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Hiking and walking

Situated high above Lake Wörthersee, Marco Hotel-Restaurant is the perfect starting point for some excellent hiking around Carinthia’s biggest, nearby lake. Why not set out on the 55 km-long circular route which is divided into themes such as air, water, earth and fire beside Lake Wörthersee? Along the way you will encounter themed signposts and inviting picnic areas which are great places to take a break.

More hiking routes close to Hotel-Restaurant Marko are:

  • Lake Forstsee (approx. 2 hours)
  • Teufelsgraben (approx. 2 hours)
  • Sternberg (approx. 3.5 hours)
  • Mount Kathreinkogel (approx. 4.5 hours)
  • Cycling in the valley of the four lakes (approx. 10 hours)

For further information about these and other tours please ask at the reception desk.

More tours can be found on the map. The best hiking and cycling tours in the Wörthersee region are shown in detail on this new portal.



Hotel-Restaurant Marko is only two kilometres away from the centre of Velden on Lake Wörthersee. The all-inclusive packages on Lake Wörthersee and the family weeks on Lake Wörthersee come with the Wörthersee Card, allowing you to visit several lidos along Lake Wörthersee for free.

Furthermore, the following places of interest are only a short walk away: Two small idyllic lakes – Lake Saisersee (a 10-minute walk away), Lake Forstsee (40 minutes), a picturesque lake nestled in woodland which can be easily reached by car.



Carinthia and in particular the region around Lake Wörthersee is a real paradise for cyclists. With a range of cycling options, from cycling trips with the family to exciting downhill mountain biking – there is truly something for everybody:

The relatively steep slope to the pretty backdrop of church Gross-Sternberg requires a certain level of fitness. However, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Karawanken range, the Dobratsch and Gerlitzen mountains. And when you reach the top, the sweeping panoramic vista from this magical place will take your breath away. And you might feel tempted to take a break in the little quaint inn next to the church. On your way back you can pick the same route or choose the shortcut through the woods..
Trail length: 13.75km
Route type: tarmac, gravel, unclassified county road
Altitude: 265m

The perfect cycling tour for sporty families.
Due to the gentle uphill slope, getting to Kerschdorf requires some muscle flexing, but once you arrive at idyllically situated Forstsee all your efforts will be quickly repaid. After a shorter or longer break you will cycle down on the northern shores of Lake Wörthersee back to Velden.
Trip length: 1 hour 17 min.
Trail length: 16.94km
Route type: tarmac (some gravel)
Altitude: 306m

Mountain Bike Trail Techelsberg/Wörthersee
A round trip offering everything you could hope for: from easy terrain (scenic paths meandering through rolling meadows and woodland) to steep slopes and exciting downhill routes. The route is well signed. Tip: Taking a dip in Lake Forstsee on hot summer days can be really refreshing.
More information on the tour
just under 2 hours, 19 km, approx. 310m
Level of difficulty: Medium
Road type: tarmac, gravel, road through woodland



Hotel-Restaurant Marko is the ideal place to enjoy a perfect golf break on Lake Wörthersee. There are wonderful golf courses, the Wörthersee/Velden Golfclub and the Moosburg Pörtschach Golfclub, in the immediate area. There are 12 golf courses in Carinthia and three more within an hour’s drive in Slovenia and Italy. The choice is yours.
The quality standards are exceptionally high – three of the golf courses are classified as “Leading Golf Course“, the 4-star golf course in Moosburg was awarded “superior“ status. The nearby “Leading Golf Course” Velden-Köstenberg is demanding, but fair and suitable for all golfers, whatever their handicap.
Tip: As guests of Hotel-Restaurant Marko you will receive discounted tickets at the Velden-Köstenberg golf course.


Outdoor park and Stift Gurk High ropes trail

Put your dexterity and coordination skills to the test under top safety standards at Stift Gurk‘s outdoor park and high ropes trail. A fun day out for the whole family and children from 1.50 m in height can take part too.
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30th anniversary of the Porsche Motor Museum Gmünd

The medieval artists’ town Gmünd in Upper Carinthia is home to the only privately owned Porsche motor museum in Europe. From 1944 to 1950 the first Porsche vehicles were manufactured here. The pride of the collection is a Porsche from first series in Gmünd, a hand-hammered aluminium car.
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Hunting & archery trail

Nature, sports and adventure: The Bogensport- & Bergwaldparcours hunting and archery trail in the Wimitzer Bergen mountains near Liebenfels (Wegscheide, Zojach 15) truly offers an experience that’s one of a kind. Follow your hunting instincts without hurting animals amidst unspoilt nature. Afterwards Andrea from “Zum Simale” inn can offer culinary treats and other creature comforts.
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A paradise for every keyboard fan. The Eboardmuseum, founded 1987 in Klagenfurt by Gert Prix, is the first of its kind worldwide. Among the 1,500 instruments on display, there are numerous originals from the biggest stars of past decades.
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The observation tower on Pyramidenkogel mountain

The tower on Mount Pyramidenkogel was completed in 2013. At over 100 metres it’s the world’s tallest wooden observation tower. It’s a massive structure, made of wooden joists in the shape of a flattened circle and it spirals upward into the sky. As well as seeing a spectacular view of Carinthia from the tower, people of all ages will have the opportunity to slide down Europe‘s highest slide afterwards.
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