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The market town Lavamünd has got many opportunities for recreation and a wide range of leisure activities.  Whether biking, hiking we are an attractive place for relaxation for any age group!
We can point out on numerous local attractions and sights. Besides the local facilities and opportunities our community offers one great benefit: In addition to our local strengths we are a good starting point for example visits to museums or sights beyond our municipal.

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Leisure & Culture

Museum of local history - Lorenzenberg

The museum of local history in Lorenzenberg is run by August and Irmgard Walkam lovingly. On the mountain of Lorenzenberg, there is an almost infinite number of equipment of agricultural history on house, farm and field, over 4000 images of saints, 428 rosaries and about 1880 prayer books.

Museum of local history - Lorenzenberg

Museum of local history - Lorenzenberg

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Freizeit Beneath all these jewels you also find some old Christmas literature. Mrs. Walkam almost has spent her entire life on this mountain farm. In a personal and sensitive guided tour you get to see a lot of unique things and get to know about the hard times they once had on the farm. Every single collector’s item has its own story to tell.



Please arrange a date for an appointment.
Openings: April to October (in the afternoons only)


You get to the museum by car or the GO-MOBIL (like a taxi, only for the area of Lavamünd, Tel. Nr. +43 664 603 603 9473) along the Sobother A-Road.
Lavamünd-Sobother A-Road (B69)-after 3 km junction to Lorenzenberg

Contact:
Fam. August und Irmgard Walkam
vlg. Oberer Zlimnig
Lorenzenberg 15
9473 Lavamünd
Österreich

Tel.: +43 4356 2171
         +43 664  323 27 53

Storage power station

The storage power station Koralpe is a good example, therefore, that environment-friendly electricity generation and touristic benefits can complement almost perfectly. This has enabled the Kelag to create the power station Koralpe at the “Three country corner” Carinthia-Styria-Slovenia.

Storage power station

Storage power station

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The storage contains 22million m3 water and is located on 1080m sea level. The power station itself is located in Lavamünd. This kind of turbine, that is used in such power stations is called Pelton turbine. This kind of turbine uses the pure fall energy of the waters and is placed upright mostly.
The certificate according to ISO 14001 the Kelag was awarded with by the TÜV confirms that the energy in the storage power station Koralpe is generated under greatest possible conditions to take care of our environment. The certificate for the storage power station was preceded by the implementation of an environmental management system according to ISO 14001. This project took nine months, was accompanied by an environmental expert of the AHP and was finished in December 2000 with an audit by the TÜV. There has been confirmed that the Kelag power station meets the strict criteria of the ISO 14001 standard.
Primarily the power station serves the generation of energy, whereas the ecological interests are protected. Thus, the storage on the Soboth is also used for tourism, because the reservoir is on one hand a popular bathing lake and on the other hand a popular destination for people of the Lavanttal and Styria.

Power stations of the Drau

Between Paternion in the Upper Drau Valley and the border of Slovenia, there are ten power stations of the Drau that produce environment-friendly and renewable energy generated by hydropower. These power stations make a huge contribution to the energy supply and are regulators in case of floods too.

Power stations of the Drau

Power stations of the Drau

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The power station of the Drau, which is a pondage power station and located in Lavamünd is the last power station before the border to Slovenia. It has been the first power station on the river Drau and was built in a pier construction from 1942 to 1949.  The turbines of this power station are called Kaplan turbines. The maximum power of the power station in Lavamünd is 28000 kW.
The second pondage power station of Lavamünd is located in Schwabeck. This power station was build during the war years 1939 to 1943 in a so-called open-air design and has got a maximum power of 79000kW. A characteristic feature of this power station is the company building, which reminds on a medieval castle because of its shape.
Both buildings are run by the Verbund Austrian Hydro Power (Verbund AHP), in former times Austrian Draukraftwerke AG. It is Austria’s largest electricity producer and transporter based in Vienna. For more information see www.verbund.at.

Churches

Numerous churches can be discovered throughout the region.

Churches

Churches

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Kirchen Succursal Church “Heilig Blut” on the Weißenberg:
It was built in 1898, located on about 930m sea level, architecture is oriented after the church of Heiligenblut in Upper Carinthia, gothic church and eastwards oriented, remarkable construction with a wooden tower and stone walls, since its construction private property of the family Morold, was completely renovated in the years 1989/1990.
Kirchen Parish Church of Ettendorf:
Was built in 1786, after the great fire in Ettendorf reconstructed (in 1860), dedicated to the holy Evangelist Markus. In honor of the second parish's patron, St. Anthony is celebrated annually on the 17th of January (Tonikirchtag). The place of the church offers a beautiful view upon Ettendorf and the surrounding area.
Kirchen Succursal Church on the Lamprechtsberg:
dedicated to St. Lambert, history of the Church can be traced back to the year 1091, originally owned by the possession of the monastery in St. Paul. The place of the church offers a wonderful panoramic view.
Kirchen Succursal Church on the Magdalensberg in Lavamünd:
The church is located in a scattered settlement at the southern bottom of the Koralpe, 1000m sea level (Sobother highway). Succursal church of holy Mary Magdalene, documentary 1499 – small gothic architecture, flat wooden ceiling and wooden loft, baroque high altar with a statue of Mary Magdalene, side altars with altarpieces St. Urban and ascension of the holy Nicholas 16th and 17th century. In recent years the church has been completely renovated. The visitors have a magnificent view upon the south bordering Slovenia, the Jauntal and the northern placed Lavanttal. 
Kirchen Lorenzenberg in Lavamünd:
Located on the southern foot of the Koralpe, 927 m above the sea level, Parish Church of St. Lawrence, first documented in 1619, parish since 1790, small gothic building, high altar from the 18th century, side altar with altarpiece St. Ursula, groin bulged longhouse, totally renovated recently, altar with carved figure of St. Lawrence, church and cemetery, offers opportunities for a walk and a view on Slovenia all around.
Kirchen Parish Church Maria Hilf:
Late Gothic building, 15th century, baroque equipment of the 17th century, architectural traces and historical sources suggest that the visible buildings today are based on a roman basilica of the 12th century, probably there was already the chapel priest Adalolt got as a present from the Carolingian king Arnulf of Carinthia in the year 888, the church is located on the Drauradweg R1.
Kirchen Market Church Lavamünd:
Building from the 17th century, expected to decline to an older religious building, its patron Saint John the Baptist appears in the market seal of the 16th century, baroque high altar with valuable carvings – worthy to see
Kirchen Trinity Church (Kalvarienberg Church):
Built in 1690, donated by the count of Neuhäusl because he was liberated from the captivity of the Turks, baroque high altar and pulpit with valuable inlay, procession rod with representation of the Holy Trinity, side altarpiece with a rare depiction of the Holy Domitian, the church yard offers a beautiful view upon Lavamünd and its environment.
Kirchen Church in Unterbergen:
The creation of this small baroque church with gable rider was after the year 1619. On the west portal, there are pointed-arch gothic plaster profiles. The high altar with the altar-piece of St. Agnes was built at the end of the 17th century and around the 1725 it was decorated with a richly carved frame. A life-size crucifix of the 19th century and a side altar with St. Rosalia on it enrich this church.
Unterbergen, a small hamlet located on a high terrace (flat) in the northwest of Lavamünd towards St. Paul.
Kirchen Church St. Vincent:
Located in a small scattered settlement on 1095m above sea level, 1687 until the 1970s there was a glass- and mirror production, dedicated to St. Vincent, was probably built in 1687 together with the glass production, was rebuilt with a simple hall and wood paneled ceiling in 1954 because it had disintegrated, the high altar of the 18th century was restored in 1994, a crossroads of Valentin Oman decorates the left side panel.

Nature bathing lake Lavamünd

A few hundred meters away from the center Lavamünd, there is the nature bathing lake Lavamünd. It was opened in spring 2007 and offers our guests the opportunity of camping and spending a few pleasant hours in the cafe "U-Boot".

Nature bathing lake Lavamünd

Nature bathing lake Lavamünd

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Freizeit The natural lake in Lavamünd is a special place for recreation, sports and leisure. The all-natural function of the lake provides excellent bathing days for local people and guests. The facility is easily accessible (direct connection to the bike pass R1 and R10 with camping facilities)! The lake was completed in 2007 and is designed very appealing.


Highlights to expect:

    ▪    water surface about 8800 m2
    ▪    total water volume about 30000m3
    ▪    maximum water depth about 6m
    ▪    diving platform
    ▪    20m-waterslide
    ▪    extra non-swimmers‘ area
    ▪    two wooden bridges for sunbathing
    ▪    large well-kept lawn

Freizeit Besides the 20m waterslide the large playground for children and young people is very popular. On the playground, there are slides, swings, table tennis and other children-play-facilities.
Even the beach volleyball court is located right in the lake area!
Freizeit The bathing lake, the campground and the restaurant were handed over to the lessee in 2007. Irmgard Messner and her life companion Hannes Frkowitsch offer an attractive atmosphere in the restaurant “U-Boot”. A rich and diverse offering in terms of culinary makes sure comfortable meetings.

Up to now nice events and servings have underlined the restaurant’s competence and hospitality. The “U-Boot” is opened throughout the year. More information or reservations for celebrations you can get/make at Irmgard Messner: Tel. 0650/4229194, FAX 04356/3179.

The bathing area is expansive created (approximately 20000m2). The green areas are regularly maintained and are in very good condition. Changing rooms are sufficiently available directly on the area or in the company building. Showers, toilets and sanitary facilities are in the company building!

Sports

For those who want to spend the free time with sports-activities Lavamünd offers quite a lot… 

Sports

Sports

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Leisure time center:

Here are a soccer field and two tennis courts available. More than that, there is the opportunity to play beach volleyball too. Besides this, the asphalt provides many opportunities for different sports. For instance in summer, there are asphalt curling tournaments while in winter there are curling tournaments on ice. Also on the grounds of the leisure center, there is the harbor “Marina”.

Skiing, cross country skiing, ice skating:

When there are good snow conditions, in the winter month the cross country skiing is very popular. Many of the fields and meadows are groomed and prepared to carry out this sport. There are two opportunities to go ice skating (Lavamünd and Ettendorf), whereas the ice skating rink in Ettendorf is located in a hall. To carry out the alpine skiing close areas offer skiing areas (Petzen, Weinebene, Koralpe).


Table tennis, tennis:

Freizeit Table tennis is very popular in Lavamünd. There’s the opportunity to exert the popular sport or the top sport. Now and then competitions are held. They are always actively attended by the population and also guests.


Water sports:

Freizeit Not far from Lavamünd, located about 1000 meters above sea level, there is the storage reservoir Koralpe. In the summer this mountain lake is a popular destination and attracts numerous bathing guests This popular mountain lake is surrounded by picturesque forests and invites you to stay.

Not only bathing guests and swimmers, but also surfers, sailors and rowers are welcome. Another activity at the storage reservoir Koralpe is to exert diving.
Whether sporty or comfortable, the storage reservoir is a huge area for relaxing located at the border of Carinthia and Styria.


Riding:

Right in the hiking area, surrounded by woods and scenic location, there is the estate of the family Hasenbichler on the Weißenberg. In addition to apartments, there are also professional horse-riding lessons that can be taken by beginners and advanced. Likewise, day rides with stop in huts and pony rides are available.
Even in winter you can ride at the horse ranch Hasenbichler. Also guest horse-boxes are offered on this family-horse ranch. The number of horses is 4 thoroughbred horses, 4 cross-bred horses and one pony.
Horse lovers can exert riding throughout the year in the familiar environment of the horse ranch Hasenbichler.

Storage reservoir Koralpe

A few kilometers away from the center of Lavamünd, located 1,080 meters above the sea level, there is the storage reservoir Koralpe. It is the water reservoir of the power station "Koralpe", which has been built in the years 1988 -1993. Due to the many bays around the lake a fjord-like character is given to it.

Storage reservoir Koralpe

Storage reservoir Koralpe

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In summer this picturesquely situated mountain lake is a popular destination and very attractive for bathing guests. Equipped with bathrooms, a host stand, a non-swimmers’ area, lawns and diving plateaus, this lake is a magnet for young and old.
More than that, during the summer months, there is a water rescue base, that provides the necessary safety of the bathing guests.
Besides the numerous swimmers also surfers, sailors and rowers are welcome. Divers feel great, hence the maximum depth of the lake is about 80m and the water surface is about 80ha. Diving is totally free, dives must be reported to the municipal office Soboth though.
Strollers are guests at the reservoir too. In this quiet location a long walk along the lake surrounded by woods can be done. While strolling you can relax and get new energy for everyday life.
Whether sporty or comfortable, the storage reservoir Koralpe is a huge area for recreation at the border of Carinthia and Styria.

Trinity Church

The church Holy Trinity is located on a rocky hill in the east of Lavamünd (about 100m above the market). The way up to the church leads from a farm (Kreuzhofer) along a gently rising forest path up to the church.

Trinity Church

Trinity Church

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Along the path, there are 14 stations in form of small shrines; each station has its own importance. Arriving at the church you can get a breathtaking view upon Lavamünd and its environment.
According to an inscription on a votive, the church itself was built in the year 1690 in baroque style. About 3 decades later it was extended.
Characteristic of the “Holy Trinity” ist amongst others, that there is a very rare depiction of the holy Domitian in it. He was a legendary duke of Carinthia in the early Middle-Age. Scientists have considered this depiction as pure fiction for a long time.
Meanwhile it is assumed that this duke once had lived after all because a grave stone was found.
Every year in June there is a pilgrimage to the Holy Trinity Church.  Not only the population of Lavamünd but also many visitors from the surrounding area participate this pilgrimage.
There are also very interesting legends and stories that are told about the Holy Trinity Church and the Trinity rock.

Geological trail

Amateur geologists and nature lovers will be excited when walking along the geological nature trail. The starting point of this trail is on the Nussberg at the “Ruß-Kreuz”.  Having arrived at the starting point, the flip chart features an overview about the geological history.

Geological trail

Geological trail

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The approximately seven kilometers long path leads through forests and along meadows and fields. 10 different flip charts inform about different rock stratums and their development as well as creatures from the distant past (eg, trilobites and primitive fish).
Following the nature trail you reach the “Sternitz-Kreuz” and farther along the trail there is the “Kasparstein”, which offers a nice overview about the development in the Alps.
After a walking time of about 2 or 3 hours you get back to the starting point. During the walk through the nature, there are plenty opportunities for a short break to relax and recover.
The height difference you have to overcome is about 260 m.
The highly interesting journey back in time which leads right through the nature and the Precambrian and the Quaternary, is definitely worth seeing.