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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.


Marktgemeinde Ebenthal in Kärnten
Miegerer Straße 30
9065 Ebenthal in Kärnten
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Bild: Höfleinmoor Ebenthal Bild: Höfleinmoor Ebenthal Foto: (c) Gemeinde Ebenthal

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