Pörtschach on the banks of the Wörthersee is still the epitome of the Carinthian Tourist Industry. One can hardly imagine that this naturally blessed little village was a tiny, completely unknown fishing and farm village 140 years ago. Pörtschach’s history dates back to roman times. Numerous roman finds show that the Noric Main Route led from Velden via Töschling, Pörtschach along the lake via Goritschach, Sallach, Pritschitz and Leinsdorf to Krumpendorf.
Pörtschach is 446m above sea level on the northern shore of the Wörthersee (the warmest lake in the Austrian Alps) and is located about 14 km west of Klagenfurt. Characteristic for this lakeside resort is the beautiful Peninsula. Pörtschach has about 2650 inhabitants.
Johannes Brahms wrote to Clara Schumann in 1877:
“I just want to tell you that I stopped in Pörtschach to carry on the next day to Vienna. But the first day was so beautiful that I had to stay a second day. The second day was even more beautiful, so I will stay for the time being.”
Charming Villas and classy Lake Chalets witness that this has always been a sophisticated meeting point for the Viennese Society. The ambience is fresh, young and sporty and the lake and the surrounding area offers a great variety of activities – swimming, sailing, water skiing, wind surfing, golfing, tennis, sunbathing, walking or just chilling.
A number of smaller and bigger events take place throughout the season – World Body Painting Festival, International Tennis Tournaments, Beach Volley Ball Grand Slam, GTI and Harley Davidson Meeting, Johannes Brahms Competition and congresses of all sorts …
Things worth seeing in Pörtschach: Blumenpromenade along the shore, Landspitz, Hohes Gloriette (view point), Hotel Schloss Leonstain with Court Yard and Brahms Bust, Ruine Alt- Leonstain, many old Villas and Buildings Wörthersee- Architecture like e.g. Werzer Badeanstalt, Villa Almrausch, Villa Venezia, Parkvilla Wörth.
Pörtschach am Wörthersee