In the most southerly parts of Austria the unmolested and incomparable natural settings are by far its greatest assets; they are the source of a high quality of life and also an opportunity to develop a wonderful tourist offer. In the region there are more than 200 glacial lakes suitable for swimming, amongst them the famous Faaker See that can instantly be recognized by it’s deep turquoise colour. The lake is home to the annual Harley Davidson meeting, where more than 10,000 Harley enthusiasts gather for the European Bike Week in September. In this idyllic setting, congress organisers can also find a tourist village called Naturhotel Hoterdorf SCHÖNLEITN, a village that can be fully rented for your next incentive trip or special event. The founder of the village, Robert Rogner, came up with the idea in the late seventies and his goal was to preserve the authentic Carinthian architecture. He built the village while keeping in mind the traditional offer, preserving the ethnological heritage, the old folk customs and the traditional infrastructure. What came about was a very special venue that has to this day been impressing visitors with its authenticity.

When you first step into the village you immediately feel the sublime atmosphere created by the wooden buildings. The complex stretches over 45,000 m2 and offers 177 cosy suites. Sleeping in the boutique apartments is a special experience and a unique example of the progressive but respectful development of tourism, an idea that was developed way before it became a trend. The solid furniture, natural bedding and ecologically considerate materials all add to a pleasant stay. The rich offer at the Natural Spa, with an outdoor and indoor pool, saunas, steam baths and massage rooms, offers even more opportunity for relaxation. The relax room is extremely special, as here you will find Carinthian hay beds and a lovely terrace with views of Mittagskogel.

The smaller conference centre was in built in 2002 and quickly became popular with organisers of corporate meetings and even wedding planners. The halls are nicely furnished and have embraced the same authentic atmosphere as in the village suites. The biggest conference hall can take up to 150 guests and the lobby for exhibitions and all the accompanying spaces are also well thought out. The latest addition to the infrastructure was an adrenaline park first built in 2010 and the ability to organise green events is also worth a mention, as the resort is one of the Austrian Eco Label certified locations.


1. High Ropes Course – a training facility right inside the hotel area at Naturel Hotel Village SCHÖNLEITN, for which the Pole, Flying Bridge and Kings X are just three convincing reasons to have a go at it. As this is activity-oriented and not desk or idea based the learning process is complete. Security is of paramount importance here, so the panoramic high ropes course is supervised by skilled guides.

2. Low Elements Teambuilding – the Low Elements are accompanied and supervised, if required, by the hotel’s own trainer, your own coach or in combination with your workshop coach. The Low Elements aim at issues like teamwork, interpersonal contact, time management, schedule & strategy, work quality, role allocation, communication, guidance, reflection and cooperation.

3. Baking bread the old fashioned way – a local tutor will show participants the entire process of bread making, from kneading the dough to baking it in the farmhouse stove. You will get to know the classical way of bread making, which has long been known in the surrounding farms. It contains no additives and only the best quality flour.

You have to take your time when it comes to food and drinks at the village and the best option is to do it on the sunny and picturesque terrace of the Dorfwirt restaurant. The cuisine, which respects the culinary tradition of the region, is based on seasonal ingredients that come from the surrounding farms. All of the cooking is carried out along the lines of local recipes that have been passed on by housewifes from one generation to the next. Dishes from their local kithcen are complemented by the best quality prosciutto from Slovenia, Friulian wine and sea bass from Piran’s finest Irena Fonda. The combination of both worlds makes for top class cuisine that is deserving of the highest grade.

Naturel Hotels & Resorts has ambitious plans for continual growth and the regional food, coming from ecological production in the near vicinity and where everything is seasonal, is a very important part of their plans. The resort is also keen on promoting transportation with a low environmnental impact and managing their green surfaces by mowing grass in the traditional way. A vegetable and herbal garden complement their offer and the hotel aims at changing the attitude and habits of the established hotel practice, an eco friendly aproach for which the hotel was awarded the Austrian Eco Label certificate.

From Germany:
Motorway A10 Tauernautobahn towards Villach/Italy – exit Faaker See – follow the road to Faaker See, Drobollach. From there it is signposted. From Munich: 330km.

From Vienna:
Motorway A2 Südautobahn towards Villach/Italy – main road towards Faak am See. From there it is signposted. From Vienna: 360km.

Own hotel shuttle service from Villach station (for a fee) or Faak station (free).

Naturel Hotels & Resorts Dorf SCHÖNLEITN ****
Dorfstraße 26, 9582 Oberaichwald, Carinthia, Austria
P: +43 42 54 / 23 84
F: +43 42 54 / 23 84-450

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Mag. Andreas Griessler
Kärnten Convention & Mitgesellschafter GesbR


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