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Carinthia

This beautiful province with over 200 lakes is an Austrian holiday paradise. Perfect slopes and great snow conditions for skiing trips in winter, plus sparkling lakes and top spa and wellness hotels for summer holidays.

Cultural Highlights

Porcia Castle © Österreich Werbung / Trumler Porcia Castle © Österreich Werbung / Trumler

Architectural Highlights Carinthia

No Austrian province has more water than Carinthia. It comes as no surprise then that any architectural tour of the region leads to the pictureque shores of a lake.
An architectural round trip of Carinthia
Rudolf's Crown at the Imperial Treasury in Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Lammerhuber Rudolf's Crown at the Imperial Treasury in Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Lammerhuber

Castles and Palaces

Austria is filled with magnificent castles and palaces, grandiose witnesses of a bygone era. Follow the footsteps of emperors and knights and let history come alive.
A grand choice
Getreidegasse in Salzburg © Österreich Werbung / Diejun Getreidegasse in Salzburg © Österreich Werbung / Diejun

Austria's Longest Shopping Streets

It's easy to browse the day away along one of these favourite shopping streets. The longest shopping mile of all is Mariahilfer Straße in Vienna, followed by Landstraße in Linz.
Shopaholic's Galore
The Vienna Naschmarkt - a must see © Österreich Werbung/Peter Burgstaller The Vienna Naschmarkt - a must see © Österreich Werbung/Peter Burgstaller

Popular Markets

Farmers’ market, flea market or potters’ market: Markets are a feast for all senses and a celebration of colours, scents and voices.
Austrian Market Culture
Festival Carinthischer Sommer im Stift Ossiach © Carinthischer Sommer/Markus Siber Festival Carinthischer Sommer im Stift Ossiach © Carinthischer Sommer/Markus Siber

Carinthian Summer

A highly attractive combination of culture and nature is offered by the Carinthian Summer Music Festival in the area surrounding Lake Ossiach each year.
Absorb the delights
Außenansicht vom Museum des Nötscher Kreises © www.fatzi.at Außenansicht vom Museum des Nötscher Kreises © www.fatzi.at

Museum of the Nötsch Circle

Art and province - two terms that exclude each other? Far from it! The history of Austrian visual arts was largely written in the village-like Nötsch in Carinthia.
Nötsch Circle in Carinthia
Naked Lunch from Carinthia © Ingo Pertramer Naked Lunch from Carinthia © Ingo Pertramer

Beer with Something Sweet

The Carinthian indie rock band’s anthems have reached a global standard, and yet Naked Lunch remain loyal to their home province.
The indie rock band from Carinthia

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Traditions and Seasonal Occasions

Grossglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpenstraße Grossglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpenstraße

Alpine Traditions

Anyone who thinks that Austria’s mountains are a closed-off, secluded world is mistaken. Their inhabitants have always cultivated contact and exchange with other regions and cultures.
Historic trails across the Alps
Easter Eggs Austria © Österreich Werbung, Weinhäupl Easter Eggs Austria © Österreich Werbung, Weinhäupl

Easter Markets in Carinthia

Artistically designed decorations, traditional crafts, delicious Carinthian cuisine and colouful Easter gifts.
Visit Carinthia at Easter
Wedding in Austria © Dreamotions Wedding in Austria © Dreamotions

Weddings in Carinthia

Carinthia is also known as Austria's Riviera. It is blissfully warm in summer, with plenty of beautiful lakes and resorts that cater for romantic waterside weddings. Or try something a bit more adventurous and make a true entrance at your ceremony by paraglider!
Carinthia wedding ideas
Bad Bleiberg Mining Tunnel © Bad Bleiberg Bad Bleiberg Mining Tunnel © Bad Bleiberg

Bleiberg's Mining Culture

„Glück auf!“ is the greeting of miners to wish each other a productive day and a safe journey back to daylight. Despite closure of the mine in 1993, this traditional miners’ greeting is still on everyone’s lips in Bad Bleiberg near Villach in Carinthia.
„Glück auf!“
Ferlach Rifle © Ludwig Borovnik Ferlach Rifle © Ludwig Borovnik

Ferlach's Master Gunsmiths

They are as beautiful as museum pieces when they leave the workshop, but destined for practical use. Renowned for their precision, weapons made in Ferlach make the heart of every collector beat faster and are coveted by hunters all over the world.
Renowned for precision

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Lakes and Nature

Lake Wörthersee © Kärnten Werbung / Tine Steinthaler Lake Wörthersee © Kärnten Werbung / Tine Steinthaler

Carinthia

Carinthia is not known as "Austria's Riviera" without reason. This South Eastern corner of Austria is blissfully warm in summer, providing excellent swimming and tanning oppurtunties at its many beautiful lakes.
Bathing Lakes in Carinthia
Golfclub Dellach © Wörthersee Tourismus GmbH // Tine Steinthaler Golfclub Dellach © Wörthersee Tourismus GmbH // Tine Steinthaler

Golf in Carinthia

Carinthia's geographical location guarantees a long golf season. With a dense network of courses and good traffic infrastructure, golfers can enjoy great holidays here.
Endless sun between the Alps and the Adriatic
Fishing on Lake Mondsee © Österreich Werbung/ Weinhäupl Fishing on Lake Mondsee © Österreich Werbung/ Weinhäupl

Fishing in Austria's Rivers & Lakes

Thunderous mountain streams, crystal clear lakes with record pike, and shady pools where trout, char and greyling are at home. Fishing in Austria is cherished as an insider tip by anglers all over the world.
Make a catch
kaernten-fahrrad--oesterreich-werbung © Österreich Werbung, Fotograf: Andy Kuechenmeister kaernten-fahrrad--oesterreich-werbung © Österreich Werbung, Fotograf: Andy Kuechenmeister

Cycling along Austria's Rivers & Lakes

Scenic cycle paths lead along picturesque rivers and glittering lakes, all well-signposted with wonderful stop-off opportunities along the way.
The most popular routes
Wandern Obergurgl, Ötztal © Österreich Werbung, Peter Burgstaller Wandern Obergurgl, Ötztal © Österreich Werbung, Peter Burgstaller

Hiking along Rivers & Lakes

Austria's hiking trails provide many opportunities to enjoy natural waters along the way, from rivers and lakes to gorges and waterfalls.  
Waterside walks
Faaker See © Österreich Werbung / Andreas Hofer Faaker See © Österreich Werbung / Andreas Hofer

Water Sports

Enjoy a refreshing dip, give diving a go, or take a sailboat out for the day. Browse our selection of the best lakes for waters activities per region.
Austria's best bathing lakes
Hiker on an Alpine hut in East Tyrol © © Österreich Werbung, Diejun Hiker on an Alpine hut in East Tyrol © © Österreich Werbung, Diejun

National Parks in Austria

Austria is home to six unique national parks, offering a stunning variety of animals, plants and landscapes. When visiting Austria take the opportunity to admire nature in its undisturbed, pristine beauty and make sure you spend some time exploring one of these natural havens.  
As nature intended

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Hiking and Biking

Granattor auf der Millstätter Alpe © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl Granattor auf der Millstätter Alpe © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl

Alpe-Adria-Trail

Long distance pleasure hike from the majestic Großglockner through Carinthia and Friaul-Julisch Venetia to the azure blue sea of Slovenia.
A cross-border hike
Hiking the Alpe-Adria-Trail Carinthia © Kärnten Werbung/Gerdl Hiking the Alpe-Adria-Trail Carinthia © Kärnten Werbung/Gerdl

Boundless Hiking Pleasures

Up hill and down dale, the narrow road winds through the idyllic landscape that got its nickname from the gentle vineyards and slender cypresses: the “Styrian Tuscany”. It is not Italy, however, but northern Slovenia that one sees when gazing out over the hills. Perhaps while seated at a charming tavern with a glass of outstanding Styrian wine.
Hiking and cycling across Austria's borders
Mountain biking in Tirol © Österreich Werbung/Ronny Kiaulehn Mountain biking in Tirol © Österreich Werbung/Ronny Kiaulehn

Cycling & Mountain Bike Regions

Austria offers an almost unlimited choice of cycle and mountain bike paths for all ages and interests. We've selected the top regions in Austria's nine provinces for you to discover on two wheels.
Cycling and biking in Austria's provinces
Mountain Biking in Austria © Mountain Bike Holidays Mountain Biking in Austria © Mountain Bike Holidays

Mountain Bike Holidays

Whether you want to test the bike park, improve your skills, explore the trails with a guide or head out on your own, "Mountain Bike Holidays" is best for bike breaks in the Alps.
Mountain bike hotels and tours
kaernten-fahrrad--oesterreich-werbung © Österreich Werbung, Fotograf: Andy Kuechenmeister kaernten-fahrrad--oesterreich-werbung © Österreich Werbung, Fotograf: Andy Kuechenmeister

Cycling along Austria's Rivers & Lakes

Scenic cycle paths lead along picturesque rivers and glittering lakes, all well-signposted with wonderful stop-off opportunities along the way.
The most popular routes

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Accommodations

KärntenTherme Sunbathing Area © Thermenhotel Karawankenhof KärntenTherme Sunbathing Area © Thermenhotel Karawankenhof

Karawankenhof Thermal Spa Hotel

Pure living pleasure combined with great atmosphere and a gentle breeze of modern architecture to please families, sport fans and health enthusiasts alike.
Exciting and young at heart
Trattlerhof Entrance © Hotel Trattlerhof Trattlerhof Entrance © Hotel Trattlerhof

The Trattlerhof

This idyllic escape in sunny Carinthia is just the place for nature lovers, families, hikers, mountain bikers, golfers and equestrians in summer, and a skier's dream in winter.
Fairytale scenery and authentic tradition
feel good - Boutiquehotel Egger in Krumpendorf © feel good Boutique Hotel Egger feel good - Boutiquehotel Egger in Krumpendorf © feel good Boutique Hotel Egger

Design Hotels in Carinthia

Carinthia is the ideal place to combine Austrian tradtition with upbeat modern lifestyle.
Visit Carinthia
Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg © Schlosshotels & Herrenhäuser Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg © Schlosshotels & Herrenhäuser

Castle Hotels & Mansions

Castle Hotels & Mansions is a select group of romantic castle hotels, historic country homes, manor houses, estates, restaurants and inns across Austria.
Incomparably unique
Spiegelsee with Dachstein, Styria © Wanderhotels/Raffalt Spiegelsee with Dachstein, Styria © Wanderhotels/Raffalt

Wanderhotels - Best Alpine

Located in beautiful Alpine landscapes, Wanderhotels know all about hiking with free guided tours, equipment and hiking taxis, plus spas and fabulous cuisine.
The best hiking hotels in the Alps
St. Martin Chalets © St. Martin Chalets St. Martin Chalets © St. Martin Chalets

Chalets & Holiday Homes in Austria

Skiing and hiking chalets come in all sizes and all standards in the Austrian Alps, with some including luxury facilities such as saunas. Use our chalet finder to source your ideal lodgings.
Plan your alpine break
Kinderhotels Family © Kinderhotels Kinderhotels Family © Kinderhotels

Kinderhotels Family Holidays

Tired of theme parks and caravan sites? Looking to avoid the cost of a far off resort? Want to treat your family to a holiday that combines child-friendly fun with superior amenities and comfortable accommodation, and gives you the feeling that you’ve "gone somewhere" at fantastic value for money? Kinderhotels is the irresistible choice.
Having an amazing time

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