Carinthia — the most southern Federal state of Austria on the border with Italy and Slovenia. Here the favorable climate, beautiful nature and, most importantly, developed tourist infrastructure. The ski season in Carinthia lasts no less than in the Tyrol — from mid-December to April. And in the North-West of the land where the glacier Mölltaler Gletscher, skiing is guaranteed all year round.
Southern Carinthia, which for the beauty of its nature is often called the “Austrian Riviera” – there are countless mountains and valleys, picturesque lakes, about 1270, on the banks of which are scattered small resort towns with world-class hotels, beautiful beaches and a complete infrastructure of leisure, and famous ski centers.
The capital of Carinthia – Klagenfurt, founded in 1252 near the beautiful lake wörth. This is a very beautiful place, famous for its Park “Minimundus” Museum reduced 25 times of the masterpieces of world architecture, as well as a miniature, but fully functioning railroad and a small port with boats.
Local attractions include the Renaissance town Hall with “heraldic hall,” the Baroque Bishop’s Palace (XVIII century), the Cathedral (XVI century), the Carinthian Museum and reptile Zoo are Happy and dinosaur Park is one of the richest collections of amphibians in Europe. In the Western Bay wörth, among the forest-covered spurs of the Alps, lies Velden is one of the best lake resorts in the country with modern hotels, casinos, beach cafes, shops and excellent cuisine, and beautiful resorts Pertchik with the center of water sports, Warmbad, Filio with its thermal baths and national Park (20 hectares), green Krumpendorf and picturesque Maria wörth on a small Peninsula on the southern shore of the lake. Therme bad Blumau (15 thousand square meters of water area) with indoor and outdoor thermal pools is one of the most modern and technically advanced in Europe – here you can get almost all procedures.
In Carinthia a lot of medieval fortresses and monasteries – the castle of Portia on the river Drau, Lanzkron over lake Ossiacher see and the main Carinthian fortress – castle Hochosterwitz, as well as the Dominican monastery in Friesach with its magnificent Basilica (1300), the Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Paul-im-Lavanttal (1091), Ossiach (approximately founded in 1028) and Millstatt (1060-1068) with the Basilica (XII century), the Romanesque arcade and a great Museum. In Maria Zaal is a Museum of wooden architecture under the open sky representing the real peasant houses in full size, architectural features, traditions and way of life of the Austrian countryside. In Treffen – the Museum of dolls Ellie Riel, which exhibits lovely dolls (over 650), created by the hostess of the Museum. In gmünd – the private Museum of cars “Porsche” – more than 30 models of cars of the famous brand since 50-ies of xx century.
But the real treasure of Carinthia is its nature. Here are the most famous lakes in the country – wörther see, Ossiacher see, Millstatter see and Weissensee, a small Afritzer see, Faaker see unique landscapes, feld am see, Kaucher see, Klopeiner see (the warmest in Austria), the presseggersee and Langsee in which the water is amazingly clean and, due to its thermal springs, warm. Mountain S located next to Eisenkappel, in the South-West of Carinthia, is famous for its stalactite caves. In the National Park Nockberge, is situated at an altitude of 1300 – 2440 m, you can enjoy majestic mountain scenery and discover centuries-old traditions of Austria. National Park Hohe Tauern, covering an area of 1187 sq. km, attracts the beauty of its peaks, glaciers, lakes and waterfalls, Alpine flora and fauna, as well as the beautiful mountain village of Heiligenblut (“Holy blood”), turned into a modern tourist center. Rosegg reserve protects more than 350 different animal species and fragile Alpine flora. There are terrible and ragga gorge, over which at a great height stretched hanging bridges.
Resting on the lakes of Carinthia, you can go on excursions to Salzburg, Graz, Klagenfurt, Venice or castle Hochosterwitz.
The most interesting places: the castle of Portia, the Dominican monastery in Friesach, the Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Paul-im-Lavanttal, Millstatt and Ossiach. From museums — the Museum of wooden architecture under the open sky, the puppet Museum Ellie Riel and the private Museum of cars «Porsche”.
One of the most interesting local excursions — “the Nature around us”. In the programme: unique in Europe, the monkey Park where Japanese macaques do not sit in cages and run loose in the Park, fortress Landskron, where the show birds of prey — falcons, eagles, owls and vultures. And for dessert — Rosegg wildlife Park where you can see the living nature deer and some unusual animals, such as the white wolf.
Carinthia — a great place to stay. On the shores of lakes, where the temperature reaches 28 degrees Celsius, are hotels — from luxurious to economical. Scurrying across the water the windsurfer. On fields playing Golf. In the sky, flying paragliders. The mountains are restless adventurers.