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CITY VISITOR

My perfect day in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee.

From Klagenfurt, it is just a stone’s throw to Italy. And just like in our neighbouring country, in Carinthia you will also find an intimate love affair with the dark and delicious drink, coffee. Which is why it is best to start your perfect day in Klagenfurt with a relaxed walk through the city centre, where you can enjoy a large dose of caffeine in one of the numerous coffee houses there. Directly on the Neuer Platz square, and with a view of the Lindwurm, is the Café am Platz, known to the locals as “Platzl”. If a local asks you if you want to come with him “auf an Sprung ins Platzl” (a visit to the café), then you can answer with “Sicha!” (sure). Then it’s time to get to know the Carinthian capital better. On the theme of “All about dark alleys and secret signs”, from 10am you will find out how dark the Middle Ages were in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee. Or are you more interested in the Italian Renaissance? The townscape as we know it these days was deeply characterised by this period. On the “3 countries – 3 tastes” tour, you will not only get to know the streets, squares and courtyards of Klagenfurt, but afterwards also be rewarded with a chance to taste some delicacies from the Alps-Adriatic region at the Benediktinermarkt marketplace. After these “antipasti” it is time for a light lunch. The Landhaushof restaurant is in the centre of town. After a plate of Carinthian Käsnudeln (cheese-filled pasta pockets) or a malt beer goulash, you only have to cross the courtyard and go up the stone steps to visit the Coat of Arms Hall. In the baroque era, the 665 coats of arms of the Carinthian aristocratic families were painted here with great precision. Then it is time for the greatest attraction that Klagenfurt has to offer: Lake Wörthersee. From the city centre, it can be reached by car or bus in a matter of minutes, or even by bike. Simply borrow a bike from the next Nextbike station and ride with the wind in your hair and the sun in your face to the lake. It’s all about enjoying yourself there. Stroll through the eastern bay from the Villa Lido restaurant to beautiful Maria Loretto Castle. Sit on a bench and enjoy an ice-cream with a view of Lake Wörthersee. And, when the afternoon draws to a close, board the “Lorelei”. The three hour nostalgic boat trip will round off the day perfectly and you can get to know Lake Wörthersee from its historical side.


Did you know ...

- that the Eboard Museum on Florian-Gröger-Straße 20 is the largest keyboard museum in Europe? The original instruments of many famous musicians are exhibited here. For example, one of the plexiglass instruments by the keyboard pioneer George Duke.
- that the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize has been awarded by the city of Klagenfurt since 1976? Along with the Büchner Prize it is one of the most important awards in the German-speaking literature scene.
- that the huge flea market in Viktring, which takes place twice a year, is the largest flea market in Austria?
- that the models exhibited at Minimundus, the miniature world on Lake Wörthersee, are mostly made on a scale of 1:25? The Minimundus model builders only work with original building plans.
- that the Lindwurm Fountain on the Neuer Platz square is carved from one block of stone, just like Michelangelo’s David? The Lindwurm is not made of marble, though, but chlorite schist. It was completed in 1593 and weighs six tons.
- that Professor Ernst Fuchs worked on the southern chapel in the St. Egid parish church for 20 years before he was finished?
- that the practical Nextbikes offer an uncomplicated way of discovering Klagenfurt by bike?
- that Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt’s city theatre, was founded in 1737? In 1908, it was refurbished in the subtle style of the French Renaissance.


10 things that a city visitor in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee must see

1. The Neuer Platz square with the city’s landmark, the Lindwurm. Stroll across the Dr.-Arthur-Lemisch-Platz square to see the Wörthersee-Mandl, then on to the Alter Platz square, which is the core of the historical Old Town.
2. The Musil House. Memorial for, and museum about, Robert Musil, in which you can find out all about the life and works of the great writer from Klagenfurt (“The Man Without Qualities”).
3. The Ernst Fuchs Chapel. The great contemporary painter worked for 20 years on the artistic interior of the southern chapel of the St. Egid church. The large-scale oil paintings create a connection between the space and the painting.
4. Gustav Mahler’s Composing Cottage. Located in the eastern bay of Lake Wörthersee near Maiernigg, it was lived in by the great composer for several summers. Here, some of his greatest works were created. Easy to reach on a short walk through the forest.
5. The eastern bay of Lake Wörthersee. This is where Strandbad Klagenfurt is, the largest lakeside lido in Europe. Stroll along the shore between the Villa Lido restaurant and beautiful Maria Loretto Castle.
6. CSI Klagenfurt. Who dunnit? On the “10 crime scenes” guided city tour you don’t have to solve the crimes yourself, but it’s still not for the fainthearted. It is all about murderers, villains and crimes. Get to know the dark side of Klagenfurt.
7. Nostalgic bus. Get to know Klagenfurt and its surroundings on a tour in a vintage open-air bus.
8. Stadttheater Klagenfurt (city theatre). Enjoy one of the excellent productions performed by the ensemble. If you don’t have quite enough time for that, at least enjoy looking at the beautiful building, which is the starting point for the Cultural Mile.
9. Carinthian Museum of Modern Art. Works by contemporary national and international artists. Guided tours every Thursday at 6.30pm and every Sunday at 11am.
10. Minimundus. Around the world in 80 minutes. Marvel at the miniature editions of the most important buildings from around the world. All models are built according to their original plans. 


Winter

Winter in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee is an incomparable time. When the busy days of summer have died down and quieter times are here, you have the opportunity of exploring the city’s beauty in peace. In November, when it gets light later and darker earlier, the streets of the city centre are lit by festive lights. Then the Christmas market on Neuer Platz once again invites you to begin your Christmas shopping. Candles, frankincense, woolly hats, kitschy angels and a red-cheeked St Nicholas bring the Christmas of times long past back to life. This quiet time is perfect for discovering the cultural side of Klagenfurt. Galleries such as the Kunsthaus: Kollitsch, the Stadtgalerie or the Carinthian Museum of Modern Art offer excellent exhibitions by classic and contemporary artists. A visit to the theatre is also wonderful. As well as the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, a visit to a performance in the theaterHalle11 is recommended. Here you can enjoy theatre on a smaller scale – there is only room for 80 visitors – and contemporary performances of all types. Also in the Jazzclub Kammerlichtspiele contemporary theatre performances are shown, as well as musical gems. There is no need to be afraid at the beginning of December, when the largest “Krampus” parade in Carinthia takes place. Many scary figures run along the Bahnhofstraße and Alter Platz, while visitors’ ears are filled with the noise of the bells that they wear on their hips. During the entire Advent period, the Silent Advent takes place all around Lake Wörthersee, purposefully remaining sedate. From Friday to Sunday, at various locations, musical performances by choirs and musicians take place. Then not so silently, it is time to welcome the new year. If New Year’s Eve is your favourite celebration, then you are in luck if you find yourself in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee at this time. Here you can celebrate twice. On 30th December, the Farmers’ New Year’s Eve celebration takes place on Neuer Platz. There is dancing, a real sow whose nose you can rub (for luck), mulled wine and punch and also a blacksmith showing off his work. On 31st December, it’s time for the second celebration – traditional and with fireworks, sparkling wine and salmon canapés. And the next day, in the new year, you can visit the eastern bay of Lake Wörthersee to enjoy the peace, which offers a unique backdrop in winter. “Is schon still uman See” (it’s already quiet around the lake) just like the title of a Carinthian song, but it is also beautiful.

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06 Nov 2017

ACTIVE AND ATHLETIC

My perfect day in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee.

A run along Lake Wörthersee, when the fog rises from the water and the first rays of sunshine hit the water’s surface – there is no better way to start the day. After a refreshing shower, stroll through the Old Town and enjoy a coffee speciality and a Carinthian breakfast at one of the numerous small cafés. Then it is time for a guided tour of the Old Town, which takes place every Friday and Saturday. The tour starts at Dr.-Arthur-Lemisch-Platz and takes you, in about 90 minutes, to the most beautiful places and sights in the city. The guides provide the background information to the sights. At the end, there won’t be much that you don’t know about the history of this beautiful city. Health-conscious gourmets can enjoy a light lunch at Restaurant Kleeblatt on St. Veiter Ring. Everything here is organic, not just tasty, but also healthy and with lots of homemade specialities. In the afternoon, the choice is yours. How about a game of tennis on one of the many courts in the city? Or a spot of horse-riding, where you can discover the surroundings? Or swimming, sunbathing, and stand-up paddle boarding in the eastern bay? Beach volleyball or a quick bike ride? Whatever you decide to do, afterwards you can relax and regenerate in the Day Spa of the Seepark Hotel, opposite Minimundus, the miniature world on Lake Wörthersee. It is open every day until 10pm. You can have dinner there or in one of the many restaurants in the city centre.


Did you know …

- that an average of 3,000 athletes from 60 nations take part in the Ironman in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee every year? It has been held here since 1998.
- that the route of the “Kärnten läuft” half marathon leads from Velden along the northern shore of Lake Wörthersee via Pörtschach to Klagenfurt?
- that the current record for the “Kärnten läuft” half marathon was made in 2014 by Ronoh Geoffrey from Kenya? He took 59:45 minutes.
- that only 17 holes in one have ever been made at the Klagenfurt-Seltenheim golf club?
- that Lake Wörthersee, when it freezes, becomes the largest natural ice rink in Austria?
- that there are four riding stables and halls in Klagenfurt?
- that the Zillhöhe, the summit of the circular hiking trail, is four kilometres away? The highest point is at 575 metres altitude.
- that the Ironman cycle route leads from Minimundus via Velden, Rosegg, Rupertiberg and back to Klagenfurt? 


10 things sporty visitors must see in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee

1. The Ironman cycle route. Get a sense of the hardest competition in Carinthia. It is 180 kilometres long.
2. Old Town. Take a stroll through Klagenfurt’s Old Town, drink a coffee, enjoy an ice-cream and give your muscles a break.
3. Run up to the Zillhöhe on the Kreuzbergl. It is only four kilometres to the summit, but the view of the city is unforgettable.
4. Visit Klagenfurt’s eastern bay. Go for a walk, run, cycle, swim, do stand-up paddle boarding, dive … at the Strandbad Klagenfurt lakeside lido, sports enthusiasts are spoilt for choice.
5. Explore the Sattnitz natural conservation area by bike or in your running gear.
6. Visit the great sporting events, Ironman and Kärnten läuft. Either as a participant or as a spectator. The atmosphere is sensational on either side.
7. Klagenfurt-Seltenheim golf course. The idyllic 9-hole course is ideal for tight schedules.
8. Ulrichsberg. Klagenfurt’s local mountain. 1,022 metres altitude.
9. Waidmannsdorf weekly market. Taste, stroll, buy. Fresh products from the region are on offer here.
10. Natural ice rinks. Icy fun is guaranteed every winter in Klagenfurt. On the numerous lakes and ponds you can ice-skate in and around the city.


Winter

Possibilities for doing sport in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee are endless in summer. But also in winter you don’t have to sit inside and twiddle your thumbs in the provincial capital of Carinthia. You can go ski touring and discover the countryside in the surrounding mountains. But also directly in the city, activities such as ice-hockey are possible; on the Hallegg ponds or the Kreuzbergl ponds, for example. With a bit of luck, you could also skate across the frozen Lake Wörthersee. When it freezes, it becomes the largest natural ice rink in Austria. Another beautiful activity is a hike in the snow on the Kreuzbergl, or a wintry run along the eastern shore of the lake. And don’t forget to take the time to stroll through the Christmas market, which is already open from mid-November. Here you will find Christmas decorations, toffee apples, sausages and baked potatoes, frankincense and myrrh. At the Klagenfurt indoor swimming pool, the Olympic distance pool means you can do your lengths and then visit the sauna to relax your muscles after all that sport. If you are travelling with children, we can recommend a few hours of tobogganing on the Schleppe Alm. Guaranteed fun for big and small.

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BON VIVANTS

My perfect day in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee.

Start yours in Klagenfurt with a relaxed stroll through the Old Town. Browse in the many exclusive and small boutiques, walk past the Wörthersee-Mandl and the Lindwurm, and stop off at one of the many cafés for refreshment. Then it’s time for the “3 countries – 3 tastes” tour of the city, based on Klagenfurt’s unique location with the three corners of Austria, Italy and Slovenia. As part of this tour you will hear the history and stories of the Alps-Adriatic region and also find out about Carinthian customs. At the end of the tour you will visit the popular Benediktinermarkt marketplace, which awaits you with culinary delights from Carinthia, Italy and Slovenia – tasting encouraged! We recommend you try a light lunchtime menu at the legendary Stand 17 at the market. The set-up is simple, but the food is excellent. In 2014, the lady who runs it was awarded the Austrian Gastronomy Oscar “Trophée Gourmet à la Carte”. Don’t be surprised: when it gets very busy, even the guests help out. The search for fine food now continues on two wheels. Borrow a bike from one of the Nextbike stations and cycle at leisure along the cycle path next to the Glan River. You can stop off at the Sussitz wine store or in the Pfau Distillery on the way. Then you can give the bike back or continue over the Kreuzbergl to the eastern bay of Lake Wörthersee. If that sounds too much like hard work, simply take the bus from the Heiligengeistplatz square to the lakeside lido. Here you can enjoy the evening atmosphere on a stroll along the promenade as the sun sets. You will then find yourself at the doors of Villa Lido, where you can enjoy an excellent Mediterranean dinner on the shores of Lake Wörthersee.


Did you know …

- that the stone that was used for the Lindwurm Fountain on Neuer Platz came from the Kreuzbergl?
- that the brewery in which the delicious Schleppe beer is brewed was founded over 400 years ago?
- that the Kreuzbergl was visited by Emperor Franz Joseph in 1850?
- that Strandbad Klagenfurt is the largest lakeside lido in Europe?
- that the Sattnitz estuary has been declared a nature conservation area?
- that the Benediktinermarkt marketplace in Klagenfurt has been running for nearly 70 years?
- that only 17 holes in one have ever been made at the relatively new Klagenfurt-Seltenheim golf club?


10 things bon vivants must see in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee

1. Europapark. Klagenfurt’s local recreation area with a size of 22 hectares. Great for strolling and relaxing. Has a huge children’s playground. 
2. Kreuzbergl. A forest in town. Two small lakes, an observatory and the Zillhöhe viewpoint await you.
3. 151er. A well-hidden in-restaurant in Klagenfurt-Viktring. Award-winning.
4. Schleppe Brewery. The secrets behind the tasty combination of hops and malt are revealed in guided tours from Monday to Friday. Tasting included. 
5. Benediktinermarkt and Waidmannsdorf weekly markets. Carinthian delicacies and Alps-Adriatic specialities of the highest quality. Stroll around, taste, enjoy. 
6. Minimundus. The miniature world on Lake Wörthersee shows faithful replica models of the greatest buildings around the world.
7. Pfau Distillery. Schnapps and fine brandies of world-class standard. Purchases can be made directly from the manufacturer at Schleppeplatz 1. 
8. Leisurely cycle tour along the waterways. Tarmac paths and few hills. From the Glan River to the stream in Wölfnitz, the ponds in Hallegg, Lake Wörthersee, the Lendkanal, the Sattnitz River, and back to the Glan.
9. Maria Loretto Castle. Sit on the Maria Loretto peninsula, with the castle behind you, the lake in front of you, and enjoy a glass of prosecco. 
10. Stadttheater Klagenfurt (city theatre). Is the starting point for the Klagenfurt Cultural Mile, with its beautiful facade and excellent productions.


Winter

Winter in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee is an incomparable time. When the busy days of summer have died down and quieter times are here, you have the opportunity of exploring the city’s beauty in peace. In November, when it gets light later and darker earlier, the streets of the city centre are lit by festive lights. Then the Christmas market on Neuer Platz once again invites you to begin your Christmas shopping. Candles, frankincense, woolly hats, kitschy angels and a red-cheeked St Nicholas bring the Christmas of times long past back to life. You will also find Christmas delicacies such as cookies, toffee apples, grilled sausages and, of course, mulled wine and punch. This quiet time is perfect for discovering the cultural side of Klagenfurt. Galleries such as the Kunsthaus: Kollitsch, the Stadtgalerie or the Carinthian Museum of Modern Art offer excellent exhibitions by classic and contemporary artists. A wonderful thing to do now would be a visit to the Stadttheater city theatre, which always has a typical Christmas performance in its repertoire. There is no need to be afraid at the beginning of December, when the largest “Krampus” parade in Carinthia takes place. Many scary figures run along the Bahnhofstraße and Alter Platz, while visitors’ ears are filled with the noise of the bells that they wear on their hips. In contrast, the Silent Advent is celebrated quietly during the entire pre-Christmas period, all around Lake Wörthersee. From Friday to Sunday, at various locations, musical performances by choirs and musicians take place. Then not so silently, it is time to welcome the new year. If New Year’s Eve is your favourite celebration, then you are in luck if you find yourself in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee at this time. Here you can celebrate twice. On 30th December, the Farmers’ New Year’s Eve celebration takes place on Neuer Platz. There is dancing, a real sow whose nose you can rub (for luck), mulled wine and punch and also a blacksmith showing off his work. On 31st December, it’s time for the second celebration – traditional and with fireworks, sparkling wine and salmon canapés. And the next day, in the new year, you can visit the eastern bay of Lake Wörthersee to enjoy the peace, which offers a unique backdrop in winter. “Is schon still uman See” (it’s already quiet around the lake) just like the title of a Carinthian song, but it is also beautiful.

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31 Oct 2017

About the region

The provincial capital, Klagenfurt, located in the heart of Carinthia, is an inspiration with its history, culture and liveliness, major events and numerous sights.

One of them, for example, is the historic Old Town with its Italian palaces and cultural treasures such as the Coat of Arms Hall, the Carinthian Museum of Modern Art and the Klagenfurt City Theatre or the romantic Lendkanal, a waterway which connects the city centre with the eastern bay of Lake Wörthersee.

The many cultural and natural sightseeing possibilities are rounded off by attractive excursions in the municipalities of Maria Saal, Poggersdorf, Grafenstein and Ebenthal, which are all part of the tourism region.

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EBENTHAL

Experience nature and culture

Still waters and murmuring forests, rare animals and plants, airy heights and gentle plains. There are so many wonderful ways to discover Ebenthal in Kärnten and its unique natural surroundings: either actively, be that hiking, cycling or even paragliding, or perhaps merely as a peaceful observer.

So close to the Wörthersee – yet in the midst of a completely different world: The market community of Ebenthal im Kärnten, which is located to the south-east of Klagenfurt, is the site of the lake’s only outflow river, the Glanfurt – also known by locals as the Sattnitz – which in turn feeds into the River Glan. Nestled on the shoreline is the secluded, almost hidden Kalmusbad, which is open from May until October. Its name actually derives from the calamus, a wetland plant that is said to have a variety of medicinal benefits.

Sattnitz (this time the “official” name, also printed on maps) is the name of the hill line which runs to the south of the heart of downtown. It is a popular local recreation area, inviting visitors to enjoy leisurely hikes, bike rides or cross-country ski tours, as well as embark on “high-flying” adventures: Not far from the picturesque village of Radsberg is a high plateau at 800 meters above sea level, which also serves as a home base and launch site for the Radsberg Paragliding Club.

Höflein Moor on Sattnitz ridge has been a protected nature reserve since 1965. It is actually the remnant of an Ice-Age lake which silted up over thousands of years, now providing experts and amateur enthusiasts unique insights into the development of vegetation here. Pristine nature also dominates the banks of both rivers that flow through the market town. The riparian woodlands flanking the Glan and Gurk rivers have now even become repopulated by beaver.

The 16th century saw quite a “boom” in the building of castles close to Klagenfurt. It was at this time that Christoph von Neuhaus, then Lord of Greifenfels, had a new castle built from the foundations up, which – after receiving permission from Archduke Charles II on 14 September 1567 – he then christened “Ebenthal”. In 1704 Cardinal Johann Trooch von Goosen acquired the castle for his nephew, Johann Peter Graf Goess, in whose family it has remained to this very day. In the 18th century the castle was remodeled by the Counts of Goess. Josef Ferdinand Fromiller, probably Carinthia’s most famous baroque painter, was commissioned in 1748 to provide frescoes for the entire Great Hall on the second floor.

The priory & parish church in the small community of Gurnitz is the oldest church in Carinthia consecrated to St. Martin. Gurnitz was apparently an important ecclesiastical center back in the days of the early-medieval royal court. Maria Hilf parish church in Ebenthal is of particular art-historical importance, a superb architectural example of 18th century Marian pilgrimage churches.


Contact: 

Marktgemeinde Ebenthal in Kärnten
Miegerer Straße 30
9065 Ebenthal in Kärnten
T +43 463 31315 0
F +43 463 31315 17
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31 Oct 2017

GRAFENSTEIN

Enjoy the tranquility

In harmony with nature: The valleys, rivers and hills in and around Grafenstein invite visitors to discover active outdoor recreation. But they have also served as inspiration for architects and artists, throughout history and even to the present day.

The hectic hustle & bustle of daily life rarely, if ever, intrudes upon Grafenstein. And if it does, it is only fleeting. This market town east of Klagenfurt lies at the foot of the picturesque Sattnitz hills, which nestle up gently against the green valley below. Every bit as gentle are the recreational opportunities which await visitors. Especially those that allow you to get out and discover untouched nature first-hand  – be that hiking, biking, or even fly-fishing along the banks of the Drava and Gurk rivers.

Schloss Saager outside Grafenstein is the creative focal point for famous Austrian artist and art professor Giselbert Hoke, which he explained in a 2011 interview as follows: “I am here, because nowhere else have I found anything better.”  Likewise privately owned is Schloss Grafenstein. Living here are the Orsini-Rosenbergs, whose family built this historic complex in the 17th century. They do also receive visitors: In an adjacent castle building that is no less feudal, you are also more than welcome to spend your holidays. Guests can learn fascinating historical information about both estates as well as other stately homes in Grafenstein during a guided castle tour.

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One particular place of worship in the village of Dolina near Grafenstein certainly has an unusual name: Mary of the Forest Pilgrimage and Autobahn Church. It was remodeled around the turn of the millennium, standing at the same site once occupied by a simple wooden chapel that commemorated an apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1849. Two glass windows in the church, which is also intended to serve as a place of respite for through-travelers, were designed by Giselbert Hoke.


Contact:

Marktgemeinde Grafenstein
ÖR-Valentin-Deutschmann-Platz 1
9131 Grafenstein
T +43 4225 22200
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31 Oct 2017

MARIA SAAL

Discover History

Hike from one historical era to another: The market town of Maria Saal is built, in the truest sense of the word, on historical ground. With every step they take, visitors can discover testimonies in stone to Carinthia’s storied history.

Maria Saal – to the north of Klagenfurt, the Carinthian provincial capital – is an important pilgrimage destination for believers from across the entire Alpine-Adriatic world. Visible far and wide, it lies on a hill in the east of the Zollfeld, a ca. ten kilometers-long valley basin alongside the River Glan between Magdalensberg and Ulrichsberg.

Virtually around every corner, you are able to encounter new and fascinating pieces of history: The Archaeological Park on the Magdalensberg, which is run by the State Museum of Carinthia, introduces visitors to daily life within what was then a Roman provincial capital. To this day no one knows its name, or the reason it was abandoned in the 1st century A.D. Assuming the role as the new provincial capital, and later becoming the seat of an archbishop, was the town of Virunum. Its remains on the Zollfeld have only been partially unearthed. The restored amphitheater, in which gladiators once fought against wild animals, can be visited by appointment as part of a guided tour.

When, in 590 A.D., the Slavs began to settle Carinthia as well as parts of the modern Austrian provinces of Styria and Salzburg, the community of Karnburg – located within today’s Maria Saal – became a seat of governance (“Curtis Carantana”) for their princes. Karnburg later became the capital of the Duchy of Carinthia, while Emperor Arnulf of Carinthia established an imperial palace here. The stone Duke’s Chair on the Zollfeld – which still stands for visitors to see – once played an important role in ducal inaugurations.

Maria Saal is an imposing abbey church and pilgrimage site. Along with the house of worship in Karnburg, it is one of the earliest churches to be founded in Carinthia, its roots going back to the 8th century when the Salzburg bishopric sent bishop Modestus to minister to the Karantanien. It acquired its late-Gothic form in the early to mid-15th century, when it was rebuilt, along with the surrounding abbey buildings, into a fortress church, later providing the local populace with protection from Turkish incursions. During renovations after a devastating fire in 1669, the church acquired its current appearance. At the same time, the “Maria Saalerin”, which is Carinthia’s biggest church bell, was cast for the north tower and consecrated in 1688.

The Carinthia Outdoor Museum in Maria Saal is actually the oldest of its kind in Austria. On display here are rural homes and farms brought here from different parts of the country, providing fascinating insights into life and work of former times. In addition to historical farmhouses, on the “Industrial Grounds” visitors are also able to see exhibits associated with manual labor over the centuries, including flourmills, a saw mill, a charcoal pile and lime kiln. A country inn serves food and drinks whenever you are in the mood for refreshments. During a walking tour of the Carinthia Outdoor Museum, you will also be able to explore a nature theme path which introduces you to flora and habitats typical of those found in our province.´


Contact

Tourist Information Maria Saal
April–October: Domplatz 7
9063 Maria Saal
T +43 4223 51145 / +43 664 4543903
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