Gay Star News is getting ready for the fifth annual Pink Lake and we are hoping the promise of non-stop parties, sunshine and crystal clear waters will make you want to join us.
We’ll be heading into the mountains of southern Austria from 23 to 26 August for an extended weekend by the 17km long Lake Woerthersee, next to the borders of Italy and Slovenia.
Weather forecasters promise sun-fueled 30C temperatures on land and, even more surprisingly, 26C warmth in the water.
But there is much more to enjoy than sunbathing, people-watching and parties. The picturesque setting offers historic grand villas, the Casino Velden and the stunning castle Velden with plenty of great day-trips, walks and cycles in easy reach.
But don’t take our word on it, check out the videos of previous years’ Pink Lakes and flick through our photo library to see what you’ll be in store for.
Modern wellness hotels, trendy bars, cosey restaurants and cafes, a wide variety of boutiques and stores, as well as traditional bakeries offer the perfect mix of culture, charm and modern comfort. And there’s the lake itself to enjoy.
The Pago Beach Club offers a gorgeous and relaxing setting, non stop music from live DJs and daily activities on and around the beautiful lake, including swimming, hiking, biking, dating games… or simply basking in the summer sun, cruising the international crowd.
The first night of the festival is the ‘Almdudler Trachtenparty‘ at the beautiful Flagship Hotel, Villa Bulfon, located right next to the lake. Both entertainers and guests alike dress in traditional Austrian clothing, from Lederhosen to Dirndls. There will also be a large talent show, and some great entertainment on the main stage.
At sunset, guests have a fantastic time cruising around the stunning lake, sipping cocktails, meeting new friends and dancing under the stars – all accompanied by their own private DJ on their respective boat. But be warned! There are limited tickets for this event available, so be sure to book it now.
Star DJ Eduardo de la Torre from Berlin and DJ Tim Anderson from Vienna are going to rock the Up! to Planet Ibiza Club Night where 1,000 party guests from Austria, Germany and from all across Europe dance until dawn.
Pink Lake is easy to get to. Klagenfurt Airport offers direct flights to and from London, Cologne/Bonn, and Vienna. The trip from the airport to Velden is only a few minutes via taxi or rental car.
Alternatively, Velden’s train station can be reached via both long- and short-distance trains. Or you can drive there from Vienna, Munich, Venice or Zagreb in just three hours.
You can get tickets for the Pink Lake Festival, organize accommodation and find our more on the official website. Meanwhile heck out the photos to see what you’ve got to look forward to: