Drau

The largest river in Carinthia

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The Drau is the largest river in Carinthia and originates in South Tirol. At 749 km long, it is the fourth-longest tributary of the Danube. Within the Lake Klopein - Southern Carinthia region, the Drau covers a total of 54 km and is divided into several fishing districts.

At Völkermarkt, the Drau forms the second-largest body of water in Carinthia thanks to the Edling power plant, after Lake Wörthersee. The Völkermarkt reservoir has also welcomed the pleasure boat MS Magdalena since 2005 and is famous for its ideal rowing conditions.

After the Edling estuary, the Drau flows through the Jaunfeld in a bay formed approximately 100 m deep. For many years, this bay proved an almost insurmountable geographical obstacle for those on either side of the river Drau. This hurdle was largely overcome by constructing two bridges, the 100 m high "Jauntal Brücke"  for rail traffic in 1964 (very well-known for bungee jumping: www.bungee.at) and the new Lippitzbach Bridge (96 m high) for inter-regional road traffic in 2006. This area is also home to the oldest major power plant on the Drau, the Schwabegg power station.

At Lavamünd the Lavant is the last of the Carinthia rivers to flow into the Drava, before it leaves Austria, Slovenia-bound .

  • Fishing on the Drau
  • Southern Carinthia Pleasure cruise
  • Bungee Jumping