Velden is a charming market town situated on the shore of Lake Worthersee. The visually stunning setting, known as one of the country’s most popular holiday resorts, is reason enough to stop by, although the best way to truly experience it is to take a plunge in the lake. The clear water and perfect location south of the Alps, which means one of the highest annual numbers of sunny days in Austria, makes it an ideal place for visitors to enjoy and soak up the positive atmosphere.
The Wörthersee is Carinthia’s biggest lake and one of Austria’s top tourist attractions, mostly in the summer, although it is becoming an interesting attraction beyond the main season for people who are seeking high quality hospitality standards. Back in the 19th century Austria’s aristocracy chose the Wörthersee as their summer retreat, so the location itself has always been associated with glamour.
A rich diversity of top quality service and 5-star hospitality sets the whole destination amongst the best in the region. And it is also a destination for events and meeting planners who are in the constant pursuit of a destination with a ‘wow’ factor.
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The best places to meet, stay and incentivize IN VELDEN AND WÖRTHERSEE
WERZER’S HOTEL RESORT PÖRTSCHACH
This upscale 4* hotel positioned directly on the lake offers fully equipped bright rooms with balconies. Rooms offer free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and minibars, plus balconies and heated floors The hotel has 3 restaurants, including a restaurant set directly on the lake. Other amenities include a gym, outdoor and indoor pools, as well as massage services and meeting facilities. The hotel offers 7 fully equipped seminar rooms for up to 140 people, all offering a terrace and natural daylight. The lake view restaurant can host events for up to 500 people.
FALKENSTEINER SCHLOSSHOTEL VELDEN
This former royal summer palace hotel has been transformed into a legendary 5* luxurious hotel. Perfectly equipped rooms complemented by a panoramic terrace with spectacular views over the lake, or the verdant park, will satisfy the most demanding of guests. They offer three conference rooms, 1 boardroom and a chairman’s room, as well as a ballroom that can be used for celebrations or bigger events, all equipped with state of the art conference equipment. For that extra luxurious feel, they also offer a private marina.
This fresh, 4* hotel with over 20 years of hospitality experience can be the perfect partner when organising an event. Set on the shore of lake Worthersee, they offer plenty of indoor and outdoor space, perfect for larger groups. Suitable for meetings of anything from 2 to 1,000 persons, yet you will not get any kind of feeling of being overcrowded in this magnificent property. They offer four meeting rooms, a lounge bar, an a la carte restaurant with lakeside terrace and a private beach for barbecues, boat races or other incentives.
This romantic and luxurious 4* hotel offers a perfect setting for a smaller and more unique conferences. It is a place where you may wish to spoil guests with other incentive possibilities and gourmand meals. Meeting facilities can easily be transformed to outdoor spaces or even arranged on the lake. A bright conference room, appropriate for more than 100 participants, can be divided into two spaces, making it perfect for workshops.
Casino Velden stands for one of the prime city locations in Velden for meetings and events. With a conference room and entertainment area within the same space, it offers oodles of possibilities for business and networking. Some of the high-profile congresses choose this location specifically because of its position, history, gourmand cuisine and the variety of options they can offer.
ESSENTIAL INCENTIVE EXPERIENCES
Pyramidenkogel is a 100-metre high wooden viewing tower, the highest such wooden tower in the world, making it a unique tourist attraction. The location offers quite a few options to organise an interesting incentive or teambuilding event, from an adventure slide to coffee drinking in a panoramic restaurant. The ascent to the top is itself a unique experience and is absolutely worth it once you get the beautiful views of the Wörthersee and its surroundings.
Bike tours around the lake
A perfect 40km long bike tour is a pleasant way to view the surroundings and the location itself. Loads of biking trails are organised along the river and you can check many sights along the way. You will come across some amazing historical sites, landmarks and smaller villages. In the summer you have the chance to cool down with a plunge in the lake as well.
WHEN IN VELDEN
MUST TASTE – GASTRONOMY
A perfect mixture of Mediterranean taste with a big influence of Italian flair. Most restaurants offer local and fresh products, combining simple food with haute cuisine. They adopted the Italian style of cafes and bakeries, with their pastries and exceptionally well prepared coffees. You can visit a typical Austrian ‘Gasthaus’ or an upscale restaurant and their dedication to quality preparation and fresh food will be evident everywhere.
CARRY ME HOME
You will find smaller boutiques and shops around the area that are stocked with produce local providers.