Theme Week Carinthia

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Velden am Wörther See - Velden Palace © Johann Jaritz/cc-by-sa-3.0-at

Velden am Wörther See – Velden Palace © Johann Jaritz/cc-by-sa-3.0-at

Carinthia is the southernmost Austrian state or Land. 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. The capital city is Klagenfurt, which in Slovenian language is called Celovec.

Carinthia has a continental climate, with hot and moderately wet summers and long harsh winters. In recent decades winters have been exceptionally arid. The average amount of sunshine hours is the highest in Austria. In autumn and winter temperature inversion often dominates the climate, characterized by air stillness, a dense fog covering the frosty valleys, while mild sunny weather is recorded higher up in the foothills and mountains.

Major sights include the cities of Klagenfurt and Villach and medieval towns like Friesach or Gmünd. Carinthia features numerous monasteries and churches such as the Romanesque Gurk Cathedral or Maria Saal in the Zollfeld plain, the abbeys of St. Paul’s, Ossiach, Millstatt, and Viktring as well as castles and palaces like large-scale Hochosterwitz, Griffen, or Porcia.

Maria Woerth © Johann Jaritz/cc-by-sa-3.0-at Klagenfurt - Landhaus,seat of the Carinthian regional parliament © Johann Jaritz/cc-by-sa-3.0 Heiligenblut with Grossglockner Accrochoc/cc-by-sa-3.0 Bad Kleinkirchheim © Popie/cc-by-sa-3.0 Villach Panorama - Historic city centre © Roland Ster/cc-by-sa-3.0 Velden am Wörther See - Velden Palace © Johann Jaritz/cc-by-sa-3.0-at
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Klagenfurt - Landhaus,seat of the Carinthian regional parliament © Johann Jaritz/cc-by-sa-3.0
Scenic highlights are the main bathing lakes Wörthersee, Millstätter See, Ossiacher See and Faaker See as well as a variety of smaller lakes and ponds. In winter Carinthia offers ski resorts such as the Nassfeld near Hermagor, Gerlitzen mountain, Bad Kleinkirchheim, Flattach, and Heiligenblut at Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner as well as the Hohe Tauern and Nock Mountains national parks for all kind of alpine sports and mountaineering.

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