Austria - Carinthia

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Carinthia is the southernmost Austrian province. Situated within the Eastern Alps, it is noted for its mountains and lakes. The main language is German. Its regional dialects belong to the Southern Bavarian group. Carinthian Slovene dialects, which predominated in the southern part of the region up to the first half of the 20th century, are now spoken by a small minority.

Carinthia is probably Austria's best-kept secret, with hundreds of splendid lakes that speckle a landscape marked by high peaks and gouged valleys. The rugged beauty of Carinthia is widely overlooked. Hundreds of splendid lakes speckle a landscape marked by high peaks and gouged valleys, most notably the Grossglockner, Austria's largest mountain. The nearby Pasterze Glacier can be reached by funicular railway.

Carinthia is a great destination to visit in the summer - many villages host summer festivals, complete with folk music and performers from nearby Italy and Slovenia. The walled villages of Friesach and Gmund are a treat, as is the impressive hilltop fortress in Hochosterwitz.

Klagenfurt, Carinthia's capital, is ideally located near Lake Wörthersee, one of Europe’s largest and warmest Alpine lakes.

More about how to spend your time in Carinthia.