Carinthia is probably Austria's best kept secret: a beautiful province with over 200 splendid lakes that speckle a landscape marked by high peaks and gouged valleys. Perfect slopes and great snow conditions for skiing trips, plus top spa and wellness hotels for summer retreats, make this province an Austrian paradise in any season.

    The rugged beauty of Carinthia is widely overlooked. Hundreds of splendid lakes speckle a landscape marked by high peaks and gouged valleys, most notably the Grossglockner, Austria's tallest mountain. The nearby Pasterze glacier can be reached by funicular railway.

    Carinthia is a great destination to visit in the summer - many villages host summer festivals, complete with folk music and performers from nearby Italy and Slovenia. The walled villages of Friesach and Gmund are a treat, as is the impressive hilltop fortress in Hochosterwitz.

    Klagenfurt, Carinthia's capital, is ideally located near Wörthersee lake, one of Europe’s largest and warmest Alpine lakes.