Bad Kleinkirchheim - Overview
Ski resort features
Hosting the professional ski circuit: Bad Kleinkirchheim
Bad Kleinkirchheim in Austria is a popular resort with skiers of all ages. With 100 kilometres of pistes, it provides hours of winter fun for children and adults alike. It has something for everyone, from nursery slopes for beginners to challenging runs for expert skiers. Bad Kleinkirchheim is also well-known for hosting top-class skiing competitions, such as the Men's Ski World Cup in 2007 and a women’s race in January 2018. It has regularly hosted European Cup and FIS races, and is a popular venue for snowboarding competitions. Bad Kleinkirchheim is a winter sports paradise for professional athletes.
Bad Kleinkirchheim is a magnet for visitors because of its plentiful sunshine and wide variety of pistes. 24 lift systems whisk skiers into the heart of the action, and numerous access points mean there are never long queues. The Nockalmbahn, Kaiserburgbahn, Sonnwiesenlift, Maibrunnbahn and Biosphärenparkbahn Brunnach lifts and gondolas open between 8.30 and 9.00 am, so getting up the mountain is very convenient.
The St Oswald ski arena at Bad Kleinkirchheim is one of Austria’s most popular skiing destinations and boasts the longest runs in the whole of Carinthia. The Nockberg mountains are bathed in sunshine but also attract plenty of snow – the perfect conditions for an action-packed skiing holiday. If there’s not enough natural snow, the resort has more than 800 snow cannons to make sure the pistes are always in tip-top condition. Keen skiers can test themselves on the 3.2-kilometre Franz Klammer World Cup run. With its tricky cambers and a gradient of up to 80%, it presents an irresistible challenge to daring holidaymakers. The run finishes at the Römerbad Thermal Spa in the heart of the village. Bad Kleinkirchheim is also the ideal destination for an unforgettable family skiing holiday. Children are well looked after by specially trained staff in the resort’s four ski schools. There is also a ski kindergarten for the little ones. Exciting adventures await on the Kids’ Slope with the biosphere animals Nix & Noxi. Bad Kleinkirchheim is also a great destination for spa-lovers. After all, how many places have a sauna right on the slopes? Visitors love the theme cubes and massage cubes in Bad Kleinkirchheim and St Oswald, and the Römerbad Thermal Spa is also a wonderful place to relax. Another relaxing option is to take a winter walk through Carinthia’s gorgeous scenery.
With their traditional Alpine atmosphere, the mountain lodges on the slopes at Bad Kleinkirchheim are the perfect places to take a break. They serve delicious Carinthian dishes such as Klachlsuppe (a meaty soup), Kärntner Kasnudeln (pasta stuffed with cheese) and Gailtaler Holzknechtfrigga, a delicious concoction of bacon, cheese and apples. Kärntner Weltmutter is a popular local dessert. It is a kind of almond rice pudding, served with a variety of toppings such as berry sauce. The Waldtratte mountain restaurant is located at the middle station of the Kaiserburgbahn, 1,370 metres above sea level. Since 1974, it has been owned by the Bachler family, who have renovated and extended it at intervals over the years. Their aim is to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere all year round. The menu focuses on local dishes, with crisp salads, warming pancake soup and delicious strudel for dessert. The staff at the Waldtratte love to spoil their guests with traditional Carinthian delicacies. And once you’ve finished your meal, what could be nicer than a locally brewed fruit schnapps before heading back down to the valley? When the skiing season is over, the Almzirkus adventure playground makes the Waldtratte a popular destination for young visitors in the summer months. After spending the day tearing up the slopes, some skiers are looking for more than a relaxed evening meal. If you want to keep the action going when you come off the slopes, head for the lively après-ski atmosphere of the Bärenhöhle and Strohsack ski bars.
The sun often shines in Bad Kleinkirchheim, but it’s worth planning a few activities in case the weather turns bad. A visit to St Kathrein Thermal Baths is the perfect way to relax and decompress. Home to the largest expanse of bathing pools in Carinthia, it has something for everyone: a fun pool, wellness pool, whirlpool, the Nockberg slide, a mushroom spray fountain and a kid’s pool. Its health facilities include indoor and outdoor saunas, a steam bath, massage treatments, infrared loungers, and heated relaxation rooms known as the tepidarium and vitarium.
The Gothic-style church of St Kathrein is the main landmark in Bad Kleinkirchheim. Dating back to 1492 and in an idyllic setting, it is one of the region’s most beautiful buildings. The Oswaldi-Kapelle is a small chapel that was built in 1935. It has a spring that supplies most of the village with drinking water. The Museum of Folk Culture in Porcia Castle gives visitors an insight into Carinthia’s history and culture.
Bad Kleinkirchheim has a cold, temperate climate. It enjoys many hours of sunshine, but also has a significant amount of precipitation, with an annual average of 1,323 millimetres. July is the warmest month with an average maximum temperature of 21°C, but it also has the most rainfall. January is the coldest month in Bad Kleinkirchheim and has the lowest rainfall.
The most beautiful hikes in the Biosphere Park start at the top of the Nationalparkbahn Brunnach gondola. The ride is free with a Kärntencard, but the gondola only runs from Wednesday to Sunday outside of the skiing season. The last ride down is at 4.30 pm. A hike up the 2,441-metre Rosennock opens up stunning views of the surrounding mountain scenery. The area is particularly beautiful in June, when gentian, alpenrose and other wildflowers are in full bloom. A visit to the Erlacher Hütte is also highly recommended. The owner loves to chat to her guests while they tuck into her delicious Kaiserschmarren.