Immerse Yourself in a Mediterranean Lifestyle
Travel Experiences in Carinthia
Carinthia is the land of lakes. Home to Austria’s highest mountain. Immerse yourself in a Mediterranean lifestyle. Austria’s southernmost province is the most wonderful backdrop for travel experiences that you can’t find anywhere else but here. Pristine, natural landscapes - each farm is surrounded by a spectacular scenery that is as unique as it is diverse. These lasting impressions will make you come back year after year. You will see.
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CARINTHIA - IT’S MY LIFE.
In Carinthia, everyone’s enjoying life in his or her own way. Nature asks you to dance through the seasons. More than 200 lakes with water that’s warm and clean to drink are inviting places to take a swim in summer. Thanks to the mild climate, you can have fun swimming in the lakes and relaxing on the shores starting from May. Austria’s south is a paradise for cyclists, no matter if you prefer mountain biking, road cycling or a culinary tour on the bicycle. The hiking season already starts in early summer. Time to set out on a long hike or trek! The land is dotted with castles, palaces and magnificent abbeys featuring treasure chambers and exhibitions. Galleries, museums and renowned music and literature festivals draw more than two million visitors to Carinthia every year.
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Farms, Mountain Cabins & Chalets in Carinthia
A RICH DIVERSITY TO SUIT ALL SORTS.
They are all set in outstanding surroundings. Perched on lush, green hillsides. Scattered across broad valleys. Surrounded by sunlit woods and grassy plateaus. Next to shimmering lakes and rivers. There’s one thing that they all have in common: a relaxed, laid-back attitude - the Mediterranean lifestyle. It’s a feeling that you can’t find anywhere else but in Carinthia. Here, everything’s possible but nothing’s imperative. In a land of mountains, lakes and a rich culture that’s characterised by the influences of the Alps-Adriatic area. For decades, all of them, all of our farms, mountain cabins and chalets in Carinthia, have been keeping them alive: the traditions that are typical of Austria’s south. You don’t have to do without the things you like. Nature never fails to surprise you, year after year. In this unique cultural landscape, you can discover farm life that is shaped by true values and visit a number of attractions. This province boasts a rich diversity to suit all sorts.
Carinthia - Austria's Sunny South
Immerse Yourself in a Mediterranean Lifestyle
Carinthia is the land of lakes. Home to Austria’s highest mountain. The setting for experiences that you can only find here. In the midst of an intact natural landscape that is as unique as it is different from farm to farm and from region to region. Let go and enjoy the hours of sunshine - this is possible all year round in Carinthia. Click your way through the individual regions of Carinthia and find your perfect holiday farm in the sunny south!
- Hohe Tauern National Park Region
In 1800, courageous men were the first to climb Austria’s highest mountain, Großglockner (3,798 m). This region is home to the largest national park in the Alps and some of the world’s most diverse landscapes: majestic waterfalls, extensive glaciers, rare animal and plant species. Explore the Hohe Tauern National Park with one of the rangers.
- Nassfeld-Pressegger See - Lesachtal Valley - Lake Weißensee
Hikers and cyclists can cross the border to Italy on a number of great tours. Food lovers will indulge in culinary delights that are typical of the world’s first Slow Food Travel Destination. A breathtaking panorama is guaranteed! Keen swimmers can take a dip in Lake Pressegger See or Lake Weißensee. The Lesachtal valley, Europe’s most natural valley, is unique. The region provides the perfect balance of tradition, nature, culinary delights and tranquility. In winter, it’s home to Carinthia’s largest ski resort called “Nassfeld”.
- Bad Kleinkirchheim - Lake Millstättersee - Nockberge Region
Nestled between the undulating hills of UNESCO’s Nockberge Biosphere Reserve, this is one of Austria’s most diverse regions. Carinthia’s “Nockberge” range is an insider tip for travellers looking for the ultimate indulgence during their activity holiday. Look forward to sports, spas or skiing in Bad Kleinkirchheim and outdoor activities at Lake Millstätter See, one of Carinthia’s most beautiful lakes that’s steeped in legend and surrounded by mountains. Romantic mountain cabins, pristine nature and historic farms are the icing on the cake.
- Katschberg - Liesertal - Maltatal Region
At altitudes between 1,100 and 2,200 metres above sea level, south of the Alpine divide, on the border to the province SalzburgerLand - that’s the Katschberg - Liesertal - Maltatal Region with Gmünd, the “town of artists”, at its centre. Lots of mountain cabins are the ideal starting points for long, alpine hikes on the southern side of the Alps.
- Villach - Lake Faakersee - Lake Ossiachersee
This region borders Italy and Slovenia. Enjoy country walks, hikes and day trips on the mountains “Gerlitzen” and “Dobratsch”. Visit the town of Villach with its Mediterranean flair, the famous celebrations during the carnival season and Austria’s largest fun fair, the “Villacher Kirchtag”. Marvel at the turquoise waters of Lake Faaker See with the iconic island at its centre. A picture-perfect scenery! The festival Carinthian Summer with its renowned cultural events draws lots of visitors to Lake Ossiacher See in summer. The spa “KärntenTherme” in Villach is one of Austria’s state-of-the-art spas and is open all year round.
- Lake Wörthersee - Klagenfurt - Carnica Rosental Region
This is one of Austria’s most popular regions: stage for parties and lifestyle, paradise for water sports enthusiasts and sun-worshippers, hot spot for yogis, meeting point for bikers, hikers and runners with Europe’s tallest wooden lookout tower “Pyramidenkogel”. Carinthia’s capital Klagenfurt is a vibrant renaissance city and an exciting crossroads where three different cultures intersect. Guests with a sweet tooth should visit the Carnica Rosental Region. Here, it’s all about beekeeping!
- Central Carinthia
The historical heart of Carinthia is surrounded by unspoilt, charming natural landscapes. A number of attractions such as the castles “Hochosterwitz” and “Taggenbrunn” can be discovered by bike or on foot. For more than 650 years, the so-called “Wiesenmarkt”, Austria’s fair with the longest tradition, has drawn thousands of visitors to the town of St. Veit each year. Warm lakes with water that’s safe to drink are oases of relaxation.
- Lake Klopeiner See - Southern Carinthia - Lavanttal Valley
Do you prefer vibrant beaches open to the public or spots in peaceful seclusion? Thanks to the mild climate, the swimming season starts at the beginning of May. At that time, the water temperature of Lake Klopeinersee often reaches 22 °C already. The caves in the mountain “Obir” featuring stalactites and stalagmites and the flow trail for mountain bikers on the massif “Petzen” are some of the region’s most spectacular attractions. Southern Carinthia is a bilingual region where Austrian and Slovene cultures and culinary traditions meet. In the Lavanttal valley in the very east of Carinthia, creative producers turn locally-grown ingredients into irresistible delights.
Carinthia - A Winter Wonderland
In winter, embracing the joy of life is an easy task for families and travellers who spend a holiday in Austria’s south. The next generation of skiers makes their first turns on the gentle and perfectly groomed pistes. Off the pistes, there’s enough space to whizz down the hills on a sledge or toboggan, watch the wildlife or take a relaxing spa break. It’s prime time on TV? In Carinthia’s mountains, stargazing under the clear, open sky is always the better option. The southern sun tickles you awake in the early morning. Nothing’s fake here. Meet trustworthy, reliable and honest characters. Make friends for life. At any time of the year. Take your time. Relax. Immerse yourself in a Mediterranean lifestyle.
How to Build a Castle
Do you prefer travelling back to the Middle Ages? A warm welcome to the castle town of Friesach! In 2009, people began to build a medieval hill castle without the aid of pneumatic hammers, cranes and concrete mixers. Only medieval crafts and methods are used. 38 craftsmen work on the construction site that is 4,000 sqm in size. A great emphasis is put on natural building materials which are sourced entirely from the region. On a guided tour with experts, you can experience this spectacular project at first hand and unravel the mysteries of medieval construction. Have a great time with the monkeys in the zoo “Affenberg” right next to the castle ruins of “Burgruine Landskron”. About 160 Japanese macaques that live within an enclosure measuring four hectares are waiting for you. So do the animals in the zoo “Tierpark Rosegg”, in the reptile zoo “Happ” in Klagenfurt or in the “Alpenwildpark”, a zoo in Feld am See with species native to the Alps.
Why not roll up your sleeves in autumn? Get to know the real farm life and all the tasks that come with autumn during your farm holiday in Austria?
Look, the farmers bring in the harvest! You’re welcome to try and have a delicious, fresh snack. Your hosts dry herbs for tea, make jam and juice from the fruit collected in the orchard, stack firewood outside the house and tie autumnal flowers into a colourful bunch. Now, you can get the best tips from the farmers and help to preserve the harvest for the winter months.
A Seducing, Sunny Panorama
Feed the hens, stroke the rabbits, milk the cows and start a staring contest with the goat. But Carinthia has even more activities and attractions to offer all year round. If you’d like to gain an overview, you should climb up the “Pyramidenkogel”, a lookout tower with a stunning view of Lake Wörthersee. From the tallest wooden tower in the world, you can enjoy a spectacular panorama. Get your thrills from a descent down the tunnel slide or from abseiling off the tower - not for the faint-hearted!
Is It Tasty?
Put the finishing touch to a day in the great outdoors with some local delights from Carinthia. Get to know the cuisine of the Alps-Adriatic area in the world’s first Slow Food Travel Destination in the Gailtal and Lesachtal valleys. Slow Food tours and other activities allow you to peek over the cooks’ shoulders. Rediscover traditional recipes, remove freshly baked bread from the wood-fired oven, collect fragrant herbs together - culinary treats from Carinthia will take you back to your childhood: It takes time to prepare good food. And it’s important to respect nature and its resources. It’s your hosts’ genuine to convey these values. And that’s what makes for an authentic travel experience.
Have You Taken a Dip Today?
Disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life and step into a world of comfort and tranquility. Indulge in healthy thermal springs, relax in the sauna and unwind in bathhouses and spas with lake view. Give your body and mind a treat on 12,000 sqm and bathe in the natural hot springs of the “Thermal Römerbad” in Bad Kleinkirchheim. Families can find the largest indoor water surface area in Carinthia in the “Therme St. Kathrein”. Plenty of experiences await you in the “Kärnten Therme” in Villach which is known as the state-of-the-art spa in Austria’s south. Enjoy swimming all year round in Carinthia’s first bathhouse at Lake Millstätter See. The spa “Werzer’s Badehaus” at Lake Wörthersee is also a great place to calm down and unwind. A lot of farms, mountain cabins and chalets feature a private spa area with sauna and spa treatments such as herbal baths. Immerse yourself in an oasis of comfort!
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FARM HOLIDAYS IN CARINTHIA
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