in Bad Kleinkirchheim.
... Nock Mountains
Take a good look with us – discover the medicinal spring in Bad Kleinkirchheim and the highest mountain summit. Read the exciting story about the development of a little town in the Carinthian Nock mountains, its journey to become a legendary world cup ski area and find out where to find the most delicious chocolates in all of the region. Get to it!
Bad Kleinkirchheim has no ‘big’ history to offer, no Celts or Romans. Over many centuries, the sparsely settled U-shaped valley, which was formed by the ice-age glaciers, provided an income for hardworking farmers and herdsmen. Only the healing spring, above which St. Kathrein chapel was built in the 15th century and which is still maintained today, brought more and more people to Kleinkirchheim. The development of tourism in the valley began with the construction of the first ski lift in 1956. In 1977 the town was officially designated as a thermal spa resort. The district of Bad Kleinkirchheim has some 1700 inhabitants today and is one of the 20 most popular winter sports areas in the world.
To enjoy the beauty of the natural mountain surroundings and promote sport – these were probably the fundamental ideas of the go-getting ski pioneers who founded ‘Schiclub Bad Kleinkirchheim’ in 1947. Fun was doubtless to the fore among these daring winter sport fans – hours of climbing was followed by just a short descent. Soon the first race was held around the ‘Goldener Hirsch’, with the time taken by a handheld stopwatch. The ski jump was even done on standard skis! In 1971 ski legend Franz Klammer celebrated his first victory at the European cup race in Bad Kleinkirchheim.
Franz Klammer’s victory, which is still today an undisputable paragon for many young skiers, was also the starting signal for major ski events of international repute. By 1975 the number of members of ‘Schiclub Bad Kleinkirchheim’ had already grown to over 1500! Many still remember the first world cup race in 1978. Since 2003 the Franz Klammer race route has presented the ultimate challenge for ski racers. Every winter Bad Kleinkirchheim is the venue for lots of ski races. Be there and cheer on the greats of the ski sport scene to thrilling victories!
After skiing you have the chance to bring the day’s skiing to a close in the traditional, cosy ski lodges. Umbrella bars and traditional pubs provide a ‘chilled’ atmosphere and the live music offered here and there literally gets the atmosphere swinging. Those of you who want to turn night into day, are well catered for by the disco ‘Take Five’. Dancing and partying is on offer here until the small hours of the morning. That said, even with all this hustle and bustle Bad Kleinkirchheim is a holiday destination where après-ski is not done to death.
In Bad Kleinkirchheim you get to shop in very well stocked golf stores and several sports shops. Young and old alike will find hiking shoes, rucksacks, skis and boards to suit them here and of course there are cool outfits for that après-ski fun. There is one very special address that we don’t want to keep from you - Konditorei Hutter near St. Kathrein spa. Every day up to 50 different types of pastries are made here and Gault Millau heaped praise upon this patisserie, saying it was ‘probably the most Viennese coffee house in Carinthia’. Definitely try the chocolatey, yielding ‘Kaiserburgkugeln’, ‘Kirchheimer Zelten’ and a slice of ‘Franz Klammer Torte’.
Find out about and appreciate Bad Kleinkirchheim and its surrounding area during your next summer or winter holiday! You can now conveniently send an online booking to the Hotel Almrausch!
First and foremost St. Kathrein church should be mentioned; its Gothic building dates back to 1492. The walled St. Kathrein spring is located in the crypt (basement) of this slimline, towering church which has colourful frescoes on the exterior of the apse and the wooden canopy. Many local people and holiday-makers are attracted time and again to this spring which is also known as ‘Augenbründl’, to avail of the healing effect of the water. In the church there is a wonderful Gothic carved altar to marvel at. It dates from the early 16th century. The bell too has a great age – dating from 1469.