Carinthia (German:Kärnten) is a state of Austria. It is especially known for its skiing areas, and its fantastic lakes.


Other destinations

Hochosterwitz Castle in the Sankt Veit an der Glan district of Sankt Georgen am Längsee municipality, 21 km northeast of Klagenfurt


Carinthia is possibly the most autonomous state in Austria (with the possible exception of Tyrol). Older than Austria itself, it has always been fairly isolated from its surroundings by its geography. Carinthians are rooted and proud, but also have a reputation for being more warm-hearted than other Austrians.

There are several explanations of where the name Carinthia comes from. For example, it is said to be derived from the Celtic word carant, which means friend. Other explanations assume that the name comes from the Celtic word karanto, which means stone.

Cartinthia is a very mountainous area sandwiched by the Alps in the north, and the Karawanken in the south. It shares a border with both Italy and Slovenia.

Get in

By air

Kärnten has one international airport located in Klagenfurt. You can reach this airport from Vienna. International flights arrive from Berlin, London, Hannover, Cologne (Köln) and Frankfurt.

By train

Villach is a railway-gateway to all parts of Austria, therefore it's easy to get to Kärnten from all major cities in Austria. Trains from Vienna and Graz arrive approximately every two hours.

By car

Take the Südautobahn (A2/motorway) if your travelling from Styria or Vienna. If you are arriving from Salzburg take the Tauernautobahn (A10/motorway,liable to pay costs).

Get around

By car

Driving by car is definitely the easiest way to get around. Be prepared that apart from the main routes mountain roads can especially tricky for those who are not used to driving on mountain roads. This is especially true in winter.

By train

The main railway hubs are located in Villach and Klagenfurt.

By bus

It might be tiring to get around using the federal bus network because the frequency of buses is low to non-existent on weekends.



Kärnten is known for its ski resorts as well for its scenic lakes and mountains (hiking, climbing). If you are travelling in summer try out one of these lakes:

Wolayer See, a small lake on the Austrian-Italian border.

Skiing resorts include Nassfeld at the Italian border, Turrach at the border with Styria, Flachau and Katschberg both bordering Salzburg. Skiing is a bit cheaper than in Tirol and Vorarlberg.


Carinthian cuisine is closely related to Italian cuisine and therefore known for all types of noodles. Specialities are


There is a well-known brewery in Hirt near Friesach which make fantastic beer. (Hirter Pils and Hirter Märzen) The city of Villach is home to the brewery of the "Villacher" brand of beer.

Stay safe

Like the rest of Austria, Carinthia is a very safe place. The usual precautions when travelling are usually enough.

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