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Art, culture, & tradition at the intersection of 3 countries.

In every season, Carinthia will surprise you with a diverse art and cultural offer. Impressive natural spectacles and well-known excursion destinations are as much a part of the recreational program as are the numerous cultural sites, which tell of the long and eventful history of Austria's southernmost region.   

Idyllic, romantic,
contemplative during Advent

Lovingly arranged Christmas markets around the Wörthersee with their music and traditions will put you in the mood for the most contemplative time of the year. The aroma of Christmas spices, mulled wine, and cookies wafts through the air. You can also look forward to small handmade presents and Carinthian specialties from the Genuss Regions (culinary regions), which can be found at the Advent markets in Velden, Pörtschach, Maria Wörth, on the Pyramidenkogel, and in Klagenfurt. Find peace and tranquility and get in the Christmas spirit with our package Advent on the Lake.

Advent magic on the Wörthersee

Art & culture
in Carinthia

Carinthia is rich in culture. In summer, numerous music and theatre festivals invite you to listen, watch, and enjoy. Culture lovers can relate to the feeling of "Der Zerrissene" by Johann Nestroy and put together their own personal festival program. What a joy! 

Cultural
recommendations

01.09.2019 - 07.06.2020

Stadttheater Klagenfurt

09.09. - 27.10.2019

For Forest “The Unending Attraction of Nature“ - art installation

11.10. - 20.10.2019

Krimifest Wörthersee - crime novel festival

07.06.2020

Porcia theater wagon will be a guest at the Seefels

May to September 2020

Millstatt Music Weeks

Juli to August 2020

Carinthian Summer Music Festival

August 2020

Komödienspiele Porcia - theatre festival

06.09. - 13.09.2020

26th International Johannes Brahms Competition

The top 7
excursion destinations in Austria

Pyramidenkogel on the Wörthersee
From the world's highest viewing tower made of wood, you can marvel at the beauty of Carinthia.

Pyramidenkogel

Hochosterwitz Castle
A historic experience in one of the most picturesque valleys in Carinthia. This popular excursion destination is one of Central Europe's most beautiful castles. 

Hochosterwitz Castle

Minimundus
Since 1958, the small world on the Wörthersee has been a fixture of every recreational calendar. 159 models of the most noteworthy structures from over 40 countries are nestled in the park landscape. 

Minimundus

Großglockner High Alpine Road
Europe's most famous high alpine road in the Hohe Tauern National Park leads through all vegetation zones. 

High Alpine Road

Obir stalactite caves
Nature and man in harmony. A 200 million year-history and modern technology have given rise to a fascinating natural wonder.

Stalactite caves

Malta High Alpine Road & Kölnbrein Dam 
Through the "valley of rushing water", you can reach Austria's highest dam wall with the spectacular "Airwalk". 

Kölnbrein Dam

Rosegg animal park, castle, & labyrinth 
For almost 50 years, the animal park with over 400 animals and ca. 35 animal species has been a part of the recreational program. 

Rosegg Animal Park

Historic Seefels
The 1st postcard in the world came from the Seefels

Palaces stand proudly on a rock overlooking their surroundings, and standing on one of the few rocks on the shores of the Wörthersee is Relais & Châteaux Hotel Schloss Seefels. Many say it is the most beautiful spot on the lake. In any case, it is in a very special location near Pörtschach on one of the most frequented shorelines with a vast beach and park. This is a dignified and venerable palace in origin yet new in style and surprisingly and refreshingly unconventional. 

Dr. Emanuel Herrmann laid the foundation for the building of Schloss Seefels with its distinctive tower in 1860. Dr. Emanuel Herrmann, a philatelist, is known as the inventor of the postcard. The postcard was introduced in Austria in 1869 and sent out on its journey into the world from Schloss Seefels. Schloss Seefels was proud, mighty, and the distinctive landmark in the Pörtschach bay 35 years before the former owners, the Counts of Dumba, initiated the expansion of the hotel. With the Dumbas, the flair and glamour of this important family was also brought to the palace. They made a name for themselves as a patron of the arts with the establishment of the Wiener Musikverein, a concert hall in Vienna, and thus tradition and culture are ever-present at Schloss Seefels. 

Today, the historic building structure makes up less than one fifth of the whole, but the additions were so stylishly and carefully undertaken that any differences between the new and old structures are not apparent. The mixture of palpable tradition, comfort, and the incomparable location is highly valued by our guests. Here, the creme de la creme of Formula 1 land in their helicopters during the Grand Prix, and to this day, like before, the stars of showbusiness, sports, and film are guests at Schloss Seefels on the Wörthersee.

Winter atmosphere on the Wörthersee
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