With its stunning lakeside location, the town of Portschach exudes a distinct air of Austrian affluence and natural splendour. Surrounding the glittering shores of the lake are a selection of venerated villas whose facades are as distinct as they are dazzling. Soothing spas provide restorative retreats in which to nourish mind, body and soul, while a melodious musical scene will ensure visitors are always entertained. The lakeside promenade provides a charming walking route from which the sheer splendour of the sprawling lake can be fully enjoyed.
The town boasts an ancient and alluring history and rich reminders of the past decorate the vicinity. One of the most iconic historic landmarks is undoubtedly the Leonstein Castle, a stolid structure that fell into disrepair during the 17th century but that has now been renovated and partially transformed into a luxurious hotel.
The luscious location of Portschach has allured many rich and regal characters to create summer residences here over the centuries. During the 19th century, revered architects erected a collection of luxurious villas in an architectural melange of baroque and art nouveau styles. One of the most prominent and picturesque is undoubtedly the Villa Miralago, whose talismanic turrets and buttery yellow façade create an arresting vision.
Perfectly presented food, sophisticated décor and gourmet specialties combine in the tantalising Thomas Gruber Restaurant. Hailed as one of the town’s most exquisite eateries, the rustic décor provides warm and authentic ambience in which to enjoy dishes inspired by the rich regional surroundings. A surprise menu provides diners with seasonally sublime dishes that are guaranteed to appease an appetite for Austrian authenticity. (Klagenfurterstrasse 172, Portschach am Worther See9210 , Austria)