Stunning views, peace and tranquillity and enjoyable experiences can all be found in the Austrian state of Carinthia. It is the most southerly state in the country and situated within the Eastern Alps. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, chalets and camp sites.
The state of Carinthia is blessed with wonderful mountains and lakes offering skiing in the winter and hiking as well as climbing in the summer. Holidaymakers can also enjoy sailing, canoeing and other watersports on the lakes here including Worthersee, which is the biggest lake in Austria. There is a beautiful bathing beach at the lake with cabins, wooden piers, and shady grass areas.
Cyclists have a large choice of well-maintained cycle paths, and for runners there is wonderful half-marathon route. Minimundus is another interesting attraction located in Klagenfurt, which has numerous miniature models of famous buildings from around the world. Visitors can take a look at various forms of wildlife with a zoo located in Klagenfurt and birds of prey can be seen at Landskron.
There are various modern boutiques and places to go shopping in Klagnefurt, which is the capital of the region. Here visitors will also find many traditional outdoor café areas in the historic areas and courtyards of the city. Carinthian food is similar in many ways to Italian cuisine with noodles one of the specialities here.
There are many interesting places to visit in Carinthia including numerous historic buildings, castles, cathedrals and churches. Ossiach has an eleventh century Benedictine abbey that was dissolved about a hundred years ago and it now hosts events from the Carinthian Summer Festival. Klagenfurt is surrounded by a total of 23 castles of numerous shapes and sizes and many of them were built around the 12th century.
Numerous museums and galleries can be found in this state too including the Klagnefurt Landesmuseum. A one hour trip from Klagenfurt takes holidaymakers to the Soca/Isonzo Valley in Slovenia, where deep limestone gorges and emerald coloured rivers can be seen.
The warmest time of the year to visit Carinthia is generally June, July and August when the average high temperature is approximately 21 to 22 degrees centigrade. Temperatures on average fall 1 below zero degrees centigrade in January with the annual rainfall often below 800mm.
Austrian Airlines serves Carinthia, arriving several times a day at the Klagenfurt Airport, which is located northeast of the city. The airline has flights from London, Berlin, Zurich, Rome and Frankfurt. Klagenfurt also has rail lines connecting Vienna with Venice, Italy and Zagreb with trains arriving from several different directions at intervals of less than half an hour throughout the day. It's easier to take the train, but there are at least twenty different bus lines from Klagenfurt that venture out in to the surrounding region.