The Rosental valley is approximately 40 kilometres long and runs through the south of Carinthia between Rosegg and Gallizien. The valley nestles against the slopes of the Sattnitzzug and the Karawanks, with the Drava river running through. There is not much traffic in the area, which is only about 20 minutes’ drive from Klagenfurt and Villach. The perfect destination for a relaxing family holiday, active trip or leisurely time out in nature. The valley is light on for castle hotels, instead featuring a couple of cosy guesthouses, some farmstays and our Juritz campground. A natural landscape featuring mountain, lake and river. The Drava river in Carinthia’s Rosental valley used to be a wild, rushing torrent. The river of today is regulated by hydroelectric infrastructure, transforming the Drava into a broad watercourse snaking its leisurely way through the valley. The banks have been preserved in their natural state with reed beds and plenty of birdlife. Although hardly anyone explores this natural paradise from the water side, an expedition on or in the water is a terrific option. Hint: simply drop your canoe, kayak or SUP into the water and let the current carry you along.
The region is a true paradise for hikers, cyclists and nature enthusiasts. The diverse landscape in the heart of the Karawanks mountain range offers spectacular natural experiences, regional culinary delights and a whole lot of holiday fun for the whole family. Whether you’re looking for a pleasant hike or a vigorous Alpine tour, this is the place to explore undisturbed nature far away from mass tourism. You’ll encounter outstanding natural experiences everywhere, whether it’s on a gentle stroll, an ambitious mountain tour near the mountain-climbing village of Zell-Sele or down in the Bodental valley. Fantastic panoramic views, cross-border tours and pleasant sun terraces adorn the Panorama Trail through the southern Alps. This route consists of 20 stages totalling 285 kilometres with an altitude variation of 17,700 metres. You can arrange for a certified mountain hiking guide to accompany you along the trail if you wish. The Drava cycle path (R1) is an absolute must for hobby cyclists and family groups. The challenging mountain-bike paths in the Karawanks are designed to challenge more athletic cyclists, and the cross-border Karawanken Bike Circle is an option for all levels.