Carinthia's diverse regions
Carinthia is the ideal holiday destination for everyone, whether you want to be active in sports or just relax.
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee stands for a fascinating mix of nature and culture, joie de vivre and enjoyment, sporting activities and relaxation.
Experience the charm of Klagenfurt and immerse yourself in the life of the picturesque old town, where everything worth seeing and experiencing is within easy reach. Stroll through the small extravagant boutiques in Europe's oldest pedestrian zone. The Lendkanal shows the way from the old town towards Lake Wörthersee. The 4-kilometre-long waterway is the pulsating artery and offers secluded places to relax, culture and some history. Lake Wörthersee, a landmark of the city, shines in all possible shades of turquoise. The surrounding spas invite you to spend a relaxing day on Carinthia's largest lake. With the Wörthersee boat trip you can explore the lake from the water and indulge in exquisite culinary delights.
Klagenfurt is cosy and very diverse. In addition to varied events, the city also offers a variety of exhibitions and concerts. The best way to experience the special features is on a guided tour. Whether on an exploratory tour of the old town, a backstage tour of the municipal theatre or on a guided tour of the apocalyptic sequence of scenes in the Fox Chapel - one thing is certain: the city trip will be a unique experience!
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.
A paradise for water sports enthusiasts and sun worshippers, party and lifestyle stage, yoga hotspot and meeting place for bikers, hikers and runners. The Pyramidenkogel lookout tower, at 100 metres the world's highest wooden lookout tower, offers a fantastic 360-degree view over Carinthia's mountain and lake landscape.
Numerous skiing areas can be reached in a short time. Cross-country skiers, tobogganers and winter hikers also find ideal terrain. Lake Wörthersee enchants its guests even outside the classic seasonal times with offers that you would not expect to find here in such abundance.
The four-lake valley with Rauschelesee, Keutschacher See, Hafnersee and Baßgeigensee is not only ideal for summer pleasures with swimming, cycling and hiking, but also suitable for an excursion into the past: Lake Keutschach is home to prehistoric pile dwellings from the Neolithic period.
Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
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 is a natural paradise for active holidaymakers and connoisseurs: Lake Faaker See is famous for the European Bike Week in autumn. Lake Ossiach with its local mountain Gerlitzen, a guarantee for skiing fun for the whole family.
The heart of the region beats in the second largest city in Carinthia, Villach, with its picturesque pedestrian zones and cafés. Here, the Carinthians' joie de vivre is palpable and celebrating is writ large. Especially around carnival and Austria's largest traditional festival, the Villacher Kirchtag. The Kärnten Therme in Villach-Warmbad, open all year round, is one of Austria's most modern thermal spa experiences. Villach is also home to the technology giant INFINEON. A region as diverse as life.
Klopeiner See - Südkärnten
Mild climate, southern flair, the warmest bathing lakes in Europe with excellent drinking water quality, picturesque nature and an exciting programme of activities characterise Southern Carinthia. Bordered by the Saualpe in the north and the majestic Karawanken in the south.
With the Flow Country Trail on the Petzen, a wide variety of single trails and tunnel biking, 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.
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. Cyclists can choose between pleasure biking on the Lavant and Drau cycle paths and 450 kilometres of marked mountain bike tours with unforgettable views.
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.
In the region of Central Carinthia, an unspoilt, gentle natural landscape meets the historical heart of Carinthia. Numerous places invite you to explore by bike or on foot. Warm, clean bathing lakes provide relaxing moments.
Rich in cultural treasures, the region beckons with exciting journeys of discovery. Hochosterwitz Castle towers majestically - once you have reached the top, you can already spot the nearby Taggenbrunn Castle. It has been extensively restored in recent years. Magnificent vines thrive on the castle slopes.
If you want to know how a castle is built, you can look over the shoulders of the hard workers in Friesach. This is where a castle grows. They work according to medieval methods, just as they did 800 years ago. The Dalai Lama Tibet Centre in Hüttenberg/Görtschitztal is also worth a visit.
Carnica - Rosental
A 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.
On easy walking trails, on more challenging mountain tours around the mountaineering village of Zell-Sele or in the Bodental valley. Fantastic panoramic views, cross-border tours and cosy sun terraces await you on the Panoramaweg Südalpen. The Drau Cycle Path (R1) is an absolute must for hobby cyclists and families. An insider tip is the Tscheppaschlucht gorge with its hiking trails and canyoning offers.
Deeply rooted in the Nockberge Biosphere Park, the gently rolling summit world 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.
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. Holidaymakers can decide spontaneously whether they would rather spend the day hiking and mountain biking in the Carinthian Nockberge mountains around St. Oswald and Bad Kleinkirchheim or on the water in the family sports village Feld am See.
Spa enjoyment to the power of two in the region: While the Thermal Römerbad impresses with its incomparable sauna and wellness offer, the Family & Health Spa St. Kathrein delights with the largest water surface of all Carinthian spas and an 86-metre-long slide, which is also one of the longest in the country.
There are places in this world that are just right. Places where you belong. From the very first moment. Experience lake and mountain experiences 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 and the Granattor. Tor not only refers to the largest alpine garnet deposit inside the mountain, it also allows you to experience a unique view all the way to the Hohe Tauern.
At Lake Millstätter See, exclusive retreats invite you to spend time as a couple. With the Sentiero dell' Amore - in bivouac under the stars, Lake Millstätter See offers unique box seats to be very close to the natural spectacle in the firmament. The refuges become a familiar as well as cosy place at extraordinary locations on the lake and on the mountain - a unique experience.
Nassfeld-Pressegger See - Lesachtal - Weißensee
There's never a dull moment in the Nassfeld-Pressegger See region: cross-border tours to Italy inspire hikers and bikers, families discover new adventure spaces. Epicureans indulge in the finest regional cuisine while gazing at a breathtaking panorama.
A time-out in the Weissensee Nature Park is sustainable and sporty. Gentle tourism is a priority and the eastern part of Austria's cleanest bathing lake is undeveloped and free of traffic. Lake Weissensee is also always a stage in the Eleven Cities Tour, a natural ice long-distance speed skating race in which the region has welcomed thousands of Dutch people for over 30 years.
A perfect symbiosis of tradition, nature, culinary delights and deceleration is offered by Lesachtal, which has the most mountain guides in the world in relation to the number of inhabitants. As an "Austrian mountaineering village", Lesachtal attracts visitors with its perfect infrastructure: 300 kilometres of marked hiking trails ranging from easy walks to alpine hikes to spectacular summit and climbing tours in the Carnic Alps, Lienz Dolomites and Gailtal Alps.
Hohe Tauern - The national park region
At the foot of the Grossglockner, Austria's highest mountain, lies the Hohe Tauern holiday paradise - the National Park Region in Carinthia.
Nature lovers and active connoisseurs are offered a variety of opportunities to go on exciting journeys of discovery. 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.
The vastness and unlimited possibilities in the Hohe Tauern National Park are best discovered with the experts. The national park rangers know every nook and cranny in the national park, no matter how hidden. They show us places where you can observe wild animals up close, rushing waterfalls and the largest glacier in the Eastern Alps - the Pasterze.
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TIP: Guaranteed snow all year round for skiers and snowboarders on the Mölltal Glacier.
Lieser- and Maltatal
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 the Trebesing Energy Experience Trail, to the artists' town of Gmünd with its Porsche Car Museum, to extensive outdoor activities - hiking, canyoning and climbing.
The Katschberg tourist region with its magnificent mountains and sunny heights is located 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.
Katschberg - Rennweg
The Katschberg tourism region with its magnificent mountains and sunny heights is located exactly on the border between Carinthia and Salzburg, on the southern side of the main Alpine ridge between 1,100 and 2,220 metres above sea level. The region is characterised by its abundance of sunshine and guaranteed snow.
In winter, the region offers a great holiday experience especially for families with children, as the ski area has many ski schools and ski slopes reserved especially for children. The hotels on the slopes also specialise in childcare and facilities for families with children.
Fresh, clear mountain air and a varied hiking, cycling/biking and activity programme also guarantee the perfect place to take time out and recharge your batteries in summer.