Turracher Höhe - Overview
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Turracher Höhe – A varied and modern ski resort
Turracher Höhe is one of Austria’s most popular skiing destinations, and with good reason. The Gurktal Alps have everything you need for a fun and action-packed winter break. The area’s state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment means the slopes are always in fantastic condition. The region attracts skiers of all abilities thanks to the extraordinary variety of its pistes, and its modern lifts also contribute to ensuring visitors of all ages go home with lasting memories of a wonderful holiday.
Turracher Höhe has a huge choice of runs, which makes it popular with people of all ages. Beginners and tiny tots, intermediate and expert skiers – everyone feels equally at home here. Turracher Höhe is also a hit with carvers and snowboarders, and truly has something for all winter sports fans. Whether it’s cross-country skiing, ice skating, curling or snowshoeing – it’s a paradise for everyone who loves to be out on the snow or ice.
The fact that the area is extremely snow sure is one of the reasons why Turracher Höhe is such a popular winter holiday destination. Its modern snow-making equipment ensures there is always more than enough snow on the slopes, so skiers and snowboarders can pursue their passion without worrying about the piste conditions. Some of the runs are situated at an altitude of 2,205 metres. The stunning view of the surrounding mountains is often an added incentive for people to book their skiing holidays in this area. But there are so many reasons why people love coming here, such as the deckchairs that are strategically placed in the most scenic spots. Where better to take a little break and soak up the sun? At the base of the Kornockbahn lift there is also a lovely lounge for relaxing, and the Turracher Höhe’s Piste Butler service is a huge hit with guests thanks to its friendly, first-class service.
After an action-packed day on the slopes, a traditional alpine lodge is the perfect place to relax and enjoy some delicious local food with a nice drop of wine or beer. Styrian pumpkin cream soup, fried chicken, Kärtner Kasnudeln (pasta stuffed with cheese) and Glockner lamb chops are some of the most popular dishes in this region of Austria. And if you have a sweet tooth, a slice of Topfenstrudel is bound to hit the spot. The Restaurant Almzeithütte is located at 1,968 metres at the top of the Panoramabahn lift. It is accessible to everyone via a combined chair/cabin lift. After a long walk there’s nothing better than sampling the local cuisine while enjoying wonderful views over Carinthia’s Nockberg mountains. Of course, the menu includes classic Austrian dishes like schnitzel and roast pork, but the restaurant’s crisp salads are also popular, perhaps with the addition of sheep’s cheese or fried turkey strips. Vegetarians are well catered for with options such as baked potatoes, veggie burgers and cheese Spätzle. A tasty soup is a great way to warm up when the temperatures plunge. And who can resist the classic local dish – the famous Kärntner Kasnudeln? There is also a special kids’ menu. The wide selection of drinks includes beer, wine and schnapps, hot beverages and cold soft drinks. The Alm is often booked for private parties and has long been a popular venue for weddings because of its romantic atmosphere. Apart from that, it is also a popular starting point for hikes in the Nockberg mountains. Not everyone wants to go to bed straight after dinner. If you’re looking for a little après-ski fun, Nock 1 Lounge, Brandy, Goaßstadl and Georg’s all come highly recommended among the party set.
If you happen to get a rainy day, there’s no need to sit around in your holiday accommodation and wait for the weather to change. There’s plenty to do around Turracher Höhe, such as a visit to the Nockalm reptile zoo in Patergassen. The 1,000-square-metre exhibition area tells visitors everything they need to know about the life of reptiles, and the collection of poisonous snakes is a particular draw. The amazing display of crystals and minerals at the alpin+art+gallery museum is popular with young and old alike, as is the beautiful setting. A trip to the historic Karlbad bathhouse is the perfect way to get away from it all and simply relax. This old farmers’ bathhouse is the last of its kind in the Eastern Alps. Guests are treated to traditional spa treatments, clean mountain air and delicious home cooking.
Turracher Höhe has a tundra climate, meaning that it has low temperatures all year round. Its annual average temperature is 1.3°C and its annual precipitation is 1,372 millimetres. June has the highest rainfall, while January is the driest month. July is the warmest month in Turracher Höhe. With a bit of luck, some days the temperature can hit 25°C.
If you’re visiting with children, a ride on the Nocky Flitzer is a must. This alpine roller coaster is a toboggan run that allows you to go whizzing down the mountain all year round. The spectacular run is 1.6 kilometres long and thrills are guaranteed thanks to its 15 waves, three spirals, two jumps and a bridge. The maximum speed is 40 kilometres per hour. Older or less sporty people who still like to be out in the fresh air will enjoy a lakeside stroll on the flat path around the Turracher See. The walk round the largest of the three lakes takes 30 minutes and offers beautiful views of the surrounding scenery. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, you can hike from Turracher Höhe into the heart of the Nockberg mountains and up to the top of the Königstuhl mountain, where you’ll feel on top of the world! May to November are the best months to do this walk, and of course hiking boots are essential as the round trip takes about seven hours.