While sometimes overshadowed by nearby Tyrol, the Austrian region of Carinthia is one of the most stunning and lesser known parts of the country. Home to gentle green hills that stretch into magnificent mountains, abundant forests and cobalt-blue lakes, Carinthia is a paradise for nature lovers.
A myriad of hiking trails that cross delightfully quaint medieval villages ensure that the region is a real gem to explore during the summer. There are several wonderful golf courses that offer impressive views over the countryside and families will find many activities for children, such as horseback riding, visits to traditional farms or cooking classes. In winter, the whole of Carinthia is one big playground for children and adults alike with countless ski stations and winter activities throughout the region.
Although the temperatures are mild during summer it is still wise to bring warm clothing as the evenings can be chilly and the weather unpredictable. If you visit in winter, skiing gear is a definite must.
Holiday in Carinthia
No visit to Carinthia is complete without exploring Klagenfurt, the region’s main city, which is located at the edge of the magnificent Worthersee Lake. Klagenfurt is a great location to enjoy sailing and summer festivals during the milder months, while in winter the whole town transforms itself into an enchanted winter wonderland with bustling Christmas markets and fêtes that will delight the youngest in the family. Urban dwellers will also enjoy a visit to Friesach, the oldest town in the region and home to a wonderful medieval summer festival.
Ski enthusiasts will find numerous ski stations dotted all around Carinthia that offer a wide choice of slopes, whilst those who prefer quieter activities might prefer to bathe in one of the many thermal springs, such as Maibachl or Bad Kleinkircheaim, where visitors can go straight from the slopes to the spa. Fishing aficionados will love the region’s plentiful lakes and rivers with some prime fishing spots located in Weisensee Lake.
Renting holiday accommodation in Carinthia
When you decide where to stay during your visit to Carinthia, keep in mind that the most authentic way to enjoy a truly memorable visit is to socialise with the locals. Who would you want to stay in a soulless chain hotel full of tourists when they can choose a holiday rental? Renting a holiday apartment in Carinthia means that you can experience this stunning region in the same way than those who know it best, the local people. Only they can tell you which is the best restaurant in town to try some delicious glundner kas, a traditional cooked cheese, or the cafe that serves the tastiest kletzennudel, a truly scrumptious dish of pasta pockets filled with pears and cinnamon.
Whether you opt for renting a trendy apartment in central Klagenfurt or a cosy ski chalet in the mountains, having your own space is a real treat. After a long day hiking, exploring local towns or sailing in the lakes, nothing beats returning to your very own holiday home and putting your feet up with a delicious glass of and perhaps a chat with your neighbour, who will tell you where to find the best fishing spot.