If you ask the majority of people to come up with one name that is synonymous with downhill skiing, the answer is often going to be Franz Klammer, and the iconic hero actually comes from Bad Kleinkirchheim, but there is much more to this place than a famous son.
With a unique blend of winter and summer attractions, not to mention a country that is steeped in history and tradition, it is not hard to see why Austria rates highly for even the most discerning of visitors. It is not hard to see why they take that view when you feast your eyes on Bad Kleinkirchheim, which is considered to be one of Austria’s top ski resorts, as well as being a great place to explore this beautiful region from when you are not on your skis.
Austria is steeped in tradition and cultural events, so regardless of the time of year, there is always something that can take your breath away. Click here to learn more.
Carinthia- an outstanding location
The Bad Kleinkirchheim and St Oswald ski area is located in the area of Austria known as Corinthia, which is between 1,100 and 2,055 metres above sea level.
This is genuinely an outstanding location also plays host to World Cup skiing events and offers visitors an excellent choice of blue, red and black pistes that total 100km of challenges and fun, including the Franz Klammer downhill run that is named in honour of the great man himself, who is even putting in some appearances as part of a promotion for the area.
Whether you are trying to emulate his exploits yourself on the slopes or taking a more leisurely downhill jaunt, you will be greeted by some breath-taking views and the opportunity to reward your efforts with some excellent cuisine in one of the restaurants that are dotted around the area.
More than just skiing
This area caters for all tourists and lovers of outdoor pursuits, such as hiking.
Hikers have an even greater incentive to put on their hiking boots when the trail they follow leads them to a top quality restaurant in Feldpannalm, where renowned chef Marco Krainer might be tempting your palate as you sit down for a gourmet meal.
If this puts you in the mood for some more rest and relaxation, you might want to make your way over to the Römerbad Thermal spa, which is a veritable temple of wellness set in a dramatic landscape against a spectacular backdrop of the Carinthian Nockberge Mountains. According to The Scotsman, it is a great place to “let off steam.”
Visit the Nockberge National Park
The area also hosts the Nockberge National park, which is a highly-prized cultural and natural landscape that is specifically designed to provide a living space shared by humans, flora and fauna.
Extending over a surface of 184 square-kilometres, the park is designed to offer visitors to be at one with nature and enjoy a walk through alpine pastures, woodland and across rounded mountain tops. It also offers nature-lovers the chance to see some plants and animals that are unique to the area and witness some of the peculiarities of the Nockberge Mountains, making it a must-see destination.
Whether you are taking to the slopes or simply want to take in the nature and culture of the area, Bad Kleinkirchheim is definitely a destination to consider when coming to Austria.
Zac Barnett is always on the lookout for new luxury destinations. An avid traveler and blogger, he likes to share what he finds by posting online. His articles can be found mainly on travel, lifestyle and culture websites.