The Dreiländereck ski resort is situated in Arnoldstein, a bustling Austrian market town located at an elevation of 680m to 1,600m in Villach-Land district, part of the state of Carinthia. A short distance from Carinthia’s ancient capital, Klagenfurt, the town is steeped in history. It is overlooked by Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner (elevation 3,798m), and its smaller neighbour, the Kleinglockner (elevation 3,770m).
The town gets its name from its unique geographical position, straddling the borders of Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. This makes it highly accessible by all forms of transport, with only a short drive between Dreiländereck and its neighbours. Slovenia and Italy are equally easily accessible.
Lifestyle and Culture in Dreiländereck
Dreiländereck sits amid truly spectacular scenery, making it a wonderful place to live, both during its warm, sunny summers, and its snow-packed winters. In summer, flower-filled meadows delight the eye. In winter, the snow-capped peaks, slopes thickly-wooded with native spruce and fir, and traditionally-built Austrian wooden chalets make the town a fairy-tale destination for sightseers and snow-sports fans alike.
The snow-filled winter sports season running from December to March each year and during which the resort becomes one of the most magical places you’re ever likely to visit. The 360-degree panoramas and endless skies give views across the mountaintops into both Slovenia and Italy. No wonder visitors get the feeling that they are, literally, on top of the world!
With a year-round resident population of approximately 199,950, the numbers in this thriving market town grow during both the winter and the summer seasons, as visitors arrive from across the globe to enjoy its unique delights. It’s a paradise for summer and winter sports enthusiasts.
The resort enjoys a cold and temperate climate, with balmy summers, and dry, snowy winters. For up to date snow and weather reports, take a look at our Dreiländereck resort guide here.
Things to do in Dreiländereck
The town and surrounding region offer unrivalled opportunities for snow-sports enthusiasts. Occupying its unique location, Dreiländereck resort may be the only place on Earth where it is possible to enjoy winter sports in three countries all in one day. For example, Tarvisio, in Italy, and Kransjka Gora, in Slovenia, both with excellent skiing, are just a short drive away. The ‘Seltschach’ offers 10m of cross-country skiing, and there’s much fun to be had on the 8.4km toboggan ride. There’s even snow-biking and snow-shoe hiking on the resort’s 15km of trails.
There are plenty of other things to do and see in and around Dreiländereck, even if you’re not keen on snow! In summer, hikers and bikers will be in heaven when they experience the amazing scenery to be discovered on the many mountain trails that criss-cross the surrounding area. The region is dotted with beautiful lakes, like the Ossiacher See, Faaker See and the Silbersee, all of which offer great swimming and water sports opportunities during warmer weather.
Shoppers love the town’s bustling, colourful shops and markets and can relax in one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants. No stay would be complete without dining at the spectacular outdoor restaurant, the Bergerestaurant. There are numerous museums and galleries in the local area for history lovers, while culture vultures will be entranced at the historical charms of Klagenfurt, where the Cathedral and the Domplatz, and the Dragon Fountain in Neuer Platz, both warrant a visit.
The funicular railway – the Bergbahn – offers fabulous views across the mountains. Nearby attractions include the Alpine Garden at Dobratsch and the Skulpturen Park, which features art from all across Europe. Visitors also flock to see the famous Dreiländereck monument itself, which boasts amazing mountain views. Parents keep kids happy for hours at the Erlebnispark, a large play park, while luxury-lovers may prefer Kärnten Therme’s wellness complex, in nearby Warmbad-Villach, with its tropical paradise pool.
Investment Potential in Dreiländereck
With tourism being a major industry in the town, which is well-served by a range of hotels, rental accommodation is always in demand. For those who are thinking of buying a property in Dreiländereck, there is a wide choice, ranging from charming traditional wooden chalets, picturesque stone-built houses, apartments, attractive, well-appointed villas, and private cabin hideaways. Investment in the resort has also ensured world-class skiing and snowboarding amenities, with 17 km of pistes of varying length to suit all abilities.
Transport to Dreiländereck
Dreiländereck has well-established, efficient transport links. Geneva airport has direct flights to Klagenfurt and regular trains run from there to Dreiländereck. If driving, the most efficient route is the A4 from Geneva.