Castle Ruins
Burg Landskron, with its Eagle Arena and Ape Mountain, is a marvelous excursion destination for the whole family. The toll road up to the ruins is an easy drive (Ossiacher Süduferstraße, Schlossbergweg In the Eagle Arena, I am always impressed by the acrobatics of the “kings of the air”. This 40-minute show with eagles and falcons is absolutely memorable. No less fascinating is Ape Mountain, home to approximately 160 Japanese macaques. If you would like to take a closer look “behind the scenes”, we suggest booking a private tour with an experienced animal keeper or primatologist.
Burg Landskron is also the starting point for the popular, kid-friendly “Lord of the Castle Tour”. Taking approximately one and a half hours, it leads from the castle pond to the “Jungfernstieg” and the “White Wall”. Also be sure to set aside some time for a refreshment break and to enjoy the views!
Tip 2: Klagenfurt & Villach
If all the rest and relaxation should ever become “too much” for you, I recommend making a trip into the city. Klagenfurt and Villach are both only a 60-minute drive from here. Klagenfurt isn’t only the biggest city in Carinthia, it is also the provincial capital. No wonder, then, that the shopping opportunities are many and varied, while the downtown area represents a marvelous opportunity for a leisurely stroll. Furthermore, the west of Klagenfurt stands on famous Lake Wörthersee, where you will discover a beautiful 40,000 m² swimming area with 3 swim docks and a 300 m-long sandy beach.
Villach exudes Mediterranean flair. Hardly surprising, since this city lies close to the Italian border. This city of 60,000 residents can easily be explored on foot and, if you ever wish to take a break in between, you will be able to relax completely as you indulge yourself in a delicious Italian gelato somewhere along the picturesque Drau Promenade.
Tip 3: Carinthian Lakes
In Carinthia on the sunny side of the Alps, you will discover some of the most beautiful and warmest lakes in the entire Alpine region, Lake Wörthersee, with its turquoise-blue tones and almost Caribbean flair, at the head of the pack. From Alpenpark Turracher Höhe to cosmopolitan Velden on the western bay, the total distance is only 60 km. Standing above Wörthersee is yet another top Carinthian excursion destination, the Pyramidenkogel – which, at 100 m, boasts the highest wooden lookout tower in the world. The panoramas from up there are absolutely sensational.
The second-biggest lake and also one of the warmest lakes in Carinthia, Millstätter See, is roughly 40 minutes away by car. While Ossiacher See and Faaker See are likewise less than an hour from here.
Tip 4: Spa Enjoyment
If you leave the Turracher Höhe heading south, in roughly 20 minutes you will find yourself in Bad Kleinkirchheim. There, in the heart of the Carinthian Nockberge, two spa resorts invite you to escape the outside world completely. At Thermal Römerbad, you are greeted by an incomparable array of wellness opportunities including a sauna center on 3 floors and spanning 12,000 m². Therme St. Kathrein, on the other hand, boasts the biggest water area of all Carinthian spa resorts as well as an 86 m-long slide guaranteed to appeal to families especially. Because it is so close, a trip to Bad Kleinkirchheim is also convenient even after a day full of mountain adventures.
Tip 5: Murau – the “beer town”
But you don’t only find spectacular excursion destinations south of the Turracher Höhe. Upper Styria also has a lot to offer, too. With its medieval charm, the historic downtown area of Murau invites you to take an extended walk, to imposing Schloss Murau, for example, enthroned majestically above the town with a history that goes back to the year 1250. In 2010, Murau was also honored as a “beer town”. You simply have to taste the delicious Murauer Bier, while a guided brewery tour will reveal all the secrets behind this delectable beverage.
There is yet another attraction you simply have to see during your excursion to Murtal in Styria: the Wood Museum in St. Ruprecht ob Murau, a fascinating world of wood spanning 10,000 m². It is amazing to see all the things that can be made out of wood.
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