Life is southern…
Embedded in a unique landscape with high peaks and gentle hills, the region offers more than 200 bathing lakes with temperatures of up to 28 degrees Celsius, where you can refresh yourself in the water, be active in sports or simply relax on the beach. Carinthia has 14 summer regions that offer everything from southern holiday flair to active holidays in the mountains.
Carinthia as a summer destination in brief:
Bathing, cycling, hiking, family holidays, slow food & home-made culinary delights, water experiences and many unique sights. Accommodation ranging from 4/5*star hotels with many pioneers and hosts with a passion, to lovely guesthouses or farm holidays as well as many beautiful places to camp – for big and small wallets – there is always something for everyone.
Carinthia’s summer regions at a glance
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee | www.visitklagenfurt.at
The provincial capital stands for a successful mix of nature and culture, joie de vivre and enjoyment, sporting activities and relaxation. The vibrant old town is surrounded by idyllic countryside with green forests, lush meadows and the crystal-clear waters of Lake Wörthersee. TIP: Enjoy homemade Carinthian delicacies at lunchtime at the Benedectine market or visit Europe’s largest lido in Klagenfurt.
Lake Wörthersee region | www.woerthersee.com
Nestled between the Alps in the north and the Adriatic Sea in the south, close to the border with Slovenia and Italy and between the cities of Klagenfurt and Villach, lies one of Austria’s best-known summer holiday destinations, the Wörthersee region. Paradise for water sports enthusiasts and sun worshippers, party and lifestyle stage, yoga hotspot and meeting place for bikers, hikers and runners. A real sight is the Pyramidenkogel with a breathtaking view over Carinthia. TIP: Enjoy an evening out in Velden, walk in the footsteps of Roy Black with a cocktail at Schlosshotel Velden or put your luck to the test at Casino Velden, where the cuisine of gourmet chef Marcel Vanic is also highly recommended.
Klopeinersee South Carinthia | https://www.klopeinersee.at/
MMild climate, southern flair, bathing lakes with excellent drinking water quality and a picturesque nature and exciting activity programme characterise South Carinthia. With the Flow Country Trail on the Petzen, a wide variety of single trails and Stollenbiken, the region offers true highlights for every mountain biker. TIP: Domäne Lilienberg – The Carinthian winery is called Carinthia’s little Tuscany and impresses with its lovely white and sparkling wines. Guided tours and tastings available on request.
Carnica Region Rosental | https://www.carnica-rosental.at/
EA paradise for hikers, cyclists and nature lovers. The varied landscape in the heart of the Karawanken offers impressive nature experiences, regional culinary delights and varied leisure fun for the whole family. Fantastic panoramic views, cross-border tours and cosy sun terraces await you on the Panorama Trail Southern Alpsweg. TIP: Hiking and canyoning in the Tscheppaschlucht gorge.
Central Carinthia | www.kaernten-mitte.at
In the region of Central Carinthia, an unspoilt, gentle natural landscape meets the historical heart of Carinthia. Numerous excursion destinations invite you to explore them by bike or on foot. Warm, clean bathing lakes provide relaxing moments. A highlight of the region is Hochosterwitz
Castle and the medieval town of Friesach. TIP: Customs and festivals play a major role in Central Carinthia. The Dalai Lama Tibet Centre in Hüttenberg/Görtschitztal is also worth a visit.
Lavanttal | https://www.region-lavanttal.at/de/
VFull on tours between valley and summit – in Carinthia’s easternmost holiday region a backpack full of adventure awaits, with holiday fun for the whole family. More than 1000 kilometres of marked, family-friendly hiking trails up to 2100 metres above sea level ensure unforgettable hiking experiences for young and old. Keyword culinary: Between banana apple, gourmet cuisine and culinary festivals such as “Genussfestival”, “Gackern” or “Apfelfest”, everyone will find their personal favourite dish and the best apple juice in Austria. TIP: The magnificent neo-Gothic building in Tudor style Schloss Wolfsberg is always worth a visit.
Villach-Faaker See-Ossiacher See | https://www.visitvillach.at/
A natural paradise for active holidaymakers in the heart of Carinthia. Spicy-clear Alpine air, bathing lakes with drinking water quality, in between extensive hiking trails, bike trails – the Villach region a natural paradise for active holidaymakers. Lake Faaker See is famous for the European Bike Week in autumn. Lake Ossiach with the local mountain of Gerlitzen or Villach as Carinthia’s second largest city and home of the technology giantINFINEON and host of the Villacher Kirchtag. A region as diverse as life itself. TIP: Unique animal experiences are offered by the Affenberg Landskron and the Adler Arena Burg Landskron. Culture fans should find out about the Carinthian Summer and a bathing experience is offered at any time of year at the Kärnten Therme.
Nassfeld – Pressegger See – Lesachtal – Weissensee | https://www.nlw.at/de
There’s never a dull moment in the Nassfeld-Pressegger See region: cross-border tours to Italy delight hikers and bikers, families discover new adventure spaces and comic heroes like Fix and Foxi on the mountain or directly on Lake Pressegg, gourmets indulge in the finest regional cuisine while gazing at a breathtaking panorama. TIP: Baking bread in the Lesachtal – a world cultural heritage and trying & tasting the Slow Food expierences of the region.
Lake Millstatt | https://www.millstaettersee.com/
There are places in this world that are just right. Places where you belong. From the very first moment. Experience lake and mountain touches at the most beautiful box seats. Where you can take a deep breath and feel mysteriously connected to the world, to your neighbour. One of these places is Lake Millstätter See. Create memories together while spending time together on the path of love. TIPP: Sentiero dell´ Amore – the bivouac under the stars – a unique experience
Bad Kleinkirchheim | https://www.badkleinkirchheim.at/de/
Not only thermal spa lovers will find what they are looking for here, because what makes the Bad Kleinkirchheim region so special is its diversity. The variety of activities is what makes the region special. Active between mountain and lake with hikes, with thermal bath pleasures in the Römerbad or golfing on Carinthia´s highest 18-hole golf course the home of Franz Klammer has a lot to offer. TIP: The Mountain Yoga Trail at 2,000m above sea level or a piece of Franz Klammer cake from theHutter confectionery.
Hohe Tauern – The National Park Region | https://www.nationalpark-hohetauern.at/
At the foot of the Großglockners, , Austria’s highest mountain, lies the Hohe Tauern holiday paradise – the National Park Region in Carinthia. Nature lovers and active connoisseurs will find a variety of ways to get in touch with nature. Along wild waters and on gorge trails, on glacier trekking, on the long-distance hiking trail Alpe Adria Trail, on the way to the summit cross of the Großglockner, on the “Magic Moments” tours guided by rangers and mountain guides and much more. TIP: Guaranteed snow all year round for skiers and snowboarders on the Mölltal Glacier.
Nockberge | https://www.nockberge.at/de/
Deeply rooted in the Nockberge Biosphere Park the gently rolling world of peaks offers unique activities in an unspoilt natural landscape in the rhythm of the seasons. Already in spring you can explore the idyllic valleys of the communities of Ebene Reichenau, Gnesau, Deutsch Griffen and Himmelberg on enjoyable themed hikes. The alpine rollercoaster „Nocky-Flitzer“ and als the high ropes park in Innerkrems provide fun, younger visitors get bright-eyed at the Heidi-Alm. TIP: Try out the Almbutler on the Turracher Höhe.
Lieser-/Maltatal | http://www.familiental.com/de/
The Lieser & Maltatal in Carinthia, known as “the family valley”, lies in the middle of the Hohe Tauern National Park and the Nockberge Biosphere Park. A relaxing family and nature holiday is guaranteed. The leisure activities on offer range from exciting water playgrounds and trails, such as Trebesing Energy Experience Trail, to the artist´s town of Gmünd with ist Porsche Car Museum, to extensive outdoor activities – hiking, canyoning and climbing. TIP: : For all those who love to go high up – the Innerkrems sports rope park fulfils every wish.
Katschberg-Rennweg | https://www.katschberg.at/de/
The Katschberg tourist region with its magnificent mountains and sunny heights is situated on the southern side of the main Alpine ridge between 1,100 and 2,220 metres above sea level. Fresh, clear mountain air and a varied activity programme are guaranteed. Breathing freely in low-allergen high-altitude air and plenty of sunshine characterise the region, which has established itself as a top destination for family holidays on the sunny side of the Alps. TIP: The region´s themed hiking trails.
The Carinthia Tourist Board team is available for your personal holiday enquiries on:
+43 463 3000 or email@example.com at your disposal.
- kaernten.at – official tourism portal of the province of Carinthia
- carinthia.com – information on Carinthia as a location for business, education and research
- Carinthian Welcome Center https://www.ktn.gv.at/Service/Carinthian_welcome_center
- Carinthia’s top excursion destinations https://www.kaernten-top10.at/ausflugsziele/
- Carinthia Card https://www.kaerntencard.at/sommer/ausflugsziele/
- Falstaff report on Carinthia’s best restaurants https://www.falstaff.at/rf/lr/cs/osterreich/karnten/
- Overview of Carinthia’s events https://www.kaernten.at/service/events/