Nockalm Road, Austria (I)

JULY 2020 – The Windebensee in Carinthia, Austria, is part of the Nockberge biosphere reserve and located conveniently along the Nockalm Road. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Carinthia in Austria is one of our most popular summer destinations as it offers a lot for families: large lakes, mountains, history, culture, and excellent food.

One of the many attractions is the Nockalm Road which leads from the Millstädter See up to 2,000 meters altitude and to the Innerkrems area. It’s a fantastic day trip with the opportunity for many stopovers.

One of the first stops (if you’re coming from the southern maut station) should be the Windebensee, a small lake right next to the road. Its beauty made me wonder why one would actually want to travel all the way to Canada or the US to experience the mountains just like this. Of course, this is unfair because the National Parks of Canada and the US have much more in store than beautiful tiny lakes.

Yet, when we arrived in the morning, the air was still fresh and cold from the night, the water was calm and clear, and there were only very few tourists. I wouldn’t have expected such a gem hidden so close to the buzzing Carinthian lakes. Lovely.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time30-JUL-2020, 10:35
LocationNockberge Biosphere Reserve, Austria
CameraCanon EOS M
LensCanon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Exposure1/200 sec at f/16
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions5067 x 3378 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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