As my travel companion is a mountain biking fiend, we travelled from Ljubljana to the Petzen area in Austria which only took a couple of hours. We were there to try out the longest flow trail in Europe which was apparently out of this world! While we have great trails in New Zealand, we certainly do not have anything of this length. The recommendation is if you are close to the area and you are a keen mountain biker it is definitely worth the trip. You can hire bikes and body armour on site.
We decided to stay a couple of nights in the area and found a hotel close to the lake at Klopeiner See. It is a cute little area designed for families and retirees so if this isn’t you, it might be worth staying somewhere else. As it was, it probably wasn’t our speed but it was really hot so lounging on the hotels private beach (dock) in one of the deck chairs under an umbrella is not too much of a hardship. The lake itself is deep and clean and you can buy a myriad of inflatables in the township. It is easy to wile away a day but make sure that you have food or snacks as a number of the restaurants and eateries in town are closed until 5.30pm.
This area was an interesting interlude for us, driven by a want to trial the flow trail and be able to swim so a win win really.