Carinthia What to See

Carinthia ©magistr_01/flickr

Carinthia ©magistr_01/flickr

In winter, Carinthia is the place that offers lots of exciting ski activities. You can check the packages offered by Nassfeld. It is near Hermagor. Adventurous people will enjoy the activities like mountaineering and alphine sports. In addition, there is the Gerlitzen mountain, Flattach, Bad Kleinkirchheim, Heiligenblut. Others like the highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner, the Hohe Tauern and Nock Mountains national parks. Cities in Carinthia such as Klagenfurt has only a population of slightly more than ninety thousand. It is a place with a typical Continental climate but the winter consists of occassional warmer periods as the foehn wind from the Karawanken mountain arrive to the south. The lowest temperature it could get was -8 °C. Historically this place was believed to be founded by a couple of brave men who had slained the winged dragon. It was during the 19th century an important centre of the Carinthian Slovene culture. In the sixties, it was the first city to adopt a pedestrian zone. 

Villach

Villach on the other hand is the second largest city in Carinthia. Historically there were the oldest human traces found as way back to the 3500 BC. It was formally purchased by the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria in 1759. Today, you can visit the festivals and carnivals. From November to March 4 is the Villach carnival. There is also the arts and crafts of self made goods festival. Here they also organise the New Orleans festival, street-art festival, Villacher Kirchtag where you can see the notorious fireworks show on the first Saturday of August as well as the Drau stage performances. If you are looking for scenic highlights, there are the smaller lakes and ponds other than the bathing lakes like the Wörthersee, Millstätter See, Ossiacher See and Faaker See are the various scenic highlights you would not want to miss.

Medieval towns

Carinthia ©FelixWech/flickr

Carinthia ©FelixWech/flickr

Friesach and Gmund are both historic medieval town in Carinthia. Friesach is known to be the oldest town there. To see is the Church of St. Blaise, the Teutonic Knights’ church and hospital as well as the Dominican monastery. Besides, there is the town around the Romanesque parish church of Saint Bartholomew that has been preserved. Monasteries and churches, castles and palaces are also the key highlights. Hochosterwitz, Griffen and Porcia are the other places to visit. There is also the Romanesque Gurk Cathedral or Maria Saal in the Zollfeld plain. The abbeys of St Paul’s, Ossiach, Millstatt and Viktring Abbey are also worth visiting. Viktring Abbey was established by Cistercian monks.

 

Leave a Reply