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Nassfeld in Kärnten im Sommer, Bild: Oleksandr Osipov / shutterstock

Carinthia – the southernmost province of Austria

Carinthia comes up with some superlatives. In the southernmost province are the largest alpine national park, the Hohe Tauern, and the highest mountain in Austria, the Großglockner. The Austrian province has the largest glacier areas in the Alpine region with the highest, year-round ski area, the Mölltal Glacier. The longest long-distance hiking trail, the Alpe-Adria-Trail, leads over 750 km from the Großglockner to Veneto. Carinthia is the land of mountains, lakes and superlatives.

Holiday region par excellence – Carinthia

Carinthia is predestined for varied holidays. Everyone will find their Eldorado here: active holidaymakers, wellness fans, couples, families with children and dogs. In summer, warm bathing lakes beckon. Winter belongs to skiers, cross-country skiers, ski tourers and winter hikers. Enjoyment is not neglected either. Carinthian cuisine combines Austrian, Slovenian and Friulian influences. Tourists will find classics such as Carinthian cheese noodles and Kaiserschmarrn everywhere. In the rustic mountain huts, there are hearty snacks with smoked sausages, bacon, cheese and hearty bread. The enjoyment is rounded off by a beer, a cider and a local fruit brandy.

Mighty mountains and unspoilt nature

Mölltal Glacier, Carinthia
Winter sports on the Mölltal Glacier, Image: Christopher Moswitzer / shutterstock

Swimming, hiking, biking, rafting, paragliding in summer. Pure skiing pleasure and a dreamlike snow-covered landscape in winter. In addition, there is plenty of culture, sights and events all year round. The state capital of Klagenfurt is always worth a visit. It exudes Italian charm with its Renaissance buildings. Dolce Vita in the arcaded courtyards of the old town and narrow alleys. Nature lovers, on the other hand, are drawn to the mountains.

Hohe Tauern National Park with Großglockner

Directly on the Großglockner (3,798 m) lies one of the most beautiful mountain villages in the Alpine region at almost 1,300 m: Heiligenblut. In summer and winter, it is the entrance portal to the Großglockner and the famous Grossglockner High Alpine Road. Right next door is the Mölltal Glacier as a year-round ski area. In summer, the Mölltal whitewater arena and the Ragga Gorge captivate adventure seekers. A kayak trip or rafting tour through roaring water is a very special experience. Cyclists appreciate the Drau Cycle Path, which leads over 366 km to Marburg. If you like it more family-friendly, take the Glockner Cycle Path in Stall. The tour goes along the Möll through untouched nature and historical places. Exciting for children is Europe’s first Sensopark in Berg im Drautal with five mountain, forest and water adventure trails.

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Region Nockberge

Since 2012, the Nockberge Mountains have been a biosphere reserve recognized by UNESCO. The special thing about it is the world’s highest density of stone pine. The pine species, also known as the Queen of the Alps, is extremely robust – no other tree grows taller and gets older. The best way for tourists to discover the stone pine is in the company of a ranger who knows a lot about it. A must for hikers is the Nockberge Trail. In summer with mountain boots and in winter as a ski tour, the unspoilt nature impresses. A tour on the Turracher Höhe is also an experience. Families enjoy the natural jewel in winter while skiing and snowshoeing. Ice skating is possible on Lake Turrach , which becomes a refreshing mountain lake in summer. Then the 3-lake circular trail Turracher Höhe invites you to hike through the pine forest.

The land of 1,000 lakes – holidays in sunny Carinthia

The sunny south of Austria has countless lakes to offer. Depending on their taste, the tourist chooses bathing lakes with an entertainment program or quiet lakes to unwind.

Region Wörthersee

Lake Wörthersee, Carinthia
Lake Wörthersee, Image: travelpeter / shutterstock

Almost on the border with Slovenia and Italy lies the most famous Carinthian lake, Lake Wörthersee. Water sports enthusiasts, party animals and sun worshippers get their money’s worth here. In Keutschach am See is Europe’s highest wooden observation tower, the almost 100 m high Pyramidenkogel. The viewing platforms, panoramic rope ride and the freefall from 52 m to 30 m are spectacular.

Villach region with Lake Ossiach and Lake Faak

The opposite of the lively Lake Wörthersee is the natural paradise in the Villach region. The largest lake is Lake Ossiach. Families with children take the Kanzelbahn cable car to the Gerlitzen adventure mountain for a change from the bathing fun. There, a high ropes course and piste racers promise lots of fun. If you like it sporty, choose the Faaker See with kayak tours, climbing garden and. Mountain biking. Relaxation is provided by splashing around in the turquoise blue water.

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Lake Millstatt region

Lake Millstatt
Millstätter See, Image: Balakate / shutterstock

Lake Millstatt is made for romantics. In the midst of sublime nature, lovers picnic on the south bank. After breakfast, the day starts at the Alexander Alm with the Sentiero dell’Amore, the path of love. The Höhensteig offers breathtaking views of Lake Millstatt and the Hohe Tauern. On an e-bike, you can comfortably walk around the lake and enjoy the silence of nature. Lovers enjoy the starry sky in a particularly romantic way in the bivouac.

Nassfeld region with Pressegger See, Weissensee and Lesachtal

On the border with Italy, the Nassfeld-Pressegger See region attracts crowds of skiers in winter. The snow park, the fun slope and freeride areas are also something for teenagers. Lake Weissensee attracts ice skaters to Europe’s largest natural ice surface. In summer, the warm lakes invite you to swim. Lake Weissensee is even the cleanest bathing lake in Austria. Hikers enjoy the cross-border routes, a captivating panorama and regional cuisine. Tourists will find unspoilt nature in the Carinthia Nature Arena, in the Lesachtal Valley. It is the first Slow Food Travel destination in the world. A special experience is baking bread according to traditional recipes.

Region Klopeiner See

The warmest lake in Europe is a swimming and water sports paradise. Away from the bathing lake, the Karawanken Geopark invites you to explore it. The little ones are also thought of with golf for children, archery, children’s fishing and horseback riding in the pony club. Nevertheless, cyclists get their money’s worth. On the border with Slovenia lies the Petzen Bike Park with a mountain bike downhill trail.